Home again for 6 months and I was itching for more South America. For my 3rd trip I adopted a completely new approach on how I would travel there, I had learnt a lot and wasted a lot of time on my first 2 trips, this
time I wanted to cover as much ground as possible and see much more. It was my 3rd trip when I started to really enjoy the long-haul bus journeys, which I hadn't previously and I took many more photos, by now I was planning to
write about my experiences!
I have now been in all 13 countries to varying degrees and for varying times, some countries several times and some for a short time, I want to see more of these countries and
The Patagonia is also on the list. I have travelled the 'Gringo' trails but also to many places off the beaten track, I have been the only foreinger in town on a few occasions.
I couldn't speak Spanish on my first 3 trips but I learnt a lot while traveling. During 2010 I went to university for 3 months in Medellin - Colombia for Spanish, it helped a lot.
On my first 3 trips communicating with locals was not always easy, sometimes impossible without doing hand signals and visual actions, I suspect many travelers to South America have a similar experience lingo-wise. These days my Spanish is quite good.
This is a warts and all account of my travels in South America so far. Enjoy!
My most well trodden paths respectively are
The 3 Guianas.