My list of random South America travel tips

Here are a few dos and don’ts that I’ve picked up from my two months travelling in South America:   DON’T use Pachamama by bus. Use public transport in Chile. It’s cheap and easy! DO learn some Spanish. The locals will appreciate it even if it’s really basic. DON’T expect Chileans to understand English. According…

Carnaval in Salvador!

So, we planned to be in Salvador, Brazil for Carnaval this year after spending hours trawling through posts and articles online as to where the best place to experience it was. It’s meant to be the world’s biggest street party and the best place to go if you want to be a part of the Carnaval…

Rio de Janeiro!

We had 5 nights in Rio before we headed to Salvador for carnival. Since unlike Cat, I was a Rio de Janeiro virgin we went out to do all the touristy things! Which meant lots of trekking around the city in the 39 degree Celsius heat… Firstly though accommodation! We stayed in a guesthouse(?) in…

On the hunt for penguins in Chiloe

Our rubbish Spanish skills managed to book us a bus from Puerto Montt to Ancud on Chiloé, a large island famous for its wooden churches and penguins. We only made plans to come here after hearing about the penguins! There is also apparently a large colony of blue whales near here too which we’d have…

Pachamama By Bus, the Lake District route

From La Paz we flew to Santiago to start our Pachamama by Bus tour of the Lake District. The route would take us down to Puerto Montt and back up again. We chose to use this company- which we found through STA- so that firstly, we wouldn’t have to worry about navigating around a foreign…