We’re feeling a little nostalgic today. Thanks to the magic of Facebook memories, we got reminded that exactly one year ago today, we struck out on one of the biggest adventures of our lives: a four-day trek to Machu Picchu on the fabled Inca Trail. It was a high point in our ongoing quest to visit as many South American countries as possible while we’re living here in Colombia. The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu were so memorial that we covered them in two separate posts, here and here.
In fact, that experience was only one slice of our fantastic three-week journey through Peru. Here’s the library of all our Peru posts.
We’re plotting our next South American adventures now, and one area we’re focusing on is the northern coast bordering the Caribbean. A big stretch of that coast is in Colombia, and we have a trip planned there in November. While Venezuela is off limits due to the tragic political situation there, we’re especially intrigued by the three little countries further east: Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Until very recently, these three countries have been off the tourist radar; in fact, their tourism infrastructures are just started to develop. That makes them even more attractive in our view! From what we’ve read, Suriname in particular is a place of incredible natural beauty, with abundant nature reserves filled with lush jungle terrain and waterfalls.
And now for the reblog
Our friends Lisa and Fabio are sailors and adventurers who just completed a circumnavigation aboard their sailboat, Amandla. We had the pleasure of meeting them in Curuçao, where they had lots of tales of their recent stopover in French Guiana. Lisa is a gifted writer and photographer, and her blog is a delight – especially to former sailors like us.
Here’s Lisa’s account of their visit to the infamous Devils Island, a former French penal colony made famous by the novel Papillon.
Read the rest here: Sailing to Freedom: Our Escape to Devils Island
So what else is on our South America bucket list?
- Visiting all the patrimonios (historic colonial towns) in Colombia.
- The Amazonian areas of Colombia and Peru.
- Chile, especially Patagonia.
- The Patagonian and wine-producing areas of Argentina.
- Brazil. It’s so vast – we haven’t quite figured out what parts to visit yet.