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7 Continents, 55 Countries, Summer Year Round

By on July 10, 2018

I’ll never stop dreaming about unbelievable trips to take. Planning and dissecting routes, mapping out things to see in different countries around the world fascinates me and has always been a lot of fun to do. Recently, I’ve been conjuring up what I would consider to be the perfect trip around the world, hitting all seven continents, about 50 countries, and all the while hitting Summer or Spring and Festival seasons in every country. If you were thinking about hitting any of these countries in any future trip, take a look at what I’ve laid out for you and let me know what you think…Here we go!

The Logistics:

  • All 7 Continents
  • Total Countries Visited: 55-58
  • Approximate Length: 18months, 565days
  • Approximate Cost: $45-50,000 Solo (cheaper with 2)
  • A Perfect Blend to have Spring & Summer Year Round
  • A Complete Land Route from Beijing to Cape Town using only local & public transportation

Sites & Man-Made Wonders Visited:

  • Petra Ruins, Jordan
  • Pyramids of Giza & Luxor, Egypt
  • The Christ Redeemer, Brazil
  • The Wall of Jerusalem, Israel
  • The Great Wall of China, China
  • The Great Wall of Kotor, Montenegro
  • Trans Siberian Railroad, China/Mongolia/Russia
  • Meteora Monastary, Greece
  • Temples of Ephesus & Ruins of Troy, Turkey

National Parks & Nature Wonders Visited:

  • The Amazon, Brazil
  • Uluru Red Rock, Australia
  • Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • The Dead Sea and the Holy Route, Israel
  • Serengeti National Park, Kenya
  • Krugar National Park, South Africa
  • Sand Dunes of Namibia
  • Lake Malawi, Malawi
  • Salt Pools of Denizli & Pamukkale, Turkey
  • Samburu Nature Reserve, Kenya
  • Krka Waterfalls, Croatia
  • Antarctica

Mountains Climbed:

  • Mt. Ubud, Indonesia
  • Mt. Bromo, Indonesia
  • Mt. Rinjani, Indonesia
  • Mt. Fuji, Japan
  • Mt. Sinai, Egypt
  • Mt. Kenya, Kenya
  • Patagonia W Route & Torres Del Paine, Argentina

Festivals & Events Attended:

  • Carnival in Rio de Janero, Brazil
  • Cherry Blossoms of Spring, Japan & Korea
  • Exit Festival, Serbia
  • White Nights in the North East, Russia
  • Sunwaves Festival, Romania
  • Guca’s Dragacevo Trumpet Assembly, Serbia
  • Ivana Kupala, Ukraine
  • Ohrid Summer Festival, Macedonia
  • St. Johns Eve & Day in the Baltics
  • FIFA Wold Cup of Qatar, 2022 (?)
  • Dimensions Festival, Defected Festival, Sonus Festival – Croatia
  • La Tomatilla, Spain (?)
  • Wellington Sevens (Rugby Festival), New Zealand
  • Waitangi Day (Febuary 6th), New Zealand
  • Marlborough Food & Wine Festival, New Zealand

Estimated Budget Breakdown:

Food, Transportation, & Housing By The Month:

  • January – USA/Oceania $3,000
  • February – Oceania $3,000
  • March – Southeast Asia & West Asia $2,250
  • April – West Asia $3,000
  • May – Siberia & East Europe $2,250
  • June – Eastern Europe $2,250
  • July – Eastern Europe $2,250
  • August – Eastern Europe $2,500
  • September – Middle East $2,500
  • October – Middle east $2,500
  • November – North Africa $3,000
  • December – East Africa $2,500
  • January – South Africa $2,500
  • February – South America $2,250
  • March – South America $2,250
  • April – South America $2,000
  • May – South America $2,000
  • June – South America $2,000
  • July – South A. & Caribbean $2,000
    • TOTAL: $46,000
  • Antarctica: $5,000
  • Preparation Gear: $1,000
  • Big Plane Flights: $1,500 (Most bought through points and rewards)
  • Miscellaneous, Misfortunes & Mistakes: $2,000
  • Travel Insurance: $1,500
  • Visas & Vaccinations: $2,000

