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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]