Peru to Colombia: not Columbia

After Machu Picchu we spent 2 days in Cusco recovering and getting ready to head to the sun and warmth of Colombia. It was nice to spin the clothes in my bag and bring the shorts and pinnies that had been so neglected for the last 4 months to the top of my bag. As … Continue reading Peru to Colombia: not Columbia

Salkantay Trek: Machu Picchu!

**Still having problems with the cloud, unfortunately I am now on a beach and am likely too sunburnt too look for a ladder... It is definitely easier to wake up when you are really excited to see something. This was definitely the case on the morning of Machu Picchu, even Becca got out of bed … Continue reading Salkantay Trek: Machu Picchu!

Salkantay Trek: Days 3 & 4

**unable to get photos down from "the cloud" will try to update as soon as I can find a tall enough ladder. We awoke sore the morning of day 3. Hiking downhill for 2000m of elevation was definitely a wear on our joints. The day also started fairly cool but promised to get quite warm … Continue reading Salkantay Trek: Days 3 & 4

Salkantay Trek: Days 1 and 2

After resting for a couple days we were feeling ready to attack the Salkantay. After some initial confusion with our guide company and trying to figure out what we were allowed to bring (yah we used donkeys and porters, sue us). It was another early start and sketchy bus ride to our starting point. One … Continue reading Salkantay Trek: Days 1 and 2

La Paz: reunited with Ivan and Tash

The day after conquering death road was a necessary rest day. I also seem to have picked up some kind of bug and spent most of my day ensuring I was within 50m of the nearest bathroom facility. We did grab lunch with Lou and Thibalt, a couple from Belgium we had met in Calama, … Continue reading La Paz: reunited with Ivan and Tash

La Paz: the city and death road

We got into La Paz early and tired. Our cab took us to the wrong hostel before some maps.me and a translator got us headed to the right address. There are two hostels in La Paz with very similar names so it was an honest mistake. The Adventure Brew Hostel Downtown was our home for … Continue reading La Paz: the city and death road

Potosi and Sucre: Bolivia City Hopping

After the Salt Flat tour we got straight on a bus and headed for Potosi, one of the planets highest cities (at 4 067m). The taxi drive to the hostel was one of the most hectic drives I’ve been a part of. The controlled chaos that is Bolivian roadways is something of a marvel. It’s … Continue reading Potosi and Sucre: Bolivia City Hopping

The Last Drive…

After finally deciding we needed to make a move, Becca and I found ourselves driving back towards Calama at 15km/h up the hill out of San Pedro de Atacama because that was all that Alfonso could muster. Driving up a 15km long road at that speed takes some patience, especially when double decker passenger buses … Continue reading The Last Drive…

Calama(ty): The Fate of Alfonso

After the Elqui Valley we bee-lined it for San Pedro De Atacama, with a major unexpected stop in Calama. Again this drive took us about 3 days of serious moving. On the way into Calama we noticed that Alfonso was really lacking power driving up even the slightest hills, so we decided to stop in … Continue reading Calama(ty): The Fate of Alfonso

Vilches: A Week Off

The rest of our time in Vilches was very relaxing. Each day was essentially planned the morning of during one of our 3 coffee breaks and always ended up happening in the afternoon. We spent most mornings hanging and trying to sell Alfonso (I know, it’s sad but we need to continue our journey!). The … Continue reading Vilches: A Week Off