Bariloche, Argentina

There's one way into Argentina by road from Pucon in Chile. And it consists of a 4 hour bus ride south to a town called Osorno, a 3 hour wait, then a 5 hour bus ride to Bariloche and one border crossing. Being so use to travelling by night, I initially wasn't too keen on having to do it all during the day, but I hadn't taken into account the the views. The drive from the Chilean border through to Bariloche was absolutely stunning. Snow capped mountains, [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00December 15th, 2009|Argentina, Blog, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Pucon, Chile

Heading out of Santiago we ventured south towards Patagonia, stopping at Pucon in Chile along the way. Leaving the sunshine and in-pool bar of La Casa Roja in Santiago was difficult. It would be the perfect place to get stuck for a while, but the mountains were beckoning me. Our plan in Patagonia was to do a few hikes, and I was lucky that my travel buddy was a hiking superstar. So with zero hiking gear on us, we had the brilliant idea of purchasing gear in Santiago [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00December 14th, 2009|Blog, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

The Road to Santiago…

Travelling from the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile to Santiago has been a beautiful trip down the Chillean coast. Heading out of San Pedro we decided to head for Bahia Iglesa going on a tip from a local lady in San Pedro, it turned out to be a small beachy town about 11 hours down the coast in a cosy semi-cama night bus. I had asked the driver to let us know when we got to the closest stop to Bahia Iglesia. It was 6am [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00December 9th, 2009|Blog, Chile, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Childhood Dreams – San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama Street, Chile Ever since I was a child I’ve been enchanted by Chile. Maybe it was a past life, who knows, but I have always longed to visit the Atacama desert in Northern Chile. Driving into Chile the the stark contrasts with Bolivia are immediate. The first thing I noticed was sealed roads. Then there were the public toilets - clean, toilet paper, seat... free. There's more than BBQ chicken with chips on the menu. You require some sort [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00December 2nd, 2009|Blog, Chile, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Uyuni and The Salt Flats

We drove into Uyuni on our small chicken bus from Potosi. Driving into Uyuni I noticed rubbish... rubbish as far as the eye could see scattered all through the desert. Beyond the rubbish there was a vast, barren dry landscape. From what I'd heard about Uyuni, it's a 'get in get out' scenario, so we had planned for just that. Arriving in Uyuni, Bolivia Uyuni is a tiny town in a desert area of Bolivia. There are dirt streets and not much more, [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00November 30th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Potosi, Bolivia – Mines and Shitty Buses…

Our bus ride from La Paz to Potosi was a once in a life time opportunity... one of those 'learning type opportunities' that you slot under useful experiences in the back of your mind, should you ever be in the same space again... to ensure you make different decisions next time. It was a night bus, and our hostel in La Paz (Wild Rovers) had booked the bus tickets for us. Given the cost of the ticket, I assumed they had booked us onto an El Dorado bus, [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00November 26th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Welcome to the Jungle – Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Think hot, humid and sticky. So humid you're dripping in sweat, you've never been so hot in your entire life. You're wandering how you could possibly get cooler, you consider cutting the ass cheeks out of your underwear, just to be wearing less clothing. Welcome to the Jungle... Rurrenabaque is in the north east of Bolivia, about a 45 minute flight from La Paz (or a 24 hour bus ride down a dry river bed for the more adventurous). Rurrenabaque airport is a dirt runway with [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00November 22nd, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Getting Dirty in La Paz

“In La Paz you will get taken for a ride” That's what a friend told me before I left for this trip. Now I understand. I'd go as far as saying that I'm a true believer, and that this applies to Bolivia in general. Everyone, from the hostel… to the bus company… to the laundry lady. It’s a bit like a ‘smash and grab’. If you stand out as being from a western country it’s pretty much a definite, if you’re petite and blonde you can add [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00November 17th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

I'm sitting on the edge of a balcony of a small hostel looking out over Lake Titicaca and the outline of Isla del Sol at sunset. There are other people dotted around the place, all in hiking gear and all of which seem to have stumbled upon this place too. The view is absolutely stunning. Isla del Sol, Bolivia Isla del Sol is a small island on Lake Titicaca, two hours from the town of Copacabana in Bolivia. Upon hearing that it's known as the [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:16+11:00November 9th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Copacabana, Bolivia

I took my first bus named Copacabana to Copacabana… how fitting. Little did I know there would be many more buses bearing this name on my South American journey. Copacabana is a small hippy type town on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. It was my first border crossing and it went relatively smoothly. Lake Titicaca is a lot nicer from the Bolivian side, and Copacabana is a nice little chilled out place with a completely different vibe to Puno in Peru. Copacabana Bolivia Hostelworld only has [...]

By |2016-10-25T17:32:17+11:00November 8th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments
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