“Would you please tell me, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to” said the cat.
“I don’t much care where . . ” , said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go”, said the cat.
It’s impossible to see all . . .
That was the first thought that I had when I started turning my little globe. Unfortunately, when your schedule and budget are limited you cannot see all. Which countries can I include and which countries have to exclude in this special trip? These first decisions are very tough!
My WT Itinerary is a mix of far away places that I want to see since long time plus places that I have already seen but I will never get enough of them.
My countries « wish list » is not too long because I want to take my time to see these countries, with no rush. I don’t want this World Tour to be only a sequence of countries and stamps on my passport, I want to have the opportunity to enjoy all these places and its people in a way that I cannot do when I leave for the classical 2 or 3 weeks holidays trip.
Actually I would like to know a little bit these countries, not to visit them.
I am interested in mythical places and cultural sights but trekking will be one of the main subjects of this trip. In each country, my knee permitting, I expect to spend at least one week doing treks and hikes.
After some time reading and turning my little globe again and again, here is my tentative itinerary :
“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end. Then stop.”
CHINA: from 24/08/14 to 28/09/14
What I want to see : Great Wall, Xi ‘An Warriors, Tibetan villages and monasteries, Yunnan’s ethnic minorities and landscapes.
My Treks and Hikes : Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dragon’s Back.
INDONESIA: from 29/09/14 to 24/10/14
What I want to see : Borobudur Temple, Ulun Danu Temple.
My Treks and Hikes : Anak Krakatau (Lampung), NP Gunung Bromo – Tengger – Semeru, Kawah Ijen (Java), Gunung Agung (Bali), Gunung Rinjani (Lombok).
SINGAPORE: from 24/10/14 to 29/10/14
What I want to see : little India.
My Treks and Hikes : Southern Ridge Walk.
MYANMAR: from 29/10/14 to 26/11/14
What I want to see : Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan Temples and Mrauk U’s temples and ethnic minorities.
My Treks and Hikes : Kalaw to Inle, climb up to Golden Rock Temple.
AUSTRALIA: from 27/11/14 to 15/12/14
What I want to see : Anna, Uluru Rock, Sydney.
My Treks and Hikes : the Pinnacles, West Mc Donnell and James Ranges, Kata Tjuta National Park, Blue Mountains, the Grampians.
NEW ZEALAND: from 15/12/14 to 12/01/15
What I want to see : White Island, Rotorua, kiwis.
My Treks and Hikes : Routeburn Track, Milford Track, Fox & Franz Joseph Glaciers, Abel Tasman National Park, Tongariro Crossing.
CHILE /ARGENTINA: from 12/01/15 to February 2015
What I want to see : Chiloe Island, the Moais, Perito Moreno Glacier, Arica mummies, Desierto de Atacama.
My Treks and Hikes : Torres del Paine W Trek, Fitz Roy, Aracaunía, PN Lauca.
BOLIVIA: February – March 2015
What I want to see : Tiwanaku, Potosí, Sucre, Salar de Uyuni, Samaipata, Death Road by bike.
My Treks and Hikes : Isla del Sol, Caminos Incas through Cordillera Real, Condor Hike.
PERU: March – April 2015
What I want to see : Arequipa, Cusco, Trujillo, Chavín de Huántar, Chan Chan, Machu Pichu.
My Treks and Hikes : Inca Trail, Choquequirao Trek, Canon de Colca Trek, Gran Vilaya Trek.
ECUADOR: April – May 2015
What I want to see : Quito, Cuenca, Nariz del Diablo, Ingapirca.
My Treks and Hikes : Valle de los Volcanes, Parque Nacional Cajas, Reserva Ecologica el Angel.
COLOMBIA: May – June 2015
What I want to see : Tierradentro, San Agustín.
My Treks and Hikes : PN Cocuy, Trek Ciudad Perdida.
BRAZIL: June 2015
What I want to see : Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, the Amazon by boat, Iguaçu Falls, Paraty.
My Treks and Hikes : only praia and caipirinha em Brazil!
ARGENTINA + URUGUAY: July 2015
What I want to see : Iguaçu Falls, Buenos Aires, Colonia de Uruguay.
My Treks and Hikes : Quebradas on the north of the country.