9th June 2018

The Perfect Three Month South America Itinerary

Dressing for South America
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So, I haven’t written ANY blog posts during 2018 yet, but there’s a good reason for it! I’ve spent the last 3 months exploring South America – yay! Now I’m home and ready to upload SO much content on this glorious continent – first things first, where did I go?!

The Timing

Let me start by saying that no amount of time in South America is enough. The likes of Brazil and Argentina for example are HUGE and bus journeys between destinations can be extremely long.

I was limited to three months, so made the decision early on to exclude Brazil and Argentina (mostly) from my trip, as well as the Patagonia region of Southern Chile/Argentina. Some people I met spent 2 months in Patagonia alone, so that will definitely be saved for a return trip!

I was travelling from 18 February to 18 May 2018, starting in Chile and ending in Ecuador. February is a great time to visit Chile if you want some sun as this is the height of their summer! For Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, from November to April is considered the “wet season” but thankfully most of the rain ceases in late March meaning I was only truly travelling in wet season for a week or so!

It is imperative to research the timing of your trip as you may be limited on activities if you choose to travel in the wet or dry seasons. For example, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed for the entire month of February, so if this is  your dream, don’t plan to go to Peru in February! Alternatively, the wet season might be the perfect time for you to travel if you want to see the Uyuni Salt Slats with the reflective effect!

If you want to read more general posts about my time in South America, check out the following:

Without further ado, here’s my itinerary….


La Moneda Palace Santiago Chile Santiago Cable Car

Santiago (4 days)

I flew into Santiago which is a great place to start your South American adventures as it’s so modern and Westernised – you won’t feel any culture shock here! While relaxing in the Summer sun sounds tempting, there are actually plenty of things to do in Santiago and you will struggle to feel bored.

With sprawling parks to explore, interesting museums, an abundance of restaurants/bars and plenty of history, this city has something for everyone!

Read more about my time in Santiago:

Chile Valparaiso Colourful Houses Chile Valparaiso Streetart

Valparaíso (1 day)

I only spent 1 day in Valparaíso as a day trip from Santiago with a few fellow travellers. However, if I were to go back, I’d probably spend at least one night here so that I can really explore the area.

Valparaíso is a port city most famous for it’s colourful hilltop houses and incredible street art. The city has a cool “hipster vibe”, like Chile’s answer to Shoreditch!

Read about my time in Valparaíso here:


Argentina Mendoza Wine Tasting Argentina Mendoza Termas Cacheuta Argentina Mendoza Horseriding

Mendoza (4 days)

With some time to kill before my flights to Easter Island (oooo, itinerary spoiler!), I decided to hop over the border into Argentina to visit Mendoza. The bus ride from Santiago to Mendoza is around 8 hours and the scenery through the Andes is gorgeous!

I spent my time cycling around the vineyards of Maipu, enjoying thermal baths and horse-riding through the Andes mountains. Again, in the Summer sunshine, these 4 days were incredible and I highly recommend a stop in Mendoza!

Read about my time in Mendoza here:

Chile (…Again)

Santiago (2 Days)

When getting the bus from Mendoza to Santiago, bare in mind that you have to go through strict customs/baggage procedures to enter Chile as is it a “protected area” and therefore this can take some time. One regret from my trip is choosing a night bus for this leg of the journey as standing in the cold at the top of a mountain for 3 hours in the middle of the night wasn’t fun!

I ended up back in Santiago for 2 days as this is where my flights to Easter Island were from – I won’t complain though, I really did love Santiago!

Chile Vina Del Mar Beach

Vina Del Mar (1 Day)

I decided to take another day trip from Santiago, this time to the affluent beach town of Vina Del Mar. Ideally, when planning your trip, try to spend a night in Valparaíso and then head to Vina Del Mar the next day. They are very close to each other and it saves you going to and from Santiago (albeit, even that bus ride isn’t long)!

