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July, 2014

  • 17 July

    How to Bicycle Your Way Around Mendoza’s Delightful Wineries

    Whether you are a snooty sniffing and sipping wine connoisseur or just someone who loves to wash down a good steak with something tasty, grapey and alcoholic, you will love the Argentinian wine paradise that is Mendoza. This city is world-renowned for being the centre of the wine industry in Argentina – accounting for nearly two thirds of the entire …

May, 2014

  • 25 May

    Getting a Taste of Chile in Valparaiso

    When I think back on our visit to Valparaiso, Chile I won’t just remember the sights and sounds that I encountered there – such as the brightly coloured murals splashed on every building, the music in the streets or the old-fashioned funiculars as they slowly clatter up the steep hills overlooking the ocean. I will also remember the tastes. Biting …

April, 2014

  • 27 April

    Salt of the Earth – Our Journey Through the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

    The Salar de Uyuni is one of the most impressive sights in South America and if you are visiting Bolivia it is an absolute must-see. It is one of the most surreal and bizarre landscapes I have ever seen and it makes you feel like you are on a completely different planet. We took a 3 day, 2 night tour …

March, 2014

  • 23 March

    Do You Need To Speak Spanish to Travel South America?

    If you are planning on backpacking South America, you might be wondering – “Do I need to speak Spanish?” Lee and I have been in South America for the last three months and in this post, we will share our first hand experiences with you regarding speaking the language. Unlike many other destinations in the world where my answer would …

February, 2014

  • 17 February

    Photo of The Week: Copacabana, Bolivia


    The hill in Copacabana is steep, it only takes around 35 minutes to climb but with the high altitude that is not the nicest hike. However this view from the top made it completely worth it.

  • 14 February

    The Ultimate Backpacker Visa Guide to South America

    Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. Dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soaking up the sunshine on a beach in Brazil. Taking a slow boat down the Amazon river. Watching the sunrise mirrored on the surreal salt flats of Bolivia. Marvelling at Angel Falls, Venezuela, the tallest waterfall in the world. Checking out the hip cafes, cars, …

  • 10 February

    Promiscuous Llamas and Drunken Irishmen – Our Trip to Machu Picchu, Peru

    Visiting a famous travel destination like Machu Picchu, one that you have heard about in blogs, books and stories, is a little like meeting a celebrity in real life. You’ve seen so many pictures and films and you’ve perhaps imagined the meeting in your head – but when you finally come face to face you are still knocked speechless. That’s …

January, 2014

  • 10 January

    Travel Photo – Peruvian Beauty

    As I was editing my photos from Colca Canyon this one really stood out. The ladies were selling fabrics and scarves at the top of the lookout where people come to see the condors. The colourful traditional dresses and stunning mountains really struck me, if nothing else this was really good practice for Machu Picchu .

  • 3 January

    Down Into Colca Canyon – Our Long Descent From Desert to Oasis

    My calf muscles have ached for three days and walking down stairs is so slow and painful it’s almost comical. Why? Because a few days ago we decided to hike down the steep slope into Colca Canyon here in Peru, a natural wonder more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. The descent caused me to …

May, 2012

  • 11 May

    World’s Coolest Cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Rio de Janeiro (sometimes simply referred to as Rio) attracts so many travellers every year that it is not only the most visited city in South America, but in the entire Southern Hemisphere. All of those visitors know one thing: Rio de Janeiro is one of the World’s Coolest Cities. From its gorgeous natural beaches and lively carnival celebrations, to …

  • 1 May

    Loco-motion: A Tale of Bolivian Travel

    A Guest Post by Geordon Omand & Elise Palmer Bolivia is renowned to travelers as being home to the World’s Most Dangerous Road. Unfortunately, this leads one to believe that the remainder of the country’s roadways are relatively safe, which is anything but true. In fact, this little-known Andean nation – colloquially referred to as the Ceiling of the World …

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