Browsing Category : South America

San Pedro De Atacama

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San Pedro De Atacama is a dusty little town in Chile’s Atacama desert. After 3 freezing days at super high altitude, the lower elevation and warmer weather were a welcome relief.

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Salt Flats, Volcanoes, Geysers and Flamingos

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Uyuni is a strange Bolivian town, a desert-like landscape in the middle of nowhere and at 3656m. The main reason people come here is to visit the Salar De Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat. And it’s cold, it’s very very cold. We booked up on a 3 day 2 night tour that would take us through the salt…

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Sucre And Walking With Dinosaurs

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Sucre is a beautiful city, filled with white-washed colonial buildings and pretty tree-lined parks. It has a lower altitude than other nearby cities and lovely weather, we felt like we were in Spain rather than Bolivia.

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Caiman, Monkeys And Anaconda In The Amazon

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We’ve always wanted to go to the Amazon and Bolivia is one of the cheapest places to do this kind of tour in South America. We skipped the jungle (we’ve done this many times and only ever seen insects and a few monkeys) and booked a three day two night tour of the Pampas wetlands on the River Yacuma.

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La Paz And A Night Of Cholita Wrestling

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La Paz is a sprawling metropolis and the world’s highest ‘capital’ city at 3600m (11,975ft). The official capital of Bolivia is actually Sucre but La Paz is home to the government and administration departments.

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Lake Titicaca And Leaving Peru

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After taking a few days in Cusco to recover from the Inca Trail, we headed by bus to Puno, a town on the edge of Lake Titicaca. At 3,812m (12,507ft) it is the highest navigable lake in the world.

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The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu – Part 2

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We had completed Days 1 and 2, the hardest part of the trek with the rest all now mainly downhill. I (Carrie) had really suffered on the second day, not from altitude but from a severe stomach bug and had gone to sleep at 5pm hoping the next day would be better.

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The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu – Part 1

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The Inca Trail is a 4 day, 3 night hike on ancient pathways laid by the Incas ending at the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. The hike is so popular that they only allow 200 people a day on the trek, so dates can be sold out up to 6 months in advance. We booked our trek with Llama Path…

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Cusco and the Sacred Valley

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Cusco is a beautiful city high in the Peruvian Andes and former capital of the Inca Empire. We spent three days there acclimatising to the altitude before starting our inca trail trek to Machu Picchu.

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Arequipa – La Ciudad Blanca

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Arequipa, also known as the “white city” is situated at 7740ft and surrounded by volcanoes. The most impressive of these, El Misti, creates an incredible backdrop to this colonial-era city.

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