Countries 14 Hotels 44 Cars 81
Flights 28:flying time 81.24 hours
Rickshaw 4 Bus 13 Elephant 1 Boat 14
Cog-wheel train 2 Cable car 8 Subway 10 Ferry 2
Minibus 37 Coach 2 Catamaran 1 Funicular 3
Pick up truck 5 Land Cruiser 8 Hydrofoil 4
Llama 1 Cycle Taxi 1 Train 9 Motorised Canoe 9
Canoe 2 Sightseeing truck 1 Sightseeing bus 10
Golf cart taxi 2
So my 105 days trip is now over.
I have now been to all the countries left on my bucket list, 12 of the 14 I visited on this trip were on my list, and I am now in lovely London. It does feel a bit weird not having to be somewhere to catch a flight/train/car or to meet a guide. I can’t quite believe it’s over, the sight of a red double decker bus when I look out of the window of the flat I am staying in for a couple of days, confirms to me that it is. Well what a trip it was, I loved it, it has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
The questions I have been asked the most about this trip is which of the countries and places I visited, were the best. So I’ve done a review of the trip across a range of topics. I saw stunning scenery and wonderful sights every day, so these are the very best of what was an absolutely fabulous 105 days.
With regard to countries I couldn’t choose between, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela. These four were my favourites, are all very different, very individual, and offer a variety of experiences, sights, culture and landscapes, the people are welcoming and friendly, the food is amazing and I liked the vibe of the places I visited.
With places/sights, I have split these into two groups, natural and human made. The best natural are Perito Moreno Glacier, Copper Canyon and Iguazu Falls and human is Machupicchu.
The best views/landscapes were: Copacabana beach and the city of Rio from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, the city of La Paz from a cable car; Torres del Paine National Park; Los Roques Archipelago; the Sacred Valley of the Incas; Hato el Cedral Ranch; Southern Iceland; Copper Canyon; Macchupicchu; Lake Titicaca from Sun Island and Puerto Natales.
Some of the stand out experiences, from all the brilliant things I did were: the Copper Canyon train journey; the train journey from Puno to Cusco; getting so close to wildlife at Hato el Cedral Ranch; staying in the Amazon jungle; sailing to icebergs and glaciers and seeing geysers and hot springs.
So what next? well my original plan was to move to Asia, when I was somewhere in South America I felt that wasn’t right for me, however I didn’t know what did feel right for me until I got to Boston. I have been in love with the American lifestyle for years and going to Boston reminded me how much I love America. So this will be my next trip, I don’t know where yet, all I know is it will be in the US of A.