Read about my time in Vina Del Mar here:

Easter Island Quarry Heads Easter Island Girl With Heads

Easter Island (6 Days)

Now… if you’re on a strict budget, Easter Island probably won’t be on your itinerary. However, if you have spare time and money, GO. The flight is more than 5 hours from Santiago, so you will need two days which are primarily for travelling.

My 4 days actually exploring the island were pretty magical. From exploring the Moai archaeological ruins to hiking to the rim of a volcano to relaxing on a beach, it was a very varied 4 days!

Read more about my time on Easter Island:

Chile San Pedro De Atacama Luna Valley Chile San Pedro De Atacama Luna Valley Chile Floating Lagoon

San Pedro De Atacama (3 Days)

The Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world and the home of many amazing activities! I chose to explore the incredible landscapes of Valle Della Luna (Moon Valley), go stargazing to spot Jupiter among many constellations, attempt (and fail) to see the incredible Geysers Del Tatio (I’ll save that story for another time) and float in crystal clear salt lagoons.

San Pedro De Atacama was also home to the best food that I found in Chile. As it’s a touristy town, it felt like they had something to cater for everyone.

Read about my time in San Pedro De Atacama Here:


Bolivia Uyuni Scenery Uyuni Rock Tree Uyuni Salt Flats Dakar

Salar De Uyuni Tour (3 Days)

The Uynui Salt Flats appear on most backpacker’s bucket lists, and for good reason. I opted for a three day tour originating in San Pedro De Atacama and ending in Uyuni.

The first two days of the tour explore the surrounding national park areas with gorgeous mountains, hills, lagoons, geysers, flamingos and so much more! The final day is spent taking the standard silly photos on the salt flats.

I visited during the rainy reason which meant the floor of the salt flats was wet and gave the mirror effect (yay) but it’s meant to be just as gorgeous in the dry months.

Read about my time in Uyuni here:

Somewhere I wish I went: Sucre 

As I had to get to Cusco pretty quickly for my Inca Trail booking, I then flew from Uyuni to La Paz to continue my journey. However, if I had more time, I would have gone to Sucre along with the rest of the people on my salt flat’s tour.

Sucre is known for being a great place to stop and learn Spanish. Bolivians speaks slowly and are easier to understand than many residents of their neighbouring countries. The prices in Sucre are also dirt cheap with some travellers paying as little as $4 per hour for one-to-one Spanish lessons!Bolivia La Paz Cholita Wrestling

La Paz (3 Days)

The capital of Bolivia isn’t pretty. So while you won’t spend your time wandering around gawping at the gorgeous architecture, there are plenty of weird and wonderful things to do in La Paz!

From taking a free walking tour to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of the Bolivian people, explore the witches markets or enormous El Alto Flea Market (on Thursdays and Sundays only), watch cholitas (Bolivian traditional women) wrestling and cycle down “death road” (a.k.a. “the world’s most deadliest road”).

Read more about my time in La Paz here:

Copacabana Bolivia Isla Del Sol

Copacabana and Isla Del Sol (1 Day)

I booked a Bolivia Hop bus from La Paz to Cusco which included two days at Lake Titicaca (the world’s highest navigable lake). On the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, you have Copacabana, a small town which didn’t particularly amaze me.

The trick to Copacabana is to leave the mainland and instead visit Isla Del Sol (“The Sun Island”), a gorgeous island just a short ferry ride from the mainland. I spent a few hours on the island walking across the island, soaking up the incredible views. However, I met some people who were so in love with the island that they stayed for 3 nights and already declared that they want to retire there! So if you have time, stay the night!

If you’re looking for somewhere to chill out and relac, Isla Del Sol may be the place!

Read more about my time on Isla Del Sol here:


Puno Floating Islands Peru

Puno and Uros Floating Islands (1 Day) 

To continue my Lake Titicaca adventures, I arrived in Puno in the evening and quickly hit the hay before exploring the next morning.

The town doesn’t have much going on, albeit the main square is quite pretty. Once again, the main attraction is on the lake itself being the Uros Floating Islands. There’s some controversy surrounding these islands. While I really enjoyed seeing the construction and way of life on the islands, the tour does feel slightly like a human zoo.

