In July, I'll be moving to Buenos Aires for about 5 months. Since this will be my first time on the continent, I'm planning a cross-continent trip to explore as much as I can before returning home. I'll be traveling from early December to early January.
I really, REALLY want to see Machu Picchu in Peru and São Paulo in Brazil. I'm hoping to take a tour of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia as well, and I'm interested in Lake Titicaca in Peru and Brasilia/Rio de Janeiro in Brazil--but I'm willing to cut what I need to for time/budget considerations.
Which destinations would you cross off the list? What order would you take, and how long would you spend in each place?
I'll be starting from Buenos Aires and my flight back to the US needs to leave from either Lima, Peru or São Paulo, Brazil.
Any other travel tips you could provide would be really helpful. Thanks!
PS - Which cities have the best holiday festivities? I'll be there for Christmas and New Year's, as well as my birthday. :)