Routes & Itinerary:

Hawaii, USA (5 days)

Fly from Los Angeles to celebrate the fruits of your labor in the most exotic location of the United States, hopping islands, soaking up the sun, climbing volcanoes, and relaxing in 5Star resorts. There are cheap flights from Hawaii to New Zealand…

New Zealand (1 Month)

 

North Island (2.5 weeks):

  • Auckland (4days) – restaurants, bars, galleries, beaches and the capital of NZ
    • Take a short trip up to the Bay of Islands (2days)
  • Waiheke Island (2days) – beaches, yachts
  • Rotorua (2days) – geysers, mud pools, volcanic vents
  • Taupo (3-4days) – Tongariro N.P. home to premiere skydiving, camping, biking, and hiking
  • Napier & Hawkes Bay Wine Country (Maybe)
  • Wellington (3-4days) – enjoy the arts district of NZ, lots of coffee and hip bars

South Island (1.5 weeks):

  • Marlborough Wine Country
  • Christchurch (for galleries & chillen)
  •  Queenstown (for adventure sports & bungy)
    • Abel Tasman National Park
    • Fy From Christchurch or Queenstown to Brisbane, Australia

 

Australia (1 Month)

 

  • Brisbane (3 Days) – Rent or buy  caravan to drive down the coast all the way to Adelaide.
  • Eastern Coastline (10days):
    • Gold Coast
    • Byron Bay
    • Coffs Harbor
    • Port Macquarie & New Castle
  • Sydney (2-3days)
    • Stay in Canberra (1day) on the way to Melbourne
  • Melbourne (4 days)
    • Take a ferry with the van to Tasmania (5 Days)
    • Great Ocean Road all the way to Adelaide (3 days)
  • Adelaide (3days)
    • Barossa & Adelaide Hills Wine Country
    • Kangaroo Island & McLaren Vale
    • Take the train to Alice Springs (2days)
  • Alice Springs & Uluru (2 days)
    • Take a flight out to Cairns
  • Cairns (2 days):
    • Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving (1 day)
    • Whitsundays & Fraser Island, Hamilton Island (3 days)
    • Fly from Cairns to Bali or Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Indonesia (2.5 Weeks)

 

  • Lombok & The Gili Islands (5days)
    • Gili Air or Meno (2days)
    • Climb Mt. Rinjani (3days)
    • Boat to Bali
  • Bali (3days):
    • Rent a Jeep and drive it around Bali, stay in Ubud
    • Climb Mt. Ubud
    • Take Ferry & Bus to Java Island (Main Island of Indo)
  • Malang (2-3days):
    • Climb Mount Bromo & Ljen Plateau
    • Tea and rice fields
  • Yogyakarta (3 days):
    • Borobudur & Prambanan Temples (1 day each)
  • Jakarta (2days)
    • explore the city’s madness, then take a flight to Seoul, South Korea

South Korea (1.5 weeks)

 

  • Seoul (4days) – explore the city and emrace Korean culture & street food
    • Vist the DMZ between North & South Korea (1day)
    • Catch the beginning of the cherry blossom bloom
  • Chuncheon – Uiam Lake & food
  • Sokcho – hike stunning peaks & waterfalls at Seoraksan N.P.
  • Busan – Beaches & Islands, near Jeju Island

Japan (3 weeks)

 

  • Tokyo (5days) – Completely indulge in Japanese Sushi, Ramen, and nightlife
    • Catch the cherry blossom’s around tokyo
    • Take a day trip up to Nikko (world heritage sight)
    • Mt. Fuji & Kamakura
    • Hike between Magome & Tssumago 
    • Take the bullet train to Kyoto
  • Kyoto (4days) – Temples & Gardens
    • Nara (2days)- the great Buddha
    • Koyo-San (2days) – spend a night in a buddhist monastery
  • Osaka (3days) – street food & nightlife in a port mecca
    • Himeji (2days)
    • Naoshima Island (1day)
  • Hiroshima (3days)
    • Miyajima Island (2days)
  • Mt. Fuji (3days)
    • Make the trip back up to Mt. Fuji to attempt to climb out of season (late april)
    • Take flight from Hiroshima or Tokyo to Beijing

