Colca, condors and escaping Arequipa

8/08/19 Besides the company and condors, Colca Canyon was not worth the 2:30am wake up or going to Arequipa for... I had other reasons to be there but I'll never recommend anyone to go to Arequipa in the future. The breakfast included in our tour was best described as a tasting... a whole tablespoon of... Continue Reading →

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Arequipa and a bromance

6/08/19 A short flight and a taxi ride, I'm on the rooftop at my hostel in Arequipa. Some guests are amazed I made it into the city, others queried if I had rocks thrown at me in the taxi (as some other travellers had experienced). Jorge, a staff member at the hostel offers me a... Continue Reading →

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Cusco and crapping myself

The morning post Machupicchu and Salkantay was off to a good start. Waking instantly to something warm on my thigh, I realised, I had indeed shat myself. Moving at high speed from the bed, to the bathroom... no alarm ever got me out of bed this fast. I spent the next 20 minutes in the... Continue Reading →

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Summoning Salkantay

Day 1 Waking at 3:55am for a 4:30am pick up, I whisper to Elvar, "see you in 5 days", frantically grab my things and climb down from the bunk bed, to embark on my Salkantay trek. A bus takes us to Mollepata, where we walk 12kms to camp at Soraypampa (3920 meters asl). It's relatively... Continue Reading →

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Copacabana y Cusco

Early morning bus out of La Paz to Copacabana... At Copacabana, I take a speed boat (the boat travelled the speed of someone doing backstroke on a bad day... and we ran out of petrol at one point) to cruise over to Isle Del Sol. Nice view and cute walk, but not worth doing tbh.... Continue Reading →

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Fresh to Death Road

The most highly anticipated activity to undertake when in La Paz, is to ride 'Death Road'... that is, if you're an adrenaline junkie or enjoy downhill mountain biking. Tick and tick. Made by Paraguayan prisoners in the 1930's, 'Death Road’ climbs to around 4,650 metres and stretches 64kms, from La Paz, to Coroico. Narrow, sharp... Continue Reading →

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La Paz Leggo

23/07/19 From Sucre, we catch a night bus to La Paz. Early breakfast at Cafe Del Mundo is delicious, now to wait for check in. Three Scottish lasses and I ride the cable cars over La Paz City. The cable cars are a giant scenic amusement ride and at $7bob, it's the best money we've... Continue Reading →

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Sucre Secrets

20/07/19 Funny thing about tours, is that sometimes, there isn't a turtle neck or scarf big enough to keep everyone's secrets, a secret. A couple of tour hookups are providing mild entertainment for the group. Journeying by bus onto Sucre, another small town with less hills, less altitude and a majority population under the age... Continue Reading →

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Uyuni

The temperature was far more paletable this morning (still cold af). During my morning run, the sun rose, illuminating cactus covered mountains and surrounding saltscapes. Packed and onwards to Uyuni, we drive out of the dust, onto an ocean of white... a glistening blanket of salt encrusted diamonds, as far as the eye can see.... Continue Reading →

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Bolivia

Chile - Bolivia (Ollagüe - Estación Avaroa) Ascending by bus into the mountains, we enter into Bolivia to begin a 3 day 4x4 adventure across the desert to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats.Highlights for Day 1 - Stunning blue and pink lagoons, thermal pool swims and venturing over 4000 meters above sea level. Our lodging... Continue Reading →

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San Pedro de Atacama

By local bus, it takes a full day of driving to get from Salta to San Pedro De Atacama. Hours of window watching, navigating the winding roads, trailing through the most amazing landscapes. Sweeping mountains of terracotta, green shrubs and golden tufts of grass, boulders, cactus, wild llamas and icy peaks. Getting to the Chilean... Continue Reading →

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Hot Chile Woman

Chile (pronounced Chill aye), is the first stop in my South American adventure. South America is all about lines... long lines, of people, at immigration. If you're Australian, before entering into Chile, be prepared to fork out $117USD. Yep, a moderate, below the belt love tap, applicable only to Australians, however, payment must be made... Continue Reading →

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Champagne. Let it flow.

6 May I’m in the city of love, and I ain’t got none. What I do have, is a never ending supply of pastries. Glorious, carb loaded, buttery (and bad news for my once lean figure), pastries. Oh my, France, you temptress. Paris is easy to get overwhelmed by. Museums, monuments, architecture, museums, Moulin Rouge.... Continue Reading →

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May the 4th be with you

4 May May the 4th be with you. Touchdown, Gatwick Airport, London 1:35am. Temperature? Flipping freezing Sleep? 2 hours Plan to get to Paris? Unknown. Revelling in indecision for a few hours, I down 2 breakfast mimosas and peruse possible modes of transport to Paris. Flights and trains are expensive due to the May Day... Continue Reading →

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The Red Sea and me

30 April Waking in a new paradise. During the morning dive I struggle with my buoyancy control, frustrating me to the point of "post dive depression" one might say... Changing out of my wetsuit, I go to my cabin to put on dry clothes before breakfast. New discovery, I have my own "Red Sea" situation...... Continue Reading →

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Deadset Daedalus

29 April Damn Daedalus! Waking at the most anticipated dive site for the trip, I'm in shock at the number of boats moored here. It's a dive liveaboard boat party (like Yacht week in Croatia but everyone is wearing 5-7mm wetsuits and fins). Daedalus Reef is located approximately 90km's off of Marsa Alam. A standalone coral... Continue Reading →

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E is for Elphinstone

Up early, waiting for a dive store to open to resolve a wetsuit issue, I go for a run. Departing Port Ghalib (finally), dive number one is off the coast of Abu Dabbab. Surprise, the Italian and I are paired as dive buddies and spend 72 minutes below the surface first up! The second dive... Continue Reading →

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Hurghada to Abu Dabbab

23 April 1:11am in the morning, I wake to a knock at the door. I pretend not to hear it. More knocking. My heart races. What if it’s that guy on reception tonight who I declined lunch with?? All I have as a weapon is a water bottle and the only thing that's a real... Continue Reading →

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