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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My post-Australia travels were originally meant to be in South Africa, when that went tits up I decided to go to South America instead, then onto Central America and Mexico where my old friend Kim is currently living.  I'm not one for saying "I'll be in this place on that date", so I'm not working to any timescale other than the need to be back in the UK by the end of June to go to Glastonbury (assuming Emma gets us tickets).  The only other thing I am thinking time-wise is that I'd like to be in Buenos Aires for Easter and most of Semana Santa (Holy Week) as most other places will be pretty much shut down at that time.  Other than that, the rough route I intend to follow is:

From Sydney to Santiago de Chile - will certainly also visit Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, and some of the Chilean wineries, and maybe down to Puerto Montt and the Chilean lake district.  Will be in Santiago for a while though to get over the jet lag and pick up as much Spanish as I can.

From Santiago it's a bus across the Andes to Mendoza in Argentina, where again I'll be spending a couple of days sampling the finest wines Argentina has to offer. 

From Mendoza it's another long, long bus ride to Buenos Aires.  Really looking forward to BA, but how much time I spend there will depend on how long I've spent in Chile.  What I'll probably do is spend a couple of days in BA, then get a ferry across the River Plate to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, have a day or two there and a few days in Montevideo, then back to BA for Easter.  I might even go to Mass!  Not sure where I'll be on St Patrick's Day, but as it'll be somewhere on planet Earth I doubt I'll be more than 5 minutes from an Irish pub...

Once Easter's out of the way I'll head up to Puerto Iguazu and of course the Iguazu Falls.  I'll also be crossing over the border here into Brazil, where I'll stay a night in Foz do Iguacu before flying over to Rio de Janeiro.  I might pay a flying visit to nearby Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, just so I can say I've been to that country too.

In Rio I'll do the usual trip up Sugar Loaf mountain, up the Corcorado to see the big statue of JC, and of course I'll be drinking a whole lot of caipirinhas on the Copa, Copacabana.  Actually I'll probably be staying in Ipanema, which is lucky because the girls there make for a much better song than anything Barry bloody Manilow ever came up with.

From Rio it's another long plane trip up to Panama City.  Will probably have a look at the canal (more exciting than it sounds, apparently) then head up to Bocas del Toro for my first taste of the Caribbean.

I'll then get back on the bus and head into Costa Rica where my main objective is to see the Arenal volcano, and do a cloudforest tour of some sort.  To be honest I'm not even sure what a cloudforest is, but it sounds good!

I'm almost certainly going to have to stop in Managua, but apart from possibly a visit to Granada I doubt I'll spend much time in Nicaragua, I'll just carry on to Honduras instead. 

When I get to Honduras I'll head straight for the Bay Islands, where I intend spend a few days learning how to scuba dive.  El Salvador looks about as uninteresting as Nicaragua so I'm thinking that from Honduras I'll just head into Guatemala and start checking out the Mayan ruins.  This will also take me into Belize, where once I've hit the coast I can use my new-found scuba skills on the second biggest coral reef in the world.

From Belize I'll head into Mexico to see the rest of the Mayan ruins in the Yucatan (Chichen Itza etc), then I'll take a flight from Cancun to Mexico City to see Miss Beadle and whatever other attractions the place has.  Once she's sick of me (shouldn't take long) I'll be on another flight, this time back to the UK to face up to the fact that I'm unemployed and homeless!

These plans are subject to change at any time, dependent on whether I meet fellow travellers with more interesting ideas and of course on just how far my money runs...

(NB Clearly I didn't take any of these photos myself as I'm still sat in my room in Willoughby - thanks to Google for allowing me to make you more jealous in advance!)
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forestbhoy on

1st blog
Aye its allright these fancy foreign places but when you`ve been to Cinderford all other places pale....

sam.downie on

Re: 1st blog
That's the thing - I don't get why mum's so worried about me visiting all these places when I've been to Cinderford loads of times and lived to tell the tale...

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