WHAT 8 MONTHS IN SOUTH AMERICA LOOKS LIKE ON A MAP
The numbers on the above map indicate the month of travel of my journey across the continent.
Black arrows are overland bus trips, which taught me a whole lot of patience, self-entertainment, multiple lessons in holding your pee, and how to sleep on overnight buses. My longest bus ride was a good 26 hours from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Valparaiso, Chile (yes, still within the same country, and not even halfway through)
Light blue dots are flights which I took, mostly in Brazil, and towards the end of my trip. Some people travel the entire continent without taking a single flight except in and out of South America. To them I say – you have my utmost respect!! Unfortunately I am not one of these people.
Brazil was where I took the most flights in, out and around. To say it is a big country is a major understatement. To put things into perspective, Brazil is approximately the size of Europe, minus the ridiculously fast and timely train network. Add in a language barrier, and travel can be a little challenging here.
Flights in Brazil are not cheap! In fact, they are quite the opposite. Budget flights don’t usually sell for under USD200.
I chose to fly north to Colombia from Bariloche, Argentina after my Patagonian adventures as it would have taken a good 72 hours of bus travel to get to the same place.
Purple arrows are my favorite and is definitely one of my most memorable travel experiences in South America, Hitchhiking.
I spent 5 weeks hitchhiking from Ushuaia, Argentina to Puerto Montt, Chile. Traversing the loneliest road in the world, the Carretera Austral or Ruta 7, in Chile. It is definitely one of the most memorable adventures of my 8 months in South America.
Total distance: 2,500km