Dream Sabbatical

Updated August 2016

I spent more than 14 years of my adult life living, working and backpacking throughout Central and South America. The only nations there I have not visited are Suriname and French Guiana. One day that deficit will be made up.

There is of course more to it than that. Over the years I made various lists of things I wanted to do south of the Rio Grande. Almost everything on these lists concerned solo backpacking to one place or another. Twice in my life---1986 and 2003---I even took an entire year off from the mundane responsibilities of earning a paycheck in order to live in tents and hammocks while meandering here and there beyond what a normal man would call 'civilization'. Thus was I better able explore the more bizarre and out-of-the-way regions of Latin America. And some were quite bizarre indeed.

Those were the days.

Though 14 years seems like a lot of time, I still dream of things yet undone, of jungles unknown and Andes unseen. In moments of frivolity I even compiled a list of those undone things. The results are below. Given time, energy and---of course---money, all of these can be accomplished in a year. It would be a year of near madness and life lived at double time, and would require supreme efforts of physical, mental and spiritual endurance. At 63 years old I understand that Biology is a cruel master, and she cannot be long ignored. If I do not embark within a few years, I will simply not be able to embark at all.

The race is on. I have no idea just yet who will win.

 

Country

Place

 

Dry Season

Best Months

Peru

 

Alpamayo 

Laguna de los Condores

 

Puerto Maldonado,

via Cuzco, Pilcopata, Atalaya and Boca Colorado.

 

Overland travel from Chachapoyas to Yurimaguas, then by river to Iquitos and Pucallpa, then overland to Cuzco.

 

Gocta Falls

 

 

May-Nov

August-September

September-October

May

July

August-September

August-September

 

Paraguay

 

National Park Defensores del Chaco

 

 

May-September

July

Bolivia

Amboro 

Otuquis

 

 

May-Nov

 

October-November

 

Brazil

Chapada Diamantina

Amazōnia National Park

Pantanal

Jalapćo

 

 

Sept-Feb

June-October

July-Oct

March-Nov

December

 September

September 

October

Venezuela

Canaima

Roraima

 

 

Nov-May

Dec-April

January

January

Guyana

Kaieteur Falls

 

 

Feb-May

February

Suriname

General Travel

Feb-April;

Aug-Nov

 

February

French Guyana

Saul

 

 

Feb-March;

Aug-Nov

March

Chile

Lauca

Navarino

 

 

March-Nov

January-April

May

April

Argentina

Parque Nacional Perito Moreno 

 

January-April

March

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