The road from Arica, Chile to Lima, Peru…

Arriving at the Atacama bus station for the 2000 Turbus , a fellow traveler says that our bus has been delayed until 2130. We go into the ticket office to confirm and yes, because there is not enough people I the bus we have to wait for the next one. I’m starving so I head…

The most arid place in the world – San Pedro de Atacama

It was an early morning start, with the bus leaving at 7am, to head up over the Andes and cross the border back into Chile. The border crossing is actually at 4,700m and whilst trying to go through the border madness of various passport stamps, bags off the bus, through scanners, food checks on bags…

Santiago and over The Andes to Mendoza

I arrived into Santiago with the tour group and we managed to get back on our bikes to take a tour of the city and check out food markets, fish markets and local landmarks. We walked through Bella Vista, Santiago’s boho district full of colourful streets, fancy architecture, cafes and bars.  We took the funicular, (declared…

That volcano stumped me – Pucon

Pucon is known as the adventure town in Chile where people come for their summer holidays and tourists visit to tick boxes. There are usually 20,000 inhabitants in the town, though this number doubles during December, January and February.  The big draw here is Chile’s most active volcano, Villerica and the possibility to climb it….