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…

Macchu Pichu, Peru

We arrived in Cusco after a long journey from Nasca (via Arequipa) in the evening.  We knew what tours we wanted to do and how we wanted to do them because we were on such a tight (I don’t recommend this) schedule. So after checking into the Wild Rover Hostel, we asked them about where…

Hauchachina and Nasca, Peru

We, Paul and I, (For the last two months of blogging ‘we’ has usually referred to Sinead and myself but all is changed for the last month!) arrived in hauchachina about 90 minutes after leaving Paracas. As soon as we land, we get checked in, drop our bags off and head back to the main…

Paracas, Peru

I had a quick, less than 24 hour stop, in Lima before starting the south Peru element of my trip. I had met several people who said Lima was a boring city with not much happening. I even met a guy while I was there who said I was lucky I only had one day…

Huanchaco, Peru

It’s hard for me to start talking about the days in Huanchaco without giving an honorable mention to the day spent in Loki Del Mar Hostel, Mancora. Our bus arrived in very early in the morning, from Ecuador, and our bus to Huanchaco was not until that night so the staff at Loki were good…

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Baltra island airport (GPS) is located just north of Sata Cruz island. We flew into here (like most people), got a bus to the port and a short boat across before getting another bus to Porti Ayora. It might sound like a hassle but everyone has to do it so it’s pretty straightforward. On visiting…