This year has been an exciting one…I quit my job to travel and focus on the travel blog. Obviously, I have travelled quite a bit and have been to some really exciting places – Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Austria, Zanzibar and Taiwan. I am not even mentioning the domestic travel that kept me busy on long weekends.
The year started with an exotic destination – Myanmar…the land of pagodas. And hence, I have decided to end the year with an equally exotic destination – South America. Later in November, I am off to South America for a month. I am super excited…its been on the bucketlist for far too long! It is a solo trip as Ankur has not been able to get leave, which makes me feel sad. I am going to miss him. One week in Taiwan without Ankur made me realise that this one month in South America will be a long month. I am feeling the pinch even more as all the destinations that I am going to are on Ankur’s bucketlist as well. So, I have decided to do only a few things in each country and leave the rest for a more elaborate trip with Ankur for sometime in the future. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that it does happen soon!
So, where will I be going and what will I be doing? I would be visiting four countries – Galapagos (Ecuador), Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Here is a snapshot of what my plan looks like. Needless to say, I will share a detailed itinerary at a later date:
One week in Galapagos (Ecuador):
This is the country that I am most excited about. I have heard that you can see evolution in play here and Charles Darwin’s theories being proved. Sea lions and their pups populate the sea coast like stray dogs…and they loot so cute!
Iguana lizards sun bathe on volcanic rocks and blend in well with the surroundings. Penguins are happy snorkelling by your side and if you are lucky, you may sight hammerheads and manta rays as well!
I will be spending a week on these islands doing some land based trips as well as some SCUBA diving.
One week in Peru:
Machu Picchu….ohhh Machu Picchu! How can I visit South America and not bow to the Inca civilisation’s stellar city. I would be doing a short trip to Machu Picchu to be amazed…I am prepared!
I will also visit the Amazon rainforest from Peru. I intend to sign up for a 4 days – 3 nights trip to the Manu National park.
I am spending the maximum time in Peru and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, is next on the cards. I want to be ferried around in the traditional ‘taxi boat’ at the Uros village that float gracefully on this serene lake.
One week in Bolivia:
Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world are in Bolivia. It is the place to get funky photos done…and I want one there! This is the place that transforms into the largest mirror on the planet on a rainy day. I have no clue on what the weather Gods have in store for me, but I will keep my fingers crossed. Mirror or no mirror, I am off to see the largest salt flats on the planet!One week in Brazil:
I have been told that Brazil needs a month…and I will not contest that as it is coming from someone who has travelled to over 100 countries. So, I will stick to 3 days in Rio, where I intend to do nothing except for lounging on the beach. Oh…I almost forgot…I do intend to try hand gliding, take a selfie at Christ, the Redeemer and go up the Sugar Loaf.
I have also budgeted two days at Sao Paulo, just because my flight lands in this city.
I know its a lot that I am trying to squeeze into just a month! But it’s my first trip to South America and I want to make the most of it. I am excited and I am nervous. It would be great if you could help me plan my travels … share your tips please!