Where am I?

Created this blog to document my travels, experiences & thoughts thru Central & South America but hell plan to blog my travels to where ever. Goofy harmless Free Spirit hoping to spend most of my time with locals & enjoy the world! So hang on as I travel, drink cervezas, raise a little hell, maybe piss off a few people & hopefully not give Canadians a bad reputation! Of course don't do these things on purpose but while having a good time well "Shit Happens"!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So where the heck am I going in Central & South America?

Well even though my initial plan is no plan, I hope to get to these countries.

Mexico - as I fly into there so I don't have to travel thru the US as bin dare dun dat many times!
Central America
-Costa Rica
South America

But hey I may not make it to all of the countries but then again I've always been a person who needs to go and see something myself even if it's maybe a waste of time to most ppl.

I hope to check out Darian Gap It's the land that borders between Colombia and Panama which is notoriously dangerous. This is an area of 200 miles of land that should be extensively researched before starting the trip. I have heard that it is possible, taking 'guides' between the villages to ensure safe passage. Even when there was an accord between the Colombian Government and the guerrillas 2 botanists working close to that area disappeared.

I would like to ride down the Amazon River from Peru
but I don't know how feasible or expensive this is to do. As this may be a ridiculous dream of mine cuz it'll probably cost a small fortune. But this may be out of line but will look into doing it but if I don't do them well so be it.

You know a place I've always wanted to visit has been Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Also want to be in Rio for the Mardi Gras but another dream cuz it'll be expensive and hard to get a cheap place during the week. Plus the timing has to be right too as Rio Carnival 2009
starts on Friday, February 20th and ends on Fat Tuesday, February 24th.

Also want to check out Machu Pichu in Peru
but may not hike up to the top as I understand that a person has to make a reservation as the
government limits the number of ppl hiking up per day. But I understand I can take a train up to see it anyway. So may have to do that cuz I hate booking anything as don't have any idea when I'll be in Peru. I'd like to hike up cuz I like climbing mtns but figure it'll be crowded and I've hiked Mt. Killamanjaro last year and Mt Ranier so have had a taste of climbing a mtn and will do it again but not a touristy mtn!

Also want to check out the Highway of Death in Bolivia

Some of the road's most dangerous sections have nicknames. The curve where the bus accident happened is called "Central Sacrament." Rescue workers pulled 31 dead from the jungle floor after the crash Sept. 2.
Julio Paco, 30, one of 16 people who survived, woke to screams around 5 a.m., and realized the bus was leaning over the edge. The bus, which was traveling uphill from Coroico to La Paz, fell 600 feet down the mountainside, or about 50 stories. After regaining consciousness, Paco managed to climb up to the road with half his scalp torn from his skull. Julio told his story from a hospital room he shared with another survivor, Fortunato Guarachi, 36, who lost his brother in the crash. e broke his collar bone but also was able to climb back up to the road.
The government is building a new, safer highway. It was supposed to be finished two years ago, but officials say tunneling difficulties have set the schedule back. They now aim for completion by April.

I read this guy who wrote 2 years later I head back to the Death Road to find all the heavy trucks and smog-churning buses absent. The new highway has diverted the traffic, making the road infinitely safer, and robbing it of its World Most Dangerous title. Of course, this has meant more tourists and more shady operators, and the tourist death toll is now at 11, pretty good odds given that 120 people ride it every day. You still descend a whopping 3.5km in altitude, the first 22km on asphalt, the rest on cracked mud and dirt. There are two guides, a support vehicle, regular bike checks and dry cheese sandwiches. At the end, you reach a wonderful wildlife refuge where you can drink cold beer, play with baby monkeys and get chewed apart by jungle mosquitoes. Today the death road is more fun than ever and ultimately you only go as fast as your nerves can handle. Given that the return trip to La Paz involved sitting on a bus as it navigated the same terrifying road I’d just recently descended, my nerves can handle more than ever.

Boy would love to go see the Galapagos Islands while in Ecuador
But figure it'll be expensive plus u need to go on a tour or excursion. But I don't do well on a tour, excursion and a cruise so chances are slim that I'll make it. I was in Uganda last year & wanted to see the mtn gorillas but had to make reservations. So didn't see them cuz it also cost 500USD for 4 hrs of viewing which is too rich for me. I'm more into adventure like the Highway of Death cuz it's cheaper to do but hey don't have a Death Wish or anything as I'm a careful guy who doesn't like to spend a lot on one adventure!

Want to visit Patagonia a geographic region containing the southernmost portion of South America.
Located in Argentina and Chile, it comprises the Andes mountains to the west and south, and plateaux and low plains to the east. The name Patagonia comes from the word Patagon used by Magellan to describe the native people who his expedition thought to be giants.

Live it up or cool it down in this hip-shakin' town Buenos Aires http://www.geographia.com/argentina/buenosaires/Index.htm More European than South American in flavor, Buenos Aires' heart boasts bustling streets, grand avenues, old-time cafes and stylish restaurants. It's a city of tragedy and elation; a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital where locals are renowned for their flair and cockiness, even in times of adversity.Buenos Aires delivers. Wander the cobbled streets, marveling at faded architectural glories and colorfully painted metal houses; talk world politics and fĂștbol (soccer) in an atmospheric old cafe; then tuck into a famously delicious Argentine steak to power a long night's partying.

Then there's the Iguazu Falls - Misiones in Uraguay
They are also wider than the Victoria falls in Zambesi (Africa). The northern arm of Iguazu river finishes in a 'canyon' known as the devil's throat, where a continuous mist of water produces an almost constant rainbow. In 1983, the last part of the trail was destroyed by the floods. In recent years, local authorities repaired it so that visitors could reach the end. After a short train ride, people can just walk almost over it.
In essence, the falls create half a circle of about 2700 mts. comprised of 275 streams. Besides the 'garganta del diablo' other well known streams are Bozetti, Dos Hermanas, San Martin and Adam and Eve. They are all part of the Iguazu national park, a natural habitat of about 55,000 hectares. The average temperature during winter is 15C and during summer around 26C.
The majestic falls

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