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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the final chapter of this tour. After this analysis you wont hear from me again. So here it is our massive adventure crunched into numbers....enjoy

17 Countries

Mexico (19 nights)
Cuba (12)
Belize (3)
Guatemala (7)
El Salvador (1)
Nicaragua (2)
Costa Rica (12)
Panama (1)
Colombia (16)
Ecuador (16)
Peru (18)
Bolivia (18)
Chile (3)
Uruguay (1)
Argentina (19)

57 Places visited (nights)

Mexico
Mexico City (2), Oaxaca (3), San Cristobal (2), Palenque (2), Campeche (1), Merida (1), Chichen Itza (1), Cancun (1), Playa del Carmen (1), Tulum (3)

Cuba
Havana (6), Trinidad (3), Vinales (3)

Belize
Caye Caulker (3)

Guatemala
Flores (2), Lanquin (3), Antigua (2)

El Salvador
San Salvador (1)

Nicaragua
Granada (2)

Costa Rica
Playa Tamarindo (2), Monteverde (2), Santa Theresa (3), Montezuma (1), Playa Hermosa (3),

Panama
Panama City (1)

Colombia
Cartagena (5), Taganga (1), Tayrona National Park (1), Medellin (4), Salento (3), Popayan (1)lcan

Ecuador
Tulcan (1), Quito (4), Galapagos Islands (5), Cotopaxi (1), Baños (3), Cuenca (2)

Peru
Mancora (4), Lima (3), Rio Bajo (2), Cusco (3), Inca Trail (4), Puno (1), Isla Amantani (1)

Bolivia
La Paz (6), Cochabamba (2), Sucre (4), Potosi (2), Yuyuni (1), Salar de Yuyuni (2)

Chile
San Pedro de Atacama (2), Santiago (1)

Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento (1)

Argentina
Salta (5), Iguazu Falls (3), Buenos Aires (4), Mendoza (4)

More stats

69 Different beds
150 Nights
8 Nights spent on a bus

Transport

47,112km Distance travelled (according to our maps on the blog)
1.2 If circling the Earth we would have done 1.2 laps

11 Planes
45.75 hrs Time spent on planes

57 Buses
285.5 hrs Time spent on buses

23 Minivans
66 hrs Time spent on minivans

6 Bikes
16 hrs Time spent on bikes

11 Boats
16.5 hrs Time spent on boats

2 Jeeps
25 hrs Time spent in jeeps

2 Trains
4 hrs Time spent on trains

1 Hire Car
9 hrs Time spent in hire car

1 Cattle Truck
3 hrs Time spent in cattle truck

1:11 min My fastest time on 3 card draw Solitaire
1:13 min Fi's fastest time
44 My world ranking for iPhone Solitaire....that's actually world record.

Stuff we´ve broken

8 Sunglasses (Chris x 5, Fi x 3)
1 Nikon Camera UV Lens
1 Acer Laptop
1 Snowgum jacket
1 Remington Beard trimmer
1 iPod headphones
1 iPod screen
3 Socks
1 T-Shirt

Opinion Pieces

Now to my opinion pieces. The question you always get asked when you travel...where was your favourite place? i plan to be prepared for this question, but how do you compare a city to a natural wonder? you just cant....so here are my rankings in categories!

Cities
1. Buenos Aires - Argentina
2. Cartagena - Colombia
3. Havana - Cuba
4. Medellin - Colombia
5. Quito - Ecuador
6. La Paz - Bolivia
7. Salta - Argentina
8. Santiago - Chile
9. Panama City - Panama
10. Lima - Peru
11. Mexico City - Mexico
12. San Salvador - El Salvador

For those interested Fi´s rankings were 1. Havana 2. Cartagena 3. Buenos Aires

Colonial Towns/Smaller Cities
1. Cusco - Peru
2. Oaxaca - Mexico
3. Antigua - Guatemala
4. Baños - Ecuador
5. Flores - Guatemala
6. Sucre - Bolivia
7. San Christobal - Mexico
8. Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay
9. Potosi - Bolivia
10. Campeche - Mexico
11. Granada - Nicaragua
12. Cuenca - Ecuador
13. Cochabamba - Bolivia
14. Merida - Mexico
15. Popayan - Colombia
16. Puno - Peru
17. Yuyuni - Bolivia
18. Tulcan - Ecuador

