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South America Odyssey

Welcome to the South America Odyssey Blog

South America Odyssey

Welcome to the South America Odyssey Blog

Peru, Bolivia and Argentina

My husband and I had never been to South America before but it was high up on our bucket list and when we found ourselves with a build-up of leave we decided to head out.  We knew roughly what we wanted to see and do: waterfalls, salt-flats, horse-riding and lots of good wine and food, but after that…

Odyssey suggested we start our trip in Lima and make our way down the continent.   I wasn’t such a fan of Lima but Cuzco was beautiful and the people were wonderful.  It’s a really fun and lively town with masses of Andean charm – I would happily return another time.  We decided that we would miss out on the Inca trail and instead trained up to the base of Machu Picchu.  We overnight-ed here and then rose early to catch the sunrise by the Sun Gate, (this was a great tip from our Odyssey consultant as we missed the crowds).  Everyone has seen numerous photos of lamas in front of Machu Picchu, but seeing it in the flesh was incredible.

Although my husband is most definitely a horse-novice, I am obsessed and riding through the Andes has always been a dream.  I managed to convince him that of all the places in the world to ride this was it!  It was truly a once in a lifetime experience riding through the hills and even he enjoyed it, though I had to promise to join him on the Death Road bike ride in La Paz!  To be honest I would give it a miss if you are of a sound mind – it was truly terrifying!

From here we travelled down to the salt flats of Uyuni, these were stunning but freezing come nightfall!  We then crossed into Argentina and over to Iguazu Falls.  I have never seen such a totally sensory-overloading sight, the sheer scale of the falls, the birds flying over-head and the crashing sound of the water was incredible.  I recommend everyone visit!  With a few days left we headed up to Mendoza to enjoy some much deserved wine and steak and then onto the Pampas to stay in a real Estancia, eat from asados (BBQs) and ride with the gauchos.  This was such a peaceful and romantic place in the most glorious setting.

We ended our trip in Buenos Aires, a beautiful and very European feeling city, full of life, art and the perfect way to end our fantastic trip.

The whole trip was incredible, truly once in a lifetime and the itinerary Odyssey helped us build was perfect for the time we had.  Although we travelled a lot we never felt rushed or like backpackers.  This was a great mixture of adventure and luxury.  Now we are back we can’t wait to book our next trip, this time to Pagatonia and the Amazon!

Links Page

Below are some links that you may find useful:

Musango Safari Camp
An exclusive 16 bed, owner-run camp on Lake Kariba. Musango offers an abundance of wildlife and bird life, with a large selection of activities available on offer.

Rhino River Lodge
Rhino River Lodge is a Big 5 luxury safari lodge situated on a 23000 hectare private game reserve in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Tanzania Odyssey
Our detailed microsite for Tanzania Safaris and Tanzania Honeymoons

Africa Odyssey
Tailor-made safaris to East and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean.

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