A South American Adventure

The Salt Flats in Bolivia, from Unsplash, by Diego.

The Salt Flats in Bolivia, from Unsplash, by Diego.

For 2019, my big travel trip is going to be to South America. I have been fascinated with this continent for a long time. It started in University when I took several Political Science courses on this region. I also watched the Motorcycle Diaries, which further cemented my interest in South America. I’m not a fan of Che Guevara’s politics, but I do like this quote about travel:

What do we leave behind when we cross a frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.

I can totally relate to this quote with the need to see as much as possible and enjoying what you just saw.

I thought I’d share with you all my top destinations and what I plan on seeing and doing, because I have mentioned I am going here for far too long. I will likely take a group tour with either G-Adventures or Intrepid Travel for maybe a 3 week to month long jaunt to really see everything I want. The trip will focus on taking stunning photos of beautiful scenery, indulging in the local cuisine, hiking, and having unique experiences similar to my camel riding adventure in Morocco. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Argentina

Argentina is definitely the most European-influenced country of all South America. Buenos Aires, the capital, definitely looks like it has hints of Paris in its architecture. It is the home of the best steak, Malbec wine, and tango. I am really drawn to: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Patagonia.

Chile

Easter Island, from Unsplah, Thomas Griggs.

Easter Island, from Unsplah, Thomas Griggs.

Chile is where you get your nature fix. From the Atacama desert to Torres del Paine and Easter Island, there is no shortage of amazing landscapes. Did I mention Penguins?! There is even an island where there is a whole colony of them, on Isla Magdalena, in Southern Chile. I am also interested in visiting Valapariso, which is a colourful bohemian town.

Bolivia

Bolivia is more of a third world country compared to the rest of the countries on this list, not that the others don’t have their fair share of poverty. It is a landlocked country, prone to constant strikes (I wrote a paper in University on this) and has high altitude throughout, even in the capital city of La Paz. From my research, Bolivia has it’s fair share of quirks, such as interesting imitation of super markets are non-existent. Food shopping is very unorganized with products everywhere and presented in the easiest possible fashion. I’m actually intrigued to see and experience this (as much as it will frustrate me)! I will also make a b-line for the salt flats!

Machu Pichu. Photo from Unsplash, Babak Fackmanzadeh.

Machu Pichu. Photo from Unsplash, Babak Fackmanzadeh.

Peru

There is a lot of hype with traveling to Peru. It has a large Indigenous population. After all, it is the home of Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel in the Andes Mountains. The biggest draw to Peru is all things Inca, such as the Inca trail, an epic hike to Machu Picchu, and the extremely unique culture. Cities such as Cusco really reflect this with many people dressed in traditional clothing with decorated lamas by their side.

Can’t wait to be here! I will definitely add to this post and write new ones.