7 months. 7 countries. 31 cities. countless towns and dozens of mountains. How has this day arrived already? From arriving in Bogota, Colombia to finishing in Sao Paulo, Brasil. It’s been nothing but amazing experiences and huge learning curves. The question keeps niggling at me, have I changed after all this travel? Was South America what I thought it would be? Was everyone right about what they told me to expect? I don’t think anyone knows what this brilliant continent is like, until you have been here and seen it.
The magical place sitting at the end of the world. It was time to take on Patagonia and see what else I could add to my South American journey. Hiking, trekking and living in the wild helped solidify what I expected, I will return to Patagonia.
What a surprise Southern Chile turned out to be. Greenery, lakes, mountains, coastlines, it has it all! Literally. I went down there expecting to see some nice towns and ended up having one of the best days so far in South America.
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.
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.
Well my plans on how I would run this blog are slightly changing as I go. I wanted to build a very helpful and detailed overview of my travels to help others taking a similar route. However as I travel I realise that perhaps that’s not the best thing to offer. There are so many sites out there that give you finer, admin-based solutions. What I want to do is give you some insight on what to expect and what my thoughts are on places. With that I give you my first impressions of Colombia.