Latin America summary

After nearly three months of travelling in Latin America (including a quick stopover in Miami) we’ve reached the end of the first section of our trip. During this time we have visited Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras (Roatan only), Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. We can’t believe that almost 90 days have passed already. Here are some of the highlights:…

San Pedro de Atacama: (allegedly) the driest desert in the world

San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile is a place like nowhere else on earth. Where else can you see pink flamingoes, steaming geysers, white salt flats, multi-coloured high altitude lakes and conical volcanoes? San Pedro sits at 2,500m above sea level in the world’s driest desert where it only rains 15mm per year. Our visit just happened to…

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

Our last few days in South America

After a nice few days in the lake district visiting thermal baths and bike riding to beautiful waterfalls, we returned to Santiago to catch our flight to Fiji (via Auckland).     We spent our last day in South America visiting a small village in Canon del Maipo where we tried to fit in as…

Disappointed in Torres Del Paine

Allegedly one of the most spectacular national parks in South America, Torres Del Paine was the reason we went to Patagonia. So we set off on the five-day ‘W’ trek with high hopes. The first day was a hard eight-hour return slog to the park’s namesake peaks which everyone raves about. They were basically three granite…

Funiculars, chips and graffiti in Valparasio

Three hours from Santiago, the capital of Chile, is the quirky port town of Valparaiso. It is a city of contrasts. On one hand it is slightly rundown, a bit dangerous and lacking in obvious sights. But on the other hand it is full of artists and students which give it an edgy, alternative feel. The whole city…

Turning a year older in the desert

After a long overnight journey we finally arrived in San Pedro de Atacama, a small town high up in the middle of the arid desert in northern Chile. As it was my birthday Becki had booked a posh hotel to celebrate. However, I had no idea just how nice it was going to be… On arriving at…