Day 49 – 54: Huaraz, Northern Peru 08/12/19 – 13/12/19

We headed 12 hours north, overnight, arriving early in Huaraz. Situated more northerly in Peru, it is known for some of the most beautiful hiking circuits in the world. The Huayhuash circuit is voted 2nd in the world for beauty, after a trek in Nepal, but unfortunately at a minimum of 8 days long wasContinue reading “Day 49 – 54: Huaraz, Northern Peru 08/12/19 – 13/12/19”

Day 47 – 48: Huacachina, Peru 06/12/19 – 07/12/19

A few of the places we have visited so far have been based on recommendations from other travellers met along the way, Huacachina being no different, after we heard about sand boarding & buggying, we decided it was a must. Arriving at the ‘Adventure Banana hostel’, feeling a little worse for wear after another longContinue reading “Day 47 – 48: Huacachina, Peru 06/12/19 – 07/12/19”

Day 43 – 46: Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru 02/12/19 – 05/12/19

Arriving bright and early into Arequipa on our overnight bus, but feeling less than bright ourselves, we managed to check in early to our hostel and power napped. Feeling very slightly more human, we headed out to explore Peru’s second most populous city, known for its pretty streets and buildings made from the white volcanicContinue reading “Day 43 – 46: Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru 02/12/19 – 05/12/19”

Day 36 – 42: Around Cusco & Machu Picchu, South Peru 25/11/19 – 01/12/19

Walking out from the airport in Cusco, we were greeted by angry driving, car horns, exhaust fumes and a tribe of taxi drivers trying to bundle us into their heavily dented cars for inflated gringo prices. We realised, since our one night stay in Santiago six weeks previously, this was the first time we hadContinue reading “Day 36 – 42: Around Cusco & Machu Picchu, South Peru 25/11/19 – 01/12/19”

Day 27 – 35: Rurrenabaque and The Amazon Rainforest, North Bolivia 16/11/19 – 24/11/19

Coming into Rurrenabaque airport, the small plane made a hard banking left turn, seemingly skimming the tops of the green mountains before landing on a runway surrounded by dense jungle. Stepping of the plane, we were greeted by a wall of humid heat, like opening an oven door and forgetting to lean back for aContinue reading “Day 27 – 35: Rurrenabaque and The Amazon Rainforest, North Bolivia 16/11/19 – 24/11/19”

Day 22 – 26: Salar de Uyuni, South Bolivia 11/11/19 – 15/11/19

A 10 hour bus journey, crossing the Chile/Bolivia border, we arrived in the very windy and dusty town of Uyuni which acts primarily as the start point for tours out onto the salt flats. We headed out straight away with our guidebook to find a reputable tour operator, with our book suggesting a few goodContinue reading “Day 22 – 26: Salar de Uyuni, South Bolivia 11/11/19 – 15/11/19”

Day 16 – 21: San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile 05/11/19 – 10/11/19

Arriving in San Pedro was a major change from our previous stops in Chile, being the driest place on earth set in the Atacama desert, San Pedro acts as an oasis town from where you can go and explore the surrounding areas. Although a desert, this place was far more beautiful and less barren thanContinue reading “Day 16 – 21: San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile 05/11/19 – 10/11/19”

Day 9 – 15: Torres del Paine, Patagonia 30/10/19 – 04/11/19

Torres del Paine is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful national parks on the planet, and so despite it being so far south we knew we had to make the effort to get ourselves there (51° S, 73.4° W).  After taxi’s, buses, walking, a flight and a coach, we arrived in Puerto Natales,Continue reading “Day 9 – 15: Torres del Paine, Patagonia 30/10/19 – 04/11/19”

Day 6-8: Puerto Varas 27-29/10/2019

Puerto Varas is part of a beautiful area referred to as the Lakes district, with enormous lakes (shocker), waterfalls, national parks and Volcanoes dotted around. We were using this as a scenic stopover on our journey to the far South of Chile, Patagonia, as our flight was leaving from Puerto Montt, which was 20 minutesContinue reading “Day 6-8: Puerto Varas 27-29/10/2019”

Days 2-5: Isla de Chiloé 23-27/10/2019

We landed in Castro, the main town of Chiloé, having escaped the chaos unfolding in Santiago and headed to our hostel “La Minga”. After dropping our big bags into our little room, we set out to start exploring! The landscape of Chiloé is very much like that of Dartmoor, rolling green hills covered in theContinue reading “Days 2-5: Isla de Chiloé 23-27/10/2019”