April 22, 2018

One of the largest, highest, deepest lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and both sides of the lake attract visitors in the thousands each month. It’s a ‘must do’ on any South America itinerary and is not only a spectacular sight...

February 13, 2017

Some recollections of my travels across South America remain vivid several years later. Deep blue skies without a cloud, the foggy breath of an alpaca in the frigid air, the smell of bitter but rich Colombian coffee, the multi-coloured textiles hung over balconies… sig...

December 13, 2016

When many people think of the Amazon, they think of Brazil – I know I did. But it turned out that the cheapest way to see the Amazon Jungle was in Bolivia, so if you’re on a budget consider seeing the Amazon from a cheaper country like Ecuador or Peru.

This is the revie...

December 7, 2016

We were deep in the Amazon Jungle in Bolivia when I first experienced the unsettling feeling of vulnerability and weakness as a human being.

The Amazon is home to many creatures with the potential to end my life and far away from medical care. We were on an overnight t...

August 19, 2016

First I want to say that I didn't travel South America alone, I was actually travelling with my partner, Jack. But it is important to note that he wasn’t always at my side every minute of the day. Because Jack hates museums and I love them. Also he likes to sleep in, s...

August 2, 2016

We did and saw so much that astonished and wowed us in Bolivia: driving across Salar de Uyuni in a jeep, and camping in the Amazon, and hiking around Lake Titicaca, and cycling the insanely awesome and just plain insane Death Road, and simply eating dulce de leche ice-...

June 6, 2016

If you really want to pack well for your South America trip, there are just a few important tips to remember:

1.     Pack for the different altitudes. You’ll need thermals and warm clothes for the Andes where you’ll be 3000m + above sea level, and shorts...

May 13, 2016

Backpacking really brings out the daredevil in me. It must be because out in the world nobody knows what a big scaredy cat I am, so out there I can be the person I want to be. Or it might be that travel is all about saying yes to life and giving all those crazy adventu...

April 3, 2016

South America is a wholly underrated travel destination. Despite having the attractions and the low cost of travel to match Southeast Asia, the backpackers there are far fewer. But hey, all the better for you. 

When it comes to travel, it's not just about going there an...

February 25, 2016

There's so much to do in South America. Big name activities like hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru, cycling the most dangerous road in the world in Bolivia, or snorkelling at the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

When you plan your trip, you have to account for travel fatigue...

November 12, 2015

Compared to tips about backpacking in Southeast Asia, there isn’t a heap of advice up on the web about backpacking South America. We made many mistakes on our South America trip, but through trial and error but we picked up a few bits of useful info. Here is what I wis...

August 12, 2015

What do people eat in Bolivia? When I crossed from Chile into Bolivia by 4WD I had no idea what kind of food to expect. I tried googling South American food before I left (very important pre-trip research, I assure you) and came back with what I call the Generic Beans...

July 8, 2015

I must confess - I'm not confident on a bicycle. I'm super clumsy and poor balance has plagued me all my life. The summer prior to travelling South America I fell off my bicycle twice in two very avoidable incidences, scraping my elbows and knees. No serious injuries,...

March 29, 2015

The Salar de Uyuni tour in Bolivia was hands down my favourite experience in South America. And it's not just about the salt plains either, it's about feeling like you're the only people for miles about as you explore gorgeous lakes, alien-like deserts and geysers in a...

March 4, 2015

Choosing to travel across South America was simple.

I’d seen exquisite photos of llamas and mountains, churches and markets, each photo with a bundle of colours stacked upon each other. Those ancient ruins, those beaches! I dreamed of South American adventures in the le...

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