 

China & Mongolia (2 weeks)

 

China:

  • Beijing (3days):
    • Forbidden City,  Tiananmen Square, & Jinghsan National Park
    • Visit the Temple of Heaven and get lost in Nanluogu Xiang
    • Eat at Wangfujing Street
  • Climb & Visit the Great Wall of China (2days):
    • Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Huanghuacheng and Jiankou
  • Hop on the Trans-Siberian Railroad
    • Take the train across the boarder to Mongolia

Mongolia:

  • Using the Trans Siberian RR Train, hop on and off to a few destinations on the way to Russia

 

Russia (2.5 weeks)

 

Trans-Siberian Railroad (2 weeks):

  • Ivolginsk Datsan – Russias principal buddhist monastery
  • Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island, & Irkutsk
  • Krasnoyarsk – scenic crusies, oil wealth
  • Yekaterinburg – historic bustling city
  • Perm – culture centre & Kungur ice caves
  • Kazan – to visit the blue & white Kazan Kremlin

Moscow (5 days):

  • Day trips to the towns of Vladirmir, Yaroslavl, & Suzdal
  • Take the train to Lake Ilmen to visit Veliky Novgorod

St. Petersburg (3days):

  • take the bus or train to Helsinki, Finland

 

Finland, The Baltics, & Belarus (3 Weeks)

 

Finland:

  • Helsinki (3days)
  • take a ferry from Helsinki to Tallin, Estonia (3 per day, 2 hrs)

Estonia:

  • Tallin (2-3days) – historic streets, colorful old town, beautiful capital
  • Saaremoa (2days) – beatutiful and remote pine forrested island
  • Parnu (2days) – mud bahts, white sand beaches, baltic resort town

Latvia:

  • Sigulda (2days) – visiting Gauja National Park
  • Riga (2days) – architecture, lively town, baltic capital

Lituania:

  • Siaulial (1 day) – Hill of Crosses
  • Kaunas (2days) – charming university town
  • Vilnius (3days) – amazing baltic city and old town, capital

Belarus:

  • Minsk (2 days) – Stalinish Architecture, day trip to Dudutki old town
  • Brest (3 days) – cute old town cutlure trip
    • base point for Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park

 

Eastern Europe (2 Months)

 

Poland:

  • Warsaw (1-2 days) – Warsaw Rising Museum & Day trip to the “Wolfs Lair” (Hitlers Bunker)
  • Krakow (4 days) – lots of nightlife and cheap drinking, old town,
    • Wawel Castle & Jewish district of Kazimerz
    • Weliczka’s Salt Mine
    • Day trip to the Tatra Mountains

Ukraine:

  • Lviv (3 days) – world heritage sight, architecture
  • Kyiv (3 days) – caves monastery, St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Andriyivsky Uzkiz
    • Day trip to visit Chernobyl
  • Odessa (2-3 days) – beaches on the black sea

Moldova:

  • Chisnau (3 days)
    • Base to see Cricova Winery
    • Old Orhei historical complex, and Tipova Monstery

Romania:

  • Lasi & Southern Bucovina (2 days)
    • Carpathian Mountains (2 days)
  • Transylvania (1 week)
    • Brasov (3 days) – castles and mountains
    • Sigihisoara (1 day) & Sibiu (2 days)
    • Cluj-Napoca (1-2 days) – college party town of Romania
    • Hunedoara (1 day) – to visit Corvinior Castle
  • Timisoara (1-2days)

Serbia:

  • Novi Sad (3 days) – Exit Festival
  • Belgrade (3-4days) – partying and drinking in the bustling city

Bosnia Herzegova:

  • Sarajevo (2-3 days)
  • Mostar (2-3 days) – famous castle bridge

Croatia:

