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Sunday, January 15, 2006

I know all this is very subjective, and that it may very well have looked totally different if I did the trip again (for example if I traveled in the opposite direction). I also want to add that it's kind of difficult to compare cities with natural wonders, ancient ruins etc. Anyway, I still hope it's decent reading. By the way, if you would like to see other categories, please let me know.

Best country overall:
1. Argentina
2. Colombia
3. Nicaragua
4. Bolivia
5. Peru
6. Costa Rica
7. Brazil
8. Guatemala
9. Chile
10. Venezuela
11. Ecuador
12. Panama
13. Paraguay
14. Uruguay
15. Honduras

Most scenic country:
1. Argentina
2. Chile
3. Bolivia
4. Peru
5. Colombia
6. Costa Rica
7. Venezuela
8. Ecuador
9. Nicaragua
10. Brazil
11. Guatemala
12. Panama
13. Honduras
14. Uruguay
15. Paraguay

Best city overall:
1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2. Rio, Brazil
3. Cartagena, Colombia
4. La Paz, Bolivia
5. Panama City, Panama
6. Medellin, Colombia
7. Mendoza, Argentina

Most scenic city:
1. Cartagena, Colombia
2. Rio, Brazil
3. La Paz, Bolivia
4. Cuzco, Peru
5. Antigua, Guatemala
6. Quito, Ecuador
7. Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Biggest wow:
1. Iguazu Falls (Devil's Throat), Brazil and Argentina
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
3. Machu Picchu, Peru (I have been to Machu Picchu before, otherwise it would have been number one)
4. View of Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina
5. View from top of Roraima, Venezuela
6. Views in Torres del Paine, Chile
7. Angel Falls, Venezuela
8. Rano Raruku, Easter Island, Chile
9. Volcano Villarrica, Chile
10. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
11. Volcano Arenal, Costa Rica

Best scenery/natural wonders:
1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
2. Roraima, Venezuela
3. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
4. Torres del Paine, Chile
5. Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
6. Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina
7. Angel Falls and Canaima National Park, Venezuela
8. Manu National Park, Peru
9. Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
10. Cordillera Blanca, Peru
11. Atacama desert, Chile
12. Volcano Villarrica, Chile
13. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
14. Easter Island, Chile
15. Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
16. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
17. Lake Titicaca, Boliva and Peru
18. Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina

Best beach:
1. Tayrona National Park, Colombia
2. Playa Majagual, Nicaragua
3. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
4. Tortuga Bay, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
5. Ipanema, Rio, Brazil
6. Trindade, Brazil
7. Playa Blanca, Cartagena, Colombia
8. Playa Samara, Costa Rica
9. Copacabana, Rio, Brazil
10. Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
11. Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
12. Montezuma, Costa Rica
13. Praia Mole, Florianópolis, Brazil
14. Praia de Geribá, Búzios, Brazil
15. Playa Conchal, Playa Brasilito, Costa Rica
16. Cayos Zapatillas and Red Frog Beach, Bocas del Toro, Panama
17. Arraial d'Ajuda and Trancoso beaches, Brazil
18. Salvador de Bahia beaches, Brazil
19. Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica
20. Playa Bikini and Playa Mantra, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Best chill-out place:
1. Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
2. Playa Majagual, Nicaragua
3. Tayrona National Park, Colombia
4. Semuc Champey and El Retiro, Guatemala
5. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
6. Trindade, Brazil
7. Laguna Canaima, Canaima, Venezuela
8. Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

Best place I had not heard about before the trip (I had heard about most places ;-):
1. Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina
2. Volcano Villarrica, Chile
3. Playa Majagual, Nicaragua
4. Trindade, Brazil
5. Semuc Champey and El Retiro, Guatemala

Best day trip:
1. Hiking Volcano Villarrica, Chile
2. Mountain biking the Death Road from La Cumbre to Coroico, Bolivia
3. Trip to Machu Picchu (I have been to Machu Picchu before, otherwise it would have been number one)
4. Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Best multi-day excursion:
1. Sailing around Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
2. Roraima trek, Venezuela
3. Torres del Paine trek, Chile
4. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
5. Manu National Park, Peru
6. Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
7. Angel Falls and Canaima National Park, Venezuela
8. Cordillera Blanca trek, Peru

