Travel is someting that I’ve considered to be a very natural part of life. I’ve been lucky enough to have first stepped (more like carried) onto a plane before I could even speak, so the idea of visiting a new country, hearing a different language and getting lost in unknown streets is nothing but an adventure.
And tomorrow I will be embarking upon my biggest adventure yet; a four-week excursion around South America!
It’s going to be my first trip to the continent and I’ll be visiting Peru, Bolivia, Chile & Argentina – excitement!
I wouldn’t call myself a backpacker but at the same time don’t want to spend my entire savings on luxury hotels so I decided to travel with G Adventures, a sister company of STA Travel. G Adventures are leading the Peru-Bolivia-Chile element of my trip, taking care of all travel between the countries, the accomodation (basic hotels), much of the itinerary in each location and some meals. The perfect option for those (like me!) who aren’t brave enough to backpack but still want to experience authentic culture and customs.
- I begin this expedition in Lima, Peru and after spending a day there, take a short flight to Cusco
- I then travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo
- An early morning train takes me to Aguas Calientes, a town just beneath Machu Picchu
- Following a guided tour of Machu Picchu, I then head to Puno
- Puno is home to Lake Titicaca which is the largest lake in the world above 2000m and where I visit the floating islands of the Uros people
- I leave behind Peru and continue my journey into Bolivia with my first stop being the highest capital in the world, La Paz
- A long day of travel brings me to Uyuni after which I spend the next few days on an excursion around the Salt Flats
- I then make my way into Sucre, Bolivia’s White City, followed by Potosí which used to be the center of the silver mining industry during the Spanish colonization
- After a few days of exploring the Salt Flats, I will descend almost 2000m to the edge of the Atacama Desert, arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, just across the Chilean border
- The Valley of the Moon has a unique landscape which experts say most represents the moon’s surface
- My final destination in Chile (and with G Adventures) is the capital city of Santiago
- A short flight takes me to Mendoza, Argentina known for its wine and outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking and horseback riding to name a few
- After spending a few days in Mendoza, I arrive at the last destination of my trip, Buenos Aires
- I’m lucky enough to be staying with one of my best and oldest friends from school in Buenos Aires which will no doubt involve Tango, Dulce de Leche and an Argentine Asado
Right now I’m anxious, excited, nervous and scared about what the next four weeks will entail but I know that by the end, it will be more than worth it!
I don’t know how I’m going to keep this blog going while I’m there due to the lack of WiFi and no laptop but I hope to keep my Instagram and Twitter accounts as active as possible. So do follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and join me over the next four weeks for one of my biggest adventures yet!
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