South America- Realization of a 40year dream!!

a trip by Susan Storr
From: September 14th 2013
Until: September 12th 2014

An "oldie's gap year" backpacking in South America, something I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember.
Rough plan is to start in Santiago de Chile then move north through Valparaiso, Pisco de Elqui and onward to San Pedro de Atacama then 4WD trip across Salar de Uyuni in South Western Bolivia . Following that will then meander & cross into the Canyon Country and Andes of NW Argentina and head south through wine regions across the Andes at Mendoza back to Santiago. Second stage will make my way through the volcanic areas of Central/Southern Chile to Puerto Montt/Varas, Chiloe Island. Had planned to do Navimag ferry through fjords to Puerto Natales for Torres del Paine hike but it has been discontinued indefinitely. Apparently there's a smaller ferry, so will have to check that out. Will probably criss cross to and from Argentinian glacial region of Patagonia as I go down as far as Ischuaia. Continue up coast past Puerto Valdes and on to Buenos Aires, Uruguay for a few days, then Iguassu Falls then winding up the coast of Brazil, river boat up river from Manaus to Tabatinga,. Next Colombia (all over), Equador (including the Galapagos Islands), Peru- Macchu Picchu etc, then Lake Titicaca , La Paz, Northern Bolivia, and if time, across the Pantanal (Brasil) to Rio to finish this trip of a lifetime in "De Cuidad Marvillhosa (however it's spelled/spelt!) . BUT there's more- my final 2 months I expect to be catching up with a myriad of "old" and new travelling buddies across Europe, Anyone want to join me??? 😉
Trip Length: 12 months
Blog Entries: 9
Photos: 505
Words: 4630

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
September 23rd 2013 Hola South America! Santiago de Chile South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Providencia
September 30th 2013 Colour & Culture- Valparaiso, Vina del Mar and Isla Negra South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region
October 5th 2013 Heading to Pisco Country- La Serena & Valle de Elqui South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » Pisco Elqui
October 8th 2013 San Pedro de Atacama - Around Town South America » Chile » Antofagasta Region » San Pedro de Atacama
October 9th 2013 San Pedro de Atacama- Valle de la Luna South America » Chile » Antofagasta Region » San Pedro de Atacama
October 10th 2013 San Pedro de Atacama - Lagunas Antiplanos South America » Chile » Antofagasta Region » San Pedro de Atacama
October 11th 2013 San Pedro de Atacama - Quebradas & Pilcara de Quitor South America » Chile » Antofagasta Region » San Pedro de Atacama
October 14th 2013 Across the Salar- San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni, Bolivia South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni
October 18th 2013 Tupiza- Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid Country! South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza
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