Monthly Archives: February 2014

January

What Happened in January?

January has been by far my busiest month in terms of distance traveled and the activities I have done. I also knew that this would be my most expensive month to date, and as the figures below show I was correct.

I cycled 64km around Lake Llanquihue in the Chilean lakes district. I explored the beautiful Island of Chiloe seeing Penguins and Blue Whales. I trekked in Torres del Paine national park in Chilean Patagonia. I visitied Perito Moreno glacier in Argentine Patagonia and probably the most epic thing I did was climb the active Villarrica volcano in Pucon, Chile.


Countries Visited: Argentina, Chile

Argentina: Mendoza, El Calafate, San Martin de los Andes, Bariloche

Chile: Santiago, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Ancud, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Pucon

Total Distance Traveled: 6019 km / 3740 miles

Distance Traveled by air: 3530 Km / 2194 Miles

Distance Traveled on bus: 2476km / 1538 miles

Distance Traveled by boat: 13km / 8 miles

What I Spent

Argentina: £330.11 in 6 days = £55.01

Chile: £1281.08 in 25 days = £51.24 a day

Total Spent: £1611.19 in 31 days = £51.97 a day

As you can see this has been an extremely expensive month for me, totally blowing my budget of £1000 a month. But I did do a lot of activities and I knew Argentina and Chile were going to be expensive, so it was n’t a major shock. This also included 3 flights which saved me a considerable amount of time to get down to Patagonia. Thankfully I will be back in Bolivia next month and my spending will hopefully drop dramatically.

What I Listened To

3 Most Played Tunes: 

  1. “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons
  2. “Good People” by Jack Johnson
  3. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters & Men

What I Have Been Watching: Prisoners, Getaway

What Have I Been Reading: “The Motor Cycle Diaries” by Che Guevara

Best Part: Finally getting to the summit of Volcan Villarrica, nearly 6 years after my first attempt. Stunning views and awesome fun tobogganing back down the ice and snow.

Worst Part: By far the worst thing to happen this month was getting flooded out while hiking the W trek in Torres del Paine national park. It was my main reason for going to Patagonia and my terk was halted abruptly by the pond sized flood in my tent. Read about it here.

Favourite Drink: Vino Tinto

The Beer I Drank Most: Quilmers (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Favourite Bar: Liverpool Pub (Mendoza, Argentina)

Favourite Club: I never actually went to any clubs!

Favourite Hostel: 13 Lunas Hostel (Ancud, Chiloe. Chile)

My Favourite Photo: 

Panorama from Volcan Villarrica

Panorama from Volcan Villarrica

Whats Next? I have just arrived back in Mendoza where I intend on catching up with my friends here and I will be definitely drinking some more good wine. I will retrace my steps for the long trip back to Sucre, Bolivia and hope to arrive there for next weekend.

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