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And God said, Behold!, You shall go to the End of the World!

~Planning stage~

-17 °C

Almost three years have passed since my last trip to India and Nepal.
Every passing day during this time, enlarge the void I keep feeling within me, and the need for another epic trip. I have tried to look for possible destinations such as, overcrowded Alaska, South East Asia, North Africa, Middle East and the Balkans or the Aegean Sea. Then, I remembered some old conversations with my Argentinean friends in Tokyo...Patagonia!

Argentina and Chile have always been in my list of places to go, not only because of the awesome wine :D, but because of the fantastic untouched landscape. So the wheels started turning. I bought maps, books, researched on visa requirements, etc. Things were falling into place as I researched...then...a couple of screws went loose in my head, and an odd thought came across my neural fibers...if you can do two countries in one trip, why not 13?!! A motorcycle ride from NYC to Chile/Argentina...yep...I have officially gone crazy... 12,000+ km of madness...

The first stage of this plan. Since I have some mileage accumulated, I will first go to Chile and Argentina, and get a better feel of how the Andes are, and what I am trying to tap here. At the present time, the plans are to visit the Patagonia sometime in the winter of 2008/2009. Couple of weeks to trek Torres del Paine, Glaciares, and the western border of Argentina; from Santiago, to Punta Arenas, then to Ushuaia and up to Buenos Aires by any means. Two weeks of Ellis' style of travel!!

From here, I will perhaps get the inspiration or a good idea to see if the bike ride south is a feasible adventure...did I mention this must be done in a month and a half? :) We'll see, that would be my last trip of such magnitude (or so I keep telling myself). It will require a lot of planning and $ for the shipping of the bike back, but it would be the craziest and most amazing thing I have ever done. Therefore, do not expect stage two to happen any time soon. ;)

See the itinerary of this trip, and details about each destination.

Let the adventure begin!

Until next timeā€¦

Posted by ellismende 06:07 Archived in Chile Tagged preparation

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