A saying that we hear a lot. Is it true that we are lucky? Travellers HATE when people say this and I can agree but there has to be two sides to this. I feel lucky but I worked hard and made this happen. After much debate and hearing others opinions I’ve come to a few conclusions.
I have easily been bucketed into the tourist stereotype since I began my travels. Although arriving in Salta, Argentina I think I may have made the transition to traveler. What is the difference? A more realistic view of the country.
One of the main things you should do before taking on travel in any region is get advice from people who have been there. For me, everyone who had traveled through South America said the Bolivian Salt Flats were one of their highlights. They were spot on. I’m not sure anything can compare.
After travelling through hostels for 5 months, I’ve learnt a few things myself and from others ‘mistakes’, It’s more likely that they were being arrogant or selfish but whichever, here are a few simple rules:
This is definitely one of the most searched aspects of long term travel. The most worrying aspect of travelling isn’t safety, health, budgets, but your packing list. It may sound irrelevant in the face of some of the other aspects but! When you’re travelling for a year or more, then your backpack is your home. I am travelling in warm climates mainly so this makes my packing list that bit easier to prepare for. I will be hiking, spending time in cities, beaching it, busing, flying, camping and staying in hostels. Amongst other things. So it’s difficult to prepare for everything but this is what I have researched and believe will keep me going.
When thinking of my travels across South America, Bolivia was always just a transit country. It still managed to suck me in, and after 22 days I’m thankful I delved a bit deeper.
I have heard so many mixed reviews on Peru. As with any country you can find some amazing sights and then not so great cities. However by the time I departed Peru, I felt lucky that I had the opportunity to see some of the best it had to offer. Was it similar to Colombia? I don’t think so. The people are different and the scenery and specialties it catered for were different. However it will remain a place I will return to and perhaps even work there next year. Can there be a higher form of praise?
Machu Picchu is easily one of the most recognised and talked about destinations in South America. I finally ticked it off to see what all the fuss was about. Not before divulging in a bit of adventure to get there though. Having trekked Huayhuash and seen some of the best mountains that Peru has to offer, I decided this time to have a bit of fun on the way.
The past two weeks have been the most mind broadening of my travels so far. It’s been an eyeopening experience being in Huaraz and taking on the mighty Huayhuash trek. For those that have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m in Peru. Huaraz is a city based in the mountains of Peru which are north of Lima. Huayhuash is an Andean mountain range that provides some of the most inspiring landscapes and for me, one of the biggest personal challenges I’ve ever undertaken.
I sit here in Salento with the mountains surrounding me, resting before my big trip to Peru and can’t believe how amazing my time in Colombia has been. I really had no idea what to expect coming here. I was told it was amazing, dangerous, scary, boring, exciting, lively, quiet, so you can see how confused I was. Now that I’m at the end of my time in Colombia, I couldn’t have imagined a better start to my South America travels. Hence why I’ve named this my lasting impressions of Colombia.