South America Part Four: Bolivia (La Paz to Uyuni Salt Flats & Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve)

Monday 24th July – Friday 28th July 2017 

My backpacking adventure to South America lasted a mere three weeks. This was already an inordinately short amount of time, which I could easily have spent entirely in Peru but my friend and I decided to duck out of the country, between our trips to Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain, for a few days to visit one of Peru’s neighbours: Bolivia. We had a specific destination in mind that made it worth a whirlwind visit: the Salt Flats in Uyuni.

Continue reading “South America Part Four: Bolivia (La Paz to Uyuni Salt Flats & Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve)”

Advertisements

South America Part Three: Peru (Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

We returned to Cusco from our Amazon trip and Puerto Maldonado but we didn’t stay for long before we hit the road again for our next adventure. This time we had booked a tour from an agency in Cusco that would take us to what must be Peru’s most famous offering: Machu Picchu. There are several different ways of getting there, via the nearest town of Aguas Calientes. You can simply get the train or you can spend several days trekking the famous Inca Trail or the longer Salkantay Trek. Another option is to do what my friend and I did and take the adventure route. Continue reading “South America Part Three: Peru (Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain)”

South America Part Two: Peru (Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

After a 17 hour overnight coach ride from Ica, we arrived in Cusco. The journey wasn’t as bad as it sounds. We travelled with a company called Palomino. The ticket prices weren’t bad but unlike our Cruz Del Sur bus, we didn’t get our own in-bus entertainment screens. There was one TV between everyone on the ground floor of the double decker coach and that was playing in Spanish, which made particular sense since our bus companions mainly seemed to be locals as opposed to fellow backpackers. Continue reading “South America Part Two: Peru (Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon)”

South America Part One: Peru (Lima, Huacachina & Paracas)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

My three week trip to Peru and Bolivia did not start drama free. On the Sunday before my Tuesday flight, I received a text from British Airways, telling me that the first leg of my journey – from Heathrow to Madrid – had been cancelled. Many stressed out minutes later, I had managed to rebook myself onto a flight that would be taking off just an hour before. Crisis averted. Things picked up en route when I got an upgrade for the second part of my journey. I’d be spending the 11 hour flight from Madrid to Lima with Iberia in business class. Continue reading “South America Part One: Peru (Lima, Huacachina & Paracas)”

My Top 10 Travel Experiences

I’ve been pretty lucky over the last few years. I’ve been to many incredible places and done and seen some pretty amazing things. But there’s some experiences that do stand out above the rest. It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten but since I have to do so (well I don’t have to, but I’m making myself do it) then I’d say that it would probably be these, so in no particular order: Continue reading “My Top 10 Travel Experiences”

Getting lost abroad: five places I’ve lost my way and found it again

A wise man – J. R. R. Tolkien, to be precise – once said, “not all those who wander are lost.” He had a point. I love wandering around a new city and I often know just where I’m going. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes when I wander I am just plain lost.

Continue reading “Getting lost abroad: five places I’ve lost my way and found it again”

17 highlights from California

After yesterday’s mammoth California post, I figured it may be handy to write a shorter post with only my highlights from California – just in case you don’t want to wade through 4,200 words about the places I went shopping and where I ate lunch. Continue reading “17 highlights from California”