Sharing our South America itinerary – in detail!

I can’t believe its less than 35 days before we head out halfway across the world en route to South America. Plans started to become more concrete back in January when the first real commitment to this trip was made: Rochelle registered herself as a pilgrim for World Youth Day 2013 – Rio de Janeiro!

The rest is history: we blocked our calendars, discussed on how we will both get our leaves approved, endless research about visas, places, budget, gear etc. We even bought a huge Philippine flag to represent our country for the upcoming WYD!

We then secured our airline tickets: Singapore -> Paris -> Rio de Janeiro -> Lima so on and so forth..
Yes, we are laying-over at Paris-CDG en route to Rio.. I thought about that, I’m just gonna be 45 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower and the rest of Paris buuuut my euro trip is gonna have to wait for now!

This is how its going to look like:


They say failure to plan is planning to fail right?

I have to say I’m impressed with our travel itinerary this time. This isn’t our first time to create one, but this tops everything we have done so far. Thanks to Rochelle for being so bright and good with numbers! She gets most of the credit for planning this, my contributions look elementary compared to hers.

Click HERE to download our super-detailed-thrifty travel itinerary. Take note that these are more like guidelines to us rather than a strict rules. We can always afford to slow down and do a little detour.. we always do that anyways.

Okay moving on… so whats the thing that excites me the most about this trip ?
Oh boy, there’s gonna be a whole lot for sure.. from WYD 2013 to Christ the Redeemer & Sugar Loaf mountain.. to the highest capital in the world, La Paz at 3,650m above sea level  ….to Cusco, the seat of the ancient Incan empire!
Of course wonderful things may happen along the way but if I had to choose only five??

Those 5 would be in no particular order:

1. Huacachina, Peru – An oasis surrounded by bars & hotels in the middle of a peruvian desert! Dune buggy & sand boarding anyone?


2. Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina/Uruguay – So majestic it made Eleanor Roosevelt blurt out: “Sorry Niagara”


3. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia – is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 sq kilometers! – Singapore is just about 704 sq km!

4. Machu Picchu, Peru – Well, its Machu Picchu… You can’t get more Incan than that!

5. The world famous Copacabana beach and the beautiful scenery that comes along with it….

just kidding folks..

just kidding folks..

So there you have it! Only a year ago when I first came to Singapore, I had so many questions on how to start travelling.. now, I don’t think I know how to stop.


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