After some serious trip planing over the past few weeks Dan and I have finally decided on some sort of travel plans and itinerary for 2017 and the next leg of our year long round the world adventure so I thought I would share what the year ahead has for us.
In February we jet off to South America from New Zealand and we will be spending six months on the continent travelling to (hopefully) 7 countries throughout this time.
All the images provided are from the lovely Ellie from The Wandering Quinn who has travelled through South America and I have found her blog posts most helpful for our upcoming trip there
We fly into Buenos Aires where we have booked an airbnb for a week, we decided to spend a week here so we can get a real feel for the place and everyone has said how amazing it is and we didn’t want to rush it. We are staying in the Palermo at an airbnb apartment as this area seems to be the lively place with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Our next stop is Brazil where we will be arriving just in time for the world famous Carnival. We spend 5 nights in Rio before picking up a Tucan Travel Tour called Discover Patagonia. Any tips for the Carnival are welcomed and of course all the must do things in Rio.
Discover Patagonia Tour
The Discover Patagonia tour is 50 days long and will take us through Brazil, Argentina and Chile. We booked a tour for this leg of the journey as we really wanted to go to Patagonia but from research realised that to do it independently can be quite costly. We did a Tucan Travel tour in Africa and were really happy with it so we’re all good with jumping back on the yellow truck and camping our way through Brazil, Patagonia in Chile & Argentina.
The things I am looking forward to most are sleeping in hammocks and spotting wildlife in the Pantanal, hiking in Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego National Parks and going to the bottom of the continent and staying at Ushuaia.
After we finish our tour in Santiago we will spend some time there in an airbnb just chilling out because we know how we felt after the camping trip in Africa and a bed and a hot shower will be welcomed.
We will visit the beautiful town of Valparaiso famed for its colourful houses before moving on to La Serena on our way to San Pedro de Atacama.
The thing to do in Bolivia is the salt flats so we will be making our way from San Pedro to Uyuni via the salt flats and then head to Copacabana & Lake Titicaca after this.
In Peru we plan to go to Cusco and Machu Pichu although we are torn as to whether to do the Inca Trail as we’ve been told it’s so busy and there are many other walks that are less trodden and we will still get to see Machu Pichu. I also don’t like to do things just because everyone else is doing them!
We are hoping to also pick up a rainforest trip from either Cusco or Lima as well as we didn’t get to go into the Amazon in Brazil and were unsure if we will make it to Ecuador.
We have put quite a bit of time aside for Colombia as pretty much everyone says it is the best place in South America so I’m super excited about this. Friends are coming to join us at different parts of the trip in Colombia so it will be so great to see some friendly faces along the way.
The plan is to go to the Salento (the coffee region), Bogota, Medellin, Jardin, Guatape, Cartegena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta as well as visit the two islands in the Caribbean that belong to Colombia – San Andreas and Providencia.
I cannot wait for this part of the trip and hopefully Colombia will live up to all expectations. If you have any tips or must visit places please do send them my way!
I have found this website extremely helpful for Colombia and all South American countries. They break down exactly how much things cost and the best places to go and their photos are just phenomenal – Along dusty roads
If we have some time we may go to Panama to see the San Blas Islands but at the moment we are unsure of how much time we have so hopefully we can tick off another country and spend some time there.
We have only recently decided to go to Mexico as our flight options were via Toronto or Mexico City so we decided to go as recently a friend told me how great her trip to Mexico City was. So we have decided to spend 6 nights at the end of our year long adventure in Mexico City. I’m looking forward to the Frida Khalo Museum, Mexican wrestling, museums and of course the food!
Please please please send me your South America tips, must do’s and don’ts! Comment below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org because we need all the advice we can get as this is a new destination for both of us.
We return back to our life London in August and I’m sure we will have a ton of bills and life admin to address so that is currently where our travel plans for 2017 end.
I’m really looking forward to the next leg of the big adventure and will be sharing as I go along.