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Itinerary / Routes for Backpacking South America 2009 - Trip 3

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Trip 3 Itinerary (April - June 2009)

- This was the trip I became a real traveler. I learnt how to travel hard and see as much as possible. I covered great distances overland fast.

This is an epic backpacking itinerary for South America starting and ending in Lima - Peru, all overland apart from 1 flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque in the Bolivian Amazon! I did this route in 2 months but you could take your time and do it slower as a 3 month itinerary. From Lima heading south to some great places in Peru, then heading inland eastward towards Lake Titicaca and Bolivia. Following a few places in Bolivia eastward for a train from Santa Cruz to Brazil for the Pantanal. From there south down to Iguazu Falls. From there heading back westward through Paraguay to Salta - Argentina. From Salta you can get to northern Chile. From Chile is where I headed up the coast of Peru all the way up to Ecuador. After Ecuador I crossed a different border crossing to get back into Peru and headed back down to Lima to get home. This itinerary is hardcore for the time I did it in but the route can be sliced, diced, reversed or cut into various pieces.

Flew from New Zealand
Arriving in Lima - Peru
Pisco, Islas Ballestas & Paracas - Peru
Ica / Huacachina - Peru
Nazca - Peru
Arequipa - Peru
Juliaca / Puno - Peru
Puno to Bolivian Border - Peru
Copacabana - Bolivia
La Paz - Bolivia
Rurrenabaque - Bolivia
Santa Cruz - Bolivia
Santa Cruz to Quijarro on the Death Train - Bolivia
Corumba - Brazil
Pantanal - Brazil
Campo Grande to Foz - Brazil
Puerto Iguazu & Iguazu Waterfalls - Argentina
Ciudad del Este - Paraguay
Ciudad del Este to La Colmena to Ybycui - Paraguay
Ybycui & Ybycui National Park - Paraguay
Asuncion - Paraguay
Corrientes - Argentina
Salta - Argentina
Salta to Paso de Jama (Chile Border) - Argentina
Argentinian Border, Paso de Jama to Calama - Chile
Calama - Chile
Iquique - Chile
Iquique to Arica to Peru Border - Chile
Chile Border to Tacna - Peru
Tacna - Peru
Camana - Peru
Huanchaco / Trujillo - Peru
Trujillo to Piura to Mancora - Peru
Mancora - Peru
Mancora to Tumbes to Ecuador Border - Peru
Huaquillas - Ecuador
Huaquillas to Machala - Ecuador
Guaranda - Ecuador
Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador
Otavalo - Ecuador
Mitad del Mundo - Ecuador
Puerto Lopez - Ecuador
Puerto Lopez to Cuenca - Ecuador
Cuenca to Loja to Macara - Ecuador
Macara to Sullana to Piura - Peru
Chimbote - Peru
Lima - Peru
Flew back to New Zealand