About me, the traveler


Trip 1 - India, Nepal, and China

Trip 2 - Southeast Asia

Trip 3 - Mongolia to Eastern Europe

Trip 4 - Middle South America

Trip 5 - Southern Africa

Trip 6 - Scandinavia, the Baltics, and Greenland

Trip 7 - The Balkans

Trip 8 - Morocco and Southern Spain

Trip 9 - Western India

Trip 10 - Outer Indochina

Trip 11 - Ethiopia and Dubai

Trip 12 - Iceland

Trip 13 - Japan

Trip 14 - Caucasus

Trip 15 - Central & East Asia

Trip 16 - Inner Indochina and Japan

Tales From the Tour (a running travelogue)

Top-five lists

New York City excursions

Cheap East Coast bus alternatives


Trip 4 - Middle South America

25 October 2000 to 28 November 2000

It is difficult to cover all of South America in a month, especially when the five places you most want to go are at five geographical extremes of the continent. Realizing that it would be foolish to try to take in Machu Picchu, the Tierra del Fuego, the Amazon, the Iguaçu Falls, and Salvador da Bahia - especially traveling by land - in less than five weeks, I decided to put the focus on the central regions.

I balked at the idea of a trip with no train rides (except for the hokey tourist train from Machu Picchu), but I was surprised by the comfort, speed, and - with one exception - reliability of the buses. And on this trip I could speak the language virtually everywhere: All that high-school Spanish came back to me, and it wasn't too much of a stretch to be able to read a little Portuguese.

Message #1 Lima to Cuzco and the Inca Trail
Message #2 Cuzco to Cordoba
Message #3 Cordoba to Asuncion
Message #4 Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro