Cassie is a young American woman who decided to undertake this adventure to beat the Guinness World Record for being the woman who has traveled all the countries of the world in the shortest time possible. Of the 196 countries officially recognized by the UN, she has already taken 180 in 15 months, since she started the adventure in July 2015. In that time, she has taken no less than 254 flights.
Cassie has spent approximately $180,000 on her adventure, and has financed it through sponsors who support her expedition, which is characterized by one maxim: eco-sustainability. For this reason, she is taking advantage of the trip to film an educational documentary on the subject and, at the same time, she is staying for free in eco-sustainable hotels which she advertises through her social networks.
On such an extensive (and intense) trip there are highs and lows. Cassie spends between two and five days in each country, and she recognizes that the best moments are her encounters with citizens of the different countries and the idea of visiting places where few people have been before.
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Meanwhile, Bariloche is the perfect place for both nature lovers and adventurers who love skiing and snowboarding. And the Valdes Peninsula is known for its southern right whale sightings.
Argentina is not only nature. It also offers you colorful cultural festivals, beautiful cities among which Buenos Aires stands out, as well as delicious wines and wine routes, perfect to combine with a good Argentine asado!
Bordering Argentina, it shares the beauty of Patagonia which, despite its smaller size, includes the fabulous Torres del Paine National Park and the no less impressive southern highway with its great scenic gems. Another area shared with the neighboring country are the highest peaks of the Andes, such as Nevado Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world. Among its own wonders are the mystical Easter Island and the Atacama Desert.
The voyage can take as little as 35 days, just over a month (from Angola to Brazil). But normally the British and French ships took two to three months. The ships carried between 250 and 600 slaves.
If you are traveling in South America, a good rule of thumb is that you will need about $1,000 a month, although this depends largely on the countries in which you will spend most of your time. This overview of backpacking costs in South America is based on notes from my own travels, as well as up-to-date research.
Santiago, Chile, is known for its economic wealth as well as its rich and vibrant culture and history. If you are traveling in South America, this is a city you won’t want to miss. Chile is actually the richest country in all of South America with an extremely high standard of living as well as a well-developed economy.
A lot of natural rubber used to come from South America, before the rubber blight destroyed many of the trees there. Now, production is concentrated in Southeast Asia. To protect the rubber trees from the blight originating in South America, airplanes cannot fly directly between the two destinations.
What budget do I need for backpacking in South America? Is transportation very expensive? Is it possible to camp? How do I travel so cheaply? These and many other questions are the most frequently asked when planning a trip for the first time.
There are as many answers as there are travelers. In this kind of guide I will try to share the keys that made it possible for Juan and I to travel for 18 months with U$D 7 per day between the two of us. The more gas-guzzling/scratchy/broken version of me (and not for that reason unhappy, much less dirty) is about to be unveiled.
So if you’re thinking of taking a trip and don’t have a lot of money, put the water for tea (I don’t drink mate), bring your notebook, and stay put. Coming soon is a guide on how to put together a backpacking budget for traveling in South America.
Normally, and regardless of the type of trip, the budget is divided into three basic elements: transportation, food and lodging. The first part (except within cities) is solved by hitchhiking. Even in countries like Bolivia, where buses are very cheap, we choose to extend the thumb: we do not do it only for economic reasons.