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  • Konrad Tillman

A Trip I Think It's Time I Take

For as long as I remember traveling to new cultures has been my favorite thing in the world. I have a dream to visit every country in the world and hopefully by the time I am 25. I plan to move to Indonesia full-time starting in June/July so I would like to get the rest of Central and South America done by then.


Another aspect to note is that I could land, go outside, and then fly straight back out of the country. That's not something I want to do, I want to embrace each country's culture.


Bolivia


Bolivia has been a country that has been on my bucket list for a long time now, especially with Uyuni Salt Flats.



I mean just how beautiful does that look? I'm shocked looking at through a picture, imagine in person. Anyways so how am I going to get there?


I found a fare originating in LAX connecting through ATL into Bogota for 552$ on Delta. The first segment is on the Airbus A330-900neo in premium economy and the second flight is on a 767 in Delta One Suites. I think that's a fantastic deal personally. Or the other choice is American Airlines since I have a nice trip credit on them still. We shall see



Okay but now we're in Colombia and it still doesn't answer my question of how I am going to get to the salt flats in Belize. Well after a Friday night in Bogota, it will be time to go fly Avianca Economy to La Paz where I will spend one day. I will either take the overnight train from La Paz to Uyuni (bus ride as well) or the daytime to see the countryside, unsure at the moment.


I heard the visa on arrival for Americans is 160 USD. Can anyone confirm this?


Next Stop: Peru


So after a few days in Bolivia, I will head up to Machu Picchu since firstly, I have never been to Peru. Secondly, I am dying to see this world wonder as my sister has already been.



So how am I going to get from the salt flats in Uyuni to Machu Picchu? Tricky one. I will fly from Uyuni to VVI which is the main airport onboard BoA 737. If I can schedule it correctly there will be no overnight layover before continuing onto Lima with LATAM in economy. I believe the ticket is 200$ ish to VVI and another 300 to Lima. From Lima, I will fly to Cusco and then take the train up to this beautiful place. By the time I get there, I can already feel I am going to be exhausted.


Next Stop: Chile


Now while I really want to go to the Atacama desert in Chile I don't know when I am going to have 3 weeks to go (that's how long I want). When I was looking at fares from Lima business-class was more expensive than flying from Santiago which got me thinking. Why not tick off another country and fly down to Santiago spend a night then fly up with Aeromexico through MEX onto LA? The business-class ticket on Aeromexico comes out to 1081$ for both legs. A steal! Gosh, I just hope it's the 787-9 as I've never flown the variant with AM before. It's always been a last-minute swap to the -8.



So that would bring the total to 8 flights, 6 countries, 2 trains in 10 days. Would be exhausting and I'm still contemplating whether to do it or not but I think I'm leaning towards yes at the moment in time. I would leave in 45 days.


If you have any recommendations feel free to let me know!

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