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Backpacker's Scrapbook

South America Backpacking Tour 2011
by

Kate Isenberg

on 11 August 2013

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Transcript of Backpacker's Scrapbook

Buenos
Aires
I ended up tutoring English &
interning at an NGO
for nearly 8 months
and the food & wine
(my casual vegetarianism had no chance)
Bariloche
& The
Lakes
District
First stop: Bariloche, mostly known for its
woodcarvings
I went camping in very cold conditions
hiked up to a glacier
and walked through a forest of nearly extinct trees
Cordoba
and Alta Gracia, town of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's childhood home
Mendoza
Best way to see Argentina's wine country?
Santiago
It all started when I moved to
hey look! a reference to a noted socialist
leader in my business school application!
I stayed with a friend of a friend named Paulo.
locals know a lot more about bars than tourist sites.
Pablo Neruda, was everywhere
& Valparaiso
is rough around the edges
Homage to SalvadorAllende
a popular vacation spot north of Valpo
Northwestern
Argen ina
Salares de
Uyuni
First stop in Bolivia was a multi-day tour of the Salt Flats of Uyuni.

The tour group
Sleeping at 4000 meters altitude with no heat
But it was worth it to see this
some perspective
Headless Condor Rock
Chile
Paraguay
we had 2 jeeps
crazy perspectives!
at least there were stars
Uruguay
Next stop...a new country? Yes! Goodbye Argentina (for now). I'm off to spend a week in Chile.
his home was filled with homages to the
ocean
and to
Valparaiso.
but it's also one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen
My time in Chile was too short, but I had friends to meet in Argentina
Our first stop was
Cafayate
,

Arg's lesser known wine region
Potosi
Potosi is one of the
highest elevated cities in the world
South
America

tango
the city is infamous for its
mining industry
, which employs workers in brutal, dangerous working conditions.
a view of the mine
Brazil
Argentina
bike tour!
Neruda would be proud
Priorities!
Peru
Ecuador
Colombia
Venezuela
Guyana
Suriname
French Guyana
La Paz
"Death Road"
holding up
the rear
Lake Titicaca
the mythical birthplace of the Inca and pre-Inca cultures, it is purported to be an "ultimate energy point" on the continent
Cuzco & Machu Picchu
a new-fashioned map
of an old-fashioned adventure
Vina Del Mar
But mostly, we just enjoyed the views
aaand we're in Peru!
To get to Machu Picchu, you have to go through Cuzco
then the Sacred Valley
Huacachina
Lima
Trujillo
Medellin
Taganga
Bogota
I sped my way up the West Coast, making a few stops along the way
Huaraz
pre-Incan ruins that still have paint!
Mancora
Isla de la Plata
Adios Peru, Hola Ecuador!
I met up with a friend from college
and relived my
study abroad past
Quito
and a 23 hour bus ride later...
but when you're so close
to the Caribbean Coast
it's hard to stay away
Cartagena
history
wealth
modernity
poverty
after all that, I figured it was time to relax in one spot for a while
yes, this will do!
I got SCUBA certified
Tayrona Park
Minca
I took some side trips too
and learned how to clean a coral nursery
(this one's pretty dirty)
and its underground cathedral
in an abandoned mine
when people ask about my trip
they don't mess around
MP!
aka
"poor man's
Galapagos"
it's hard to sum
it up in words
so mostly I say

pretty great place
Gracias!
and its
chocolate
I helped out at Fundacion Calipso
it was hard to believe
I had come so far
to have
in
home to fossilized dinosaur footprints!!!
is a city of extreme
this is
I moved there without much of a plan, but
I got to live among
by: Kate
Isenberg

Music by:
Rodrigo & Gabriela
(Re-Foc, 2002)

Sucre
Bolivia
last but not least
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