We’ve explored part of the American continents. It’s time to head south and explore the lands below.
As the continent is huge, dense with gorgeous nature and relatively affordable, I plan to do a road trip with the following cities: Lima – Cusco – La Paz – Andres – Uyni (salt flats) – El Loa – San Pedro – Asuncion– Sao Paolo – Rio de Janerio – Montevideo – Buenos Aires – Cordoba – Mendoza – Santiago – Calama – Valparassio – Monte Fitz Roy – Patagonia (Los Glaciares National Park and Torres del Paine National Park). Then I will head on down to the south of Chile where it is possible to take a flight to Antarctica.
The best option is to buy a car and do a massive road trip in South America. Here’s how to buy a car in Brazil.
South America has all types of climates and landscapes. Definitely bring the following:
- Hiking boots / hiking shoes – for extra ankle stability and durability but at the cost of added weight and bulk. Boots are more durable than running shoes.
- Running shoes / trail runners
- Windbreaker for cold season and hikes (e.g. Huayhuash Trek in Peru)
- Insect repellant
- Travel backpack or hiking bag at least
Tips in South America
- Whenever you cross borders research them, find out how much they are supposed to charge, and have a screenshot handy. Border cops tend to try and squeeze extra money out of you, don’t think they’re above it just because they’re wearing a uniform.
- As always, be safe if you are a solo female traveller. Not only are you at risk of getting robbed……. you’re always at risk of getting raped.
- Read reviews before booking hostels!
- Vaccinations – Yellow Fever, Hep A & B, Typhus, Tetanus, Cholera
- Get a second wallet. Just in case you’re robbed. Throw the fake wallet out if someone robs you. And run away after!
- Pick up basic conversational Spanish
- Pickpocketing, mugging and purse-snatching are really rife in South & Central America. The easiest way is: don’t carry valuables around.
- Do not swipe credit cards anywhere, except in really reliable places (airline companies, maybe reputed hostels). Otherwise, just withdraw in ATMs and pay in cash.
Antarctica is icy and cold, but I would love to meet the locals there. People who grew up in igloos, who go on ice fishing and think that -20 degrees Celcius is alright.
This continent is obviously not for everyone. Cruises to Antarctica are from $10,000 to discourage tourism that destroys the nature. It is extremely expensive no matter what options available. Planes are the fastest way and they take off from the south of Chile. Because the weather is extremely dangerous, the planes are military grade. So the price tag is even higher. The cheaper option is cruise lines, but they are also expensive.
Alternatively, since this is a long-term travel, one can apply for jobs in Antarctica (here and here). The main industry there is scientific research and the second industry is support. If you have 6 months to spare, consider applying for a little job during summer time.
- There are no scheduled flights to Antarctica
- The only flights available for tourists are charter flights, which are only available as part of a package, rather than on a ‘seat only’ basis like booking a regular scheduled flight
- In spite of the short Antarctic flying season (Dec – Feb) and no regular flight schedule, there’s a surprisingly good range options available, from 1 to 10 days in length
- Unlike boat-based cruises which can only explore Antarctica’s coastline, flights unlock Antarctica’s vast interior, including the South Pole
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.