South America

Day Trips from Bonito, Brazil & Rio da Prata & Other Eco Tourism Activities

Bonito is a must-see tourist destination if you are visiting Brazil, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors! Admittedly it’s a tad off the beaten track but is worth it to spend some time in the ecotourism capital of Brazil. It’s also not too far from South Pantanal so is easily combined with some wetlands wildlife spotting! Keep your eyes peeled for my new post coming soon about The Pantanal!... Read More...

Visiting Iguazu Falls – Facts & Advice for the Brazil & Argentina Side.

Foz de Igaucu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the WORLD and borders both Argentina and Brazil. Igaucu translates to “Big Water” and it’s no surprise why as it spans 2.7 Km and currently  stands at 6th place in the world for the greatest annual flow rate with an average of 1746m3/second! Eleanor Roosevelt famously visited and uttered ‘poor Niagra’ which at 165m is a 1/3 shorter.... Read More...

Estancia Los Potreros : Luxury Horse riding holidays – the perfect way to experience rural Argentinian ranch life!

Chatting to Bea, the super friendly manager of Estancia Los Potreros, she told me she had first come as a guest and within half an hour of setting out into the Argentinian countryside on horseback, she knew she had to quit her highly paid successful London Career and come and work here. This may seem like a crazy move to some however It’s easy to see how life here can be really addictive. It’s also clear to see how genuinely happy this career move has made her and I was excited to have my own estancia experience - which turned out to be one of the highlights of my 9 week road trip through South America!... Read More...
Things to do in San Pedro de atacama, chile

Things to do in San Pedro De Atacama & Moon Valley

I absolutely LOVED San Pedro. It’s a small town in the north of Chile, not far from the Bolivian and Argentinian borders. It’s your gateway to the Atacama desert and the Bolivean Altiplano and you could happily while away a week or two here, soaking up the towns abundent charm and exploring the local dramatic scenery by hiking, 4WD, cycling or even horseback!... Read More...

Interview with a Local: Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, most people have to see Christ the Redeemer, visit either Ipanema or Copacabana beach and go up Pão Açucar (Sugarloaf). But there is so much more to do in Rio de Janeiro. I love the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. It has a bohemian type of vibe with delicious local food. Or on Monday you can go to Pedro do Sal, which is the birthplace of Samba.... Read More...

Hiking The Lare’s Trek – an Alternative to The Inca Trail

When I first started planning my trip to Peru, I always planned to take the Inca Trail. Alas 4 months was not long enough to secure my Inca permit so I chose the Lares trek instead. Initially I was disappointed. I mean you can’t come to Peru and not do the iconic Inca trail right?! But when I started researching the trek and speaking to people who had already done the Lare’s I realised it might even be a tad better…... Read More...

Why you need to visit Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Our trip first took us to the floating island village of Uros. Life here is fascinating. The islands are literally floating on the lake made out of blocks of peat and layered with river reeds. If you jump up and down, water actually seeps up over your feet and you can feel the island wobble! Each island has a few huts and is shared by several members of extended family. Neighbours are reached with boats also made of river reeds and if conditions become unfavourable, the island can be moved at any given point and re-anchored else where! So no problems with nightmare neighbours! ... Read More...

20 Useful Tips for Travel in South America

No matter how experienced you are at travelling, there will always be surprises, things you wish you knew before you left, perhaps when you were budgeting or packing. My experience in South  America has been no different. Reading other travel blogs has helped without a doubt and I had a fairly good grasp of what to expect but I have still learnt so much and I’d love to share that knowledge with you so you can be as prepared as possible before you travel to South America. So here are 20 things that are super helpful to know before you set off for South America!... Read More...

The Galapagos : Part 3 – The Central Islands – Lava, Sharks and Orca’s!

We ran back to the boat so quickly, hopped straight in the panga and headed for where we could see lots of frigate birds gathering. Apparently they feed on the remains of what the orcas don’t eat so they were a good indicator where to go! It seemed to take ages to get there especially as the sea was quite rough. We all were tense, keeping our fingers and toes crossed we wouldn’t get there too late! But then we saw the orca breach creating a huge splash! Eventually our pangas caught up with them but then it was a guessing game where they would surface making photographing them pretty tricky! At one point we were all staring off into the distance on the right side of the panga when we heard a loud Pffff - the orca had breached just metres away from us whilst we had our backs turned!... Read More...

The Galapagos Islands part 2 – spectacular wildlife on the southern islands!

Back on the pangas we headed for some rocks to do some deep water snorkelling. This was my absolute favourite snorkelling experience so far - yes even better than the Great Barrier Reef! Firstly I have never encountered water so clear before - the visibility was un-real! Secondly, we were surrounded by younger more playful sea-lion pups that interacted with us even more than on the previous day off San Cristobal! They were spinning in circles and zooming up to us before diving beneath.... Read More...

The Galapagos Islands : Wildlife Paradise and a whole lot of boobies! Part 1 : The Eastern Islands

I can’t imagine any place so spectacular as the Galapagos Islands - the wildlife, the beaches, the geography, the natural history… It’s such a privilege to be here and experience it first hand after seeing it on so many wildlife documentaries. Do you remember the famous scene with the racing snakes and the iguanas in BBC one’s planet earth? It was so shocking it went viral across social media. It was in fact filmed in The Galapagos!... Read More...

My Next Adventure! 9 weeks in SOUTH AMERICA!

I'm about to live out a life long dream to visit the Galapagos and to trek to Macchu Piccu and I'm incredibly excited about it! I leave tomorrow after months of research and planning! This trip was in fact the inspiration for me starting this blog and will no doubt be great for blog research purposes! So I thought I'd give you a little heads up what to expect from this blog over the next 9 weeks as I log my adventures in South America! So below are the places I plan to visit and the things I hope to do and see!... Read More...

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