Colombia: bad first impression, good next impression

We landed in Barranquilla at 12 midnight and were in line for a cab by shortly before 1. Becca had booked us a hotel in Barranquilla because we didn’t think we would be up for a 2-3 hour drive after a full evening of flying. Turns out however that the hotel Becca booked doesn’t exist … Continue reading Colombia: bad first impression, good next impression

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

Cusco: The city and Rainbow Mountain!

Our hostel was in a great location in Cusco, right beside the San Pedro market where every morning we could go and get freshly squeezed juice for about $2. It was also very close to the main plazas. Late June is a very busy time in Peru there are lots of festivals going on celebrating … Continue reading Cusco: The city and Rainbow Mountain!

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

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

Volcano Villarrica

It turns out that the 5am alarm was only for me, so I could wake up and get the water boiling while Becca caught a few more minutes of shut eye. At 5:30, I woke her up with a cup of coffee so I didn’t get yelled at, and we ate breakfast in the outdoor … Continue reading Volcano Villarrica

Pucón: rad.

The journey to Pucon was quite rainy but otherwise uneventful except for a local gas station attendant trying to pull the wool over eyes by charging us the wrong amount! Luckily with 2 extra passengers in the back it’s easy to keep track of what we actually have to pay (he charged us the number … Continue reading Pucón: rad.

The Marble Caves: making our way north!

Burning through the “Northern Patagonia” of Argentina is a touch boring. At one point I could see the road disappear over the curve of the earth with no bend insight. We were aiming for Chile Chico, a small border town just inside the Argentina-Chile border about 300km north of Gob. Gregores. Alfonso with his new … Continue reading The Marble Caves: making our way north!