  • Sibenik (3 days): to visit Krka National Park & Waterfalls
  • Split & Hvar (4 days) – to live the Croatian beach town life
  • Dubrovnik (2 days) – world heritage site, dining, beaches

Montenegro & North Albania:

  • Kotor (3-4 days) – bay of Kotor, beautiful scenery, massive Wall of Kotor
  • Sveti Stefan (2 days) – small walled city and resort town with beaches
  • Travel to Shkoder, Albania (1 day):
    • Prokletije & Theth, Albania(1 day)
    • Valbona Valley National Park, Albania (2 days)

Kosovo:

  • Peja (2-3 days) – cheese markets, wineries
    • Day trip up to the Rugova Mountains
    • Visit Visoki Decani Monastery (wine & cheese)
  • Prizren (1-2 days)
  • Pristina (2 days) – capital of Kosovo, Gracanica Monastery & Gadime Cave

Macedonia:

  • Skopje (2-3days) – old Ottoman empire ruins, famous Macedonian markets
  • Bitola (2 days) – Pelister National Park, cafes and cobblestone streets
  • Lake Ohrid (3 days) – Lake Ohrid Festival, gorgeous scenery

Albania:

  • Tirana (2 days): Base to visit the town of Kruje
  • Berat (2 days) – jump off point to mountain towns
  • Gjirokastra & Butrint (2 days) – old mountain town, Albanian culture
  • Sarande (2 days) – Dhermi Beach, Beer House and The Blue Eye National Park

Greece:

  • Kalabaka (2 days) – to visit the ancient Monstaries of Meteora
  • Mt. Olymphos National Park & Resort (2 days)
  • Thessaloniki (2 days) – gorge on Mediterranean food

Bulgaria:

  • Melnik (2 days) – Bulgarian Mountain town, cafes, architecture
  • Sofia (2 days) – capital of Bulgaria, Bulgarian food and culture
    • Trip to Koprivshititsa historic town
  • Plovdiv (2-3 days) – the cultural centre of Bulgaria
  • Burgas (1 day): hop cities and beaches along the Black Sea
    • Sunny Beach & Nessebar (2 days)
    • Sozopol (2 days)
    • Travel south into Turkey!

 

Middle East (2 Months)

 

Turkey:

  • Istanbul (5 days) – indulging in Turkish foods, buying as much fabric, spices and gifts as possible
    • stop by the Ruins of Troy on the way to Izmir
  • Izmir (3 days)
    • visit the ruins of Ephesus
  • Denizli & Pamukkale (2 days) – to visit the white and blue salt pools
  • Kaz (3 days) & Olympos (3 days) – cute turkish mediterranean towns
  • Antalya, Alanya, and Tasucu (3-4 days) – hug the coast of the Mediterranean
    • Take flight from Antalya to Beirut, Lebanon or
    • Take the ferry from Tasucu to Tripoli, Lebanon

Lebanon:

  • Tripoli (1-2 days) – old port city
    • travel down to Byblos – a fishing port near Qadisha Valley and Cedars
  • Beirut (4-5 days) – nightlife, Garten Nightclub
    • day trip to Beitteddine Palace
  • Sidon (2-3 days) – day trip to Temple of Echmoun and ancient city of Tyre
    • Head back to Beirut for a fight or ferry to Cyprus (Cannot visit Israel right after traveling in Lebanon)

Cyprus:

  • Paphos (2-3 days) – best place to gather your barrings
  • Kyrenia (2 days) – old port city
  • Nicosia (2 days) – exotic beaches, Sirena Bay, Green Bay
  • Limmasol & Larnaca (2 days)
    • Take ferry or flight to Haifa or Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel:

  • Haifa (2 days) – beautiful old port city
    • Akko & Caesarea – day trip ruins to visit on the way to Tel-Aviv
  • Tel-Aviv (4 days) – visiting friends and enjoying jewish cultural capital
  • Jeruselum (4 days) – Blue dome, Temple on the Mount, Wall of Jeruselum
    • Bethleham & Ramallah Day trips
    • Dead Sea, Masada and Jericho Day trips
    • Cross the Jordanian boarder by land to Amman

