we're arriving in Santiago from Toronto on January 19. The idea is to head north towards Machu Picchu essentially as soon as we get there. Are buses really the best (affordable) way?
We also wanted to check out the north of Chile on the way, places like San Pedro de Atacama, and certain cities (Calama, Arica, Iquique, etc.). Which are the coolest cities to visit? Any advice on how to do this trip? Anyone wanna come along?
Also, on the way back we were thinking that it might be cool to take a different route. But we have to leave Santiago on March 3 .... so would this be through Bolivia-Argentina? does this make any sense?? Your help is really appreciated