Itinerary

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Three months seems like a long time, but in a place like South America where there is so much to see and do, I think that three months will fly by. So I’ve decided that I’m not going to attempt seeing the entire continent but rather visit a few countries and do them justice.

As I said in my last post, I am flying in to Lima, Peru on the 1st of August and I join my Gap Adventures tour the next day. The tour lasts 21 days and ends in La Paz in Bolivia. I am hoping that I will meet some lovely people on the tour who are continuing their travels through South America that I might be able to travel with.

I’d like to stay a few days in La Paz, I’ve been told the people are very friendly and the markets are a must see. From there, I’d like to head south to see the salt flats in the south of Bolivia and then down through Chile to Santiago. I’m very keen to do a trip to Easter Island from Santiago but I want to try and find a good value tour to go on as it seems very expensive. From Santiago, I think I will travel further south (depending on how cold it is) to the Patagonian lakes district and then across the Andes to Bariloche in Argentina.

Once in Argentina, I am planning to head to Mendoza, the wine area of Argentina and the home of delicious Malbec. I’ve never been a huge fan of red wine but after being persuaded by my friend Helina to try some, I have fallen in love and now I can’t wait to spend some time among the vineyards indulging in some of the finest vino Argentina has to offer.

If Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina then apparently Buenos Aires is the beef capital and anyone that knows me, knows that I love a good steak. So next on the list is the cosmopolitan city of BA. Buenos Aires is also the home of Tango and after doing one Tango class previously I cannot wait to learn more about this very steamy dance.

From Buenos Aires I want to head to the famous Iguazu Falls which sits on the border of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Iguazu Falls are meant to be some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and I’ve been told that you have to see them from the Argentinia side as well as the Brazilian side.

From there, I’m thinking that I might spend some time on the southern beaches of Brazil and hopefully soak up some sun, before heading north to Sao Paulo and then lastly to Rio De Janeiro which is where I will fly out from on the 1st November.

Of course, this isn’t set in stone and there will be many other places visited in between. I’m very interested in hearing suggestions from anyone so please let me know if you think there is a place that I must visit.

Well until next time, adios!

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The First Step

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The first step - grab some brochures and start planning!

So, it is about a month and a half before I fly out on the trip I have been dreaming of for, well, forever.

This is the first time I have been travelling by myself, and while this is the most exciting thing I have ever done, it is also the most terrifying.

Well, my flights are booked and believe it or not I’m actually already packed (all that’s remaining to pack is my underwear and my toothbrush!). I know that’s a bit excessive considering there’s still 46 days before I fly out but I suppose you could say I’m a little excited.

I’ve done a beginner’s class in Spanish (hola!) and a beginner’s salsa class, and while I doubt the locals are going to be amazed with my skills, I hope that these will help me to make the most of my trip.

So, where am I going I hear you ask. Well, here’s the lowdown:

I fly out of Sydney on the 1st August to Lima in Peru. The next day I join a Gap Adventures tour group (Inca Heartland & Amazon, in case you were wondering) which goes for 21 days visiting places like Pisco, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Amazon Jungle, Puno, Lake Titicaca and finishing in La Paz, Bolivia.

From there, I’m a free woman and will be making my own way across the continent to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil by the 1st of November – three months all up.

I’ll save the rest of my plans for my next post so until then, adios!

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