5 February 2013

11.1 Ushuaia

Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Ushuaia is the southernmost city of South America, and is coined the End of the World. From there, the only way is up. Though first, I went down (see 11.1.1) The place serves as a port to Antarctica and has quite a thriving economy going on.┬áIt feels a […]

4 February 2013

Getting from 10.2 to 11.1

Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina Monday, February 4, 2013 Getting from Bolivia to Ushuaia involved a 15 hour stopover in Buenos Aires which was as exciting as it sounds. After (eventually) checking out of the hotel, it was to the Santa Cruz airport, which is the biggest in Boliva. The taxi driver was keen showcase his […]

3 February 2013

10.2 Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Bolivia Sunday, February 3, 2013 The main event in Santa Cruz was a biblical-esque thunderstorm on the first night. This cut out the electricity in the hotel I was at and, along with lack of time/ absence of tourist maps, meant exploration of the place wasn’t really an option. The hotel was opposite […]

31 January 2013

10.1 La Paz

La Paz, Bolivia Thursday, January 31, 2013 La Paz is the highest capital city in the world, and took roughly 8 hours to reach from Puno. The border crossing was almost infinitely easier than 9.1, and after changing buses 8km into the country, we crossed Lake Titicaca and headed straight for the Capital. After finding […]

28 January 2013

9.5.1 Lake Titicaca

Amantani Island, Peru Monday, January 28, 2013 Lake Titicaca is the highest lake in the world, so I was surprised someone had brought a paintball gun with them. At least that’s what it felt like on top of Amantani before I realised it was hail stones pelting down from the sky. The sun was still […]

27 January 2013

9.5 Puno

Puno, Peru Sunday, January 27, 2013 The trip out to Lake Titicaca was bookended by a couple of top meals in Puno. There was not much else I saw of the town apart from Hostel room, bus station and two restaurants. However in the grand scheme of things, I’m not overly fussed. Dinner on the […]

25 January 2013

9.4.1 Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru Friday, January 25, 2013 The city is one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World, so along with Chitchen Itza, ended up ticking off two in the month of January. Our day began taking the bus up from Aguas Calientes and being taken for a tour around the city […]

21 January 2013

9.4 Inca Trail

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru Monday, January 21, 2013 At the foot of “50 steps of hell” to the ‘Sun Gate’, and with 40ish kilometres behind us, our Tour Group was promised that our opportunity for a Decent Profile Picture was within reach. We were coming to the end of the Inca Trail, a route discovered […]

19 January 2013

9.3.2 Bike riding

Maras, Cusco, Peru Saturday, January 19, 2013 Gasping for air like an asthmatic in a smokers’ room (after only about 30 seconds of ‘climbing’ a gently-sloped hill), I was beginning to wonder whether bike riding was such a good idea. The altitude on the route between Maras and Moray (two ancient towns in the hills […]

15 January 2013

9.3.1 Horse riding

Cusco, Peru Tuesday, January 15, 2013 This was a full day, spent mostly with a great couple (Kurt & Elise) whom I met on a horse. After getting my hair cut in the morning (communicating with my index finger and the Spanish for “more short” and “less short”) I packed for the day and went […]