Pucon, Chile. From Valparaiso we headed, via Santiago, to the Chilean Lake District and the picturesque town of Pucon. Pucon was clean and pretty and was what I had imagined Patagonian towns to be like, though it is very northern Patagonia and is usually thought of as the ‘lake district’ more than true Patagonia which … More Pucon, Chile
Santiago & Valparaiso, Chile. Our next destination after Mendoza was Chilean capital Santiago: which meant we would be crossing the border once again. The bus journey shouldn’t have taken more than a few hours, however when we arrived at the border on the Argentinian side there was standstill traffic. It appeared that the border was … More Santiago & Valparaiso, Chile.
Mendoza, Argentina. We arrived in Mendoza after a really long and boring 28 hour bus from Salta. The city of Mendoza, and the surrounding region, is a world famous wine region in Argentina, producing 70% of the country’s wine. We had planned to spend our first two nights in the leafy suburb of Chacras de … More Mendoza, Argentina.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia & San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. I’m not sure why, but despite being one of Bolivia’s main tourist attractions, we were not particularly excited about visiting the salt flats of Uyuni. We should have been though as it was brilliant. Uyuni itself wasn’t even as bad as we’d read but restaurants … More Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia & San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
The Yungas (Coroico, Yolosa, Yolosita), Bolivia. After finishing the bike ride on the “World’s Most Dangerous Road”, the tour ended at Villa Verde, a resort hostel in the village of Yolosita near Coroico, in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It was nice to be at lower altitude, with nice weather, at a resort with a … More The Yungas (Coroico, Yolosa, Yolosita), Bolivia.
La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz has a reputation of being gritty and dangerous. We found it to be fine, though it wasn’t one of our favourite cities. We spent the first three nights just relaxing in a nice room at a hostel in the affluent southern district of Sopacachi at Casa Skyways B&B. Ran by … More La Paz, Bolivia.
Our last stop in Peru was Puno and a two day excursion to Lake Titicaca. Puno is a bit of a strange place; quite urban feeling and with overpriced tourist restaurants, though we did manage to find a really good and really cheap pizza place. We stayed at Hostel Pacha which felt a bit like … More Puno and Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Machu Picchu, Peru. The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular treks in the world. To protect the route, only 500 permits are available per day, meaning the number of people on the trek at any one time is restricted. Luckily we’d read about the Inca Trail as soon as … More Machu Picchu, Peru.
Huacachina, Peru. Imagine travelling through the exhausting heat of the desert to suddenly see a beautiful mirage of a glistening freshwater oasis in the distance. As you arrive you realise it’s no mirage and that the pool is fringed with palm trees and a few small guesthouses, with women selling homemade ice cream and fresh … More Huacachina, Peru.
Paracas, Peru. I don’t think many people would stop at small coastal town Paracas, if it wasn’t for the famous wildlife haven of the Isla Ballestas, a group of islands a short boat journey away. Arriving in the evening, we spent the first night at Icthus Paracas resting up, before getting up early for the boat … More Paracas & Islas Ballestas, Peru