Jordan:

  • Amman (3 days)
    • Day trip to Jerash & Mosaics of Madaba
    • Dana Nature Reserve (1-2 days)
  • Petra (2 days) – One of the 7 World Wonders
  • Wadi Rum (2 days) – protected area and soulful place
  • Aqaba (1 day) – World class snorkeling and diving
    • Transfer overland through Taba, Israel or take the boat from Aqaba to Nuweiba
    • Depending on security situation, head to the port city of Dahab

Egypt:

  • Nuweiba (2 days)
  • Dahab (2 day)
  • Mt. Sinai & St. Catherine’s Monastery (2-3 days)
    • Hike up Sinai and catch the sunrise
    • catch an overnight bus or train to Cairo

 

Northeast Africa (1 Month)

Start the famous land journey by land using local transportation from Cairo to Cape Town…

 

Egypt (2 weeks):

  • Cairo (3-4 days) – Pyramid of Giza
    • take a trip up to Alexandria (3 days) – culture, cafes, grandeur
    • take a boat trip down the Nile to Luxor (3-4days)
  • Luxor (3 days) – tombs, temples of Thebes
    • Temple of Horus, Templeof kom Ombo
  • Aswan (3 days) – sunset folucca trips and Nubian culture
    • Abu Simbel (2 days) – Temples

Sudan (1 week):

  • Soleb – egyptian temples
  • Kerma – mudbrich fortresses
  • Karima – sands, ruins, temples, pyramids
  • Meroe Pyramids – striking achiological site
    • Day trip to Naqa – Kushite Temples
  • Kassala – exotic markets and Taka Mountains

Ethiopia (10 days):

  • Lalibela – rock churches**
    • Simien Mountains National Park for hiking
    • Gonder – “camelot” of Africa
    • Tigray – rock hewn churches
  • Harar – old labrinth city
  • Addis Ababa – nightlife & museums
  • Lower Omo Valley – last great wilderness of Africa

 

East Africa (1 Month)

 

Kenya:

  • Samburu National Reserve – wildlife
  • Mt. Kenya (3 days) – hike and climb
  • Lake Nakuru – last remaining wild Rhino’s
  • Nairobi – enjoy a bustling african capital
  • Masai Mora National Reserve – unmatched natural savannahs
  • Amboseli National Park – Elephants, Kilimanjaro Views
    • Head to Mombasa to catch bus into Tanzania (?)

Tanzania:

  • Serengeti National Park & Usambara Mountains
  • Trip to Zanzibar Island – Zanzibar town, old streets, beaches, resorts

Malawi:

  • Lake Malawi
  • Kaya Mawa (Kikoma is)
    • Nhkata Bay
    • Nkhotakuta Wildlife Reserve

Mozambique:

  • Lake Niassa (Lake Malawi)
  • Mozambique Island – cobbletsone streets, historic trading island
  • Inhambane – quiet town, beaches, beautiful provence
  • Maputo – awesome african capital

 

Southern Africa (1 Month)

 

Swaziland:

  • Cross through into South Africa to visit land-locked Swaziland
    • Mkhaya Game Reserve
    • Hlane Royal Park
    • Utsutu River and Ezulwihi Valley

Lesotho:

  • Malealea Trading Posts
  • Sani Pass & Katse Dam

South Africa:

  • Drahensberg Park – Waterfalls and Hiking
  • Kruger National Park – one of the largest and well-kept national parks in Africa
  • Pretoria & Johannesburg
    • Use Johannesburg as a base point to travel north to Botswana

Botswana:

  • Makga Dikgadi Pans National Park
  • Chobe National Park
  • Vumbura Plains
  • Okavango Delta & Tsodilo Hills

Namibia:

  • Waterberg Plateau
  • Etosha National Park
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Swakopmund & Sossusvlei (for the adrenaline junkies and sand dunes)

