Destination: South America

February 6, 2012 — Jason del Sur

Step 1: ORD-LIR 25 Feb (Chicago, USA to Liberia, Costa Rica)
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit
Step 4: UIO-ORD 4 May (Quito, Ecuador to Chicago, USA)

The time is swiftly approaching before my next adventure commences. Most of you know that I began a new job in October. As part of my negotiation, I was able to swing a two month sabbatical in order to avoid the worst part of Chicago winter and hopefully satiate my wanderlust. So far the Chicago winter has been incredibly mild, and I am hoping that if there is another Snowpacalypse this year, it’s while I’m soaking in the South American summer.

The trip begins with one week in Tamarindo, Costa Rica spending time with my coworkers, planning ways of making the company more amazing, and, of course, drinking Imperial.

I’m still doing a significant amount of tweaking to the rest of my itinerary (the above two flights are the only thing I have booked so far), but here are the general highlights:

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a rockin music scene
  • Iguazu Falls
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina for steak and general city fun
  • Patagonia, Argentina for some hiking, hopefully meeting up with my friend Victoria currently travelling the world
  • La Paz, Bolivia to meet up with my friend Nell (currently studying luchador culture in Bolivia) and possibly check out the salt flats
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Just this weekend, a friend who has done even more extensive travelling than I have convinced me that I might be trying to do too much for the short amount of time I have. I find it funny that amongst many travelers that two months is considered “short”. But I do believe he has a point. After sitting down with a spreadsheet and budgeting time and realizing that I’ll be spending close to 10 days of my time on busses and airplanes, I do believe I’m going to have to cut one or two things from my list.

I welcome your suggestions on places not to miss and places I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing, Bob.

This will be the most epicest adventure to date.  

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