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…

Valparaiso: The only thing to fear is burning calves

  If Santiago is the Lygon St or St Kilda of Chile, than Valparaiso is the Brunswick or Collingwood (sorry about the Melbourne references). The dirtier, more exciting student city only an hour and a half from Santiago. But we did a free walking tour and discovered the nice corners of the seaside city built…

Santiago: The only thing to fear is la cuenta

Santiago: City of EXPENSIVEENESS only offset by the FUNICULAR and maybe quite a few other things. The currency converts at one 2$ = 1000 pesos so it is really easy to calculate… but not easy on the hip pocket since everything is the same price as Melbourne! $20 meals is not why I came to…

First Day in Santiago

Wandering aimlessly in a jet lagged daze we came across an awesome place called Santa Lucía Hill (I think). It was in the middle of the city and was higher than most of the skyscrapers.