Category: South-America

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Whatever happens in Rio…

So it’s been nearly 1 week since I arrived in Rio De Janeiro. The last couple of days have been packed with activities hence the late updates. Although the weather hasn’t been too kind on me here, I still try to make the best of out. Truth to be told, Rio has a lot of outdoor activities so it’s a pity that it was raining for the majority of the time. The first day it was raining too, so the people at the hostel started a nice “little” BBQ and these Brazilians sure know (and love) their meats. To be...

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Peru – Lima / Cuzco / Puno / Arequipa

Out of all the South American countries, Peru is the first one I’ve done research on. Not because it’s my favorite or anything, but because I arranged my Salkantay trek in Cuzco way ahead of time and from there on I just kept going. I’ll be spending the new year in the magical Cuzco, probably not in Macchu Picchu but it’s close enough! Since I’ve already talked about the Salkantay trek in another post I’ll just describe the route I’ll take. Lima First stop, Lima! Capital of Peru and largest city. To be honest I’m going to be lazy about...

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Chile – Santiago

The more research I do about South America, the more I start to regret not having enough time to visit all the countries there. I’m only passing through South America and only visiting the major cities in each country just to get a glimpse of what it has to offer. Chile is such a large country, all be it with a lot of mountains, but it’s still a huge country with a lot places and cities worth visiting. Sadly I’m only going to Santiago de Chile. Orignally I had planned to visit Patagonia and Torres Del Paine, but time and...

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Argentina – Iguazu / Buenos Aires

To be honest, I have very little knowledge on the countries in South America. It hasn’t really caught my interest untill recently. I’ve always had a stronger interest in Asia, probably since I’m Asian myself and I don’t speak Spanish or Portugese. But since I’ve got the opportunity to travel for a year I might as well check out what South America has to offer. Hence my more extensive research on the South American countries. Iguazu Falls (Iguaçu falls) One of the great natural wonders of the world, the entire area around is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Iguazu...

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Brazil – Rio de Janeiro / São Paulo

My first stop of this year-long trip will be sunny Brazil. In order to get most of my time there, I’ve looked up some information in advance to avoid missing out on the good stuff what Brazil has to offer. First: they speak Portugese in Brazil. I know, everyone should’ve known that already, but I didn’t… and apparently Brazilians will feel a bit offended if you assume that they speak Spanish just like any other South American country. I’ve started to learn some basic Portugese in order to “blend” in as much as I can but I’m no Rain man...

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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

When you go to Peru, the main attraction would be visiting Machu Picchu. There are several ways of getting there, there are the adventures ways where you can hike your way from Cuzco to Machu Picchu and less adventurous ways when you have less time where you take the bus or other transport straight to Machu Picchu. Since I got some time, I decided to take the adventurous part and hike my way to Machu Picchu. But instead of doing the traditional and well-known Inca Trail, I decided to opt for an alternative hike-route: Salkantay trek. There are several of...