It has been for sometime that I've wanted to see Machu Picchu. However, from Asia, South America is really far away. The flight alone will be one full day. This year I heard that Machu Picchu was celebrating its 100th year anniversary of its re-discovery and I told myself that it will be the best time to visit. Since it is a long way anyway, I have to visit other South American countries since I don't know whether I will ever visit this region again. Incidentally, Lonely Planet magazine, Asian edition, published an article on Argentina and it suggested a few places. I skipped 2 of the 5 recommended since I am not a wine drinker and I am not too fond of spending time at a ranch. When the consultant at Adventure Life asked me my plan, I told her that I wanted to visit Machu Pichu, Iguazu Falls, Torres del Paine, and El Calafate. They then become the core of my trip. I then spent a week in Europe on my way back to Asia in Paris and London. It has been a smooth trip and I have been lucky most of the time with the weather. I really fell for Torres del Paine. It is just such a beautiful place. I just wish that I could do the W trek there next time, especially to visit the French Valley.