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Antie on the Salt Flats in Bolivia

Travelling to South America with IBS

Travelling around South America for seven months has been a new challenge for my intrepid but rather unpredictable bowels. Having explored Asia extensively I felt prepared for this new challenge but equally nervous about my stomach’s reaction – how would it cope with the exotic foods, new bugs, altitude complications […]

View of valley from Salento

How to Spend a Month in Colombia

Colombia – a country once known solely for its bloody, cocaine-fuelled years, but now better known for salsa, football and its wonderful people, has experienced an incredible resurgence over the past 20 years and is firmly on the South America backpacker trail. No longer under the drug lord Pablo Escobar’s corrupt reign of […]

Boots at Fitz Roy

These Boots Were Made for Walking

It’s only when you think you’ve lost something that you realise quite how much you cherish or need it. It’s sad and perhaps inevitable, but it’s true. This goes double when you’re travelling and it’s something you really, really need and can’t replace either cheaply, easily or as well, like […]

Sunrise on Fitz Roy

Crossing from Villa O’Higgins to El Chalten

If you’ve come as far as the end of the Carretera in Villa O’Higgins, it’s unlikely you’re going to turn tail and head north to take the easier route via Chile Chico and Los Antiguos. In which case, you’re in for a treat. The crossing this way is definitely the […]

Hike to Cerro Castillo

The What, Where, Why and How of the Carretera Austral

I’m not entirely sure when I first became aware of the Carretera Austral. It might have been a talk at the Royal Geographic Society, when Bradt Guides launched their new guide to the road, or possibly before that when we started planning our trip and realised we wanted to travel […]

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 […]