Barrio Lastarria in Santiago, Chile

Santiago, capital of Chile, has never had the same allure for travellers as some of the other big cities in South America.  Hopefully that’s changing.  It’s a vibrant city, with fantastic food and wine, and an easy entry point from Australia or New Zealand. I didn’t have a lot of time there on my last visit, […]

Culinary adventures in Lima

Views over Lima

We were on the homeward stretch and our journey took us via Lima. From what I had read, there wasn’t much to recommend the city, however I had read that the culinary scene was a world leader, and good food is always exciting.  We arrived mid-afternoon and my overwhelming impression was of greyness – grey […]

The Magic of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The trek had come to an end, and tired, happy and undoubtedly a little bit smelly, we made our way in t he  van to Ollantaytambo. Here we boarded the train for Aguas Calientes, the small town at the foot of the imposing mountains hiding and sheltering Machu Picchu. We were all very excited, and it wasn’t […]

Trekking in the Andes

Trekking in the Andes

Obviously coming to Peru I was keen to go trekking in the Andes, and the only hike I knew about was the Inca Trail. Lots of other people are obviously in the same position, as it’s by far and away the most popular trek, so now restricted to 500 people per day, with permits selling out […]

Beauty & Charm in Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Lima

After the charms of La Paz it took me a little while to warm up to Cusco, but after a day or so of wandering through the town, past the hordes of tourists and up the hill to the quieter narrow cobbled laneways I began to see what all the fuss was about.  The second […]

Breathless in La Paz

La Paz walking tour

The highest capital in the world, at around 3650 metres, La Paz will keep you breathless, and I’m not just talking the gorgeous views. On the way from the airport, ask your driver to stop at a viewpoint looking over the city as you will get the most spectacular views over the city. The city is […]

Surviving the Death Road – downhill for 65 kilometres

Death Road, Bolivia

One of the most well-known attractions in Bolivia is the infamous “Death Road”, also known as the World’s Most Dangerous Road, so called because of the alarming number of road fatalities. For a fee, tourists can experience this for themselves and mountain bike down this perilous route. Since we were here, it seemed like a […]

Spectacular Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

It was an early start for the three-day trip overland through the Salt Flats to Uyuni in Bolivia.  There were 12 of us in total, divided into two four-wheel drives. We had an amazing few days, lots of fun with our fellow travellers and we were treated to some of the most amazing and stunning scenery […]

The Amazing Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

I had been wanting to visit the Atacama Desert for ages.  It’s the driest desert in the world, with scenery that is truly spectacular. Arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, the little town on the edge of the desert, was pretty exciting.   It is simply gorgeous. The town itself is tiny with cute little dusty […]

A Day in Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, also known as Valpo, seemed to me to be the flip side to Santiago. While Santiago is tidy, orderly and reserved, Valpo is noisy, chaotic, messy, loud and dusty. Brightly coloured houses, with washing strung along the sides, sit perched in the hills, while the port throbs and heaves below. It was a gorgeous […]