We had 12 days in Argentina so we had to be realistic with what we wanted to do. We decided we wanted to spend some time in Buenos Aires and then go to two other places to see Argentina’s landscape. The places we chose were the Iguazu Falls one of the 7 new natural wonders of the world and then the Valdes Peninsula. I had already been to El Calafate and Ushuaia as part of my time in Chile as…

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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 two main routes the W and the longer route the O. It is mandatory to book the refugios when you do multiple day hikes. It…

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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 Pedro itself is really cute with lots of little artisan shops, restaurants and a hell of a lot of travels agencies. With all of the…

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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 stayed in the apartment side rented off Airbnb. The gardens themselves are meant to represent the chakras and they were beautiful, so carefully nurtured and…

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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 homely feel and a small kitchen that you could use to cook your own food. It was very quiet in terms of people so if…

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