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…

Buenos Aires to La Paz, part three

The rest of this G Adventures tour brought us through Potosí, Sucre and La Paz the final stop on this leg of the trip. Potosí is a silver mining town in Bolivia. There is an incredibly sad history here dating back to when the Spanish were taking advantage of the indigenous people and their natural…

The scariest car ride ever AKA escape from Uyuni

We were due to leave Uyuni at 8.30am. We had gotten up, packed and made it to breakfast and were duly told that there had been landslides overnight blocking the road to Potosí. Not only that, some of the local people had set up road blocks in protest against the government(?). So over the course…

Buenos Aires to La Paz, part two

The Bolivian desert crossing and the salt flats This deserved a post all on it’s own! Day one: We left San Pedro in high spirits but in no better weather. We arrived at the Chilean side of the border crossing in the town to stamp out only to find that the office was closed as…

Buenos Aires to La Paz, part one

This leg of the trip involved a 2 week G Adventures tour, creatively called Buenos Aires to La Paz, going from Buenos Aires in Argentina to La Paz in Bolivia. I’m splitting it into a few posts since it was a pretty hectic/ crazy trip! After our few days in the sweltering heat of Iguazú,…

Getting drenched at IguazĂș

Two nights and 48 hours were all we had in Puerto Iguazú. And frankly, we could and probably should have made better use of our time here.  We stayed at the Boutique Hotel de la Fonte. It was a seriously nice hotel. The rooms are all in these little bungalows and spread out through the…

Getting frisky in the Galapagos

  Apologies for the lack of update… A few days ago we arrived back from our 8 day long cruise around the North and South Galapagos islands. And it was AMAZEBALLS… We joined a G Adventures tour and met some wonderful (and some downright bizarre) people and saw some of the incredible flora and fauna…

Chicken gloves?

First day in Quito and so far so good. We had an early start for our Spanish lessons which are tough for us to say the least. Cat and I are definitely not natural linguists! So after 3 hours of torturous ramblings, pretending we could understand what our tutor was saying we managed to escape…