A (Statistical) Travel Snapshot – SOUTH AMERICA

2012:  Six months in Colombia and five months backpacking through South America.

How does one sum a year abroad?

I threw it all into one big list when I got back from Asia.  Here it goes with South America.

COUNTRIES:  6
Colombia • Peru • Argentina
Ecuador • Chile • Uruguay
bienvenidos

PLACES VISITED: 67
Los Angeles -> Bogotá -> Cali -> Tumaco -> Medellin -> Rionegro -> Florencia -> Caquetá countryside -> Tuluá -> Buenaventura -> Golfo Tortugas -> Cartagena -> Villa de Leyva -> Santa Marta -> Tayrona -> San Gil -> Bogotá -> Quito -> Canoa -> Montañita -> Guayaquil -> Máncora -> Zorritos -> Chiclayo -> Chachapoyas -> Kuelap -> Gocta/San Pablo -> Trujillo -> Huanchaco -> Lima -> Ica -> Huacachina -> Nazca -> Andahuaylas -> Pacucha -> Pampachiri -> Bosque de Piedras -> Abancay -> Cuzco -> Aguas Calientes -> Machu Picchu -> Puno -> Lake Titicaca -> Arequipa -> Arica -> Iquique -> San Pedro de Atacama -> La Serena -> Santiago -> Valparaiso -> Viña del Mar -> El Yeco -> Buenos Aires -> Bariloche -> El Bolsón -> Lago Puelo -> Mendoza -> Maipu -> Mina Clavere -> Nono -> Córdoba -> Puerto Iguazu -> Iguazu Falls -> Rosario -> Colonia -> Montevideo -> Punta del Este -> La Barra -> Piriapolis -> Montevideo -> Los Angeles.

NATIONALITIES MET:  39
Colombian  Venezuelan  Filipino  German  Austrian  French  Australian  American  Canadian  Peruvian  Ecuadorian  Chilean  Belgian  Danish  Dutch  English  Scottish  Finnish  Italian  Spanish  Croatian  Bosnian  Irish  Icelandic  Mexican  Japanese  Argentinian  Brazilian  [Basque]  [Quebecois]  Uruguayan  Paraguayan  Portuguese  Swiss  Ukrainian  Israeli  Malaysian  Costa Rican  Chinese

TRANSPORT:  
Airplanes: Dozens while working in Colombia, none afterward.
Boats: 8
Buses: I’d like to forget.
Trains: Are there any in South America?
Road Trips: 3
Bicycles: 3
transport

LANDSCAPES:  
Mountains:
13 different parts of the Andes.
Beaches: 19 (20 if you include an Argentinian river beach)

PROBLEMS:  
Things lost/stolen/magically vanished:

Frisbee.  Camera.  Swim trunks.  Towel.
Weight lost/stolen/magically vanished: 10 lbs.
Stomach issues: Lots.
Mosquitos killed with hotel bibles: 137.

COOL ANIMALS:  
Toucans. Llamas. Guinea Pigs. Birds with, um, blue feet. That big strange rodent that runs around Iguazu Falls.
animals

SOUNDTRACK:
Mumford and Sons – “Babel”
Noah and the Whale – “Last Night on Earth”
Jorge Drexler – Various
Kele Goodwin – “Hymns”
Passion Pit – “Gossamer”
Radical Face – “Family Tree”
Gustavo Santaolla – “Diarios de Motocicleta”

BEST JAM SESSIONS:
Irish singalongs with Irishmen in Huacachina
Teaching Peruvian kids in Chachapoyas
Playing with indigenous instruments in Argentina

music

HOLIDAYS SPENT:  
Oktoberfest in a beer-hall in Lima
Halloween in hostels and streets and bars in Cuzco
Thanksgiving with a real turkey in Santiago
Christmas with vegetarian food and gifts and la novia in the cold Andes of Argentina
New Years with local wine and besos from the novia in Mendoza

WEIRDEST FOOD EATEN:
Fried large-butted ants (Colombia)
Fried guinea pig (Peru)

food

FAVORITE FOODS:
Fresh fish with coconut sauce (Pacific coast Colombia)
Ceviche (Peru)
Fru-fru Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurants (Lima)
Fruit I’ve never heard of (Colombia)

FAVORITE DRINKS:
Pisco sours (better in Peru than in Chile, sorry!)
Coca tea (Peru)
Red wine (Chile)
Canelazo (Colombia)
Any juice in Colombia (try: Guanabana, Maracuyá, and Lulo for starters)
drinks

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About stevemeetsworld

Documentary filmmaker. Curious traveler.

4 responses to “A (Statistical) Travel Snapshot – SOUTH AMERICA”

  1. Diana (Sainer) Medina says :

    Stevo, this is an impressive list! How’s teaching goin?!? Take care xo Diana

  2. Yasha Sosenskiy says :

    i think the weird rodent in Iguazu is called a Coati, if we’re talking about the same one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_American_Coati

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