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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Our world trip planning is kicking into gear, so it feels like time to kick off our travel blog.  So, hello!

So far we’ve only booked one thing, but it’s a key item on our itinerary, one of my “must-hit” places: Machu Picchu.  This weekend, we officially signed up for and put down a deposit with a trekking company for the 4-day/3-night hike to Machu Picchu.  It was a tad overwhelming to decide which tour company to go with, as there are dozens and dozens offering the tour, but after pouring over reviews on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet, we finally picked one.  While we aren’t able to time the trip perfectly with a full moon (which is recommended, to enhance the already awesome site even more), we will be there about 2 days before a full moon so it should be nice and bright.  We leave May 11th and arrive May 14th.

Next step, book accommodations in Cusco, Peru – we need to be there by May 8th to acclimate to the altitude before the trek.  Then, backing up, we need to figure out the few weeks in South America before Cusco.  Current plan:

Fly from Chicago to Buenos Aires, spend about a week there.

Head to the lakes district of Argentina

Go over the border to Peru.  See some of the major sites – Atacama desert?  Andes?

Head up to Cusco, maybe via Lima

After Machu Picchu, we’ll see some other sites in Peru – jungles, canyons, beaches? Then pop over to Bolivia, Brazil, maybe back to Argentina.  Somewhere in there, Iguazu Falls.

It’s mostly southern South America.  Some future trip we’ll pop up to the northern half – Columbia, northern Brazil, and into Central America.  It’s a huge continent so we’re focusing on a (relatively) smaller loop for this first venture down there.  Neither of us have ever been to South America before.

I never took Spanish lessons – my European dad encouraged me to take German instead – so I popped in a learn Spanish CD.  Among the key phrases to pick up in the first 5 minutes: “About last night,” and “I can explain…”   Hopefully I’ll never need to try to remember those.

I can’t believe we booked Machu Picchu!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Slavo permalink
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:32 pm

    Hi Kristen/Seth
    Great website – great description / venue of your trip/ I am happy that the trip down to canyon is on…brings memories when we got to Indian Gardens and all the mice were running around and sleeping on the table… it must have been magical seeing snow over the colorful rocks…poor car …loaded the same way when you had traveled with Dana to LA???? explore the canyon…Love D

  2. Slavo Kolada permalink
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:58 pm

    Kristen and Seth
    not sure if my mail went through; I am happy for you as you got a permit/lodging down at the bottom of the canyon where we were few years back…sleeping at the midpoint called Indian Gardens, running mice and me sleeping at the picnic table…taking some pictures next day and you Kristen getting lost for few minutes???? crows breaking into cooler and having blast by drinking orange juice…well, great memories which certainly will come back – well great start and for now have a great time / love D

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