Flying High – Choppers & Views

Helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon

I love looking at the world from above, be it from a plane, a cable car, a mountain after a hike, or even a hot air balloon.  But a helicopter has to be my favourite – what’s not to like?  Choppers give you great views, and it’s thrilling, exciting and fun!  If you’re short on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Checking out Santiago, Chile

Quintay, Chile

I landed in Santiago on Sunday morning at the ungodly hour of 5.15 am.  I was staying at a lovely little guest house with only a few rooms, and as luck would have it one of the rooms occupied by a couple from Auckland, Robyn and Colin, who I ended up spending the next couple of days with. […]