Richard Frost

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Richard Frost

My name's Richard Frost and I'm a Manchester-based media freelancer who loves to travel.

In late 2012/early 2013, I spent 6 months in South America visiting Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil. You can also read about my previous trip to China and south-east Asia, where I passed 5 months in Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

For non-travel stuff, I have a separate site where I blog about Chorlton, Manchester, SEO, PR and social media marketing.




South America March 30th 2013

A selection of daft photos taken in South America...... read more
Poor kitty
Only in Brazil
Posh Spice

South America March 9th 2013

So much for the plan, this is the route we actually took.... read more


Richard Frost - Manchester I'd forgotten how cold it gets in Manchester. Or maybe I just preferred not to remember. After 6 months living it up in South America, we've arrived back in the UK wholly unprepared for the ice-cold chill that greets us. In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to go straight from Rio de Janeiro to Manchester. More than that, to go straight from Brazilian summertime to British wintertime - a 30-degree temperature difference. But even though I'm shivering like no-one's business, at least I can comfort myself with the memory of being roasting hot on Copacabana beach. And even though I don't have a job anymore, and I'm crashing on friends' floors till we find somewhere to live, at least I can comfort myself with the memory of what we achieved. Like ... read more
Chorlton Water Park
Mersey river
Hawthorn Lane in Chorlton

South America » Brazil March 8th 2013

Brazil My rating: 9/10 Daily budget (travel, food and accommodation): USD $100 = 63 pounds When: 27 January - 22 February 2013 Bases: Foz do Iguacu, Curitiba, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto Main sights: Iguacu Falls, Bird Park, Itaipu Dam, Curitiba Municipal Market, Corinthians v Oeste football match, Edificio Italia, Museum of Football, Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), Bandeiras Monument, Metropolitan Cathedral of Sao Sebastiao, Confeitaria Colombo, National History Museum, Fluminense v Vasco da Gama football match, Ipanema Hippie Fair, Rio Carnaval Samba Parade, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Bloco Planta na Mente/Escadaria Selaron, Aleijadinho Museum, Ouro Preto-Mariana Valley Train, Mariana Former House of the Town Council and Prison, Mina da Passagem, Adorinhas Park, Betrayal Museum, Mina do Chico Rei ... read more
Bloco Planta na Mente
The Sambadrome
Rio Carnaval

South America » Paraguay February 15th 2013

Paraguay My rating: 5/10 Daily budget (travel, food and accommodation): USD $60 = 39 pounds When: 24 January - 27 January 2013 Base: Asuncion Main sights: Independence House, Cultural Centre of the Republic - Town Hall, Railway Museum, Pantheon of the Heroes Random facts: Paraguay was the 1st country in South America to declare independence. Former dictator Dr Francia was so convinced everyone wanted to kill him that he slept in a different bed each night. He also rebuilt Asuncion in a grid system, destroying countless historic buildings along the way, to remove hiding places for would-be assassins. Ciudad del Este is known as the Supermarket of South America. This crazy border town is where Brazilians and Argentinians go to buy fake goods, gadgets and drugs on the cheap. Impressions:/... read more
Pantheon of the Heroes
Itaipu Binacional
View from Itaipu Binacional

South America » Uruguay January 31st 2013

Uruguay My rating: 7/10 Daily budget (travel, food and accommodation): USD $100 = 63 pounds When: 20 January - 23 January 2013 Bases: Colonia, Montevideo Main sights: Colonia Municipal Museum, Portuguese Museum, Colonia Lighthouse, Montevideo Old Town Random facts: Nowadays, Buenos Aires is hailed as the home of tango but many Uruguayans claim it was invented in Montevideo. Uruguayan Carnaval is the longest carnaval of them all with no fewer than 40 days of street parades. Uruguay is the smallest nation ever to win the World Cup. They´ve lifted the Jules Rimet trophy on 2 occasions - 1930 and 1950. Impressions: Tourism in Uruguay is all about the coast. There´s a well-worn backpacker trail here that takes you from Buenos Aires to Brazil without ever straying far from the sea. I... read more
Buquebus ferry entering Colonia
Salvo Palace in Montevideo
Eco-friendly car

