Happy 2013, Change of Plans…

The great thing about plans is that they often change (just like last night).  On New Year’s Eve we were planning on walking to our local dive bar and watching the animals on “amateur night.”

Instead, I tried my best to play nurse since my boyfriend came down with the flu.  It started with tea, soup, medicine and by the end of the night we decided that Maker’s Mark was a good throat remedy.  We stayed in, I was asleep by 10:30 and up by 6:30am today.  At least I got to see this beautiful sunrise lighting up downtown San Diego and the bay.

The first SD Sunrise in 2013

The first SD Sunrise in 2013

I am up drinking tea and preparing to hike Iron Mountain.  One of my resolutions for 2013 is to write more and unfortunately I am not productive when I drink, so no more morning mimosas for mama.  Green tea, hiking or surfing in the morning, and then writing for several hours is the daily “plan.”  I read somewhere that physical activity makes you more creative.  I’m testing out that theory this year.

Another change of plans:  There have been some recent developments with my trip to Brazil.  Instead of living in Brazil for several months, we are doing a tour starting in Mexico through Central and South America.  The goal is to visit ancient ruins and surf as much as possible along the way.

Hello warm water surf!  Goodbye stupid wetsuit!

Hello warm water surf! Goodbye stupid wetsuit!

We have a no set itinerary, just a flight to Mexico from San Diego and a return date.  We will just explore and be open to adventures as they unfold.

The 101 day ruins/surf tour.

Besides a few trips to Mexico (Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, and various surf spots along northern Baja) and Guanacaste, Costa Rica, I haven’t been to any other Latin American countries.

So far from what we have researched, we intend to visit:Mayan-ruins-of-Tulum-Yuca-007

  1. Mexico 
  2. Guatemala
  3. Belize
  4. El Salvador 
  5. Nicaragua 
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Panama
  8. Colombia 
  9. Ecuador 
  10. Peru 
  11. Brazil
  12. Uruguay
  13. Argentina

We have exactly 5 weeks (35 days) from today until we fly to Mexico to start the expedition. I feel like we only have 30 days to prepare since we’ll be snowboarding in Mammoth for 5 days.

If you have any experience traveling through Mexico, Central America, or South America (especially on a budget), please share your travel tips.

Depending on the surf conditions, etc, we may stay in certain places for a while.  That’s the great thing about an open itinerary.  We have 101 days, starting in Mexico, ending up in Brazil and no concrete plans in between.

101 days, 2 crazy gringos and the adventure of a lifetime.