Walking the streets of Quito old town, Ecuador:
18 Jan 2017

A Day in Quito, Ecuador: Exploring the Old Town

We walked through the doors of Quito’s “Gold Church” (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús) and were immediately surrounded by a golden glow. We found the church version of El Dorado, but the fact that photography is forbidden left us a bit frustrated. We took a few anyway (sorry Jesus, if you exist)

10 Jan 2017

Behind the City Walls of Cartagena, Colombia

Rain pounded the streets of Cartagena. Due to poorly chosen footwear (this seems to be a recurring theme in my travels) we had to walk slowly over the slippery sidewalks. We waded through ankle-deep puddles and crossed streets overflowing with traffic and rain, eventually arriving at the deserted entrance to

06 Jan 2017

Ollantaytambo: Inca Ruins Above One of Peru’s Nicest Small Towns

If you’re visiting Peru then you are probably, at some point, going to make your way to Machu Picchu. Most people pass through Ollantaytambo on the way to the famous Inca ruins, but many don’t realise that this tiny town, with its own impressive ruins and laid-back atmosphere, is a memorable

18 Oct 2016

Baños: The Waterfall Capital of Ecuador

What is it about water falling over rocks that we find so appealing? If I were a psychologist I’d probably say that it has something to do with our fathers, or that the crashing water signifies the tears that we repress in our adult lives. I’d be talking nonsense though

Mancora travel guide -- the lighthouse above town
02 Oct 2016

Mancora Travel Guide: Desert, Beaches and Sunsets in Northern Peru

We arrived in Mancora just before the break of dawn after crossing the border from Ecuador. I was sick and we had to wander around in the dark to find a place to stay. It wasn’t the ideal intro to Peru, but over the next few days we slowly fell

12 Sep 2016

The Colourful Lakes of Southern Bolivia

We visited several surreal lakes during the three day “salt flat” tour between Uyuni and the Chilean border. The flamingos and dramatic surrounding scenery added to the mystery and beauty of these colourful little lakes — here are lots of photos (and some words) from one of the most unique regions of South

A day trip to Moray and Salinas de Maras, Peru
29 Jun 2016

A Day Trip to Moray and Salinas de Maras: The Surreal Sacred Valley

The Scared Valley was the heartland of the Inca civilization and today it’s the tourism epicentre of Peru. Machu Picchu takes most of the headlines, and rightly so, but there are so many other ancient sites worth visiting. We used Cusco as a base to explore the Sacred Valley and

Bahia Inglesia , one of the best beaches in Chile
15 Jun 2016

Bahia Inglesa: One of the Best Beaches in Chile

The 22 hour bus ride between San Pedro de Atacama and Santiago sounded like torture. With that potential nightmare in mind, I made it my mission to find a worthwhile place to break up the trip. Bahia Inglesa immediately drew me in. The white sand and turquoise water I’d seen