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Ashleigh Wycherley

Adelaide, South Australia

Backpacking South America!

A friend and myself are studying over in Peru and are backpacking for 3 weeks afterwards. We are wondering where the best places (NOT PERU) to travel are for rich wildlife and culture within a cheap budget! We would LOVE to see Patagonia glaciers but will this cost to much to travel to from Peru?

Thank you for any advice, help and suggestions :D

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  • Brad Wong

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    Two options from Peru.

    First option: Bolivia. It's an amazing country, very cheap and has incredible Andean culture - like Peru but much wilder, and less touristy. For wildlife you can try Rurrenabaque - boat tours through the pampas where you'll see lots of animals, like the wombat-looking creatures, pink dolphins, birds, cayman. Culture-wise I really liked Sucre, Potosi (Bolivia) and to a lesser extent La Paz (good for partying though). Wasn't a fan of Cochabamba.

    Second option: Colombia - For nature there's the Amazonas, the breathtaking coffee country (e.g. Salento), and Tayrona National Natural Park is simply stunning (it is up there with Patagonia in terms of natural beauty). Colombia has a trio of great cities: Bogota , Medellinand Cartagenathat are all special in their own way. Colombia will be more expensive than Bolivia and Peru, though.

    Unfortunately I think the glaciers at Patagonia are just too far away. And very expensive to get to from Peru by plane. But if you do decide to fly, would recommend making your way into Argentina somewhere, and then flying to El Calafate, since it's somewhat cheaper to fly within country rather than 'internationally' in South America. The continent is in desperate need of a true low-cost airline.

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    Bolivia. And if you can get as far East as the Pantanal Wetlands, that's a big haven for wildlife, whilst the journey there will take you right across one of the cheaper countries in South America.

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