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…

The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca and the Death Road

Just before I left to hike the Inca Trail we all met up with the Canadian’s from Huacachina. Right away we realised that we were a pretty sweet crew and decided to keep going with the journey south together when I finished the hike. While all of this was happening Mariska finally became too sick…

The Inca Trail and Cuzco

I’ve been hiking for as long as I can remember. From the time I could first walk my parents and grandparents would take me for walks through the forest at home and by the time I was 6 or 7 years old I would go off exploring on my own. I’d return at the end…

Arequipa and Colca Canyon – Peru

Somewhere during the last day at the oasis we forget to book our tickets to Arequipa because we are enjoying ourselves a bit too much. We arrive at the tour agency in the afternoon and find out that there is only one bus left with tickets… it’s not a good one. To make things worse…