So, after visiting paradise on earth, what are we up to now?
Sunday the 24th of June we fly from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Los Angeles, USA. We will rent a car for 3 weeks and (roughly) do the following route:
After the road trip, we fly to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to spend some time with Sean and Dawn, my host parents from the time I was an exchange student in Delavan, Wisconsin. We’ll be chilling, visiting family and most of all appreciate every minute we get to spend together!
On the 25th of July we take a plane to Brussels, putting us on Belgian soil on thursday the 26th.
We are thus entering our final month of travelling. For us this will be more like a normal, summer vacation. We are planning ahead, booking camping sites and hostels beforehand and we will also stick to these plans!
Cusco in Peru is apparently the longest inhabited city in South-America. One day it was the capital of the Incas, today you could say it’s the capital of the Gringo’s. Many, many tourists around and Cusco has made sure it provides all that a Gringo might need: massages, cafes, Irish pubs, artesanias at every price and quality, tours, tours and more tours…
Since we left Bolivia behind, we figured it’s time we add up the numbers and see what damage this country did to our savings account.
In Copacabana (our final stop in Bolivia!) we arrive right in the middle of major festivities. It’s supposed to be a holiday to honor the cross of Jesus, but what we really see is men and women showing of their costumes, dancing and drinking the night away. When we wake up the next morning the parade is still going on, although the dancing seems a little less coordinated. I’m sure the beer had something to do with that…
We liked Sucre, and apparently Sucre liked us back. The night we are planned to take the bus to Cochabamba our last meal in Sucre decides it’s a little too early for us too leave. In stead of spending the night on the bus, Jolien spends the night on the toilet of the hostel. We stay in Sucre two more days, even Christophe pays a little more visits to the toilet than usual. While Jolien admires the walls of the bathroom, Christophe has an interesting chat with a fellow backpacker. Inspired by his experience we decide to book a flight to Santa Cruz to go explore the jungle of Parque Amboró. In Santa Cruz we call one of the communities in the park and make arrangements to stay with them for a few nights.
Exactly four months ago we said goodbye to our lives as we knew them and jumped on a plane to Buenos Aires, Argentina. After 121 days on the road and two countries officially behind us, we’d like to share with you what this means in terms of finances. While preparing for our trip, we thought it was a great help to be able to read about it on other travel blogs. We hope we can help some future travellers get an idea of what travelling in South America might cost.
I don’t think there’s a more impressive way to enter a country than by doing it on a three-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia.
We did the tour with Cordillera Traveler and have absolutely no complaints about them. In a jeep we drove across the altiplano, through the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, reaching almost 5000m above sea level. In the jeep we had our driver Felix, a French couple, a Canadian guy, an Australian girl living in London and us.
There were so many beautiful sites that we never drove for more than 30 minutes to an hour before getting out for another photo shoot. We got basic lodging, but you really don’t need more. Our driver Felix was very informative and made sure the scenery got even more dramatic by the songs he played in the car. We seldom felt like talking, out of fear we’d miss something while talking to each other. We’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking: