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This is it- my last day in Colombia, which brings nearly 6 months of traveling in South America to an end! I have been to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
Each country was unique in its own way. The most exceptional experiences included:
- Exploring the Easter Island and seeing the ancient Rapa Nui statues on horseback
- Backpacking on the W-trek to the Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia
- Hiking in Los Glaciares National Park in the Argentinian Patagonia
- Walking right up to the Perrito Moreno glacier and watching chunks of ice fell off and crashed into the water below
- Visiting Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro
- Swimming with sea lions and observing the lack of fear towards humans that the animals displayed on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
- Spending a month in Cali, Colombia, taking salsa lessons and attending Festival Mundial de Salsa Cali 2011, Cali’s world salsa festival
Along the way, I met many strangers who became dear friends. I improved my Spanish language skills, spent hours blogging on my experiences, read more than a few books on my Kindle and learned about the different cultures that I have encountered in each country.
Everything I have learned and experienced during my travels will benefit me for the rest of my life. Not only will I cherish the memories, but also the personal understanding of S. American culture and the acquisition of Spanish language skills will serve me well on a more practical level, especially as the demographics of the United States becomes more Hispanic and as globalization links people from other nations closer together.