Walkabout bound with just a backpack and dreams

With less than four days and counting, I will be venturing off on a walkabout. Yes, I know many of you may be thinking of the Crocodile Dundee films and reciting that famous line……..“That’s not a knife. (pulling out massive knife) NOW, THAT’S a knife.”

Putting a twist on the traditional Australian Aborigine journey and rite of passage, I’m using this walkabout as inspiration for my newest chapter. Heading out with just a backpack and dreams, my travel itinerary is rather flexible to allow for great opportunities; however, my three favorite types of travel are addressed:

1) ADVENTURE

2) WINE/CULINARY

3) COSMOPOLITAN

Rough Schedule of the next 2 weeks:

Week 1:

After nearly a day of flights from Miami to Lima to Santiago, taxis, and buses, I will arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile. This is the starting point of my five day, Patagonian trekking/camping excursion with Ecocamp.travel into the Torres de Paine National Park. I’m expecting nothing less than mind blowing, jaw dropping vistas of the Andes as I hike nearly 5+ hours a day.

Week 2:

Return to Santiago for a quick tour of the Cerro de San Cristobal before boarding a border crossing bus to Mendoza, Argentina for 4 days of wine tastings, horseback riding in the Cordillera of the Andes, and perhaps a little bit more trekking. With a bottle of Malbec in my backpack, I will have the FINALE of my trip with 3 days in Buenos Aires filled with much walking, tangoing, eating, and behaving as close to porteña as possible.

As I always say, each occasion in life can be categorized as either a good time or a good story. I have a feeling this walkabout will be many good times and many good stories. I’ll be documenting my trip step by step with photos and a journal. I plan to be rather disconnected technologically speaking minus stops at local Internet cafes or hostel lobby computers. So, I’ll fill you in on my many good times and good stories on my return. Hasta luego, mates!

4 Comments

  1. Syd Leclerc says:

    I arrive this week to Argentina to spend an incredible time knowing this magical country. It looks that you had a great time all around the country, and that encourages me because I don’t know what I’m about to discover.
    This is going to be my first time in the country, and so far I have only booked a Tango Dinner Show, I read very good reviews, and I believe it’s a good way to start my trip, and to understand more the Argentinean culture. I book online the Tango Show through http://bsas4u.com/ an agency that recommended me some friends who traveled last year. I’m waiting for complete my travel experience with authentic activities that this magical place offer to all of us.

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  6. Christina says:

    Hi, I’m planning a solo trip in February to Patagonia and I was wondering how you liked going with ecocamp and what it was like.