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Turning 30 South American Style With the dreaded 30th birthday looming, I ran away to South America to celebrate the landmark birthday in style.

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Barely visiting Bogota

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [2223]

  Owing to oversight on booking coach ticket, we missed out on a decent view of Bogota leaving ourselves little more than one day in which to race around the city. To be fair though, we didn't exactly race around it, selecting instead to visit a ... Read more >

Tags: art museum, bar, bogota, bortoli, colombia, falafel, latin america, pizza., restaurant, south america


Hammock swinging in Taganga

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [5445] | Comments [1]

With its horseshoe bay framed by rolling hills, little fishing boats bobbing in the clear water under a warm Caribbean sun, Taganga, we discovered, is best viewed from a hammock, glass of wine in hand. True, there is not much to do here beyond diving, ... Read more >

Tags: caribbean, colombia, diving, fishing, hammock, latin america, santa marta, south america, taganga


Ciudad Perdida Katrina Jones and the Lost City

COLOMBIA | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Views [3069]

Reared on a diet of Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone, I had been looking forward to the machete swinging jungle trek vision of the Ciudad Perdida for months and happily it lived up to expectations. We forged waist high rivers with backpacks on ... Read more >

Tags: ciudad perdida, colombia, latin america, lost city, santa marta, south america, trek, trekking, turcol, waterfall


Caribbean slumming in Santa Marta

COLOMBIA | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Views [1397] | Comments [1]

Santa Marta didn't look too promising at first, especially after we took a wrong turn out of the bus station and ended up walking for hours in the back breaking 30 degree heat late at night. But illness and changing travel plans conspired to keep us ... Read more >

Tags: bars, beach, caribbean, colombia, hostels, latin america, ocean, santa marta, sea, south america


Cartagena

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [984]

We spent three days on a bus traveling across the length of the country to reach the sunny Caribbean coast and arrived in Cartagena happy and hot. We ditched plans to stay in the back packer ghetto at Gethsemane shortly after I accidentally wandered ... Read more >

Tags: caribbean, cartagena, city walls, colombia, gethsemane, latin america, photograph, photography, salsa, south america


Colombia: Pasto and Popayan

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [1186]

And so to Colombia I was really excited going for the border at Colombia. It is pretty much the last country we will visit on the trip and every kept on telling us about the freindly people, beatiful towns, great beaches, Caribbean breezes. Sounds ... Read more >

Tags: bar, border crossing, bosa nova, colombia, latin america, music, pasto, popayan, salsa, south america


Quito

ECUADOR | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [784]

Lovely white washed historic Quito is easily one of the loveliest colonial cities in Latin America, but a total ghost town at night as residents hurry home to bolt their doors against the violent reputation of the city. It is a real shame as it could ... Read more >

Tags: churches, colonial architecture, ecuador, equador, frescos., latin america, quito, south america


Huaraz

PERU | Sunday, 29 Jun 2008 | Views [1464]

We arrived in this lovely mountain town with great plans to trek across the national park and maybe even climb a mountain. We leave having done a half hour walk spending hours on a bus to get there. The problem was that it was just so hard to try ... Read more >

Tags: fauna, flora, glacier, huaraz, lake, mountain, national park, peru, south america, trek


Machu Picchu

PERU | Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Views [1452]

When something gets as big as Machu Picchu you get a little concerned that after great expense, time and distance to get there it can´t help but fail to live up the giant reputation that rests on its shoulders. It´s a wonder of the world visited by ... Read more >

Tags: agua calientes, cuzco, cycle, inca, latin america, machu picchu, peru, south america, tour, trek


Valley deep mountain too high in Arequipa

PERU | Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Views [1151]

Arequipa is a lovely little city, ringed by volcanoes and built out of white sandstone rocks, a nice gentle introduction to tourist heavy southern Peru. We headed there on my insistence as I wanted to trek in the Colca Canyon nearby. And after getting ... Read more >

Tags: arequipa, camping, campsite, colca canyon, latin america., mount mitsi, peru, south america, trek, trekking


Death Road mountain bike trip to Coroica

BOLIVIA | Saturday, 7 Jun 2008 | Views [5310]

As the ultimate mountain bike widow there was no chance of sneaking out of La Paz without at least some experience of the death road, one of the most famous downhill mountain bike rides in the world. My options were to catch a bus down and wait for ... Read more >

Tags: bolivia, cliff, coroica, cycle, death road, la paz, latin america., mountain, mountain bike, south america


Penguins in Chiloe

CHILE | Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | Views [1364]

Mission penguin saw us taking a short ferry trip over to the Island of Chiloe, a lovely little place full of smugglers coves, sandy beaches and lots of folklore. We arrived in a rain storm, andmanaged to pitch the tent in a nice wee place with tidy ... Read more >

Tags: camping, castro, chile, chiloe, ferry, hostel, island, penguins, south america, the great outdoors


Santiago de Chile

CHILE | Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | Views [782]

Santiago was a pleasent surpise for us. We only really spent two days there and to be honest, I can´t imagine needing any more than that, but it was a nice big city with a really pleasent feel to it. The metro system is ace, and cheap. It even has ... Read more >

Tags: chile, city, hotel, latin america, metro, museum, pisco sour, restaurant, santiago de chile, south america


Ciao Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 12 Jan 2008 | Views [814]

Some things in life are just too bizzare to casually ignore. They must be investigated, savoured and enjoyed. I believe that the acclaimed Buenos Aires theme park Teirra Santa (The Holy Land) is such a place. A bit like like Disney land but with people ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, buenos aires, holiday, latin america, south america, tierra santa


Feliz Navidad Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [1779]

Christmas in Buenos Aires is a white knuckle ride of a celebration requiring stamina, determination, commitment and nerves of steel. This is cheifly because the parties start late and end with everyone throwing cheap chinese fireworks around the ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, bars, buenos aires, champagne, christmas, latin america, puerto madero, restaurants, san telmo, south america


Sunny San Telmo

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [2149]

OK, OK, so I know I shouldn´t rub it in, but it is three weeks to Christmas and Steve and I are wandering the steamy tango inspired streets of San Telmo in flip flops and t'shirts. Yeah, I love this country. We have come down in the world slightly ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, buenos aires, latin america, markets, san telmo, soanish lessons., south america, tango



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