When we put together our South America itinerary, this was one of those anchor experiences that influenced the whole thing. We weren't missing it - regardless of what ridiculous buses we had to get to god knows what towns. At points it was hard going. It was exhausting, alternately baking then freezing, and occasionally pretty … Continue reading Dry Days. Crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats from Chile to Bolivia.
We've visited Rio, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago in the past couple of weeks. In Sao Paolo, we even went on a street art tour because we had heard such amazing things about the street art. All the cities above were full of colour and had great murals but they were confined to … Continue reading Valparaiso street art – the best in South America!
We had been excited for this for a while - the chance to spend a day in the sun cycling and drinking wine. First things first: it lived up to expectations, and it was fantastic value. We'd do it again in a heartbeat. Our AirBnB was in the south of Mendoza, near an area called … Continue reading Wining & Cycling through the vineyards of Maipu, Mendoza
We're currently in Patagonia, experiencing everything hiking related that we possibly can. Having run out of options on dry land, we decided to tick off one of the bucket list items and opted to hike the Perito Moreno glacier in Parque Nacional de los Glaciers outside of El Calafate in Argentina. Some facts on Perito … Continue reading Walking on pre-historic ice at Perito Moreno glacier
The W is the major draw for visitors to the Torres del Paine national park in Chilean Patagonia... but whether you don't have the time, the money or just don't want to, we're happy to say you can do a pretty amazing one-day trip to see the most spectacular of the sights in the park: … Continue reading Torres del Paine in a one day hike (Mirador Las Torres)
We were big fans of Buenos Aires. Compared to our time in Rio or Sao Paolo, it was a more comfortable environment with a more diverse range of entertainment. You can read more about what we did on a day-to-day basis in the diary. As always, we were looking to keep costs down. This meant … Continue reading 5 things to do on a budget in Buenos Aires
Iguaçu, Iguazú. Portuguese, Spanish. Brazilian, Argentinian. The falls sit on the border, and in fact you can see tourists from 'the other side' too. We took a 17 hour bus (so much fun...) from Sao Paolo to the town of Foz do Iguaçu, the Brazilian side of the border. It was somewhat of a detour … Continue reading Making a pit stop at the Iguaçu Falls.
1. It's not always sunny in Rio de Janeiro! Our first two days were actually overcast and wet, which unfortunately limits your options in a city so focused on it's beaches and mountains. We did do a walking tour of the historical Centro though, which was well worth it. 2. Pay-by-weight food is a THING … Continue reading It’s not always sunny in Rio de Janeiro, and other things we learned in Cidade Maravilhosa
When we were originally booking our flight to South America, we found that flying via Lisbon and staying there for one night, actually worked out cheaper than flying direct to Rio de Janeiro (https://packingitin.com/2018/03/01/our-departure-is-booked/) Lisbon has been on both our lists for a while. It's certainly an up and coming destination in Europe with the … Continue reading 12 hours in Lisbon (as cheap as possible!)
As we get closer, the actual threat of packing a year's worth of stuff looms large. Which means... we need bags. There's so many factors to consider. Here's some handy mind-vomit bullet points: First off, can we fit all the stuff we need!? Will that stuff be accessible? I remember my Duke of Edinburgh Gold … Continue reading Pack it up, pack it in (so we can begin)