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…

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…

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…

Cartagena, Colombia

I was only using Cartagena as a stepping point to get my ass to Ecuador, so the trip was only for one day. I have a few friends that would say I’m in idiot for spending so little time here and after my day here I might just have to agree.  After arriving at the…

Santa Marta, Taganga and Tayrona National Park, Northern Colombia

Another fortunate encounter with some more backpackers, allowed some savings on the taxi to the airport and the taxi from the airport to our hostel in Santa Marta. This hostel may have been the best yet (La Villana). Aircon (needed at the northern coast towns!), bunk beds with stairs instead of shakey ladders, high ceilings…