Torres del Paine – The W

Torres del Paine meaning Towers of Blue is a national park in the Magallenas area of Chile and the Chilean Antarctica. Only 3% of the park is open to the public with roughly 250,000 visitors a year. Compare that to the 6,000 visitors Machu Picchu receives a day and you’ll feel pretty lucky. There are…

Salar De Uyuni Tour

When booking your tour to Uyuni whether from Bolivia or Chile make sure you do some research on the company first. There are lots of incidents involving drunk drivers and car accidents where tourist have died. Not to shock horror but safety first. I decided to go with an agency called Lithium who had good…

San Pedro de Atacama

I flew from Santiago to Calama and then an hour transfer which cost 12,000 Chilean pesos so £14 to San Pedro. The Atacama Desert is the the driest desert in the world. During the day it is pretty warm and then gets cold at night so wrap up warm especially if you go stargazing. San…

Urubamba & Arequipa

URUBAMBA We went by taxi from Cusco to Urubamba and it cost us 100 soles. It is possible to get a bus and we may have been ripped off but it was late so we didn’t mind. We stayed two nights in Willka T’ika. Its a hotel with lovely gardens and yoga areas too. We…

Cusco

The day after arriving in Lima we headed straight to Cusco. We wanted to acclimatise before our trek to Machu Picchu. Cusco is 3,400m high, altitude sickness can become a problem from 2500m plus. We booked Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta. It was about a 10min walk to the Plaza de Armas. The hostel itself had a…

Inca Jungle Trek

When I booked my travelling in January 2018 the official Inca Trail had already sold out. That is 8/9 months in advance. The official trail takes you along the same trails as the Incas where you hike at significant altitudes. So if you want to do the official trail keep in mind how far in…

Colombia

My South American trip started In Colombia flying into the capital city, Bogota. Bogota is 2640m above sea level. So it was a good start to getting used to higher altitudes as there are more to come on my adventures. Bogota We booked El Pit Hostel for 3 nights on Hostel World. The Hostel World…