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Hi Guys,

I have posted once before and had some great help in regards to my questions. I am travelling to South America for one year in November 2013. Originally I was just going to visit Ecuador but flights worked out cheaper to fly into Buenos Aires, Argentina and our from Rio De Janeiro. Yes I am quitting my job to live the dream I have had for years to travel to SA. Now comes the hard part of planning and sorting all of my affairs. No savings when I decided I would do it!! nothing.. just lots of hard work to make this happen.

Unfortunately things have been so crazy with work planning a route has become challenging. I am looking to travel as lightly as possible and see as much as I can. I will be travelling by land and will be more then happy to camp along the way as I have lightweight equipment I can carry easily.

At this stage I am looking into places I think I would like to visit and then I will get a general idea of my itinerary. I would like to get as close as I can to the heart of each country so I am not looking to go to big touristy areas apart from the big ones like Machu Picchu and Galapagos.

With Argentina being the first country on the list I really haven't looked to much into places to visit.

I would like to stay a couple of weeks in Buenos Aires, possibly volunteer at a school/orphanage. I have found a school that takes volunteers, I cant seem to find the site again right now. Its somewhere in my notes. From here I'm really not sure where I will go?

I will definitely go to Iguazu falls and would like to spend some time hiking. I will also spend time WOOFING in Argentina working in organic farms to help save some money and get a taste of farming in the country. I would also like to spend some time rock climbing in Tuzgle.

I definitely want to see the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields.. I'm really looking for places I can explore.

If any one has suggestions or possible route plans I am open as I feel I have bitten off a lot more then I can chew. I like things to be organised yet I don't want to plan things so much and have them change once I arrive.

I will be in Argentina for up to two months. Then move on to Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and then finally Brazil. I will be spending close to three months in Ecuador as there are a few volunteer programs I wish to work on.

Out of the other countries here are some places I want to visit. If anyone has any suggestions in each country and suggested travel routes this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Brenden

Peru:
Lake Titicaca
Atacama desert
Arequipa
Colca canyon
Cusco
Lima- archaeology museums
manu national park
Cajamarca,
Huaraz
El Misti
Ollantaytambo-

Ecuador:
Quito
hot springs of Papallacta
Otovalvo
Cuicocha lake
Tungurahua volcano

Bolivia:
Sucre
Salar de Uyuni- Salt lake
Laguna Verde

Chile:
El Tatio
Chungará Lake
Santiago

BRAZIL:
Amazing Grotto: The Enchanted Well, Brazil

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