YEAH! I booked my ticket and got my initial itinerary South-America ready!! It’s basically the big loop trough Argentina, then crossing Bolivia on the way to Lima,
Ticket to South-America
My exchange in Peru starts on the the 15th of March 2011, at the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. I will have to be at University there until the 23rd of July 2011, when the last exams are finished.
My ticket is a bit unusual, because I wanted to make the most out of my trip! I fly from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires at the 11th of January 2011. That means I have about 2 months to make it to Lima and have the opportunity to discover Argentina and Bolivia (and hopefully a bit of Chili) before I fly back home. I will fly home to Amsterdam on the 7th of August 2011, from Sao Paolo! This means I will have to cross the wh0le continent before I make it to the airport 🙂
Prepping my Itinerary South-America
After I booked my ticket, I had to have a good look at my itinerary. As most of you will know I’m a die-hard Lonely Planet fan. After having bought the South-America on A Shoestring guide from LonelyPlanet.com, I could finally start the real preparations 🙂
I used the above book in 2010 and I loved it! This is the latest version of the Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring (Travel Guide) that I used and you can order it cheaply through Amazon.
This is the itinerary I put together in the end! Because I did have some dates I needed to be at certain places, I like to plan ahead a bit! However, when travelling on continents like this flexibility is key 🙂
The first month I mainly want to spend in Argentina, discovering Patagonia and all the way up to Bariloche. Then travel north, through Bolivia and all the way up to Lima.
People who have been to South-America, don’t hesitate to give me some tips about hostels, trips and other stuff going there. Appreciate the input 🙂
It’s gonna be awesome 😀
[ Edit: a couple of months later: want to read what where the highlights of my trip to South-America? Check my “Top 10 South-America” here! ]