From Lima to the Amazon

We were staying at a B&B in an area called Miraflores, an area we were told was one of Lima’s nicer areas, and on arrival it certainly seemed to be. Two blocks from the coastline, a plethora of restaurants to choose from (if they were open). I had been put in contact with a friend…

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…

Salta… a jewel-box-sized-getaway?

There has been a concerted effort to encourage new hotels, restaurants and shops which they say is now paying off in a stream of visitors attracted to Salta’s updated colonial charm. Today, the old city center is recognized as a “jewel-box-size getaway”, perfect for exploring on foot and finally appreciated for its rich cultural offerings, grand neo-Classical buildings and thriving night life.

Hanging in Uruguay

We got the boat from Buenos Aires to Sacramento de Colonia.  The ferry terminal was a lot more civilised than I anticipated, perhaps because the more affluent argentineans use it for travelling to Montevideo to get to their weekend hangout of lovely  beaches in Punta del Este; the Cannes  / Monaco of South America.  We were staying…

Iguazu / Iguaçu Falls

Perhaps partaking in an all-afternoon Easter Sunday lunch where the wine glass was never half empty, followed by a catch up dinner with two of the Tucan tour group might not have been my best best idea. Not when I got back to the hotel at 1130pm and had to be up at 330am for a 545am flight to Iguazu Falls. We all slept…

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….

Tierra del Fuego here we come…

The flight from Sydney to Santiago was 12.5 hours and it just seemed to take forever.  A four hour layover in Santiago where we managed to find seats to lie down and get an hour’s kip and then a further two hours flying to Buenos Aires.  We tried to buy our pesos from the airport bank…