Well, I leave in less that 3 hours on another adventure to a place unknown and even though I never finished posting about last year in Thailand (and I will) I plan on journaling the 2009 adventure in South America in the same manner.
The major difference, other than destination, is this year I am taking one of my closest friends with me. Scotty has never been anywhere and is the first one in his family to have a passport so I am stoked to bust his international cherry and explore new worlds. I imagine his eyes will be wide and his senses over-whelmed which makes it all the more exciting for me. After traveling through Thailand and Cambodia by myself, I realized that I’ll be happy to have someone there to share the expericences with. I do think that everyone should do a solo trip somewhere, it is true that happiness is best when shared.
Scott and I have a rough itinerary which is a little more regimented than my SE Asia trip but mainly because we are covering such a huge amount of land in such a small time frame.
Roughly we will be going in this order
Buenos Aires, Argentina tonight ->
on to Igauzu Falls ->
Buenos Aires ->
Patagonia (El Calafate and the Glacier Parks) ->
Ushuaia (Southern Most City in the world!) ->
Santiago, Chile ->
Lima, Peru ->
Cusco, Peru -> where we are spending the next 4 days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu PIcchu
back to Lima and then home at the end of the month.
Personally, I’ve never been to South America or the Southern Hemisphere (new sets of stars!) and visiting Patagonia is something I’ve dreamed about. Hiking the Inca Trail is one of last great adventures that is yet to be completely spoiled by tourism and I can wait. I plan on eating lots of steak, hiking a lot, winning a speedo pullup contest, doing the stanky leg on a glacier, and starting an Argentine revolution if i have time!
Motto: If not now, When?
PS- Scott is attempting to Twitter our trip to hopefully help his mom’s anxiety but if you want to follow along look -> https://twitter.com/ScottK127