A few days after leaving and a little relaxation later, we can properly reflect on our 3 months on the continent. We figured an easy, informative and hopefully entertaining way to do that is via some awards! So, here's our own limited rankings of our experiences... Best overall experience Inca Trail. A hard, wet, hot … Continue reading South America Awards
Wow. The Inca Trail is one of the world's most recognised treks, and having successfully traversed it we can see why. We booked our trip with an operator called Alpaca Expeditions due to a combination of good reviews and the fact that they solely provided trips to Machu Picchu and a couple of other places … Continue reading Following the path of royalty on the Inca Trail
Bolivia's de-facto capital is a crazy, colourful place. It's noisy, sweaty, dirty, and the altitude (second highest major town in the world!) makes it all that more frenetic. Beyond the pricey Death Road, it's not especially well known for tourist attractions. A large proportion of the population live in poverty, for example, 60% of Bolivians … Continue reading 3 great things to do on a budget in La Paz
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