Island Getaways of the Mexican Caribbean

Firstly I just have to say that I love Mexico. When I was a backpacking newbie the thought of taking a tour through Mexico sounded dangerous and overwhelming. However as a veteran at the end of 15 months on the road and 9 months in South America, Mexico wasn’t a problem at all. Having said…

Volcanos, Lakes and Nature Tourism of Guatemala

Guatemala is one of those hidden gems for traveling that you will only hear about from other people that have been there before you. Like any gem that you pick up out of the dirt, you need to wash off its exaggerated bad reputation to find out how great it really is. There are beaches of…

‘Go Slow’ in Belize

When it comes to underwater attractions it’s hard to beat the biggest and most well-known reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  If I hadn’t traveled I wouldn’t have even heard about the second place holder Belize which squeezes itself below Mexico in the Western Caribbean. This definitely isn’t because of…

Three of the Best Cities in the World to Party

One day you and your mates will be sitting there having a few drinks when someone will proclaim, beer in hand, that it’s time to have a group trip somewhere. Along with the countries, cities and tourist attractions you will all plan on seeing, there will be at least one city you will visit just…

Bariloché, the Gateway to Patagonia

The journey from Pucon to Bariloché wasn’t as straightforward as I hoped it would be. Just finding a way to get there is a bit of an ordeal. After walking around town for over an hour trying to find a bus company that could do the journey at last I found a place and booked…

So You Want to Climb an Erupting Volcano?

Firstly that’s crazy, just don’t. Here is the closest you can get though. In the south of Chile just above Patagonia is the town of Pucón, the adventure capital of Chile. With a lake on one site, the Andes behind and a snow capped volcano sitting menacingly above it this already seems like a pretty…

Valparaiso; a Living, Interactive, Work of Art

One of the best things you can do when you reach a new place is to get outside, walk around as much as possible and just immerse yourself. Valparaiso is probably one of the best places to do this in South America. A port city just an hour outside of Santiago, Valparaiso is everything you…

San Pedro de Atacama and Santiago

The border crossing from Bolivia into Chile was absolute mayhem as carloads of backpackers arrive from each side of the frontier and line up outside of the tiny office in the driving sleet. The four of us eventually get our stamps and rush out to the bus waiting for us. The driver is clearly pissed…

The World’s Largest Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni

Moving on from Potosi was a ridiculously scenic bus trip through Bolivia’s high desert to the town of Uyuni which sits at the edge of the biggest salt flat in the world, the Salar de Uyuni. Uyuni isn’t really much of a city, its main reason for existing is to use as a base for…