Video: Chile and Salar de Uyuni

With the European phase one of our travel odyssey in the books and our batteries freshly charged, we could turn our minds at last to the more intrepid leg: South America. Our gateway to the continent was a nation that, owing to its remarkable elongated shape, boasts the full spectrum of natural landscapes: Chile. Our…

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, complete. It felt so good to finally tick this baby off – it had been a long time in the making and one of the (few) things that has actually gone right this trip. I went alone: it was too expensive for Andy to make the trip twice. I also hadn’t booked anything:…

Touching on Cusco’s culinary scene

Cusco has SO many delicious food options, catering for every kind of cuisine and budget. We’ve been eating quite a bit of vegetarian recently so that influenced where we ate a bit, although we still made sure we didn’t leave without trying the infamous alpaca. Green Point Vegan Cafe was so good we went there…

Reaching new heights in Cusco

I hadn’t expected to like Cusco as much as I did. First impressions were mixed: I adored the orange roofs that were sprawling in every direction but as we arrived traffic was intense, and I wondered if five nights in this seemingly overgrown market might actually be quite exhausting.  As it transpired, five nights was…

Arequipa: the white city

We pulled into Arequipa at the somewhat ridiculous hour of 5am; thankfully our hostel allowed for an early check in and a free breakfast. After catching some bonus sleep and nursing a coffee or four, we headed out for a bit of exploration. On Andy’s suggestion we opted to skip a visit to the Colca…

Bussing with Peru Hop

Peru Hop. Such an awesome concept. A hop-on hop-off bus service running across Peru, stopping at multiple different places and each person deciding how long they want to stay. It includes hotel pick ups and drop offs, discounts at accommodation and restaurant partners and a range of free tours as well as an English speaking…

Huacachina: the oasis town

Huacachina was the stop I was most excited for. An oasis town, how intriguing. We came over the hill from Ica and all of a sudden it emerged from within the dunes. Literally a lagoon, surrounded by approximately two streets of accommodation and restaurants, a mass of reeds and palms and then just sand dunes…

Paracas: the ‘Poor man’s Galapagos’

We only had a night in Paracas, but I was well assured by Andy that that’s all that would be required. As we arrived in Paracas the weather miraculously changed from the drab grey we’d seen all week in Lima to our first blue sky witnessed in Peru. The temperature was noticeably warmer than what…

We made it to Peru!

Coming at you safe and sound from the comforts of a cosy AirBnB in… Lima! I’m still pinching myself to be honest; what a relief to be out of Bolivia. We are continuing to monitor the news closely and I think we were lucky to get out when we did as it seems to be…

The nightmare that became our reality

Settle in, get comfy. This post sure is longer than most! Apologies too for the lack of photos… priorities were, understandably, elsewhere. We were due to catch an overnight bus from Uyuni up to Sucre. The duo of Nicole and Andy had turned into the handsome foursome of Nic, Andy, Sarah and James (an Austrian/Australian…