While the locals appear to be more than happy to welcome you into their homes, there is a lot of pushy behaviour to make you purchase “handmade” goods from them and pay more money to ride in their wooden boats. It’s hugely a money making exercise as opposed to a cultural learning experience.

Read about my time in Puno here:

Girl At Rainbow Mountain Cusco Peru Moray Salt Flats Cusco Peru Peru Cusco Cathedral

Cusco & The Sacred Valley (10 Days)

Cusco is a gorgeous city with incredible food. It’s also a good place to base yourself for great day trips – which I really took advantage of!

Rather than going and staying in the Sacred Valley, I instead just took day trips from Cusco to all of the archaeological sites. You could easily base yourself in a place like Ollantaytambo for a few days however to shorten the journey times.

Great day trips include rainbow mountain, Moray, Pisac, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, Maras Salt Miles and many more!

I spent longer in Cusco than anticipated because I got ill and also because I was waiting for some friends to catch up with me – 10 days was a long time to stay put in one city but by this point it was nice to have a constant base for a while!

Inca Trail Peru Machu Picchu Peru

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (4 Days)

In the middle of my 10 days in Cusco, I completed the 4 day classic Inca Trail to Machu Pichu! It was an incredible experience and I highly recommend doing a trek of some description!

The Inca Trail often books up 6 months in advance and is quite pricey. If you want to be able to book your trek with short notice and on a lower budget, the Salkantay Trek, the Lares trek and the Inca Jungle Trek are all also popular choices!

Read about my time on The Inca Trail here:

Arequipa Plaza Del Armas Arequipa Blue Door

Arequipa (3 Days) 

Arequipa is known as Peru’s “prettiest city” and I can see why! From panoramic views of the nearby Misti volcano to the gorgeous white architecture in the main square, Arequipa definitely is a pretty city!

There’s more to this city than just pure beauty, take some time to explore the history of Santa Catalina Monastery (which is of course, also beautiful) and be sure to visit Museo Santuarios Andinos, home to the “ice maiden” Juanita, the perfectly preserved body of a young girl found sacrificed on the top of a nearby mountain. The stories of the handful of children they have found on the mountains are incredibly fascinating yet disturbing at the same time!

Andean Condor Colca Canyon Colca Canyon Trek

Colca Canyon (2 Days)

Between my 3 days in Arequipa, I decided to take a 2 day hiking trip to the Colca Canyon. The two days were pretty intense as I got injured (twice, ha) but very very beautiful!

Seeing the huge Andean Condors, hiking through gorgeous scenery, staying in an oasis at the bottom of the canyon, it’s a trip that I highly recommend!

Nazca Lines Viewing Tower

Nazca (1 Day)

I didn’t have much time to spend in Nazca, so opted for the Peru Hop quick stop at the viewing tower during a bus ride from Arequipa to Huacachina. If you’re super interested in seeing the lines, be sure to spend a night in Nazca so that you can take a flight over all of the lines!

Huacachina Oasis Huacachina Sand Dunes

Huacachina (2 Days) 

Huacachina is a oasis in the middle of the desert famed for it’s huge sand dunes (literally, they are HUGE), adventure activities and Instagram worthy location.

Of course, chilling  by the hostel pool was high on my agenda, but only after some insane dune buggying/sand boarding and a pisco/wine tasting at a local factory!

After spending such a long time at high altitude, you will be very glad to be back down at sea level!

Isla Del Ballestas Peru Seals Paracas National Reserve

Paracas (2 Days) 

More time on the sunny Peruvian coastline! Paracas is the perfect time to relax on the beach and eat all kinds of fresh fish!

By way of activities, the Paracas National Park reserve is the ultimate place for loads of adventure activities – from riding ATVs through the moon-like landscapes and paragliding off the steep cliff-faces! If you’re not looking for adventure, be sure to take a boat ride to Isla Ballestas (a.k.a “The Poor Man’s Galapagos Islands”) to see an abundance of birds, sea lions and penguins!

