Peru-Bolivia-Argentina-Chile in 6 weeks?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2013 10:27 PM Last Post By: adventuroussol
Jul 31, 2013 10:15 AM
Peru-Bolivia-Argentina-Chile in 6 weeks?I am planning a 2 month trip to South America. My flight is to Lima but I plan to go straight to Arequipa to take some Spanish classes for the first 2 weeks I'm there. Any recommendations bus vs plane from Lima to Arequipa?
Over the next 4 weeks I plan to go to La Paz, Uyuni, Salta, San Pedro de Atacama, and then back up to Lima. Is this doable? Any suggestions of places to stop along the way?
The last 2 weeks of my trip I will be doing a medical mission, so that part of the trip is non-negotiable, but the first 6 weeks I am very flexible. Thanks for your help!
Jul 31, 2013 2:09 PM
1Ok, you have 6 weeks travel time. And the first 2 weeks your going to sit in one town to learn Spanish.
I would suggest this - for such a small trip - don't waste your time doing a spanish course (there are PLENTY of online courses/spanish teachers/books/etc out there). Do this learning before your trip.
Use those 6 weeks fully. This will allow greater exploration by yourself. And the last 4 weeks won't be a massive rush.
Jul 31, 2013 5:03 PM
Jul 31, 2013 5:17 PM
3I also agree that you should not learn Spanish if you only have 6 weeks.
On the other side you will stop there and will live there at a place for a while. And live everyday's life. Which is also rewarding. And Arequipa is not the worst of all worlds.
The Islas Ballestas and Huacachina make nice stops on the way to Arequipa.
Aug 1, 2013 3:36 AM
4Peru and Bolivia are very easy places to learn Spanish. They speak very slowly and clearly as in many cases, it's not their first language as they speak Quechua. I took three days of intensive one on one tuition in Sucre in Bolivia (a bit out of your way but there are schools in most backpacking towns). That was enough to give me a good basis of vocab and grammar to be able to learn more just by talking to people and asking questions. Argentina and Chile are much harder though, and you'll find it more difficult to understand people, but you'll still finish the trip with a good standard if you work at it and try to talk to local people. Arequipa is lovely, but don't hang around too long with the itinerary you've set as it isn't a long time to cover all of that distance. I'm going to be writing a post on this on my blog soon if you're interested: http://restlessglobetrotter.com
Aug 1, 2013 6:48 AM
5Though I tend to agree with posts 1 to 3 about not wasting your time learning Spanish for 2 weeks for a 8 week trip, it also depends on your interests. I have a mate who loves languages and it quirks., local slang etc. The 2 weeks of immersing himself with a local or locals while learning Spanish would be a positive part of his 8 weeks. So it really does depend on your interests.
To answer your other questions. I would take a bus to Arequipa and then fly back to Lima from somewhere in Bolivia otherwise a lot of time would be wasted back tracking by long and slow bus journeys. To be honest, just open up a guide book to pick other places of interest on the journey as we do not really know your likes and dislikes. are you a nature person, culture vulture, history buff etc.
Aug 1, 2013 10:27 PM
6Let me back up and say that I actually know a decent amount of Spanish and will be living there in exchange for some volunteer work, which is how I like to travel. I would like to be fluent in Spanish and also familiar with local lifestyle. That being said, two weeks is a ballpark amount of time and is very negotiable. There are a lot of places I would like to see on that route, I am just wondering if time wise I'm biting off more than I can chew, so to speak?
5, Thanks for the advice to bus to Arequipa :)
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