Trekking the Planet RTW – South America

  • Our Upcoming South America Itinerary We will begin 2013 in South America as we leave our ship in Manaus, Brazil. The next 10 weeks will be spent traveling through this continent, with stops in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.
  • Experiencing Devil’s Island Our first stop in South America was in an unlikely place. Devil’s Island, located off the coast of French Guiana, was the site of an infamous penal colony for 100 years.
  • Meeting of the Waters: Sailing up the Amazon River We have sailed the first quarter of Amazon River’s entire distance to the city of Manaus, Brazil, over four days. During this time we learned more about the Amazon and several of its tributaries.
  • Trekking in the Remote Amazon Rainforest During our Trekking the Planet journey we have tried to visit some of the most remote places in the world. Perhaps none of these have been more off the beaten path than the Amazon Rainforest.
  • The Amazon: An Unexpected Journey [Video] Catch up with the Trekking the Planet team as Darren and Sandy review the first half of their time in the Amazon basin.
  • Hitting the Road in South America We just completed the final scheduled flight of our journey and will be traveling by ground and sea from this point forward until we reach California at the end of March.
  • The Amazon: There and Back Again [Video] Catch up with the Trekking the Planet team as Darren and Sandy review the second half of their time in the Amazon basin.
  • Discovering Argentina’s Cities: Córdoba and Mendoza During our time in South America, we are visiting six countries and one territory. Argentina is the country where we will spend most of our time, totaling almost one month. We began our time here by visiting two of its cities: Córdoba and Mendoza.
  • Land of Dinos and Vinos – Northern Patagonia Our initial Patagonian stop was in the city of Neuquén. Here we took a “Dinos and Vinos” tour to learn more about the surrounding area.
  • A Show of Hands (Cueva de Las Manos) [Video] Catch up with the Trekking the Planet team as Darren and Sandy review their time at the Cueva de Las Manos (or Cave of The Hands)
  • Riding on Horses and Highways in Argentina’s Patagonia Our last week has been a mixture of travel, including a day on horseback and two long days on a famous South American highway, portions of which are not paved. In the process, we viewed the rugged beauty and learned about the cultural history of this area.
  • Summer in Southern Patagonia [Video] Catch up with the Trekking the Planet team as review their time in Southern Patagonia.
  • Of Mountains, Glaciers and Lakes: Hiking in Los Glaciares National Park Our last stop in our 26-day, 2,700 mile (4,345 kilometer) overland journey through Argentina was in Los Glaciares National Park. While here we were treated to some of the most spectacular mountain, glacier and lake scenery of our expedition.
  • The Final Trek: Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park We took our first step trekking 355 days ago when we began the Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia. Now, after 470 miles of hiking in some of the most incredible cultural and natural places of the world, we completed our twelfth and final trek, in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.