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How I Packed for 3 Months in South America in 1 Carry-On Bag

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Not sure what to pack for South America? I’ve got you covered. While I ended up staying in South America for five months, I packed with three months in mind. Before we begin, let’s start with this major premise: South America is a large continent consisting of a diverse array of climates, from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to to the arid and cold Andean mountains, so obviously this really depends on where you plan…

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In Buenos Aires/ Cusco

Expenses Revealed: How Much It Cost Me to Go to South America

How much does a trip to South America cost? In April 2014, I took a three-week trip to Peru and Argentina, and I’ll share all my expenses below! Here is a breakdown of everything I paid before leaving for South America Trip Item Cost service to help me find the cheapest flight tickets $69 Flights from Florida -> Lima -> Cusco -> Buenos Aires -> Lima -> Florida $1573.33 Airbnb: Double bedroom in a shared house in Cusco for 10…

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In Buenos Aires/ Food

How Not Knowing Spanish Caused Me to Accidentally Eat a Rabbit

If it weren’t for my need for food, I would probably never practice my Spanish. While traveling through South America, speaking Spanish is directly tied to getting food. At a restaurant, if I’m unable to communicate what dish I want, then I don’t get to eat. I can’t think of a better motivator. But sometimes this horribly backfires. Like the other night, while ordering food at a Peruvian restaurant in Buenos Aires called Chan Chan, I thought I was ordering…

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In Buenos Aires/ Cusco/ Stories

Tell Me, Please, Which Way I Ought to Go From Here

“Would you tell me, please, 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. ― Alice in Wonderland The subway system in Buenos Aires, known to locals as the subte, is like an underground sauna–packed, steamy, and stiflingly hot–but emerging from the station–a slow ascent up the escalator into the rush…

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In Buenos Aires

My First Spanish Lesson in Buenos Aires

How bad is it? I wonder as I sit there talking to Betina while she observes me, and in a few seconds her furrowed brow and shaking head reveal the answer before she even says it. Bad news. “To be honest, Amy, I’m not sure I can help you.” I knew it. I’m a hopeless case. I met Betina on the Buenos Aires Craigslist. She is supposed to be my Spanish tutor, but apparently she overestimated just how much Spanish knowledge…

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In Buenos Aires/ Cusco/ Stories

The Hardest Part

Tell me this gets easier. Early Wednesday morning I was sitting aboard a plane in Cusco bound for Buenos Aires, surrounded by strangers once again, desperately hoping they wouldn’t notice me sobbing into the seatback in front of me. The night before, I said goodbye to everyone I’d grown so close to in Peru: my host Manuel, his baby boy Fabio, his wife Stephanie, his father Daniel, and his guest Marko the Estonian. I felt numb. The day had consisted…

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In Buenos Aires/ Machu Picchu

I’m Going to South America!

It’s been one year since I told you that I quit my dream job. Now I am about to start another journey, one that may take me around the world. To be honest, I should’ve done this earlier. When I left my job, I told everyone it was so I could start my writing business (which was true), but I got so caught up in meeting people’s career expectations for me that I gave up a huge passion of mine:…

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