Cuba Part 2: Cienfuegos and Viñales

Cienfuegos When we arrived in Cienfuegos we got a taxi to a place recommended by the host woman from our place in Trinidad. There turned out to be no room there but since just about every house in Cuba is a casa particular, they only had to yell at their neighbours from over the fence…

Cuba Part 1: Havana, Varadero and Trinidad de Cuba

Havana We were not off to a good start when we arrived in Cuba and were immediately singled out from the crowd at customs and interrogated. After getting through customs we were interrogated again by another woman who checked the answers with what we said at the first interrogation. The type of camera we were…

Huacachina and Lima: Goodbye South America

Huacachina and Ica Our next stop after Cusco was a tiny place called Huacachina right near the larger and more boring town of Ica. It was unique in our travels in that it seems to be the only place we have been to that exists solely for tourism. Not even the people who work there…

Cuzco and Machu Picchu (but mainly Machu Picchu)

We arrived at Quosco (that’s the local Quecha word for it before the Spanish mangled it) which sounds a lot like the bulk household goods warehouse we are all so fond of, but what it had in bulk was very, very nice squares and colonial architecture (at a low low price). Did we mention the…

Arequipa and Colca Canyon: The only thing to fear is the volcanos

Arequipa Already impressed by the food in Puno, we moved on to Arequipa which had the same amazing quality of food but also had amazing buildings made out of white volcanic stone. In the center of town, shops were nestled in the cloisters of monasteries and in the courtyards of  high roofed colonial mansions. It…

Copacabana and Lake Titicaca

Copacabana One short, crazy bus ride and we were in Copacabana on the shore of Lake Titicaca. Halfway through the bus ride, the bus pulled up near a pier and, without the driver saying a word, everyone filed out of the bus. After sitting there alone for a while we thought we had better see…

Cochabamba, La Paz: The lands of danger

Cochabamba According to the guide book Cochabamba is divided into areas ranked from “you will get mugged” to a slightly more dangerous “certain death” rating. Outside the bus station was a “certain death” zone so it was forbidden to leave the bus station before sunrise. After all other buses in Bolivia had arrived late, we…

Potosi and Sucre (would include more but the internet is awful).

Editors note: The last post had some ommisions, like an explanation of why we were covered in shaving cream and lacked any mention of Potosi. This was due to someone trying to “hack the blog” to get the photos in the right order… We were covered in shaving cream because of a carnival that, coincidentally,…

Uyuni Salt Flats, Uyuni, Potosi: Welcome to Bolivia

We had heard a few horror stories of the tours that take you from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia. Drunken drivers, dodgy jeeps and drivers navigating the rugged terrain at great speeds. As it was just about the only way to get from northern Chile into Bolivia, we had few…

San Pedro de Atacama: Where the sun has no mercy

We took a bus from La Serena to San Pedro with Copiapo as a one night stop over. Six hours on the first leg and 13 on the second. It was worth it though, San Pedro is a pretty cool place. San Pedro is situated in one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama…

Viña del Mar: The only thing to fear is the beach – apparently.

Valparaiso’s sister city known for its beaches even though there are signs everywhere saying that the water is not suitable for swimming. Being a bay beach, there were no waves, currents, undertows, rips or other dangers to be seen…but apparently its unsafe! There wasn’t as much to explore in Vina as the main attraction was…