Quito to Santiago overland in one month. Doable?
2)Does this itinerary sound doable:
November 15 - December 15
Arrive in Ecuador- Quito, maybe Galapagos depending on expenses
Peru- Arequipa, Cusco, Macchu Picchu site
Bolivia- Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni with desert trek
Chile- San Pedro de Atacama, Maybe Antofagasta, La Serena, Elqui Valley, Santiago and environs(including daytrips to Vina del mar and Valparaiso)- depart from Chile
I'd be using overland bus. It would be important for me to be in Bolivia by December 1st as an American citizen or the door will be shut without a visa. Of course I could always do the trip in reverse and start in Chile and leave from Ecuador. Dates are flexible too as I'm self-employed at the moment. I just want to be back in the U.S. for Christmas to spend time with family.
Do you guys think this itinerary sounds realistic given overland travel times and such? I'd VERY MUCH appreciate any input.
Quito to Santiago in one month will be like being on a bus every day. It'll be way, way, way too fast. Stick to one country, maybe two. But I would definitely advise you on sticking to one country.
A few years ago, I did a trip from Quito to San Pedro de Atacama over a period of 7 weeks and thought it was extremely rushed and way too short of a time to cover all that land. If I could do it over, I'd slow down, enjoy the cities, go off the beaten path, and make the most of it rather than spend so much time on busses, getting a glimpse of cities, then leaving them. Just personal preference for me, but it's a long distance to cover in such a short amount of time. I spent 4 weeks in Peru alone.
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