I am very much wanting to go to Argentina next winter. On a more honest note I’ve missed more of my saving targets than I’ve hit so far on this dream, but there is time to make it work. And since I really want to, it’s just a matter of making the effort.
Apart from the coolness of just going to Argentina there are some specific things I want to see and do while I’m there. It was one of the countries I wanted to visit while I was in South American and didn’t (I am thinking about a blog on that too), and really the only place I didn’t get to. While I have spent a lot of time thinking about stuff I wish I did differently on my trip (hence the future blog), today I want to think about the stuff I plan to do next.
For a general plan I want to fly into Buenos Aries. I have thought a few times about flying into Santiago, and might when the time comes, so I can continue my trip from where it ended. It means another border crossing, which I have mixed feelings about, but would also feel more right. BA, however, has a traveler support system in the form of Dakar Motos, which helps overlanders ship into and out of that city as well as providing a place to stay and do some simple work on the motorcycle. Since I would be shipping back, this means I would (potentially) have somewhere I could store my crate.
Yes, I am definitely crating the bike this time. After the disaster that DHL did last time with boxing Curiosity it seemed like a good idea to just crate it first and be done. This will, I hope, also help reduce the shipping cost. I will probably use DHL again, despite the crate issue, since on the whole I have no complaints about their service. Even when I had issues they were pretty decent.
My plan, totally vague, is to arrive in BA, head for the Horizon’s Unlimited meeting before riding to Ushuaia. This was the target of my last trip, and one I didn’t reach. Making it there will, I hope, clear some personal demons I’ve been struggling with the last couple months. The HU meeting is just because I love the HU community, and I think I didn’t spend enough time with other travelers when I was in South America last time.
After Ushuaia I want to head north to see Iguazu Falls, which are on the border with Brazil. This wasn’t really on my list last time, and I’ve added it only because it’s one of the things to see while in Argentina. Since this trip will have an end-by date, if I spend too much time in the far south I might have to skip the falls but am going to try and make it work. It’s a matter of time budgeting, and I think I’ve gotten better at that, though it’s hard to tell from the rest of my life.
So, pay attention to this space and Blue, Curiosity, and I start prepping for the next adventure!