Me hiking to Frey in Bariloche, Argentina

My Top 10 Adventures in South America for 2013

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Travelling on my own around South America has been an adventure on its own right. During this time, I’ve climbed, trekked, went into mines, cycled, visited remote villages and saw some pretty amazing landscapes. While trying to pick my top experiences, I’ve realised this past year has been one hell of a ride! If you’re travelling to South America, you might want to consider some of these experiences for your trip!

Ice Trekking in Argentina

Ice Trekking in Perito Moreno glacier, ArgentinaThe Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most impressive sites in the Argentinian Patagonia and there’s no better way to get up close and personal with this icy giant than going ice trekking. This is a full day excursion that can be done from El Calafate. Even though it’s a bit overpriced, it’s still an unforgettable experience.


Visiting the mines of Potosí in Bolivia

Visiting the mines in Potosí, BoliviaWhen visiting the town of Potosí in Bolivia, it’s hard to grasp that this small city in the middle of the Altiplano used to be one of the richest places on earth. All thanks to the huge quantities of silver that were extracted from the nearby Cerro Rico. Today, it’s possible to visit the mines and see the hard-working conditions that these workers endure.


Getting to Nabusímake in Colombia

The road to Nabusímake in ColombiaNabusímake is not only one of the most beautiful and dreamy villages that I visited last year, it’s also one of the most remote. Getting there felt more like an expedition than anything else, the road was treacherous and muddy; it was one of the worst I’ve seen in my life!


Biking the Death Road in Bolivia

Biking the death Road in La Paz, BoliviaBefore biking the Death Road in La Paz (Bolivia), I must admit I was nervous; that name makes it sound so intimidating. But once I got the hang of it, I became a real speed devil. It was just fun, fun, fun! There was only one time I was about to lose control of my bike and crash on a corner almost at the end. Thank God for my quick reflexes!


Trekking & Climbing in Argentina

Rock climbing in El Chaltén, ArgentinaOne of my favourite places in South America was definitely the little town of El Chaltén, located in Los Glaciares NP. The landscapes of the region are simply breathtaking; plus, there’s total freedom when it comes to climbing and trekking opportunities. What else could you ask for?


Climbing the Villarrica Volcano in Chile

Climbing the Villarrica volcano in ChileClimbing a volcano is one of the items on my Bucket List and I finally got to cross it off when I was in Chile. The Villarrica volcano is located near the town of Pucón and it’s one of the most popular attractions in the area. The climb was hard at some points, but the views from the summit are well worth it! Plus, you get to slide on your way down :)


Santa Cruz trek in Peru

Hiking the Santa Cruz trek in Huaraz, PeruLocated in the Huascarán National Park, the Santa Cruz trek was an unforgettable experience. Not only because the landscapes of the park are truly stunning, but also because I did it independently instead of going with a tour operator. So me and my partner had total freedom to choose our own pace and thus were able to fully enjoy the views.


The Lost City trek in Colombia

Me at the Lost City in ColombiaAnother memorable trek was the one to the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, one of my favourite places in Colombia. After this trek I was totally filthy, tired and stinky; but it was so much fun that it was worth it. I loved it so much that I’d do it again anytime!


Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Uyuni Salt flats in BoliviaIf you’re visiting Bolivia, one of the places that you must visit is the Uyuni Salt Flats. Normally, you take a tour on a 4×4 and, depending on what you want it takes anywhere from 1 – 4 days. I chose to do the tour from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile; it’s a bit more expensive but you get to see the sunrise over the salt flats.


Machu Picchu via the Salkantay trek in Peru

Me looking over Machu Picchu, PeruOne of the best feelings I’ve had during my travels was on the moment I stood in front of Machu Picchu for the first time. I felt a sense of elation and accomplishment that I hadn’t felt before. For a moment, I couldn’t believe I was actually standing in front of this iconic view. Also, getting there via the Salkantay trek was awesome!

Have you experienced any of these? How did you like it? Which are your top adventures in South America? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

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Bianca Bauza

Bianca Bauza is a world citizen who spent almost four years traveling around South America and Europe. Her passions include photography, street art, outdoor sports, and cooking exotic dishes. She's now based in the Netherlands where she lives with her partner and young daughter. She still enjoys traveling, on her own or with her family, and is always looking for an opportunity to see new places.

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  • Wow! 2013 was quite a year for you – can hardly wait to see where you take me in 2014 :-D

  • Great collection of activities for me to add to my list. I’m currently in the airport waiting for my flight to Lima. From there… perhaps following in your footsteps :)

    • Thanks, Greg! Awesome to know you’ll be travelling around South America next. I’m looking forward to your photos :) Let me know if you need any tips and don’t you dare skipping Colombia!

  • Number 8 and 5 are the only ones I didn’t do on my trip last year. This brought back so many memories. And your photos are great too! There certainly weren’t any helicopters at the Lost City when I was there!

    • Hahaha yes, that helicopter landing on the Lost City was quite something to see! I’m glad my photos brought you some nice memories from your own adventures; and that now you have a couple of reasons to go back ;)

  • Espectacular! Realmente ya se de donde sale tanta energía y gran espíritu en ti! De estos viajes increíbles! Un abrazo bien grande!

    • Gracias, Jordi! La verdad es que este viaje por Sur América está dando para mucho! Ya veremos que nos depara el 2014… Europa y Mallorca, quizás? Espero nos veamos, un abrazote!

  • Dan @ A Cruising Couple

    Looks like 2013 was quite the year!! I haven’t been to South Amerixa yet but we have tickets to see the FIFA World Cup in June. Super stoked! Can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2014 :-)

    • Thanks for stopping by, Dan! You’re very lucky to be able to see the World Cup live! I bet that will be an amazing experience :) Looking forward to reading all about it!

  • Hola, Bianca : this was grandiose, spectacular, colourful : way to go with this top 10 post!

    • Hallo Henry! Thanks :) I had fun remembering all these great experiences from 2013, here’s to hoping 2014 will be at least half as fun!

  • I have just arrived in South America and I am already looking forward to all the adventures to be had. It looks like you had an awesome year!

    • That’s so cool, Tammy! I’m sure you’re already loving it here :) I’m going to be in Colombia for the next few months, so let me know if you’re around! It’d be lovely to meet!

  • Wow, you’ve done some pretty crazy stuff last year, I wish you another year full of amazing new travel and experiences.

  • Wow, an eventful 2013! Fantastic photos!
    All the best for 2014.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  • What an awesome rundown Bianca – makes me think I should do one of my own! Also your photos are spectacular, particularly the Salt Flats one!

    • Yay, Flora! You most certainly should :) I’d love to see about your top experiences in SA and I’m looking forward to see you in Colombia!

  • Amazing adventures in South America. When I traveled for 3 months in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil, most of my photos involve me wine tasting in Mendoza or sipping cocktails on the beach in Rio. You really adventured!

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