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Old 10-06-2008, 08:01 PM   #1
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here is my rough itinerary for my upcoming trip. i'm not sure how long i'm going to be gone for, probably over a year. it's mostly in order of how i'm going to be traveling around.

am i missing anything that's a must-see?

MEXICO:
Tulum

BELIZE: Orange Walk
Belize City
San Ignacio

GUATEMALA: Flores
Tikal
Lago de Atitlan->Spanish school
Chichicastenango
Quetzaltenango
Antigua
Guatemala City


EL SALVADOR: Ruta des los Flores
-Ataco
-Apaneca
-Juayua
San Salvador
Suchitoto

HONDURAS: Copan Ruinas
La Ceiba
Sambo Creek
Utila->dive school
Moskitia

NICARAGUA: Matagalpa
Esteli
Granada
Isla de Ometepe
Bluefields
Corn Islands

COSTA RICA: Monteverde
Alajuela
Cahuita

PANAMA: Bocas del Toro
Boquete
David
Panama City
Archipelago San Blas

COLOMBIA: Cartagena
Santa Marta->Cuidad Perdida
Mompos
Barichara
Villa de Leyva
Bogota
Silvia
Popoyan

ECUADOR: Otavalo
Quito->Galapagos
Banos
Riobamba
Cuenca
Vilcabamba

PERU: San Ignacio
Casma
Lima
Huancayo
Cuzco->Machu Picchu
Puno

BOLIVIA: Copacabana
La Paz
Cochabamba
Sucre
Potosi
Tupiza
Uyuni

CHILE: San Pedro de Atacama
Copiapo
Valparaiso
Santiago->Mendoza, Argentina
Easter Island
Pucon
Ancud
Puerto Natales
Torres del paine
Punta Arenas
Porvenir

ARGENTINA: Ushuaia
Tierra del Fuego
El Calafate->Parque Nacional los Glaciares
Buenos Aires
Puerto Iguazu

URUGUAY: Carmelo
Colonia del Sacramento
Montevideo
Punta del Diablo
Tacuarembo


BRAZIL: Torres
Paranagua
Ilha do Mel
Curitiba
Foz do Iguacu

PARAGUAY: Asuncion
Concepcion
Refugio Biologico Tati Yupi

BRAZIL: The Pantanal
Paraty
Rio de Janeiro
Itacare
Salvador
Canoa Quebrada
Jericoacoara
Belem
Santarem
Manaus
Macapa

FRENCH GUIANA: Cayenne
Iles du Salut
Awala-yalimopo

SURINAME: Paramaribo
Nieuw Nickerie


GUYANA: Georgetown
Kaieteur Falls
Shell Beach

VENEZUELA:
Roraima
Angel falls
Ciudad Bolivar
Caripe
Isla de Margarita
Caracas
Merida

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Whew! What a list! How could you miss anything with that list! I''m going to Central America as well this winter. . I arrive Dec 11th. I'm doing my language school in Quetzaltenango. Make sure you post your stories since you are going a lil ahead of me.
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Sounds fantastic! Keep us posted on how everything goes, you're hitting a bunch of places I'm curious about.
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That looks pretty good but is it supposed to be in order? I see you're planning to go south through South America along the western half of the continent down to Chile and Argentina, then come back north all the way to Venezuela. Did you pick that route for a reason (rather than doing everything in the north and working south in a single pass). It might make sense based on transportation, just curious!
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it just made more sense to me to do a big loop instead of zigzagging, especially since most of the places i want to see are on the coast. if it's not working out so well when i get there i can always change my mind!
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^ Great call.

Good luck on the trip, sounds like quite the adventure
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What an awesome trip. I have always wanted to go to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana! I recommend you check out Cordoba and Mendoza in central Argentina if you can, and since it looks like you'll be in the south a lot, take in northern Argentina as well (and around the falls) because it's so incredibly different than the south.
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That does sound amazingly cool. Here are the only suggestions I'd make (though adding to a list that long seems insane!):

El Salvador
- Santa Ana (there are some cool volcanoes and scenery to check out in this area)

Peru
- Nazca Lines (it's kind of a wham-bam-thank you ma'am thing, but the 1/2 hour flight over the lines -- cost us $65 one week ago -- is pretty amazing). If you wanted to do extreme budget, you could take the overnight bus from Lima to Nazca, do the lines overflight first thing in the morning, and take the afternoon bus on south to wherever else you're headed.

And I echo the thought: Keep us posted on how things are going. Are you going to set up a blog for while you're away...? I'd love to read about your travels...

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