South America

a trip by Gerry & Ruth
From: February 19th 2014
Until: May 9th 2014

Travel has become a key part of our retirement and South America has long been a talisman due to its diverse cultures, history, rugged geography and flora and fauna. As this will be our longest trip to date we have decided to maintain a blog to keep family and friends informed of our preparations and as a record of our experiences and maybe inspire your own adventures.

Our trip is planned for 82 days starting 19 Feb and comprises of two separate organised trips. We have decided on organised trips due to our complete lack of Spanish language skills. After landing in Buenos Aires with 3 days for sightseeing, trip 1 is 18 days in Patagonia with 5 internal flights to help avoid some of the vast distances between overnight stops.

While still late summer early autumn we expect it to be quite cold with maximums around 10 degrees and lower minimums. While travelling very light we think we have planned for enough suitable clothing. One of my highlights will be to view that iconic morning shot of the sun hitting the Andes peaks in the Torres del Paine national park while the rest of the mountains are in shadow and snow.

Our 2nd trip is much less organised, more basic and likely to be a much younger demographic so should be interesting and dynamic. We are probably the only one doing the whole trip as most of the others will only be doing sections of the trip . The trip is 55 days over 5 countries down the west coast. While we will have a guide he will only be assisting in getting us from place to place and advising on what activities are available. It will be up to us to then organise these activities. Like many people our highlight will be the 4 day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and to get to the Sun gate at dawn for that iconic view of the lost city in the mist below.
Trip Length: 11 weeks
Blog Entries: 57
Photos: 218
Words: 22732

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
February 19th 2014 Start of Adventure South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires
February 20th 2014 Touring Buenos Aires South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires
February 21st 2014 Touring Buneos Aires (2) South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires
February 22nd 2014 Exciting Start to 1st Tour South America » Argentina » Chubut » Trelew
February 23rd 2014 Valdez Peninsula South America » Argentina » Chubut » Valdes Peninsula
February 24th 2014 Fly from Trelew to Ushuaia South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia
February 25th 2014 Beagle Channel cruise South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia
February 26th 2014 Tierra del Fuego South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Tierra del Fuego National Park
February 27th 2014 Fly from Ushuaia to Calafate South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate
February 28th 2014 Perito Moreno Glacier South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate
March 1st 2014 Drive to El Chalten South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén
March 3rd 2014 Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén
March 4th 2014 Drive to Puerto Natales South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine
March 5th 2014 Torres del Paine by boat South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine
March 7th 2014 Torres Del Paine (Blue Tower) day walks South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine
March 8th 2014 Fly to Puerto Montt South America » Chile » Los Lagos » Puerto Montt
March 9th 2014 Lakes Crossing to Bariloche South America » Argentina » Río Negro » San Carlos de Bariloche
March 10th 2014 Bariloche South America » Argentina » Río Negro » San Carlos de Bariloche
March 11th 2014 Fly to Buenos Aires South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires
March 13th 2014 Adios Buenos Aires South America » Ecuador » North » Quito
March 15th 2014 Quito Ecuador South America » Ecuador » North » Quito
March 16th 2014 Quito to Misahualli (Amazon Jungle Day 1) South America » Ecuador » East » Misahualli
March 17th 2014 Amazon Jungle day 2 South America » Ecuador » East » Misahualli
March 18th 2014 Amazon Jungle (Day 3) South America » Ecuador » East » Misahualli
March 19th 2014 Leaving the jungle for Banos South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños
March 20th 2014 Banos South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños
March 21st 2014 Banos Ecuador (Day 3) South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños
March 23rd 2014 Cuenca Ecuador South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca
March 25th 2014 Zorritos Peru South America » Peru » Tumbes » Tumbes
March 26th 2014 Chiclayo Peru South America » Peru » Lambayeque » Chiclayo
March 28th 2014 Trujillo Peru South America » Peru » Trujillo
March 29th 2014 Lima Peru South America » Peru » Lima » Lima
March 30th 2014 Paracas Peru South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas
March 31st 2014 Nazca Peru South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca
April 2nd 2014 Arequipa South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa
April 4th 2014 Colca Canyon Peru South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon
April 5th 2014 Drive to Cuzco South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco
April 6th 2014 Cuzco Peru South America
April 7th 2014 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo Peru South America » Peru » Cusco » Ollantaytambo
April 8th 2014 Inca Trail (day 1) South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail
April 9th 2014 Inca Trail (Day 2) South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail
April 10th 2014 Inca Trail (Day 3) South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail
April 11th 2014 Inca Trail (Day 4) South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail
April 12th 2014 Cuzco Peru South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco
April 13th 2014 Puno/Lake Titicaca Peru (Day1) South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca
April 15th 2014 Puno/Lake Titicaca Peru (Days 2 -3) South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca
April 16th 2014 La Paz Bolivia (Day 1) South America
April 17th 2014 La Paz Bolivia (Day 2) South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz
April 19th 2014 La Paz (Days 3 - 4) South America
April 21st 2014 Sucre Bolivia South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre
April 23rd 2014 Potosi Bolivia South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi
April 26th 2014 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni Bolivia South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni
April 28th 2014 San Pedro de Atacama Chile South America » Chile » Antofagasta Region » San Pedro de Atacama
May 1st 2014 Salta Argentina South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta
May 4th 2014 Mendoza Argentina South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza
May 7th 2014 Santiago Chile (3 Days) South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago
May 9th 2014 Santiago (3 Days post tour) South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago
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