here looks good


Maria & Paul here, off for some more adventures! With a bigger focus on hiking & camping this time round, I think “here looks good” will be said more times then we can count. Wish us luck!

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South America » Brazil February 12th 2023

Thursday 9th Feb - Sunday 12th Feb 2023 After a slightly stressful time getting to Paraty (we Ubered to the wrong place and then got stuck in very bad traffic trying to get to the right place, missing our booked bus by 5minutes, so had to wait a couple hours for the next one!) we eventually made it to this old coastal colonial town. With far less people, and the whole historic centre not allowing cars, there was instantly a chilled vibe, and, dumping our bags into a surprisingly nice Airbnb apartment, we excitedly headed out for a wonder. A maze of sandy cobbled streets, lined with pretty white buildings with variously coloured wooden windows and roofs, dotted with quirky shops, cafes, restaurants, horse and carts and quiet squares, led us to a calm river and ... read more
Small wooden boat
Mike junior
Made it to Paraty

South America » Brazil February 10th 2023

Friday 3rd Feb - Thursday 9th Feb 2023 With amazingly timed flights, we were sat a mere 10minutes at the arrivals side of Rio’s big airport before our friend, Charlotte, caught us up. All a little tired and sweaty but happy and excited, the time instantly flew by, as we chatted away whilst catching an Uber, finding our AirBnB apartment, working out we should not touch the shower head if we don’t want a shock, and enjoying a cup of tea. All this talking and planning for her to meet us at the end of our travels and here we all were together, in the huge city of Rio, Brazil. Amazing stuff. With 6 nights here we wanted to do as much as we could but at an enjoyable pace, which meant not leaving too early ... read more
Hello Rio
Yummy breaky place
Busy cable car up to sugar loaf mountain

South America » Argentina February 4th 2023

Tuesday 31st January - Friday 3rd February 2023 Apparently we did sleep back in Puerto Natales but, after an unwelcome early alarm and finding ourselves sat back on a bus so soon, it didn’t feel like it! Except now we were sat on a bus on our way to Argentina. With only a few days left before plans to meet a friend in Rio, Brazil, we are really only transiting through this country but have managed to get a few nights in to get a taste for it. First stop, after the 5hour bus across the border, was El Calafate. A small town sat on a huge lake, it is the glacier gateway of Argentinian Patagonia, and somewhere we shall have to come back to. With not enough time to take a tour out to one ... read more
Mountains & glaciers backdrop
European feel
Rows & rows of lavender bushes

South America » Chile January 31st 2023

Friday 27th - Monday 30th January 2023 Boarding the bus, with all the other tourists, we were super excited to be on our way to Torres del Paine to start our 4day/3night trek, as well as super aware at how busy it seemed to be! After showing our national park passes and switching to a shuttle bus (which was still like a coach) we saw the peaks of the Torres towers basking in the orange sunlight and they looked magnificent; as well as a little scary. Arriving at the Central Hostel, where many start this trek, we became even more aware that it is not just W-trekkers that come here, but families, tour groups and day trippers who also, understandably, want to see the famous towers of Torres del Paine up close. So, slowly but surely, ... read more
Climbing up
snakes of people
River crossing

South America » Chile January 31st 2023

Hiking the W-Trek, East to West, Torres del Paine Friday 27th - Monday 30th January 2023 1. Practicalities of organising the trip: - Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine national park ; Bus Sur ; they run lots of buses but book at least a few days ahead as it was busy ; you can do this online: ; took 2hours and COSTS 10usd pp - Torres del Paine national park (Laguna Amarga) ; here you’ll get off the bus and need to show your pre-bought pass (you cannot just buy it there anymore and they won’t let you in without it) ; you can buy online: ; it’s a good idea to have a screen shot of it as there is no signal to load up emails ; COSTS 35usd pp - Torres ... read more
Day 1
Day 2

South America » Chile January 27th 2023

Saturday 21st - Thursday 26th January 2023 Dropping below the cloud line as we came into land, we got our first real glimpse of what we’d imagined Patagonia to look like; huge deep fjords sitting low between mountains reaching up into the sky, topped with snow and dotted between smaller mounds of rocky earth which levelled out to plateaus covered in towering green trees, all with a deep blue sea in the background, stretching endlessly into a hazy horizon. We’d made it to the end of the world (well, almost!) and it looked beautiful. Punta Arenas, capital of the southernmost region of Chile, is the coldest coastal city and one of the most southerly ports in the world, serving as a gateway to the Antarctic, and I can confirm, it is definitely colder down here! Dropping ... read more
Important farmers monument
Beautiful cemetery
Cool history museum

South America » Chile January 21st 2023

Wednesday 18th January - Saturday 21st January 2023 After a simple and comfortable night bus, even with a guy snoring softly away (no, it wasn’t Paul), we arrived pretty chirpy into Puerto Varas and were happy to realise our Hostal was just around the corner from where the bus dropped us off and that he would let us check straight in. A small basic room, it was a shame that the conversion (a row of rooms in a long shipping container) was not done very well, with water clearly sitting all underneath the flooring and big mould problems; still, it was only for two nights. Dumping our stuff, we headed out to wonder the small city on Lake Llanquihue, known for its origins of German settlers creating pretty wooden houses (some still standing boldly in various ... read more
German style
Nice church
Window view

South America » Chile January 18th 2023

Saturday 14th January - Tuesday 17th January 2023 Checking into our little apartment in Santiago, we wondered why we hadn’t used apartments before now. Spacious with a kitchen, including a kettle and a fridge, meant we could make tea with milk whenever we felt like it! More still, the owner of this flat was really friendly and provided the tea and had a logged in Netflix account on the Tv ready for us to use. Amazing. Maybe a little too amazing, as, after a quick bite to eat at the near by subway, feeling tired, we decided to settle back into the flat for a TV binge before bed. Fully refreshed the next day though, we headed out early to explore the big capital city of Chile and enjoyed the wide pavements with tall trees, crossings ... read more
Quiet streets
Walking tour

South America » Chile January 14th 2023

Monday 9th January - Saturday 14th January 2023 A small patch of oasis, with trees, birds and a river (albeit dried up!) San Pedro de Atacama is a little town in the middle of this hot, dry and dusty desert. It’s also a key lifeline for the many tourists travelling between Chile and Bolivia, as we did, with many hostals, bars and restaurants. Instantly feeling the higher level of wealth here (actual roads!) we enjoyed the feeling of cleanliness and the familiarity of a more western style bakery and coffee shop, but we also paid for it! Yep, as expected, Chile’s prices are definitely closer to home; yet, signal and the WiFi was really bad! I guess it is a desert after all. With a couple nights here, we enjoyed wondering around the town, sitting in ... read more
Local white Cross Viewpoint
Little oasis town in a big desert
Desert mountains

South America » Bolivia January 10th 2023

Monday 2nd January - Monday 3rd January Well it is a good job we bailed on that night bus, because we both needed that toilet until late that evening. