On August 2nd I will be flying from Birmingham to South America for a 3 month adventure!!

South America » Chile » Atacama September 26th 2012

Hi All, Im sorry but have not been able to sit at a computer for a long time for a while so am having to do this blog from memory. After the salt flats I was dropped off at the Bolivian boarder and meet by a guy to take me across to Chile, you could instanly see that Chile has more money the Bolivia the roads and infrusture was much better. After I hour we reached a small building and I was told to join the queue for boarder control. After completing the normal forms and having my bags checked I got back in the car to go to San Pedro de Atacama after 5 mins I arrived in the centre and had to decide what to do. I booked into a hostel and was advised ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso September 14th 2012

After my long bus journey I was up early for a 'free' tour of the city it was great there was me and one other person the guide was from the US and told us all about teh city and it history, building and statues. It was really good and ended up send the rest of the day site seeing then people watching with a glass of wine from a roof top bar. I went out that evening with the people form the tour for a traditional meal and then a club. It was good but strange as you can smoke inside in Chile so was not nice - so pleased the uk has a smoking ban!! On Sunday I got the bus to Santiago where I met up with Danika and Natalie who I met ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni September 14th 2012

I stayed in Laz for a few days after my attempt at the mountain, I was feeling rubbish so took a few days to recover which was not possible at altitude . I saw a few of the sights of La Paz and did some shopping as Bolivia was sooooo cheap - just a shame I don't have a bigger bag. I decided to treat myself and fly to Uyuni which is where my salt flats tour began, flaights in South America are expensive so was a little bad but I couldn't face a 20 hour bus journey. After walking along the runway and other planes getting re fuelled and ready to take off (H&S is very different out here) we boarded the plane. The 45 minute flight was good with amazing view of the baron ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 5th 2012

Hey Everyone, It has been awhile since I have updated the blog. I have probably missed lots out so these are a few of the highlights. After Machu Picchu we went back to Cuzco and had a lazy day doing a bit of shopping ready for our early bus transfer to Puno near Lake Titicaca. The bus journey was long but ok there was alot of space and the roads weren't as bad as I expected. We arrived in Puno and went out for chicken and chips a local which was really good and just what we all needed. The next day we got tuc tuc's to the port and went on a boat ride around the lake to the floating island where we were told how the are made ad how if the people ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco August 16th 2012

On Thursday we got to Piscaycucho to start the Inca Trail. We walked 11 km, starting with some up hill in the heat of the mid day sun. It was a beauitful route with the train running along side us to begin with. The walking wasn't too hard on the first day with a mixture of up and downhill getting the legs used to it. In the afternoon it rained so the waterproofs came out. We got to the camp site at 5.30pm had some popcorn and a cup of tea then had just enough time to get into the thermals before dinner. The food was amazing, Soup followed by Chicken and Rice and then more Tea. The porters slept in the dining tent so was in bed by 8 pm. Only had to get up ... read more

South America » Peru » Lambayeque August 13th 2012

Hi Everyone, I have had a busy time since my last entry, I met the group that I will complete my 15 day tour with eveyone is really nice and sharing a room with Luice who is from London and has been travelling for the last 4 weeks so this is the end of her trip. We started our tour by flying into the Amazon jungle. After an 1 hour bus journey and 2 hour boat journey we arrive at our logdes. The views from the boat were amazing the sun was setting and the colours in the sky were more beautiful then I had ever seen before. You could hear the river frogs and crickets making you relaise that you where far from the busy city. The lodges were great with bannana trees growing outside. ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 9th 2012

Hi All, Been in Cuzco for a week can't believe how quickly time is going its almost time for me to pack up and fly back to Lima to start my G Adventures tour. I arrived at 9am last friday after getting up very early for my flight and made it to the girls orphange. There are 13 girls of various ages all with different stories as to why they are there. Its the school holidays here so the girls have the days free. They love to sing and dance the youngest girl is 4 and the oldest 17. Their are lots of volunteers ranging from 17 - 40 in age, they are all lovely and have made me feel very welcome and at ease for the rest of my trip. The weather here is crazy ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 3rd 2012

Hi Everyone, Well I have made it to Cusco and the girls orphange, after 3 flights and some interesting taxis rides. Cusco is beautiful it is really warm in the sun and cold in the shade I haven´t explored much at the moment but looking forward to walking round the old inca buildings. The orphange has 14 girls of all different ages they are on scholl holidays at the moments so just playing games and keeping them entertained. The other volunteers are lovely, really friendly so have made me feel very welcome. Some of them hae been to the areas I´m visiting on my trek and it sounds amazing. only a short on today as I have no photos and not much has happened yet. xxx... read more

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