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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 TravellersAnita Burgess is in the business of making memorable family moments. Soccer mum, travel broker & writer, she’s happiest with a camera in her hand and the sand between her toes. Find insider travel tips and inspiration for your memorable moments on her blog, Burgess Travellers, or get in touch if you’re ready to make your holiday happen.