Lima Downtown Cathedral Lima Barranco Streetart

Lima (3 Days) 

The capital of Peru is known for it’s incredible array of food! Did you know that Lima is the only city in the world to have 2 restaurants in the top 10 best restaurants in the world?

Lima is made up of 42 districts, so it’s pretty damn huge! The three you should definitely explore are Downtown (filled with beautiful architecture and history), Miraflores (an affluent area with tonnes of good restaurants and bars) and Barranco (a cool street art filled district with fun on every corner).

Amazon Jungle Parakeet Amazon Jungle Sloth

Iquitos / The Amazon Jungle (4 Days)

During my trip, I had the opportunity to visit the Amazon Jungle a few times – in Bolivia, Ecuador and a few locations in Peru. You need to choose the area that excites you the most (obviously, the wildlife varies from location to location) and also the one that fits your schedule / budget best. Iquitos is one of the most expensive areas to visit the Amazon due to the fact that you need to book return flights from/to Lima and accommodation seemed to be more expensive than other areas such as Puerto Maldonado (also in Peru but closer to Cusco).

My four days was filled with wildlife spotting, visiting a local tribe (and learning how to use a blow dart gun!), visiting local schools to learn about the conservation work they are doing, boat rides down the amazon river, star gazing, visiting rum factories and so much more.

Somewhere I Wish I Went: Huaraz

After nearly 2 weeks at sea level with no hiking, I didn’t really fancy going back to high altitude hikes. However, I did debate going to Huaraz on my way to Ecuador.

Huaraz is known for it’s intense hikes to Lagoona 69, a gorgeous glacier and Cordillera Blanca, all of which look incredible!

Piura (1/2 Day)

Piura was just a stop off on my journey from Lima to Ecuador. It looked like we were the only gringos in the entire town. Unfortunately we couldn’t explore much as there appeared to be a huge graduation ceremony taking over the entire town centre. So we found a hostel and abused their WiFi ha!


Loja (1/2 Day)

After boarding the bus from Piura that would take us across the Peru-Ecuador border, I arrived in Loja for the night. I had a few hours in the morning to wander around what appears to be a pretty little city! While there didn’t seem to be tonnes of tourist attractions, there were lots of cute little plazas with gorgeous churches!

Yoga Studio Vilcabamba Hostel Izhcayluma Ecuador Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba (2 Days)

After hearing so much about the amazing Hostal Izhcayluma, I had to go and stay there! For $10 per night, you get a bed in a dorm room (private rooms are also available) as well as a free yoga session in each morning – AMAZING. The yoga studio overlooks the gorgeous valley and is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been!

The hostel also has a pool and massage parlour where I received a 75 minute full body massage for $22! There are plenty of hikes to do around the area and other tours you can book such as horse riding and exploring the “coffee route”!

This is the perfect place to relax and unwind, I’d go back in a heartbeat!

Cuenca Cathedral Ecuador Cajas National Park

Cuenca & Cajas National Park (2 Days)

Another day, another pretty little Ecuadorian city! I spent one day exploring what the city had to offer. SERIOUSLY gorgeous cathedrals/churches were a highlight – I always say that if you can impress a European with churches, then they really must be good!

On the second day, I took a day trip to the nearby Cajas National Park for some hiking. The park is seriously beautiful and well worth your time! I did the most simple route which should supposedly take 2 hours – my buddy and I got very lost. Make sure you follow the signs more carefully than us…

Banos Giant Swing View from Swing Banos Canyoning Banos Ecuador

Baños de Agua Santa (3 Days)

Baños is the ultimate adventure destination in Ecuador (although if you want to stay closer to Quito, I’ve heard that Mindo is a great alternative)!

With white water rafting, abseiling down waterfalls, zip-lining, giant swings above the city, paragliding, bungee jumping and so much more, Baños has something to suit everyone’s preferred level of adventure.

