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This backpack trip was certainly one of the best decisions I ever made. I went to places I dreamt to visit, got to know wonderful people and had amazing experiences. I spent almost all money I had saved, but I do not regret anything. As my mom used to tell me: one day your money may end, but your knowledge and experiences will remain.
Here are the best 10 places/experiences of this trip:
#10 VARADERO, CUBA
I am not really fond of going to the beach, but the beaches at Varedero, in Cuba, were amazing. The first time I saw the light blue sea of Varadero, I didn`t know what to say. I went on an one day trip by bus, from Havana by myself. When going to the beach, I think it is more enjoyable to go with friends and family, but I could enjoy it alone as well.
#9 UYUNI-ATACAMA DESERT EXCURSION, BOLIVIA AND CHILE
Many people who are visiting this area also do this excursion. It takes about 3 days, in a 4×4 car, usually with the driver and 5-6 passengers. Many things can happen during this trip and the hotels are not that good, but I really enjoyed this trip. It even snowed in the desert! To drive in the “middle of nowhere” by car with fun people and amazing views were one of the best experiences I ever had.
#8 HAVANA, CUBA
In Brazil, it is quite common to hear the expression “Go to Cuba!” when you support socialist thoughts. I think you should really “go to Cuba!” Havana was the first city I visited in this backpack trip. I was a bit nervous, as I didn`t know what I was going to see there. Cuba is a socialist country and “mysterious. ” I stayed in a casa particular (like AirBnB) and got to know a bit more about the Cubans life.
#7 CONCHA Y TORO VINEYARD, CHILE
Since the day I saw an article about vineyards in Chile, I was curious to visit one. I went to Concha y Toro Vineyard (where the famous Casillero del Diablo is made), close to the capital Santiago. We can taste the wine and grapes, and of course, learn about the history and production of Concha y Toro wines.
#6 W TREK – TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILE
W Trek is one of Torres del Paine National Park trekking courses. This course is usually done in 3-5 days. One day I want to go back to do the O course, which can be completed in about 9 days. I had twisted my ankle few days before the trekking, so my feet hurt. It was really exhausting, but it was a unique experience. Many times I asked myself: “Why am I doing this? I can’t do it anymore, I want to get out of here”, but in the end, the fatigue turned into satisfaction.
#5 CICLYNG AT ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE
I never thought someday I would ride a bicycle in the middle of the desert. All this happened after I met some people at the hostel. A girl said she was going to Vale de la Luna (Moon Valley) by bicycle, so another girl said she wanted to go together. I had booked a van which was going to take me there, but I decided to cancel it. Later we invited two more people, so the five of us, from different nationalities, who had just known each other at the hostel went on this adventure. It was amazing.
#4 USHUAIA, ARGENTINE
I was really excited to be “in the end of the world.” Ushuaia is known to be the southernmost city of the planet. In Chile, I visited Puerto Williams as well, which also fight for the title of southernmost city. I went to Patagonia on February, one of the warmest months of the year, and the average temperature was 10ºC. In Ushuaia I saw many penguins in their natural habitat. They were really cute.
#3 INCA TRAIL, PERU
Inca Trail is a hiking course of 4 days, which take us to the famous Machu Picchu. It was rainy season, so we walked in the rain for 3 days. In the last day, when we finally reached Machu Picchu, the sun decided to come out, so we could see one of the most famous postcards of the world. My whole body hurt, but I could feel a great sense of achievement.
#2 EASTER ISLAND, CHILE
Easter Island is known to be the most remote inhabited island of the planet. I love those mysterious places, full of history and hard to access. Nowadays it became much easier to visit those places, but I was lucky to be able to get a ticket during Tapati, a festival to celebrate the native traditions. At the island I also joined a stargazing tour. That night sky was the most beautiful sky I have ever seen. The history of the people of this island are incredible, and the weather was very nice.
#1 SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA
Salar de Uyuni is well known between travellers. When I got there I understood why. It was rainy season, when the salt flat is filled with water, making a natural mirror. It is said it is the place where sky meets the ground. Many times I looked at the horizon and didn’t know where was the sky and where was the ground.
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