What would the top countries be to explore in South America over 3 months? I've heard 3 months isn't enough, so will be open to extending that if our budgets allow....
Please include tips on how much time to spend in each country, and how much should we aim to budget per day – in AUD.
Our interests include hiking, exploring outdoors, culture, a bit of thrill. We're open to splurging on the big activities (Salt flats, Machu Picchu, Patagonia).
Also a few tips on getting around - is overland travel a good idea? Or should we stick to local busses? Have heard a lot of suggestions to skip international flights, as they are too pricey.
Machu Picchu is definitely NOT overrated. If you have the time, I would do the trek there (I wish I did!). Peru is general is a fantastic destination for food, adventure, nature and charm. I especially loved Arequipa, Ollantaytambo and Cusco. I would plan to spend at least two weeks in Peru. As for buses, you get what you pay for. I would suggest you go for the higher end coaches, for comfort, safety and reliability.
Alicia 9 days ago