Its been two and half years since I began travelling. People question how I do it. Spending time away from family and friends, saving enough money to make my travels happen. When you want something you will make it happen, you will save your butt off to make it happen, you will live on the bare essentials to ensure that the savings are going to plan. No new clothes, no new shoes, in fact, I only own one handbag and there were five people living in our two bedroom apartment in Vancouver to cut down costs, this is how we do it, that is how we save. I live for the next adventure always in mind. Life is too short it sit around waiting for things to come to you so i'm on the move again, this time through South America for four months.
Blogging is not something I normally do, i'm normally a 'group email' person, sending massive emails to those on on my contact lists not really knowing if they actually want to read it. So here it is, for those of you who want to read about my travelling experiences, follow my blog and read it if you are interested. I simply want to share my experiences.
September 13th 2012
For the past couple of weeks we have been traveling with Oasis Overland and our tour leader Ricardo. We have seen so many sights and have had an amazing journey, but our tour and time in Peru is coming to an end. We had two days in Cuzco to rest the body and chill out with a bit of market shopping after completing the Inca Trail and 24 hour challenge. Cuzco is a great place to bargain because there are so many stalls selling similar or exactly the same items. Our mission was to bargain as much as we could and in most places it worked. Don’t feel bad for bargaining, in most places they expect it. Whilst in Cuzco, a local food on the menu to try is Guinea Pig. A very salty meat that ... read more
September 9th 2012
The start of the Inca Trail begins with a 5.30am wake up call and a two hour drive to a little town to have breakfast and purchase last minute supplies of coca leaves, water, sweets and the ever so essential walking stick. The first day of the trek consisted of around 5 hours of walking plus stopping to learn about numerous well preserved Inca Ruins along the way. The scenery is breathtaking, passing small villages, valleys and different fauna. The porters and cooks are amazing. Short, little Peruvians running past so they can set up camp and start cooking before we arrive at base. The food is of a very high quality, cooked in very basic conditions. Definitely not what I expected on a four day camping and trekking excursion. The 6am wake up call from ... read more
August 28th 2012
For the next 21 days we will be travelling with Oasis Overland from Lima, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia. The reason we chose to go through Oasis Overland was because even though its UK-based company, it was a lot cheaper than any other companies we looked into. To be honest we hadn’t heard much about Oasis Overland, in Europe we stuck to companies such as First Festival and Top Deck. Companies we had heard of and that had been recommended through like-minded travelling friends. Day One: The first day of the tour was spent in Lima exploring the city, seeing the catacombs and having some drinks in Miraflores which is a really touristy area. We stayed in a more grungy area away from the flocks of tourists, which I preferred. You get to see the ’real’ ... read more
August 14th 2012
The next country on the list was Peru and a little beach town called Mancora. We had been told the easiest way to cross the border and then onto Mancora was to catch a CIFA bus which would take us the entire way. It was pretty simple, but add in the ‘travellers bug’ that I picked up, and you have an uncomfortable bus ride, counting down till the next bathroom stop. This time it was me on the trip asking “are we there yet?” The large amounts of Immodium we purchased in Canada definately came into good use. After a long day we arrived in Mancora and checked into the Loki hostel, which was like a resort with a luxurious pool and a great party type atmosphere. Unfortunately we were now both more interested in the ... read more
July 24th 2012
The bus ride to Otavalo was rather interesting. We stopped to pick up/drop off every local on the side of the road and the driver let every seller onto the bus to try his luck at selling us everything from DVDs, to fruits and chips. Not ideal when you are trying to catch up on sleep! At one point we had a demonstration on how to our brush our teeth, and the option to buy toothpaste and toothbrushes. Then after four hours we were literally dropped off on the side of the Pan-American highway, that was rather unexpected. Apparently we didn’t do our research and later found out that there is only one bus company that will take you to the actual bus terminal in Otavalo. No big deal as the taxi ride to our hostel ... read more
July 16th 2012
After an overnight stop at Ft. Lauderdale and an incredibaly uncomfortable sleep on the airport floor we flew to Bogota, Colombia. We weren't really sure what to expect when we arrived in Bogota. Its a very busy city, huge amounts of traffic, run down houses amongst new buildings and it still has an old school vibe to it. All of the awful stories you hear about Colombia unfortunately sit in the back of your mind, so we were a little cautious and overwhemlmed to begin with. Bogota was just a starting point for our 4 months of travels. Unfortunaltey we didn't have enough time to go up north and see the amazing beaches we had heard so much about. We didn't intend to stay long in Bogota so after two nights we were on the road ... read more