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View from the Carretera

Top Tips for Hitch Hiking the Carretera Austral in Chile

The Carretera Austral is one of Chile’s most beautiful and remote stretches of road. The highway runs about 1,240km from Puerto Montt in the Chilean lake district to Villa O’Higgins in the south through rural Patagonia. One of the best ways to travel along it as a backpacker is by hitching […]

Peru

Top Ten Tips for Travelling Peru

Peru is well established on the South American tourist trail and is a relatively easy country to navigate. That said, it’s still South America and your plans will inevitably change! So, after spending a month exploring from Iquitos in the Amazon basin to Cusco in the Andes, we have put […]

Eco Quechua sign

One of Peru’s Best Kept Secrets – An Eco Lodge Experience

Trains aren’t a common sight in South America, or at least, they aren’t now. Gone are the days when Paul Theroux could take trains all the way from Boston to Patagonia. There is, however, one notable exception – the train that ferries passengers, for a not inconsiderable sum, from Ollantaytambo […]

Live Like a Local in Bogota

Continuing our Live Like a Local series, Pete’s sister Hannah talks to us about why she lived in Bogota for a year and what her top tips are for while you’re there. Why did you choose to live in Bogota? Good question, to be honest I’m not quite sure how […]

Antie in a vineyard

13 signs you are a backpacker in your late twenties

On our current trip exploring South America, we were struck by the differences of travelling as slightly older backpackers pushing 30. Here are a few differences we found in comparison to our backpacking days in our early 20s… You are that irritating person who says to younger backpackers things like […]

The Lost city trek

The Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) Trek in Colombia

‘What percentage do you have?’ There was a chorus of responses from the group with everything between 15 to 50. Amid the chatter, one of the guys chimes in with ‘98%’. There were gasps from around the table and awed hush followed. 98% deet. The holy grail of mosquito spray, […]

Our San Blas Group

Seven Types of Traveller You May Meet in South America

The douchebag – Usually sporting insanely long dreadlocks, wearing a a singlet and travelling the globe with a ukulele or out-of-tune guitar hoisted under one arm. If you haven’t got the douchebag vibe just from sight or smell, after an initial conversation it will start to become obvious. They will […]

Boat on the Amazon

The What, Where, Why and How of Travelling the Amazon

What? We hardly have to say it, but it’s the biggest river in the world and its delta stretches over six countries and several million square miles. It’s also home to the most insane collection of wildlife, birdlife and perhaps most irritatingly insect life. Where? We travelled through it from […]

Sailing Paradise with San Blas Adventures

The word paradise is thrown around quite a bit. Thailand’s islands, the Maldives, maybe Bora Bora. Most, however, come with a hefty price tag and aren’t wonderful examples of responsible tourism. The San Blas Islands, however, have managed to combine elements of all those. This is thanks, largely, to the […]

Magic Circuit Fountains, Lima

Live Like a Local in Lima

A quick bit of history… Kat and I (Pete) first met in Pakistan at the age of somewhere around a year old, while our parents were working there. The picture below is the last time I saw or spoke to her in any fashion. Thankfully, she’s got Texan hospitality in […]