Luang Prabang, Laos

I was a little worse for wear landing in Luang Prabang after a few days in Phuket for a friends wedding. So I maybe wasn’t as prepared as I should have been for the arrival but anyway most countries can get visa on arrival: Visa price varies but it was 35 USD for Ireland, plus…

Salalah, Oman

Arriving in the airport I was pleasantly surprised how small and new it was. Its a good combination usually! At the time of landing it appeared that we were the only flight landing which meant going through customs should be straight forward enough. As I walked towards customs clearance I seen that there was a…

Taipei, Taiwan

As the plane was coming in to land at Hualien airport it was clear that what I had heard about Hualien and the countryside was true. The part of Taiwan was worth a trip on its own, although unfortunately, it wouldn’t be on this trip. There were no other planes at the airport when I…

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…

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…

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…

Paraty, Brazil

They say the best way to see São Paulo is to not see it at all.. Our bus arrived in at 7am and we left at 8am. The bus station reminded me of a prison, the city appeared very run down, and there was a lot of smog, so we were happy enough to continue onwards…