I have no idea which forum to post this to but I'm just after any advice, opinions or ideas...
I have approx 3 to 4 weeks to travel from Cusco to Rio. After spending a couple of nights in Lima and 2 weeks in Cusco/Lares Trek I need to head off to Rio to meet my parents. After looking at the cost of flights from Cusco (or Lima) to Rio ($1300NZD one way) , I have decided It would make more sense to use more time travel and see a bit a long the way. I dont mind taking smaller cheaper flights along the way to cut some distance.
This is vary vague and I apologise - I dont know much about the area and how to get around so would appreciate any comments.
A little bit about me - I'm a 22 year old female.. Spending 6 months in South America (2 months of that volunteering in Bolivia) . I will be travelling with a friend through Colombia and a bit of Peru and then I will be travelling on my own from there. I have been to Rio (loved it!), Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires a couple of years ago with my partner. My parents have not travelled much - so I am excited to introduce them to Rio, Iguassu and Buenos Aires (I dont mind going back a second time at all! :) )
I will also be taking them to Parati and Angra dos Reis on the way from Rio to Iguassu so don't want to go along that coast on my way to Rio.
I have come up with two possible options . The first is to travel from Cusco - down to La Paz, across to the Pantanal, and then fly on to Rio??? Maybe add in Salvador if I have time...
Does anyone know how to get from La Paz to Cuiaba??? I would like to stop somewhere in Bolivia along the way too.
The second option - is to fly back to Lima, and catch a flight to Iguassu (the only reason in doing this is I see flights with Lan to Igaussu are only NZD$350 oneway) Then travel to the Pantanal from here - and onto Salvador and down the coast to Rio maybe?
Also - I could skip the time in Salvador and swap this for some time in Northern Peru? I have heard Salvador is not a wise decision for a lone traveller?
Thank you in advance for ANY tips, ideas or advice :)
Also - in regards to budget... I have up to max NZ$3000 but I'd prefer to stay in cheap B&B or hostel accommodation and keep costs low.
I am very interested in wildlife and scenery more than anything...and I would love to see a bit of the local culture/people etc, rather than just the tourist drags. Not so much interested in buildings and big cities etc. Rio being the exception to my rule - loads of wildlife and culture!:)