If adventure isn’t your thing, visit the thermal baths that the city is so proudly named after or jump into a bus for a tour of the nearby waterfalls.

Ecuador Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador Pasachoa Hike Dog

Cotopaxi (3 Days)

My three days in Cotopaxi were some of my favourites of the entire trip. I stayed at the super dreamy Secret Garden Cotopaxi which I highly recommend! My days were spent hiking to waterfalls, the peak of the Pasochoa Volcano and the refugio/glacier of the epic Cotopaxi volcano!

While not hiking, I was treated to an abundance of food provided by the hostel (hello unlimited banana bread!), cuddling with the 5 hostel dogs in front of the fire, playing cards and chatting with some incredible travellers and relaxing in the hot tub!

Read more about my time in Cotopaxi here:

Latacunga Quilotoa Crater

Latacunga (1 Day)

Many people hike the Quilotoa Loop which is a 3+ day trail either starting or ending at the Quilotoa Crater Lake. As I was running out of time (and didn’t really want to hike any further after my time in Cotopaxi), I opted to skip the 3+ day hike and instead just took a day trip to the Quilotoa crater from Latacunga.

The crater is seriously beautiful and you have the option to hike around the rim (we walked part of the way) or to walk down to the edge of the water and back out again (two of the girls I was with did this and said it was tough on the way back up)!

Mitad Del Mundo Quito Ecuador Quito Cable Car

Quito (4 Days)

By the end of my trip, I was getting a little bit bored of cities and instead loved the more rural countryside destinations, so I didn’t really click with Quito as a city but still loved my time here. Communal dinners and drinks on the rooftop of the Secret Garden Quito with some incredible people made my time here, as well as two great day trips. One to the “middle of the earth” to hop, skip and jump over the equator and another to the famous Otavalo market to pick up some handmade souvenirs!

Giant Tortoise Galapagos Islands Galapgos Tortuga Bay Beach Galapagos Islands Las Grietas

The Galapagos Islands (9 Days)

The Galapagos Islands don’t need much explanation, we all know how incredible they are!

From facing my snorkelling fears (twice), becoming immersed in wildlife, cycling for miles with glorious scenery and relaxing on stunning white beaches, the Galapagos is just as great as everyone says it will be!

The only disappointment is that I didn’t bump into David Attenborough…

Guyaquil Chocolate Making Class

Guayaquil (1.5 Days)

Like I said earlier, I had got a bit bored of cities, so decided that I wanted to do something different for my last days in South America before flying home.

I am so grateful to have stumbled across Mario’s website My Trip to Ecuador and I quickly booked a tour with him to a local cocoa farm (yay chocolate)! Without a doubt, Mario is one of the kindest, most welcoming people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and I had the best last day with him!

And before I knew it, Mario was dropping me off at the airport for my long journey home. My trip to South America was incredible and I loved every second of my itinerary from start to finish. There were so many bucket list adventures along the way and I feel so very grateful to have been on this trip! Now… to sit at my desk and stare out the window dreaming of my next adventure…

Have you been to South America? What would be your DREAM itinerary?

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40 responses to “The Perfect Three Month South America Itinerary”

  1. Tasha says:

    This sounds like an incredible 3 months! I'd love to know how you organised it. Was it with a tour or independently?

  2. Wow! This is a massive itinerary! Bolivia and Peru are both on my wish list. You have provided a beautifully thorough guide for me to get through both countries.

  3. Joy Sheehan says:

    This itinerary looks incredible! I spent 3 months doing Central America and then ran out of money before getting to South America lol. Definitely saving this post for a future trip!

  4. I am currently in South America now and my head is reeling looking at this itinerary! You saw so much in such a short amount of time – what a whirlwind! South America is a huge continent and even being here now I am being realistic that I won't see everything ha ha. I loved your travel and I think I will do something similar after leaving Argentina. Great job breaking it all down!

