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DESTINATION SOUTH AMERICA
HOME BASE: Auckland, NZ
TRAVEL STYLE: Backpacker / Independent
FAVOURITE DESTINATION: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador
Dec 2016 – About a month in Peru, one week in Bolivia and a month in Ecuador
Airline Review – Latam / Lan Chile
They were great! Good food, comfy seats, lots of movies and lovely staff.
Trip Highlights & Must-Do’s
Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a top choice – it makes the view at Machu Picchu even more spectacular.
The Galapagos Islands are incredible – you don’t need to do a spendy cruise as there are day trips, freebies and cheap food. And if you do want a cruise, book last minute deals from mainland Ecuador.
Rainbow Mountain, located just out of Cusco and a recent addition to the tourist circuit – it’s a bit of a hike (15km round trip at up to 5,200!!) but the views are phenomenal.
Favourite Foodie Adventure:
Whole grilled fish at the food alley in Puerto Ayora (Galapagos) – the food was great but the whole experience was even better.
Top Travel Tips:
In Peru, look to use Peru Hop as your transport option. It’s an easy, friendly, hop-on, hop-off bus service with freebies and a guide but not a guided tour. You meet lots of people but have the freedom to pick and choose what you do and when.
Leave things flexible – there are plenty of transport and accommodation options and it’s all fairly easy.
Learn a bit of Spanish, and last, but not least….always carry toilet paper 🙂
Language & Communication
Traveller Safety / Security
Thanks Justine for the fantastic feedback!
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(all with Latam Airlines & subsidiaries)
- Auckland to Lima (via Santiago)
- La Paz to Guayaquil (via Lima)
- Guayaquil to Galapagos Island
- Galapagos Island to Quito
- Quito to Lima
- Lima to Auckland (via Santiago)
TRAVEL IN SOUTH AMERICA
Justine travelled through South America independently.
However, if you prefer the security of a tour group, you can do a similar trip with Intrepid Travel on their 30-day Peru & Galapagos Explorer tour, which runs year round. Or I can put together a custom tour package to fit your dream itinerary, budget and time.
Anita | Burgess Travellers