Friday, May 20, 2011


A long time since our last update.

Just checking in to say we are back in TN.

Our journey took us up the east coast of Uruguay, then west to Rosario, Argentina. From there were went up to Iguazu Falls, back down the narrow strip of Argentina, and then west to Tucuman. We spent some time in northern Argentina, got engaged in Tafi del Valle, and then headed west into north Chile.  We had to cut out Bolivia, as we didn't have enough time, and didn't want to pay the $135 visa fee.  So instead we got to see some incredible places in north Chile, and spend more time in Peru.  If you want to trace the route from Chile, we crossed from Arica into Tacna, Peru; went into the mountains to Puno; then to Cusco; from there we toured the Sacred Valley, stopping in Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero; then back to Cusco for a night bus down to Nasca; from Nasca to the oasis of Huacachina, and finally north to Lima, where we flew home from.

All in all, we were gone 4 months and 6 days, saw much of 4 countries, revisited a couple beloved places (Cusco and Ollantaytambo), spent around $11,000, and had the best time of our lives. I lost 1/3 of my clothes, nearly broke my thumb and tore all the ligaments in it, and chipped my tooth.  We also picked up a little Spanish along the way. I highly recommend it to anyone willing to try.

Highlights of the trip: the Lakes District of Chile; Bariloche and El Bolson in Argentina; Punto del Diablo, Uruguay; Iguazu Falls; Tafi del Valle and Cafayate, Argentina; San Pedro de Atacama in north Chile; Pisaq and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, Peru.  Definitely see these places if you ever have the opportunity.

Now it's time to look for an apartment, look for more work, and figure out what to do with ourselves until the next grand adventure.  Until then,

Be safe, do good work, and Happy Travels.