Being a travel guide writer really sucks as you have to travel so much (I’m kidding). I’m planning another trip (Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador over 2 months) - here’s the details for anyone interested. Of course I’ll be writing about everywhere I visit upon my return.
First port of call in mid May is Leticia - I want to scope out the Amazon rainforest as I’ve never actually been to the Amazon proper. From there I’ll fly on to Manaus with Trip, and catch a connecting flight with Tam to Fortaleza. I’ve then got a whole month to check out the coastline between Fortaleza to Salvador - I’ve found a few decent deals on hire cars using some compare car hire websites - £500 for a month is sweet! Places along the coast that we (my Colombian girlfriend and I) are looking at scoping out include Flexeiras, Taiba, Morro Branco, Punta Grossa, Areia Branca, Muriu, Fernando de Noronha (I’m sure this will be the highlight), Tibau do Sul, Pipa, Olinda, Gaibu, Salvador, Morro de Sao Paulo and Ilha do Boipeba. I’ll write about all when I return.
From Salvador, we fly on to Buenos Aires for a few nights, before flying up to Salta, from where we’ve over 3 weeks to travel to Cuzco for the next flight. I’ll be visiting Salta and the region around it, before heading into Bolivia and visiting the salt flats of Uyuni, Potosi, Sucre, La Paz and who knows where else. I haven’t even developed a Bolivia section to bigtravelweb as it’s one of the few Latin American countries I haven’t been to and I never got fully trained on it by Journey Latin America (I’m on sabbatical) - hence my knowledge is limited enough for me to have saved writing that section for very soon.
From La Paz we’ll pass through Lake Titicaca and travel onwards up to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. From there we’ll fly via Lima (I’ve no desire to visit Lima - there’s next to nohing there) to Guayaquil, I’ll be hopping on a bus and heading to San Luis de Pambil to re-visit my friends with whom I worked when I was an ecotourism consultant for the Piedra Blanca Community Ecotourism Project in 2004. I’ll be in Quito for a night before flying back to Medellin in mid July.
As for the flights, I’ve got a real filthy bargain. Here’s the details:
Medellin to Leticia - $6, using my Onepass miles.
Tabatinga to Manaus - £175 with Trip booked online (this is the most painfully expensive flight).
Manaus to Fortaleza, plus Natal to Fernando do Noronha and back, plus Salvador to Buenos Aires - £385 with a Tam South America Airpass.
Buenos Aires to Salta, Cuzco to Guayaquil and Quito to Medellin - £350 with a Lan South America airpass.
That’s about £850 for 10 flights - £85 ($170) each. And I’m going all over the continent. If you know what you’re doing, you can find deals like this. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then browse this sites flights section to figure out how!