Tehran, Iran

When people talk about Iran they think of war, terrorism and it being unsafe to travel there. Let me tell you from the start, its all a load of crap. I had heard what an amazing country Iran was but many haven’t and thats a problem. We spend too much time listening to ‘western world’…

Egypt

When I got on the plane from Abu Dhabi to Cairo I was very tired from a few active Christmas themed days so I thought even my inability to sleep on planes would be overcome. To add to this the plane was pretty empty and I had three seats to myself, which became my makeshift…

Buenos Aires – Part II, Argentina

Flying in to Buenos Aires at the start of the trip meant I was flying out of there too. The loop was complete. I hadn’t much planned for this part of the trip apart from to relax, get a haircut in the Pope’s old local, see El Ateneo Grand Splendid (One of the most beautiful…

Santiago, Chile

I had only a short time in Santiago but I was determined to make the most of it as my trip was coming to an end. So I booked a snowboarding lesson/tour in the Andes. Why not. Unfortunately as I booked it with such short noticed the pick up location wasn’t clarified in time and…

 W Trek, Pategonia, Chile

I’m not a great flier at the best of times so after boarding the plane and sitting for an hour with the odd announcement in Spanish without knowing what was going on I was confused. After one final announcement everyone got up to get off the plane. I asked a steward what was going on…

Valparaiso, Chile

After the 22 hour bus journey from San Pedro to Santiago, I got straight on a bus to Valparaiso (about 2 hours). You might think that’s a bit mad but I don’t mind buses. I find them strangely relaxing, as long as I’m not cramped and on that overnight bus I had two big comfy…

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Where do I start? An unknown quantity to most, a hidden gem to the lucky few.  After the process of getting the entry stamp and bags checked (Chile is strict enough with food/drinks that are brought in from other countries) on the outskirts of the city we, made our way to a more central area…

Salt Flats Tour, Bolivia

The bus landed in Uyuni at about 8am. Before I start, you need to know this, Uyuni is such a poor quality town that it probably doesn’t qualify as a town. It’s like something out of a Wild West film that went bust. When you get off the bus you go find a tour for…

Le Paz & Death Road, Bolivia

There were a lot of diversions along the way to Le Paz so the ride was a bit bumpy but ‘back to the future’ was shown on the bus and that kept me entertained for most of it. Classic. Along the way I noticed Paul coughing a good bit. I had hoped it was just…

Lake Titikaka (Peru & Bolivia)

We left Cusco at 10pm and were not due to arrive in La Paz, Bolivia until a similar time the next night but this wasn’t going to be another boring long bus journey. This time we would stop in two different locations at lake Titikaka along the way (Puno, Peru and Cobacabana, Bolivia). Puno was…

Rainbow Mountain, Peru

We got back from Macchu Pitchu at 9:30pm and were due to be picked up for Rainbow Mountain at 3:15am. Again, I don’t recommend going by our tight schedule. But with Paul only here for a few weeks, I was determined to make sure he didn’t miss out on anything. From my, very limited, knowledge…