Itinerary / Routes for Backpacking South America 2008, Trips 1 & 2
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Trip 1 Itinerary (March - May 2008)
- My first time in South America, didn't know what to expect, couldn't communicate well, partied a lot and had a great travel experience that fueled me for more.
This was my very first itinerary in South America starting in Buenos Aires - Argentina. Of course I was aiming to do some of the best known sights on the gringo
trail! From Buenos Aires I wanted basically to get up to Iguazu Falls but I didn't do it directly! I went via Uruguay and up through the corner of Brazil. I could
have taken many routes to get from Montevideo to Iguazu so I just found my own by drawing a straight line! From Iguazu west to Salta was a long bus ride
overnight. Salta is the perfect place to head north to Bolivia from. The places in Bolivia all follow a natural route of travel heading northward
up to Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru. From there I flew south to Chile and then home.
- Didn't have a solid travel plan for this trip. I just went anywhere, explored and had fun. I became a real traveler the following year.
Again this itinerary starts in Buenos Aires and is made up of traveling from city to city northward through Argentina up to Salta. This time I took a
different route up to another part of Bolivia then cut west to Cochabamba and La Paz. From there I had a random idea to go to Colombia so I did (by plane).
Most the time in Colombia was on the north coast. From there I flew to Cusco - Peru, then back home again via Chile. The Colombia excursion is not really part
of this backpacking itinerary. Just the Argentina and Bolivia parts!