    • I am so jealous that you're currently in SA, I would love to still be there! I didn't feel rushed at all, just set realistic expectations that I wouldn't get any further than Ecuador (i.e. Columbia and Central America were off the cards)… I hope you have the best trip, let me know if you have any questions ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Adrienne says:

    Wow, what an adventure! Iโ€™ve been to Chile many times as I have family there (Santiago, Viรฑa, Valpo, Pucon) and am planning to get to Easter Island, the Atacama and Patagonia one day. Your itinerary has inspired me to get to Peru, Ecuador and Mendoza too!

  6. So awesome that you got to spend 3 months there!! This sounds awesome

  7. Daniela says:

    Wow, you did a lot in 3 months. I wouldn't have survived such a trip. The Ecuador part is interesting for me as I don't know the country yet which is a shame because I have my residency in Peru. 8 hours from Piura to Loja sound ok and I plan to settle in the north of Peru for a while, so exploring Ecuador as well seems a nice option.

    • Haha, I didn't feel rushed at all, it was the perfect itinerary for 3 months! Ecuador is an incredible country (probably my favourite on my entire trip!), so I highly recommend that you visit! Living in Peru must be amazing!

  8. Ashley Robillard says:

    I loved this post so much. So helpful! I'm doing a very similar 3-4 month trip starting this December so this was a great post to get inspired! So happy you enjoyed SA, these trips are never long enough ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. naomy says:

    wow this is amazing!!! I am looking for inspiration for my next trips and your blog was very helpful… I was just wondering how much money it was for this trip? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Robert says:

    Hi Danielle, My name is Robert and I want to travel all round South America. I was looking art TourRadar tours. The 126 day tour that travels round South America. As a first time traveler to South America. What do you think.

    • Hi Robert! South America is amazing, so no matter how you travel, you'll have a great time. I've just had a look at the TourRadar options and while the itineraries sound great, I'm sure you can do everything by yourself for a much lower price and much more freedom. One of my favourite parts about travelling in South America was meeting new friends in hostels, some of which I would travel with for a few weeks before we would part ways when our interests led us in separate directions or we just got a litle bit sick of each others company. A full 126 day tour with the same group people could get tiresome. I also loved being able to adapt my plans (i.e. stay longer in a place I really enjoyed/leave quicker if I wasn't so interest in a place/pick up recommendations from other travellers and find other spots to explore). Tours are super super expensive (I have a blog post outlining my budget for the above itinerary which might be helpful to you) and I would be concerned that you may not get to experience everything you want to with the lack of freedom. On the other hand, having absolutely no planning responsibilities sounds dreamy! Let me know if you need any further advice – I'm very excited that you will get to experience this incredible continent!

  11. Lucas says:

    Did you book everything in advance? (Hostels buses etc) or just a bit of it?

    • Hi Lucas! Before I left the UK, I booked the following:
      – My first hostel in Santiago (so that I knew exactly where I was going when I landed)
      – My flights to Easter Island (as these go up in price quite dramatically!)
      – The Inca Trail (as the permits sell out 6 months in advance; if you want to be more flexible, you can book one of the alternative treks when you arrive – e.g. the Inca Jungle trek, the Lares trek, the Salkantay trek etc.)
      Everything else was booked as I went along ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Lauren Reilly says:

    Hi Danielle

    Your blog is amazing thank you! Iโ€™m travelling to SA next April for 4 months with my boyfriend and just wondering how much to book in advance. Was it easy to book things as and when you were going along e.g the salt flat tours, death road tour? We want to book as little as possible (Machu pitchu exception) so that weโ€™re not tied down too much but at the same time donโ€™t want to miss out on things if we find theyโ€™re fully booked when we get there? Thanks Lauren x

    • Hi Lauren – thank you for such a lovely comment!

      The only things that I booked in advance were:
      – my flights to Easter Island (as they rapidly increase in price)
      – my Inca Trail tour (as they sell out so far in advance)
      – my first hostel (as I didn't want to arrive in Santiago and be homeless!)

      For the big bucket list items such as the Salt Flats and Death Road, I walked into tour agencies on my first days in the respective city and booked for the next few days.