South Africa:

  • Stellenbosch – wine tours and beautiful vineyards
  • Cape Town (4 Days) – Enjoying beautiful hikes, scenery, food and beaches

 

 

Carnival & Antarctica (3 Weeks)

 

Here is where things can get tricky…depending on when Carnival is that year, whether it be early February or March, determines where this part of the trip and South America starts. I’ll go with the ideal situation that Carnival would be starting in beginning to mid-February lasting for one week, then heading to Buenos Aires by plane to catch a flight down to Ushuaia. You would need to get to Ushuaia as soon as possible (cheapest flights being from Buenos Aires) in order to catch the last few boats heading to Antartica before it becomes too cold and the season ends in the beginning of March. It’s also important to get this underway so that you can travel south to north and do some hiking in Patagonia before Winter is full blown.

Brazil:

  • Rio De Janeiro (7 days) – Carnival for one week (February 6th-February 14th)

Argentina:

  • Buenos Aires (2 days) – Jump off point for Ushuaia, stay for a couple days and stock up on hiking and winter supplies/gear.
  • Ushuaia (2 days) – Join a tour for Antartica for ten days!

Antarctica (10-12 days):

  •  Approx. $5-6,000
  • February 15th-25th; last boats of the season are around March 8th.

 

Argentina & Chile (2 Months)

Take your time traveling South to North by hitchhiking, and using local transportation: hiking and touring through some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth; criss crossing between Argentina and Chile, Patagonia –> Santiago…

 

Argentina & Chile (Patagonia Route):

  • Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
  • Punta Arenas & Puerto Natales, Chile
  • Torres Del Paine, Chile
  • El Calafate, & El Chalten, Argentina
  • Perito Moreno Glacier & Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
  • Los Antiguos, Argentina –> Chile Chico, Chile
  • General Carrera Lake & the Marble Caves
  • Coyahaique, Chile
  • Futaleufu, Chile –> Esquel, Argentina
  • Bariloche, Argentin –> Puerto Varas, Chile

Chile:

  • Santiago: dancing, metropolitan Chilean life
  • Valapraisio: drinking coffee, craft beer, and endless graffiti
    • Hop on a bus across the boarder to Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina:

  • Mendoza (3-4 days): sampling and touring beautiful vineyards, renting bikes, and relaxing
  • Cordoba (3-4 days)
  • Salto (3-4days)
    • Hop on a bus to the boarder of Paraguay…

 

Paraguay & Uruguay (3 Weeks)

 

Paraguay:

  • Asuncion (3 days):
    • take an exploration trip to the Chaco Wilderness
    • take a day trip to Yaguaron
  • Encarnacion (2 days): Jesuit Missions & the home to Paraguay’s Carnival
  • Ciudad Del Este (1-2 days): home to weird shopping malls and goods, jump off point to Iguazu

Argentina:

  • Iguazu Falls (2 days): explore the most beautiful waterfalls in the world
    • catch the 21hr overnight bus to Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires (3 days): gorge on red wine, steaks, and tango classes
    • catch the ferry or bus to Uruguay…

Uruguay:

  • Salto (1-2 days): hot springs
  • Carmelo & Colonia del Sacremento (2-3 days): laid back towns, cobble stone streets, riverside
  • Montevideo (3 days): enjoy the colored house, weed fields, and laid back peeps
  • Cabo Polonio (2 days): sea lions, penguins, hippie beach town
  • Punta Del Diablo (2 days): surfing, bonfires, Brazilian Boarder
    • Cross by land @ Chui from Uruguay –> Brazil to Florianopolis

 

Brazil (6 Weeks)

 

