South America…

So, Adios South America.

Here’s the math: One continent, 85 days, 8 out of 14 countries*, 33 hostels, 200+hours buses/boats, 6 flights, 31 blog posts. All equals = A whole lot of fun + hard-core traveller bragging rights, I recon.

*Lets be fair no one really counts those three random countries at the top (The Guianas).Venezuela is trouble (apparently.) And Paraguay, well I still don’t know what happens there, it remains a mystery.

Here’s a roundup:

Loved: Cusco, Huacachina, Cartagena, Puerto Iguasu, Quito, Aguas Calintes.
Liked: Valpa, Sucra, Bogota, Arequipa, La Paz, Buenos Aires, Tayrona, Santiago.
It’s not me it’s you: Montevideo, Lima, Salta, Uyuni, Taganga, Copacabana.
Wish i’d got round to: Mendoza, Medallin, Boca, Otovalo.

Top 5 things I will miss…

1)  Llama jumpers, llama leg warmers and/or all associated llama paraphernalia. UK Autumn/Winter 2012, get ready for this. I’m bringing it back.
2) Inka cola. No other sugar rush like it. It gave me the energy to haul my ass out of Colca Canyon. Even better when introduced to it’s new best friend; vodka.
3) Peruvian/Chilean Pisco Sours
4) Sandboarding in Huacachina/Rafting in Arequipa. It’s an extreme sport tie.
5) South American partying: Quito, Colombia, Cusco, Santiago; you know who you are.

And some I won’t:

1) Having at least 10 different ways of finding the @ sign on a keyboard, none of which are logical. ‘Alt 64’ is my fave. Who would know this?
2) Latino music. Sorry Shakira/Don Omar. I’m so over it.
3) Peruvian elections and the effect they have on border crossings.
4) The Spanish language.
5) Nightbuses. Although some could teach Ryanair a thing or two, come on South America, take a leaf out of Air Asia’s book and get on the budget airline bandwagan por favour.

Where I stayed:  (*Italics for the really great ones)
Millhouse Avenue, Buenos Aires, Argentina/Posado del Puerto, Montevideo, Uruguay/El Viajero, Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay/Marco Polo Hostel Puerto Iguazu/Albergue Paudimar, Foz do Iguazu/Iguazu Falls Hostel, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina/Hostel del Centro, Salta, Argentina/Hostel Valle Hermoso, Tupiza, Bolivia/Salt Hotel, Uyuni, Bolivia/Companione de Jesus , Potosi, Bolivia/Hostal Amego, Sucre, Bolivia/Wild Rover, La Paz, Bolivia/Hostel 6 de Agosto, Copacabana, Bolivia/Wild Rover, Cuzco, Peru/Los Caminantes Hostel, Aguas Caliantis, Peru/Hostal Magico, Cusco, Peru/Wild Rover, Arequipa, Peru/Oasis Bungalows, Colca Canyon, Peru/Desert Nights, Huacachina, Peru/Kokopelli Backpackers, Lima, Peru/Flying Dog, Iquitos, Peru/Cucumbera Lodge, Amazon Jungle, Peru/Hostel Manguere, Leticia, Colombia/Hostel Martinique, Bogota, Colombia/Media Luna, Cartagena, Colombia/Casa Felipe, Taganga, Colombia/Hammock 11, Cabo Beach, Tayrana National Park, Colombia/La Brisa Loca, Santa Marta, Colombia/The Secret Garden, Quito, Ecuador/Hostel Luna Sonrisa, Valparaso, Chile/Hostel Andes, Santiago, Chile.

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