South America » Argentina January 26th 2013

Argentina My rating: 8/10 Daily budget (travel, food and accommodation): USD $70 = 44 pounds When: 19 December 2012 - 20 January 2013 Bases: Ushuaia, El Calafate, Bariloche, Mendoza, Salta, Cordoba, Buenos Aires Main sights: Beagle Channel boat tour, Train at the End of the World, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Perito Moreno Glaciar, Companario Hill, Little Circuit bike ride, Maipu Valley-La Rural vineyard and Entre Olivos olive farm and Trapiche vineyard and Di Tommaso vineyard and Carinae vineyard, The Vines of Mendoza Blending Lab, Cafayate Ravine, Cafayate-La Banda vineyard and Nanni vineyard and Domingo Hermanos vineyard and Museum of Vine and Wine, Salta Town Hall-Historic Museum of the North, San Bernardo Hill cable car, Cordoba Church Cathedral, Cordoba Jesuit Block, House of Che Museum, Alta Gracia Jesuit Farm National Mu... read more
Puerto Madero district
La Bombonera
Tortoni Cafe tango show

South America » Chile December 31st 2012

Chile My rating: 8/10 Daily budget (travel, food and accommodation): USD $70 = 44 pounds When: 11 November - 19 December 2012 Bases: San Pedro de Atacama, La Serena, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Pucon, Puerto Montt, Navimag ferry, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park Main sights: Moon Valley, Gabriel Gonzalez Videla Historic Museum, La Serena Archaelogical Museum, Elqui Valley-Cavas del Valle and Falernia vineyards, Tongoy Bay, National History Museum, Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Salvador Allende Solidarity Museum, Maipo Valley-Cousino Macul vineyard, Santiago Wine Gala, Valparaiso, Colchagua Valley-Viu Manent, Laura Hartwig and Estampa vineyards, Huerquehue National Park, The Cani Sanctuary, Patagonian fjords, Torres del Paine National Park Top 3 experiences: 1) Torres del Paine National Park 2) Becoming a wi... read more
The French Valley
Torres del Paine
Icefall

South America » Bolivia November 21st 2012

Bolivia My rating: 6/10 Daily budget (travel, food and accommodation): USD $25 = 15 pounds When: 28 October - 11 November 2012 Bases: Copacabana, La Paz, Sucre, Uyuni, San Pedro de Quemez, Huayllajara Main sights: Isla del Sol, Juan de Vargas Costumbrista Museum, Litoral Museum, Murillo House, La Paz Cemetery, Cretaceous Park, House of Liberty, Train Cemetery, Uyuni Salt Flat, Galaxies Grotto, Devil Cave, Colorada Lagoon, Morning Sun geysers, Polquers thermal springs, Green Lagoon Top 3 experiences: 1) Southwest Circuit 2) Day of the Dead at La Paz Cemetery 3) Sucre Southwest Circuit If truth be told, the Southwest Circuit is hands down the best thing about Bolivia. It´s a surreal, otherworldly region in which everything you thought you knew about lakes and lagoons and mountains is twisted and turned on... read more
Uyuni Salt Flat
Petrified cacti at the Galaxies Grotto
La Paz Cemetery

South America » Peru November 8th 2012

Peru My rating: 9/10 Daily budget (travel, food and accommodation): USD $30 = 20 pounds When: 25 August - 30 October 2012 Bases: Lima, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Cabanaconde, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Inca Trail, Manu National Park, Puno Main sights: Nation Museum, San Fransisco Monastery, Ica pisco and wine tour, Nazca Lines, Antonini Teaching Museum, Arequipa Cathedral Museum, Moral House, Museo Santury, Santa Catalina Monastery, Condor Cross, Sacsaywaman, Qorikancha, Santo Domingo Church, Cusco Centre of Native Art, Pisac Ruins, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Winaywayna, Machu Picchu, Manu National Park, Chocolate Museum, Coca Museum, Uros islands, Taquile island Top 3 experiences: 1) Manu National Park 2) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3) Nazca Lines Manu National Park I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Manu Natio... read more
Black caiman in Manu
Giant river otter in Salvador Lake
Tree frog in Manu




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