Best journey:
1. Three day jeep journey from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia
2. The long journey from Cuzco to Salvador Lake in Manu National Park
3. Four day boat ride down the Amazon, from Tabatinga to Manaus, Brazil

Best pile of stones:
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
2. Easter Island, Chile
3. San Agustin, Colombia
4. Copan, Honduras
5. Trinidad, Paraguay
6. Pisac, Peru
7. Sacsayhuaman, Peru
8. Ollantaytambo, Peru
9. Chan Chan, Peru

Biggest disappointment (we are not talking very big disappointments here ;-):
1. Four day Pantanal trip, Brazil
2. Lake District, Argentina and Chile
3. Three day Amazon jungle trip, tri-border Colombia, Brazil and Peru
4. Tiahuanaco, Bolivia

Best food:
1. Peru
2. Nicaragua
3. Brazil
4. Panama
5. Honduras
6. Argentina

Best nightlife:
1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2. Medellin, Colombia
3. Rio, Brazil
4. Panama City, Panama
5. Lima, Peru
6. Quito, Ecuador
7. Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia's capital Bogotá is supposed to have some of the best nightlife in South America, but since I didn't really sample it, it won't make my list. I'll go back one day instead. São Paulo apparently also got world class nightlife, but again I didn't get to sample it.

Best bar/club:
1. Mango's, Medellin, Colombia
2. Opera Bay, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3. Gran Bar Danzon, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4. Cafe del Mar, Cartagena, Colombia
5. Mongo's, La Paz, Bolivia
6. Iskra, Mendoza, Argentina
7. Subterráneo, Cali, Colombia

Prettiest birds (I'm not talking parrots and magpies here!!!):
1. Cali, Colombia
2. Medellin, Colombia
3. Cartagena, Colombia
4. Rio, Brazil
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
6. Asuncion, Paraguay
7. Florianópolis, Brazil
8. Popayan, Colombia
9. Mendoza, Argentina
10. Leon, Nicaragua
11. Panama City, Panama

Scariest moment:
1. Watching a guy getting shot (I'm not sure, but I hope he survived) in a bar in Santa Elena de Uairén, Venezuela.
2. Having to switch fuel tank mid-air in a tiny Cessna because the primary tank ran out, Canaima to Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela.
3. Running out of air while diving in Utila, Honduras. I know it shouldn't happen, but it did. Luckily I was only two to three meters from the surface.
4. Boat ride from Colon to Linton Island during the night in crappy weather, Panama.
5. Taxi ride from San Cipriano to Cali, Colombia.

Most value for your money:
1. Paraguay
2. Bolivia
3. Honduras
4. Venezuela
5. Nicaragua
6. Guatemala
7. Argentina
8. Colombia
9. Ecuador
10. Peru
11. Panama
12. Uruguay
13. Costa Rica
14. Brazil
15. Chile

Best overall:
1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
2. Roraima, Venezuela
3. Torres del Paine, Chile
4. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
5. Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
6. Machu Picchu, Peru
7. Easter Island, Chile
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
9. Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina
10. Angel Falls and Canaima National Park, Venezuela
11. Tayrona National Park, Colombia
12. Manu National Park, Peru
13. Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
14. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15. Volcano Villarrica, Chile
16. Cordillera Blanca, Peru
17. Cartagena, Colombia
18. Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
19. Atacama desert, Chile
20. Mendoza, Argentina
21. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
22. Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
23. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
24. Lake Titicaca, Bolivia and Peru
25. Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina

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amandac on

Good tips
Easy to read while answering lots of key questions! We are heading to Nicaragua for month this Xmas limited time but objective of holiday is to chill with some adventure along the way. Cant find Playa Majagual in my book though so further research needed. Thanx for outlining good basic detail.

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