      I never struggled with things being fully booked. Although I travelled at a slightly different time to you, I can't imagine you would find it difficult either!

      If you've got any questions, feel free to send them to me – I'm so excited for you! X

  13. Calum says:

    Sounded amazing! Trying to save and wondering how much (roughly) this whole trip cost you?

  14. Calum says:

    Sounded amazing! Trying to save and wondering how much (roughly) this whole trip cost you?

  15. Rachel says:

    Hi! Iโ€™m currently planning a similar trip and starting in Peru. Did you use Peru hop throughout Peru? Would you recommend them? Thanks!

    • Hi Rachel! I did use PeruHop and it was super easy and convenient. I booked them on the premise that they would pick you up from your hostel too… be warned that this isn't the case in all towns/cities. If you're money conscious, Cruz Del Sur are a great alternative – cheaper, more comfortable (blankets/pillows etc.), TV screens in each seat, Wi-Fi sometimes works, sometimes food included too!

  16. Elisee says:

    Your Blog is by far the best / most detailed I’ve seen! Super helpful for someone like me that is just starting to travel and really has no idea what I’m doing! How did you find these places, were they booked before you left? Also I’m struggling to get to grips with planning bus/train route around South America. So if you had any useful tips or sites i could book from ect. that would be AMAZING!! (From UK)

    • Aw thank you so much Elisee! The only things that I booked before leaving the UK were:

      1. My return flights to and from the UK (flying into Santiago and out of Guayaquil)

      2. My hostel for the first few nights of my trip

      3. My return flights between Santiago and Easter Island (these can be pricey)

      4. The Inca Trail (there are limited spaces – if you can't commit to a time and want to book something when you arrive in Cusco, there are plenty of other hiking trails with no limitations)

      5. My return flights to the Galapagos Islands – I was only able to book these bevause I knew I would be visiting the Galapagos in the last week of my 3 month trip. In reality, prices didn't seem to increase too much, so I could have booked them while travelling!

      I will be writing a whole blog post on useful websites and apps etc… But the top few are Busbud (essential for looking at bus times and sometimes you can even book online), MAPS.ME (a travellers dream – offline maps that you can use with no WiFi – make sure you download each map before you arrive in the destination) and the usual suspects like Skyscanner and Hostelworld!

  17. Matilde says:

    Hi Danielle,your south america trip looks terrific.i have one question.did you buy already a return ticket or did you purchase a return after a while travelling?

  18. rebecca says:

    Hi Danielle,

    Your 3 months sounds incredible! I am planning to travel South America from December this year till March next year and i'm taking so much inspo from your trip.
    Quick question, When you went on the Inca trail did you leave your stuff at the hostel back in Cusco or did you take your bag with you? I saw that they have porters who take your bags for you on the trek but wasnt sure.

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Most of the hotels/hostels in Cusco are used to storing bags for you while you trek.

      I left my big backpack in a storage facility at my hostel in Cusco and only took what I needed for the 4 day trek with me.

      The porters are restricted on how much they can carry, you will be given a weight restriction by the company you are trekking with ๐Ÿ™‚



  19. Davida says:

    how much did your cost?

  20. Inca Trail says:

    An excellent post!
    I love hiking and Cusco seems to me to be one of the best options to do this activity. I hope to return.

  21. dizel says:

    There are suggested number of days to stay in each destination in the book although it really depends on what interests you. Also the whole getting from A to B can become tiresome after a while as there s just so many long bus journeys so I wouldn t plan that out too much in advance. If you find somewhere you like and you want a break from travelling, you can always stay a fair bit longer. Of the 6 months recommended for this route, how long do you reckon would be spent in Brazil and Argentina?

    • Hi Dizel – the number of days shown on this post are the days that I personally spent in each destination, of course, some people may choose to stay for longer or shorter periods of time in each place, it is purely personal preference! I only spent 3 months in South America and didn’t visit Brazil, so unfortunately I’m not best placed to answer your question!

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