Best country (+ points of interest) in Latin America for a small group (2-4) of American college students in December?

Best country (+ points of interest) in Latin America for a small group (2-4) of American college students in December? We have 1-3 weeks (would like to lean more to 3 weeks if possible to really explore). We're interested in hiking and history (both Spanish and pre-Columbian). Although we like to party we don't want Cancun-tier raves (maybe something lowkey with other hostel people or locals?). Ideal budget would be $400-500 max for 3 weeks + airfare.
I speak fluent Spanish so language shouldn't be too big of an issue.

Willing to answer any more q's to help narrow it down.

  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Peru is one tier better than bolivia, your money will go further and you'll have access to the best trails and ruins and can find cheap housing and food if you avoid the international tourist hostels and shit

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      interesting, is it doable in 3 weeks? also any good hostels off the beaten path with good access to sights, ayahuasca and grass, and hippie pussy?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        you'll find the hippie pussy in cusco and a couple of other nearby towns with megalithic sites and tourism, but once you leave the cusco are you're pretty much going to be with locals except for Puno on lake titticaca and some of the surrounding towns, if you've never been it will blow your mind, you won't be the same after 3 weeks in this place

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      interesting, is it doable in 3 weeks? also any good hostels off the beaten path with good access to sights, ayahuasca and grass, and hippie pussy?

      I am going to Peru at the end of October with a mysterious stranger I met from a shitpost on soc. I plan on being there for 2-3weeks. Going to see some inca ruins and try to lose my v card before my 30th birthday. I also want to do Ayahuasca. How much do you expect it to cost?

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Three weeks of Bolivia. I did the Bolivian gringo trail and thought it was better than Peru's.

    Lake Titicaca -> La Paz -> Tupiza -> Uyuni (salt flats) -> Potosi -> Sucre

    you can throw in amazonia if you want too, but that's a really good thing to build around. I have more tips if you want to hear them, but I really think Bolivia is the way to go on that budget.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      more than willing to hear them!

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    You can find amazing hikes in El chaltén (Argentina) but I reckon they're not too different from what you can find in, say, Yosemite or Zion.
    I really recommend Buenos Aires because it's a city with a lot of things to do with an amazing nightlife the 7 days of the week.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also you can live like a king for pennies.
      That's pretty important if you're on a budget.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      what are the pampas like? are there any good trails that take you on a Hill and let you see the miles and miles of grassland?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Tandil is kinda nice but pretty meh compared to the rest of the country.
        Córdoba is pretty nice but I haven't been there since I was 10. I've heard Mina Clavero is pretty nice.
        Our North Western Region is the most 'unique' if you will, both in terms of culture and nature.
        The 'Litoral' region is nice too if you're into wetlands and jungles.
        The southern Andes region is amazing but it's not too different from mountain ranges and lakes in the US and Europe.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          very interesting - do you need a car to explore all this or how good are argentinian trains?

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            https://i.imgur.com/mCtxv83.jpg

            You can find amazing hikes in El chaltén (Argentina) but I reckon they're not too different from what you can find in, say, Yosemite or Zion.
            I really recommend Buenos Aires because it's a city with a lot of things to do with an amazing nightlife the 7 days of the week.

            As nice as Argentina is, you're not going to get a round trip ticket sub-$500. Your budget is pretty tight OP, Colombia/Panamá/Perú are your best bets.

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    On $20/day I recommend Bolivia, even in Peru that's only enough for cheap hostel + cheap food + transport. Or maybe you could do the Inca trail or something like that if you camp and hike all day.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Enroll in Diálogo Portuguese School in Salvador, Brazil
    Visit Morro de São Paulo, Praia do Forte etc

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