My Take On South America!!

The Official Video for this trip will come in December. For now, this is the preview.


It’s been a while since I last posted anything. Now to get the story started; I just started Uni life, been extremely busy with school work and finally when it’s time to study for your exams, what do you do? Well, let’s just say that I need some time to blog about my trip to South America.

I must say that I could not have had a more pleasant and smooth backpacking trip. Not much hiccups and great acclimatisation throughout the 3 months I spent there.

For the trip in detail, I’ll take some time to go through each of the countries in separate blogs. But for now, I’ll just give you the main gist of the trip. 4 countries, 3 months, 3 climbs/ treks, and 2 Singaporean Dudes. What could possibly go wrong?

I took Emirates and the flight from Singapore was at a great price. It flew to Dubai, transitted and then flew to Rio De Janeiro and then to Buenos Aires. So let’s fast forward everything.

I was at the Torres Del Paine National Park!

I was in many buses and so there was endless sceneries as we headed down south!!

Small Town with Nearby Mountains in El Calefate

I was on an Iceberg!

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing.

I was on a Boat To Antartica!! Not!!!

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse -“today probably the most photographed lighthouse in South America.” With our guide for the day!

I was Staring Lhamas in the face!!

Salta (Taken using the Samsung Galaxy Ace) Amazing Quality for a Phone.

I was in the Atacama Desert!!

Fiesta de San Pedro y San Pablo A religious festival held in San Pedro de Atacama on June 29, celebrated with folk-dancing groups, a rodeo and solemn processions. (Taken Using the Go Pro Hero 2)

I was not surrounded by Salt!!!

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers at an elevation of 3656 metres above sea level.

I was with locals!!

The women in Bolivia are fighting for their rights as women to work and earn as much as their male counterpart. This unequality has been going on for centuries, especially to indigenous women.

I was Climbing Mount Ancohuma!!!

Ancohuma is the second highest mountain in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real; it offers some of the finest climbing in the Andes, with great snow and ice climbing on moderately steep lines.

I was at Machu Picchu!!

Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. (Taken using the Samsung Galaxy Ace) We reached the site via a different route called the Salcantay Trek which requires us to trek through 4 days reaching a high altitude pass of 4600 metres.

I met Great People!

My group of Columbian Friends who without them, I would not have headed home to Singapore.

Ladies in Argentina! 🙂

Not forgetting, Our Favorite Place to go with my Best Buddy!!!

The Supermarket!!!

To be continued!!! Adios Amigos!!!

Published by jeremytongclimbs

I'm an aspiring climber from the tiny island of Singapore looking constantly at different places of the world, looking for places to exploit and fill up my adventure gauge which is always hanging in the balance. I graduated from Republic Polytechnic with a Diploma in Outdoor And Adventure Learning and I believe that I'm a true advocate of the outdoors. The first trip that I did was to Mount Ophir, standing at 1276 metres in Johor Bahru. The feeling of being immersed within nature and actually climbing to the top was just rejuvenating. From then since, I've climbed a total of 41 mountains around the world, highest being Mount Everest South Summit at 8700m and two 7000m peaks called Lenin Peak and Peak Korzhenescaya. Currently, I'm managing sales and marketing at a rock-climbing company and forming my own adventure company, JTrace, focusing on adventure trips consultation, training clients for their own Everest, corporate team building, inspirational speaking sessions and brand ambassadorship.

4 thoughts on “My Take On South America!!

  1. Look forward to your posts! So sorry for not catching up sooner! If you are free tomorrow. 16/11/12, let me know. i can meet oyu somewhere for drinks and stuff haha. Take care bro, enjoy UNI!

    1. Hi AngO,

      I could recommend

      1) Bariloche – Fantastic Ski and Trekking town. Great Outdoor Apparel to purchase too.

      2) Salta – Great clubbing and great laid back feel of Argentinian Life.

      3) Crossing over to Torres Del Paine National Park near Chile. Do a 1 day trek or tour or do the 5 days independent trek. I did the latter.

      4) Capital of Argtentina!!! Do the Tango and also enjoy great steak everyday!!!

      The music in the video is Ai Se Eu Te Pego By Michel Telo ft Pitbull.


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