We're taking a break from our hectic lives to take a once in a life time trip to some of the best places on Earth. Over 7 months we're going to see South America, New Zealand, Oz and South East Asia.
We're looking forward to having many adventures, doing some Xtreme things and keeping everyone up to date with our travels.
September 30th 2010
So, after the Mate strewn streets of Uruguay and having survived the storm we headed off to BA where we had 7 nights to enjoy all the City had to offer. Through recommendations from other travellers and a 100% thumbs up from Paul Carrington we had booked into a party hostel called Millhouse in BA for 5 nights. However due to the rain in Uruguay we arrived in BA 2 nights earlier and we decided to chill out with Hollie and Adam in a double room in the Art Factory in San Telmo. Things didn't quite go to plan with Art Factory as our room had been flooded and so they moved us to their 2nd Hostel in BA - Garden House. After a stressful lunch and then having to move hostel our first day in ... read more
September 26th 2010
So we left the sunnier climes of Santa Catarina, and headed South. We faced a 26 hour bus journey from Santa Catarina to Punta Del Este in Uruguay (with a 12 hour stop in Porto Allegre). The journey was all good (McDonalds is a live saver no matter what country you're in) and we arrived in Punta Del Este at around 8am. Punta Del Este is renowned in South America as one of the best beach resorts on the continent and is referred to as the St Tropez of South America. In summer 5 million people descend on the resort, with all the rich and famous hitting the resorts in their yachts making this an exceptional place to spend a few days in summer...... However this was winter! To be fair, Punta Del Este looked like ... read more
September 2nd 2010
After arriving at the quaint colonial town of Paraty, we located our hostel along a cobbled street only to have our Brazilian, Portuguese speaking, hostess block the door and pull a scrap of paper out of her pocket that said OTHER HOSTEL. After a confusing conversation which included lots of pointing she finally took us to another hostel where the owner spoke as much english as we do Portuguese. We finally managed to get a room and strolled around the historical town for the afternoon. The town was hosting a food festival at the weekend so we explored the local bars and found some live Brazilian music. On day 2 we decided to join a boat trip to visit local islands which s really cool. What is better than being on a boat with cold beers, ... read more
August 20th 2010
Ok well after we last signed off we were on our way to Ipanema (jo recovered from the hangover in a few minutes), and we went to the best all you can eat restaurant I think I´ve ever been to (not quite within a travellers budget) but the queue to get in was 50 strong! We then headed to a Favela party which was amazing (the highglight being a bunch of Brazilian gansters on the dancefloor breaking out a pre-rehearsed dance routine and looking like a boy band!). We met some great people in Ipanema and Botafogo had an amazing time and then took the journey south to Ilha Grande (apparently a Big Island!). After quite a gruelling hike to our Hostel we found what can only be described as one of the most beutiful places ... read more
August 15th 2010
Ok well no photo's to load yet but some will follow and while I had a spare few minutes I thought I'd get an entry on the blog (Jo is still in bed with a sligh hang over!). The first few days have been amazing. Our first day it was 30 degrees so we hit Copacobanna and Ipanema beech and then went to a street party in Lapa. Yesterday we did a tour to see Christ the Redeemer and a few other sights, although the weather was foggy so the photo's of the statue are a little blurred it was still a great day. Last night we stayed local and just went to a bar in Botofogo and I took finger spoof even more international by introducing it to a Danish guy and Swiss guy (oh ... read more