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Help with Almost Final Plan for Retirement Trip

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Hello, after many trip dreams, we finally have a semi-final itineary for our 4 month retirement trip this fall/winter. There are a couple of areas that are not clear to me yet so would appreciate any tweaking suggested.

Fly Seattle to Lima Oct. 11

Lima - 4 nights 3B Barranco (confirmed)

Fly to Cusco, transfer to Ollytantambo for 5 nights Hostal Iskay and 1 night in Aguas Caliente before MP). (confirmed)

Bus to Cusco 5 nights

Fly to Arequipa for 4 nights (more Spanish classes).

Killawasi Lodge for Colca Canyon Tour 4 nights with transfer to Puno where we overnight one night

Bus to Copacabana for 1 night, Isla del Sol 1 night, Copacabana 1 night, next day Kayak Tour with Banjo Tours and transfer to La Paz for 3 nights

Unclear but probable bus to Oruro, train to Tupiza. I have asked Banjo Tours for help on this transfer. i assume 1 night in Oruro.

2 night in Tupiza, 3 night 4 day Tupiza Tours to the Salar with a return to Tupiza for overnight.

Over the border to Salta by bus. 2 weeks in the NW. Not sure how to allot our time. Any sugggestions?

Fly to BA and apartment for one week.

Fly to El Calafate for 3 nights including the MarPag glacier tour (thanks
mlgb!).

Puerto Natales by bus, rental car for 6 days,

TDP with vehicle, have email out to Hosteria Lago Tyndall for 5 nights.

Return car Puerto Natales with overnight.

Bus to El Calafate with over night. It seems we have to spend a night here again due to bus schedule difficulties getting to El Chalten.


1 week El Chalten Kau Si Aike ( done deal, clicked no cancellation by mistake).

2 days to get to Ushuaia for 6 day stay.

Return by bus to Puerto Arenas and overnight.

Fly next day to Coyhaique and rent car for 3 weeks exploring Carretera Austral in loop with car return to Coyhaique. ( this is my husband's one request!).

Here is where it gets confusing....we would like to visit the Lakes region but don't know where to fit it in. As mentioned we are tied to the week of Christmas in El Chalten. So, do we bus from Puerto Montt to Bariloche and then fly to Buenos Aires for a few days before flying home with maybe an Rand R at Colonia Los Limoneros (sp) or do we find a way to get from Ushuaia to Bariloche, travel across to Chile to Puerto Montt and rent a vehicle there for Carrretera Austral with drop off in Puerto Montt and fly to Santiago for return flight home.

We have our flight to Lima and return Buenos Aires but at this point can easily return by Santiago. (I have to say using our Alaska Airliines Miles has been a breeze. Very easy to chaange flights and lots of availability).

My husband tells me my next job should be a travel agent. I said fine but when 1 trip takes a year to plan, don't expect any income from it!

ANY thoughts appreciated....

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