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South America

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela), also known as Amazonia, the Amazon jungle or the Amazon Basin, encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres), located within nine nations. The Amazon represents over half […]

Plaza de Armas, Lima

Yesterday I took a flight from Cusco to Lima with Aero Condor.  I didn’t want to risk taking a 30hr bus after being so ill. I’m staying in a gay hostel here in Lima (not intentionally, just didn’t realise when I booked it online).  The couple that run it are really friendly and gave me […]

The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu

I have spent the last few days in Cusco acclimatising to the altitude in preparation for the highlight of my trip to South America… The Inca Trail. Day 1 I woke at 5am to meet the group at 5.40am at the tour office. We travelled by mini-bus and stopped off for breakfast at a lookout […]

Cobacabana

I’ve spent a night in hospital in Copacabana due to severe hydration caused by a parasite I had contracted. I checked into a nice hotel and have slept the best part of two days but am feeling a lot better. Copacabana is lovely, nestled between two hills and perched on the southern shore of Lake […]

The Nazca Lines

I took the overnight bus from Arequipa to Nazca which arrived just after 7am in time for the 30min flight I had booked to fly over the Nazca Lines. They were really cool to see mostly for the mystery.  They were created by the people of Nazca but it is unknown why.  Each design can […]

Witches Markets of La Paz

Being sick in this incredible city has been disappointing as San Pedro Prison and  ‘Death Road’ were on my bucket-list of things to do and I’m far to weak to consider doing it. I have managed to get to the amazing Witches Market here in La Paz which I must recommend to anyone visiting the […]

Arequipa

I took a bus from Copacabana, Bolivia to Arequipa Peru via Puno – 9hrs! I was a little bit nervous arriving at night in the dark but it turned out ok. I really love Arequipa – Ciudad Blanca – The White City as it is called. I was expecting a city full of museums that […]

Sucre

Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, Sucre was an enjoyable place to visit. My family and friends things I’m crazy for saying this as it was the place in South America where I was pick-pocketed, robbed & contracted giardiasis (a parasitic infection) which a week later led to my admission to hospital. But my […]

Salar De Uyuni

I’m very excited to cross the boarder from Chile to Bolivia today to begin my tour of Salar de Uyuni. Driving across the world’s largest salt lake is a must-do for every South American traveller. This 3 day trip is simply bursting with natural wonders: coral islands at over 4,000m multicoloured lakes; rocks sculpted by […]

Potosi Mines

Today I took a tour to the silver mines, located in the Bolivian Tin Belt, Cerro Rico de Potosi it is the world’s largest silver deposit and has been mined since the sixteenth century.  The first stop on the tour was at the local market where we were encouraged to my gifts to give to […]

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