Where to Next, You Ask?

Where to Next, You Ask?

In my quest to visit every continent by thirty, I am beginning to concentrate on my last two continents: South America and Antarctica. I am also beginning to realize that in a little more than a month, I will turn twenty-eight, and the only thing that scares me about that age is having only two years left to reach my goal. Therefore, I will put all other travel dream destinations aside, for now, until my goal is complete.

So where will I head first?

My current plan, which can always change, is to head to a South American country for a week, or so, this summer, but to ultimately save up for the big trip to Antarctica the following winter, after my twenty-ninth birthday. That trip will include time in either Chile or Argentina, depending on where I leave from, with possible extended time in a South American country that is on my route back home to the East Coast.

Plans are always changing and evolving, so within the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some research on South America to try narrow it down to where I would like to spend time this summer and the following winter.

This is where you come in; I need your help. How do I choose between Peru’s Machu Picchu and the statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks Rio de Janeiro? Or, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats? Will I get the chance to tango in Buenos Aries, or take in the beauty of Patagonia? Or, will I take a boat deep into the Amazon, or relax on the beaches in Colombia?

You see, the possibilities are endless, so I need your suggestions and recommendations in the coming weeks and months. You can comment here and even leave links to past blogs below, or contact me privately . Either way, I would love all the information I can get.

I look forward to hearing all of your advice for South America. Thanks in advance!

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Comments (10)

  1. Traveling Ted

    I don’t think you can go wrong no matter where you go. I am going to Guyana in less than a month. I picked it because I wanted to go somewhere where most others do not go.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I’m so excited for your trip to Guyana. Maybe that’s where I’ll go!

  2. John

    My advice after returning from an extended trip through South America a little over a year ago…Macchu Pichu > Christ the Redeemer. They’re both world wonders, but only one should really be on that list. I’d say save Chile and Argentina for when you’re coming back from Antarctica and don’t worry about them on this trip. Some combination of Peru/Ecuador/Bolivia would be my vote depending on how much time you have. That way you could get ocean, Andes, Amazon, dessert, and more.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Awesome! Thanks for the advice, John!

  3. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    There is SO much to see! Patagonia is simply out of this world. Nov-March is the best time to go. I would focus mostly on the Chilean side as it has more glaciers, has fjords & lakes, etc. You can save Ushuaia in Argentina for when you go to Antarctica. Then move up Chile through the great lake district and cross the Andes by crossing these lakes to Bariloche. They say it is the trip of a lifetime to make this crossing (I missed it due to the 2010 quake when I was supposed to do it). Then proceed north to the driest desert in the world: the Atacama. Cross into Bolivia from there and go back towards Titicaca and enter Peru. See Cusco and Machu Picchu, maybe a cpl of towns in Peru and finally, old Lima – the seat of the Spanish Empire in S.A. and you will see why! After that, if you still have time, Iguazu Falls, and the RIO!!!!!!! If you still have energy after that, and time and money, explore the NE Brazilian coastal towns, swing back to Ecuador and the Galapagos as you move north to head home. How does that sound? 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Raul for all of this advice! And, your email too! This is going to seriously help me so much. Your pictures are so inspiring.

  4. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    LOVE travel plans. We just came back from Peru and Bolivia and both offer beautiful sights. It’ll be hard to choose which but honestly you can do Peru and Bolivia in one trip, they are not far from each other. We went by bus and did a 4-day salt flat tour before heading back up again to Peru. It’s the route most backpackers take between the two. As for Christ the Redeemer, you won’t regret going to Rio – absolutely stunning! We went on a separate trip and it is by far one of my favorite places. So here’s our suggestion for S. America as a whole. If you have the time, we heard most people start in Chile, work their way to Argentina, then up to Bolivia then Peru before flying to Brazil. Either way, I think you’ll have a blast! 🙂

  5. Pablo

    I was just in Central America and can’t wait to explore South America!
    I’ve always been huge into past civilizations so hiking up to Machu Picchu has always been at the top of my list. Not to take away from any other place but that would be my choice.
    Rapa Nui is technically part of Chile I think. Staying in Chile for a few days and then going out to Eastern Island to check out the culture and giant heads would be pretty awesome as well!

  6. Anita Mac

    I have to agree with Kieu – do a Bolivia-Peru combo. It is on the grigo trail so getting between the two in a short period of time is a piece of cake. If you want some Amazon time – Rurrenabaque is a quick entrance to some pretty awesome experiences. Swim with pink dolphins and piraña, catch glimpses of wild monkeys and sloth and get up close and personal with the alligators and anacondas…full on adventure! The one thing I would recommend – spend the money on the flight to Rurrenabaque – much better than the bus.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, Peru and Bolivia together sounds perfect! Thanks for the tips on the Amazon, I definitely want time to really explore it. This sounds right up my alley! I’d imagine the flight would be better – will look into it. Thank you so much!

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