Its just under two weeks before we set off for South America, we’re flying into Santiago where we have 3 nights accommodation booked in the city and that’s as far as the organisation goes really!I have actually done some research and made a rough itinerary of what we would like to do but were not sure if we’ll get to visit all the places we hope to, we have just decided to wing it and play it by ear when we’re there.
When I made up our itinerary I used the ‘Big trips on a small budget – South America on a shoestring’ lonely planet book and also used the internet, it was pretty straight forward just a bit time consuming. I mainly used the Lonely Planet book, theres a reason why people always rave about the books – because they’re simply amazing.
If you’ve never heard of Lonely Planet books, I highly recommend you use them when your planning a trip or even if you just want to know more about a country. They literally have all of the information you need in them from attractions, history, food, accommodation transport and maps! You name it, they have it. I even have a little pocket sized book by lonely planet called ‘Fast talk – Spanish’, it’s a book full of helpful short sentences and words like how to order food, buy a bus ticket, how much a hotel room is.
Chile – Santiago, Valpraiso, Copiapo, Atacama
Bolivia – Uyuin, Sucre, Parque Nacional a area de uso multiple ambro, Samaipata, La Paz, Coricio, Cordillera Real, Parque Nacional Madidi (amazon)
Peru – Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Lima
Ecuador – Quitota Loop, Quito, Galapagos, Quito, Amazon, Mindo, Otavalo
Colombia – San Agustin, Zona Cafetera, Medellin, Cartagena
Panama – (Sailling)
Brazil – Rio, Paraty, Pantanal, Bonito, Iguazu Falls
Argentina – Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza OR Buenos Aires, Reserva Faunistica peninsula valdes, El Chalten, Parque Nacional los glaciares
Chile – Torres Del Paine, Aysen, Chiloe, Clochagua, Santiago
After researching and putting this itinerary together the excitement really began to kick in, especially seeing pictures of the places that we want to visit.
The countries within South America are so diverse, you have deserts, glaciers, wonderful beaches, enormous cities and small pretty towns all in one country – this has made it very hard to pack though.
Stay tuned to see if we manage to follow the itinerary or whether we decide to take a different route, either way I’m certain it will be an adventure✌🏽️