Nature based venues
1. Inca Trail - Peru
2. Galapagos Islands - Ecuador
3. Salar de Yuyuni - Bolivia
4. Iguazu Falls - Argentina
5. Volcan Cotopaxi - Ecuador
6. Salento - Colombia
7. Mendoza - Argentina
8. Lanquin - Guatemala
9. Vinales - Cuba
10. Monteverde - Costa Rica
11. San Pedro de Atacama - Chile
12. Palenque - Mexico
13. Isla Amantani - Peru
14. Rio Bajo - Peru
15. Chichen Itza - Mexico

Beaches
1. Gardner Bay - Galapagos Islands Ecuador
2. Post Office Bay - Galapagos Islands Ecuador
3. Cayo Jutias - Cuba
4. Mancora - Peru
5. Playa Hermosa - Costa Rica
6. Caye Caulker - Belize
7. Tulum - Mexico
8. Santa Theresa - Costa Rica
9. Tayrona - Colombia
10. Taganga - Colombia
11. Playa Tamarindo - Costa Rica
12. Montezuma - Costa Rica
13. Playa del Carmen - Mexico
14. Cancun - Mexico
15. Trinidad - Cuba

Countries
These rankings were extremely tough, but after much deliberation here it is. Note - The bottom destinations are probably a bit stiff due to us spending less time there than others.
1. Colombia
2. Ecuador
3. Costa Rica
4. Mexico
5. Argentina
6. Peru
7. Bolivia
8. Cuba
9. Guatemala
10. Belize
11. Chile
12. Uruguay
13. Nicaragua
14. Panama
15. El Salvador

Accommodation

If you are ever heading to any of these parts of the world make sure you get in contact with us as we have more extensive information, particularly regarding accomodations. Fi has kept a very informative spreadsheet that we can flick to anyone.

Anyway as i love ranking everthing here are the top 10 places we stayed out of the 68 different hostels/bnbs/hotels etc. For the sake of this exercise i have left out the Sheraton Hotel from Iguazu as it had a slight advantage over the others.
1. Loki Hostel - Mancora Peru
2. Black Sheep Hostel - Medellin Colombia
3. Mundo Joven - Cancun Mexico
4. La Serrana - Salento Colombia
5. The Secret Garden - Cotopaxi Ecuador
6. Molles del Portezulo - Salta Argentina
7. Yolanda Hotel - Cartagena Argentina
8. Casa Verde - Sucre Bolivia
9. Hostel Chapula - Tulum Mexico
10. Abracadabra - Santiago Chile

And finally...People i would like to thank

Carlos, Illiana & Michele our amazing hosts in Havana;
Myles (UK/Havana) for hooking us up with Carlos and helping us find our feet in Cuba.
Sas, Caity & Charlotte (AUS) our Tulum buddies;
Team Saffers - Glenn, Jess, Steph, Camilla, Pete & Laura for all the fun in the sun on Caye Caulker, Flores, Lanquin & Antigua;
Our number 1 roommate - Jess (AUS) our Caye Caulker & Flores companion, as well as our roomate in Lanquin & Antigua;
The darkest white man on Earth - AJ (AUS) for our fun on Caye Caulker & Flores
Fiona & Amy (UK) the young guns from Flores, Lanquin & Antigua;
Phil & Kirst (UK) - the newlyweds who climbed up extinct volcanoes with us in Antigua & Lanquin;
Chris & Helen (UK) - our bike riding & surfing mates from the mountains of Monteverde to the beaches of Santa Theresa, Montezuma & Jaco;
Amy (Can) - our Colombian fun in Medellin & Salento;
Olly & Leah (UK/Bondi) - for the best few weeks ever in Ecuador. Galapagos, Quito, climbing Cotopaxi and Baños wouldn´t have been the same without you!
Richard & Susan (UK) - the birdlovers who made Galapagos a ball with their great jokes (Richard) & wonderful company (Susan);
Terry & Bec (UK) - good times and rum parties in Baños, and La Paz;
Hoops, Mick, Belinda & Nicole (Gippsland) - for making the Inca Trail a blast, and the afterparty even bigger in Cusco;
James & Andrea (Aus) - our tour buddies throughout different parts of Peru and Bolivia;
Mackenzie and her mum Nikki (NZ/Syd) - Also our tour buddies.

Thanks to you all. Each of you helped make our trip truly memorable. But the majority of you probably also are to blame for making a bus trip the next day that little bit more painful after

Righto....that´s all folks! Hope you have enjoyed the blog, most importantly at least now i will remember the stuff we have done.
Good on you Fi, you were a good companion...where are we going next?

Chudd out

Posted by chuddfi 02.09.2012 22:54 Archived in Chile

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