My last days in South America

When travelling you always hear stories about places that are dangerous and where to be careful. Plenty of people make things sound much worse than they actually are but one such place is Quito. i heard so many stories of people getting robbed I decided to avoid it and stay two hours away in a […]

Hiking to Quilotoa crater

I arrived in Latacunga and wasn’t that impressed – as usual you arrive in the bad area of town which doesn’t really look that nice and then jumping in a taxi whose driver didn’t know where my hostel was didn’t really help either! Still, we got there and I chatted to the owner for a […]

On Baños

After Cuenca Julia and I headed to Baños via Riobamba. Riobamba was the first place I’ve actually been scared. The people were intimidating, nosey and would come up to me, push me about… The bus company wouldn’t sell us a ticket. It was so horrible and I was so nervous that I tied my big […]

On Cuenca

After leaving the Galapagos I had two options, head up the coast to visit a whale watching area (the only water national park in Ecuador) or head inland to Cuenca. Julia proffered some advice pointing out that the coast would be similar to Guayaquil (horrible) and that her experience of the whale watching wasn’t any better than we had seen from the boat in the Galapagos. I decided to head inland to Cuenca.

Galapagos – The Ugly Side

This is the first half on my Galapagos blog post, explaining why the tour was a complete disaster and why I was in tears at one point.

When I started my RTW trip I had no intentions of heading to the Galapagos as the costs were too high for my budget, but after deciding to abandon the Japanese Grand Prix (and possibly Japan altogether) and hearing all the wonderful stories of travellers who had come from the islands I decided to rejig finances and make the trip.

On Northern Peru

After leaving Lima, I motored through Northern Peru staying at most one day in each location, it seemed daft therefore to dedicate a post to each place. Here is a round-up of my travels through Northern Peru… Huaraz My first stop after leaving Lima was the trekker’s haven in the Cordillera’s for a spot of […]

Mountain biking in Huaraz

One of the things I’m missing here is my mountain bike and exercise. Throughout Peru and Bolivia I’ve found it hard to do anything other than relax due to the altitude, but since I was coping better I decided to try my hand again in Huaraz. Since I’d missed the first day by arriving late, […]

On Lima

Getting out of Bolivia was a swine. I waited, waited, and then waited some more for the border to open before eventually deciding to simply fly out. Turns out even flying out was a nightmare as the LAN.com website refused to work for me refusing to dispense a ticket but happily charging me three times. […]

Tiwanaku Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice (21st July) is a big thing in Latin America, for them it represents the change in season and thus the time to reap or sow the crop. As a result, many of the ancient temples are designed so that elements light up with the sunrise on the specific days (think Stonehenge in the […]

Rurrenbaque Pampas tour

The saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. Travelling is helping confirm this to be true. In Sucre I met a lovely Dutch couple whom I planned to meet in La Paz for a trip into Rurrenbaque, we conversed via Facebook and I was going to get myself onto the same tour as them […]

On Sucre

My arrival in Sucre from Tupiza on Wednesday was ominous – the night bus there was a dreadful experience, my stomach was dodgy and the weather was abysmal. Tired, I went straight to a hostel recommended by the Lonely Planet and slept for a short while before venturing out for food and Internet. The first […]

Learning Spanish in Sucre

Before I had bought tickets for my travels I decided that I needed to learn some Spanish in order to not be completely lost when I arrived in South America. I started my lessons with Esther in Gateshead and studied, one lesson a week, for 90minutes. Given I only had three months available I was […]

Trek to Dinosaur footprints via Maragua

Whilst researching Sucre, there were three things I wanted to do – take a Spanish course, see the dinosaur footprints and pop up to the Meteor crater. Whilst visiting Tarabuco a new fiend, Kelly, mentioned that she was embarking on a trek the following day with some friends to visit the crater and some dinosaur […]

Tarabuco market

On Sunday’s there is a large market in Tarabuco, about 60km outside of Sucre. It’s mostly a tourist trap with many of the stalls selling the traditional chinz that no local would buy, but it’s worth a looksee given that the return bus is B$30 and it leaves directly outside my hostel. In the morning […]

On Tupiza

I’ve been travelling about a month now and out of all the places I’ve visited (Cusco, Puno, Copacabana, La Paz and Uyini/Southern Circuit) Tupiza has to be my favourite. The scenery is simply stunning and when walking outside of town I can’t help but feel I’m in a Clint Eastwood Western. The mountains are a […]

Two day horse trek, Tupiza

It all started out well with the trip costing B$400 (~£37) with a reputable company and I left at 10am with one other person. The other person on the trip, a Dutch girl called Theresa, spoke Spanish and English so away we went walking to the stables. The horses were well looked after and didn’t […]

Cholitas Wrestling

One of the things that people say you must go see in La Paz is the Cholitas wrestling. Rumours fly around that it is this weird mix of Mexican wrestling with midgets thrown in and that  it’s a brilliant night out. I’m not a fan of wrestling for the most part, but decided that I […]

On Cusco

Is it Cusco or Cuzco? The two seem interchangeable and I’m not quite sure which is right. I’m  going for Cusco. Cusco is a strange place. It’s full of tourists and the main areas are clearly geared up to catering for them with expensive restaurants, Irish bars, Western Cuisine, McDonalds and shortly a Starbucks. Step […]

Sacsayhuamán

After a late start I decided to take the Lonely Planets walking tour of Cusco and whilst going over old ground, I enjoyed sauntering along passing the time. The end of the walk is a trek up to Sacsayhuamán, which I did, but in a different way to that listed. The standard way is to […]

Travelling and the first days

It’s been a strange few days – first of all a very long trip, which whilst with dramas went ok and then arrival in a foreign city. I’m not really sure what to think about it all to be honest. The first two flights were fine – I got to Madrid on the two BA […]