Stunning natural wonders in South America
11 May 2016

23 Stunning Natural Wonders in South America

South America is home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. From the snow-capped mountains of the Andes to the vast deserts of Chile, you’ll find nature of all shapes and sizes on this incredible continent. I enlisted a couple of bloggers to help me out on this

26 Mar 2016

A Journey to the Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna), Chile

I’ve always been fascinated by the Moon. While I still hold out hope of one day travelling there (check out this post), the Valley of the Moon, or Valle de la Luna as it is known in Spanish, is as close as I’m going to get for the foreseeable future.

09 Mar 2016

The 2 Day Colca Canyon Trek: Into (and back out of) One of the World’s Deepest Canyons

I feel a bit sorry for mules. They have to walk up and down the steep slopes of Colca Canyon (and lots of other places) and they also tend to get burdened with the thankless task of drug smuggling. A lot of people opt to ride a mule instead of

Day trip to Valparaiso, Chile
12 Feb 2016

A Day Trip to Valparaiso, Santiago’s Scruffy Seaside Sister

Valparaiso, how absurd you are… you haven’t combed your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you. This paraphrased (and translated) piece of Pablo Neruda’s famous poem Oda a Valparaiso (well I assume it’s famous, I saw it in Lonely Planet) sums up the city

Villa de Leyva, Colombia:
31 Jan 2016

Villa de Leyva: 130 Million Years of Colombian History

I watched Jurassic World recently and two things struck me: How did that too stupid to be funny guy from Parks and Recreation become a Hollywood star, and are ordinary, “real” dinosaurs not good enough anymore? (they created genetically enhanced “mutants” in the movie because people were getting bored of

Desert ruins in northern Peru: Chan Chan
25 Jan 2016

Chan Chan and Huaca de la Luna / Huaca del Sol: Desert Ruins in Northern Peru

You already know about the Incas and their impressive citadel of Machu Picchu, but have you heard of the Chimú and Moche civilizations? The Moche came first, building and then abandoning their grand city in the desert. The Moche civilization declined, which eventually led to the founding of Chan Chan, the capital of the

15 Jan 2016

A Budget Cruise in Patagonia: The Navimag Ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales

I should mention straight away that the trip from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales isn’t your typical cruise. There are no swimming pools, tennis courts, spas, fancy meals or alcohol. There is plenty of stunning scenery though, and at $300 for a 3 night trip it’s great value (we went in

08 Jan 2016

Pisac: The Other Must-See Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley, Peru

The sacred valley is packed with fascinating Inca ruins — if you think Machu Picchu is the only site worth visiting then you are very much mistaken. Pisac is a sprawling ancient city located less than an hour away from Cusco. It makes for a great day trip and is, in