In Latin America, things just don’t happen the same way as they do in western countries.
After a while, you learn to stop asking questions when you’re served by a 10-year-old at a restaurant, when you see a woman walking her llama down a busy street, or when you order a cappuccino only to have the waiter leave the coffee shop, returning 10 minutes later with a plastic bag of hot coffee for you.
The things that happen in Latin America, while strange, are what make this part of the world so unique.
My first visit was filled with many wonderful, interesting, or just plain weird experiences, so with that in mind, here are a bunch of interesting stats that don’t usually appear in a trip summary!
Number of countries visited: 3
- Mexico (3 weeks)
- Bolivia (1.5 weeks)
- Peru (2 weeks)
Number of flights taken: 8
- 3 from Sydney to Mexico City (via Fiji and LA)
- 2 from Cancun to La Paz (via Lima)
- 3 from Cusco to Portland (via Lima and Dallas)
Amount of money spent:
About $9000-$10,000 AUD each, including international flights, accommodation, sightseeing, food, drinks, everything.
Number of photos taken: 908
- 422 in Mexico
- 216 in Bolivia
- 270 in Peru
Number of times I accidentally ate meat: 3
- Twice in Mexico (the stringy cheese of the southern states looks suspiciously close to shredded chicken)
- Once on the flight to from Peru to USA (the ‘vegetarian omelette’ had a few bits of ham. Nice one, American Airlines)
Items sacrificed to the travel gods (stuff that got lost/went missing): 3
- 1 of my favourite cardigans which a Mexican lady “misplaced” in a laundry in San Cristobal
- 1 full tub of sunscreen (devo, that shit is expensive!) on a bus in Mexico
- 1 bank card in an Oaxaca ATM (well done, Robert)
Number of ancient ruins visited: 13
- 5 in Mexico (Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Palenque, Chichen Itza, Tulum)
- 8 in Bolivia/Peru, 4 of which were on the Inca Trail including the famous Machu Picchu
Worst 3 things to happen:
- Losing my cardigan (It was my fave!)
- Getting food poisoning in Copacabana
- My worst flight ever from Fiji to Mexico
Best 3 things to happen:
- Successfully conquering the Inca Trail, a 4-day hike through the Peruvian wilderness
- Eating delicious tacos every single day (no joke) through the entirety of Mexico
- Crossing the incredible salt flats of Bolivia off my travel list
Range of altitudes visited:
- Lowest – Sea level (Playa Del Carmen)
- Highest – 4850m (15,900 feet) (Death Road, Bolivia)