As you can see, the itinerary is a round-the-globe one almost in the south of the earth which makes a circle - one way only without turning back, it makes a shape of Phonix heading south with its head in Antarctica and wings over Mozambique channel and the Pacific ocean. Thus, I call it the 'Southern-Cross Phoenix' of which I am pround. It has been a treasure which will stay in my memory in my whole life because it has been unique, challenging, fantastique, exotic and advanturous. To talk about this trip, first I would like to list up countries/regions visited in time order: - Beijing1 - Hongkong1 - Mauritius* - Reunion* - Mayotte* - Comores* - Madagascar* - Lesotho* - South Africa* - Turkey - Argentina* - Uruguay* - Paraguay* - Brasil* - French Guyana* - Suriname* - Trinidad&Tobago* - Curacao1* - Bonaire* - Aruba* - Curacao2 - Columbia* - Panama* - Ecuador* - Peru* - Bolivia* - Chile1* - Antarctica* - Chile2 - Chilean Polynesia* - French Polynesia* - Cook Islands* - New Zealand1 - Niue* - New Zealand2 - Fiji1 - Wallis Futuna* - Fiji2 - Kiribati1* - Fiji3 - Nauru* - Kiribati2 - Marshall Islands1 - Micronesia - Marshall Islands2 - Kiribati3 - Nauru2 - Fiji4 - Hongkong2 - Beijing2 Some comments: - 29 New countries/regions visited (marked*) - Completed the whole LATAM expect Guyana and Venezuela - Most countries/Regions in the south except the northern part of LATAM, Turkey, HK, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Micronesia - First time using HK as long-leg transit point - Made it to Antarctica - Being in Antarctica is not a high light, but having been there is. - Coincidentally landing one day before the biggest festival of Easter Island - Tapati which has been a great experience - First time using Fiji as regional flight hub, transiting 5 times - First time visiting Fiji seriously after so many transits - Having proved that it is survivable to speak European Portuguese in LATAM - Second time in French Polynesia, still not having made a serious visit - Had my longest flight from Istanbul to Buenos Aires 16.5h - Had my longest connection flight Captown-Istanbul 10.5 and Istanbul-Buenos Aires 16.5 - Had the most flight changes either delayed or advanced, 3 advanced flights being Antananarivo-SteMarie 2.5h; Queenstown-Nadi 24h; Labasa-Suva24h - Had the most expensive flight I have ever had - Hanga Roa to Tahiti - Did the second Pacific Island hopping Nadi-Pohnpei - Couchsurfed the least - Met 2 former CS hosts mine coincidentally - Kostas (Crete) met in Panama city; Sharan Ram (Suva) in Nausori - Worst experience of the trip - Wallis Futuna - Countries/Regions during this trip, to which I wish to and will go back (not as transit) : Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, French Polynesia, Fiji - The most expensive part of the trip: Antarctica - The most cost-effective part: Fiji - Favorite city of the trip: Cusco - Favorite land crossing: Bus ride Cusco-Puno-Titicaca-LaPaz - Favorite flight: Nadi-Taveuni with small jet - Favorite CSer: all of them - Favorite Hotel: Hilton Double tree Fiji - Most used application on the trip: Uber - Personal high light: Iguacu waterfall, Cusco, Machupicchu, Uros, Salar de Uyuni, Tapati Rapa Nui, 2nd Pacific Island Hopping - Never had so many rainy days before - Successfully escaped from cyclone Gita's landing in New Zealand For those who are interested in my Antarctica trip: plz google the Norwegian ferry company: Hurtigruten. The one I took was a 10 day trip with departure from Punta Arenas. A packet with a bed in a shared cabin (for 2persons) with sea view plus chartered flight ticket santiago-punta arenas and a night in Sheraton Santiago should be around 5000usd. Many thanks to the following friends who helped me during this trip in different ways: 1. see Album contributors on FB 2. and those who are not on FB So far my country/region list is 155. Cannot wait for the next trip!
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