It is finally time; we waited very long and now we really board the plane to Santiago de Chile!
A great wish of ours is to hike in Torres del Paine National Park. Because this trek is very popular, we needed to book the accommodation / campsites far in advance. Therefore, we already exactly know what we are going to do in Chile for the coming two weeks.
What did we plan already?
1) We booked a flight and bus tickets:
- Flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas (Patagonia);
- Bus ticket from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales – the starting point to get to Torres del Paine National Park;
- Bus ticket to Argentina (El Calafate). This was required, because we booked a one-way ticket to Chile. We need proof that we will leave the country to avoid problems at customs.
2) We booked accommodations:
- We already knew when we’ll be in Santiago de Chile, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and el Calfate. To ensure to get a nice accommodation for a good price, we booked them in advance;
- For the W-track in the Torres del Paine National Park, we already had to book the campsites far in advance to ensure that we are allowed in the park. If we wouldn’t have planned that trek, we probably wouldn’t have planned the first two weeks in advance.
3) We planned a crude route:
Plans will probably change, but we think it is good to have an idea about where we want to travel and what we want to see.
We thought about spending a lot of time in Latin America (Chile, Patagonia part of Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, Costa Rica & Guatemala). Depending on the ticket prices and time remaining, we also thought to travel to Indonesia. We’re also open to visit other countries, so let’s see how our route will be at the end.
4) That’s it – from now on we will do everything spontaneously. Why?
- We don’t like to get stick to a strict schedule.
- While travelling you get a lot of tips of other backpackers or locals. Clearly, it would be a pity to be unable to experience the ‘insider tips’, because you have to stick to your schedule.
- Our trip should be an adventure.
Do you still have insider tips for us we shouldn’t miss while traveling to Latin America? Let us know in the comments.