  • Florianopolis (4 days): beach, chill, party
    • Praia Brava to visit Warung Beach Club
    • Porto Belo to visit El Fortin Beach Club
    • Camborio to visit Green Valley Concert Venue
  • Sao Paulo (3 days): the New York of South America; D-Edge Nightclub
    • Paraty beach town (2 days)
    • Ilha Grande Island (3 days)
    • Ouro Preto & Tiradentes – cobblestone colonial towns
  • Rio De Janeiro (1-2 days): regroup and eat well
    • bus to Belo Horizonte (3 days)
  • Trancosco & Arraial d’Ajuda (3-4 days): laid back beach towns, cliff backed coastlines
  • Bhai Salvador (4 days) – hidden gem of Brazil
  • Olinda (2-3 days)
    • catch a flight to Fernando de Noronha (?)
  • Jericoacoara (4 days) – backpackers hippy paradise and surreal dunes of Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses
    • Sao Luis & Alcantara (4 days): Caribbean reggae towns
  • Belem (2-3 days) – Culturally rich Amazonian town; catch a flight to Manaus
  • Manaus (5 days) – Amazonian tour and exploration, jungle excursions
    • catch a boat down the Amazon river to Santerem and beaches of Alter do Chao
    • Illha De Marajo – river island dotted with friendly towns, buffaloes, beaches
    • boat to down the river back to the mouth, to the town Macapa
  • Macapa (1-2 days): jump off point to the Guineas

 

 

The Guineas (3 Weeks)

From here you can either go into Guyana via Manaus –> Boa Vista, Brazil, or you can go back to Macapa from the Amazon and bus up to French Guiana…

 

French Guiana:

  • Kaw – Floating Lodges, jungle
  • Cacao – Locothian treats, Hmong Community, Sunday Markets
  • Cayenne – Les Palmistes Cafe
  • Iles du Salut – boat trips and Penal colonies
    • Centre Spatial Guyamis – space shuttle launches
    • Prison camps of St. Laurent du Maroni

Suriname:

  • Paramaribo (3 days): exploring the coastal town, dolphin viewings
    • Upper Suriname River & Commewijne River
    • Brownsberg Nature Reserve & Broko Pondo
  • Raleighvalley – canoe past Maroon villages

Guyana:

  • Georgetown (3 days): explore then catch a flight to Kaietur Falls
  • Kaietur Falls (2 days)
  • Surama (2 days): 2 nights staying in the village
    • day trips exploring Caiman House, Kanuku Mountains, waterfalls and villages
    • Rupununi Savana, Dadanawa, Saddle Mountain, Iwokrama Rain Forest
  • Shell Beach

 

Venezuela & Colombia (3 Weeks)

 

Venezuela:

One to two weeks, depending on inflation and security situation. If all else fails, just see Angel Falls on a guided tour

  • Roraima – hiking and trekking
  • Salto Angel (Angel Falls) (4 days): hike, camp and visit the highest single drop waterfall in the world
  • Ciudad Bolivar – colonial city and historical district along sight the mightey Rio Orinoco
    • Canaima – lagoon side village
    • Orinoco Delta —> Peninsua de Praia (best beach in Venezuela)
    • Archipielago Los Roques
  • Fly over to Merida (adventure sports) and then Catacumbo (lightning shows)
    • Cross the boarder from San Antonio to Cucuta to get into Colombia
    • Maybe pay a visit to Trinidad and Tobago next door?

Colombia:

  • Cacuta –> Bucaramanga –> Santa Marta
    • Taganga (2 days) – visit the restaurant Babaganoosh and beach it
  • Parque Nacional Naturea Tayrona
    • Palomino – hippy beach town
    • Ciudad Perdida – ruins hike (Lost Ruins)
    • catch a bus to Cartagena
  • Cartagena (4 days): visiting the island beaches and old town
    • Visit the hostel Casa En El Agua (2 days)
    • Catch a flight to Medellin –> Havana or straight to Havana, Cuba

 

Carribean & Home

Depending on money, home-sickness, time and will to keep traveling, decide on whether to travel longer in Colombia heading south towards Medellin, as well as traveling through Cuba, Domincan Republic, Aruba, Trinidad & Tobago, and/or Puerto Rico at all…

 

Catch either a flight to Miami from Cartagena, or travel through the Caribbean and/or Cuba and catch a cruise-line from Havana –> Miami

 

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