South America is filled with sacred valleys, unique cuisine, ancient myths and a vibrant, spirited culture. In the midst of the 2016 Rio Olympic games, I feel it’s right to share my love and experiences visiting this exotic continent.
The plan to travel to South America sprung upon me. It wasn’t somewhere I thought I’d visit for quite some time. However, as my brother was living in Brazil, the opportunity awaited.
We started off in Lima, Peru.
Our G Adventures tour took us from the Amazon to the Andes, the animated town of Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and of course, Machu Picchu.
As part of this incredible tour and our journey to the magical Machu Picchu we hiked the Lares Trek, a three-day hike, reaching 4800 metres above sea level. Oh yes, we went that high and, yes it was pretty tough. It wasn’t the climb that made it difficult, but the altitude. As you ascend higher, the air becomes thinner, therefore making it harder to breathe. My method was simple, crank Beyoncé and get to the top.
I would recommend the hike to anyone wishing to visit Machu Picchu. It makes it that much sweeter and you feel you’ve earnt your place at such a special site.
A shout-out to the best tour group ever. We had an incredible time together, camping in the cold, drinking Cusqueña, laughing and sharing the special journey that it was. It’s not every day you get to see the sunrise over one of the most mystical places in the world and it’s something I’ll never forget.
Next was Argentina. We watched Messi miss a penalty to lose the 2016 Copa America, drunk the most incredible, and I mean most incredible Malbec, ate mouth-watering steak and tangoed the night away.
It was then time for the next G Adventures tour to begin.
A ‘pinch yourself, this is really happening’ moment occurred on the boat ride deep into the heart of the Iguassu falls. Opening your eyes was near impossible underneath the waterfall. The photos just don’t do it justice.
From the Argentinian to the Brazilian side of the falls it was time to go from Spanish to Portuguese and head up the coast to Paraty.
We danced Forró with the locals, drank caipirinha’s and visited the island I like to call paradise, or otherwise known as Ilha Grande. Island life meant more relaxing, dancing, drinking, eating, paddle boarding, hiking and swimming.
‘Ok Georgia we get it, you had an amazing time.’
Sorry guys it’s not over yet. Next up, Rio de Janeiro.
Helicopter rides, sunset views over Sugarloaf Mountain and the famous Copacabana beach. We finally caught up with my long lost travelling brother, said goodbye to the tour group and headed south to Itamambuca, more swimming, relaxing and Acai (if you’re not sure what Acai is, check this out).
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and it was time to say goodbye to the baby big brother in Sao Paulo and head to our final destination, Chile.
Snow-capped mountain ranges, charming cafes, Chilean wine, a visit to the stunning coastal town of Valparaiso, and more celebrations and parades.
What a wonderful six weeks of learning new languages, making new friends, taste testing guinea pig and alpaca, swimming with turtles, feeding piranhas, learning samba and posing for lots of photos.
If you want to see more photos of my trip I’ve created a Tumblr page dedicated to my favourite holiday pictures. Check it out: Get ready it’s time to fly. Also, if you’re travelling to South America and would like holiday tips, leave a reply and I’ll get back to you.
Obrigada e até logo.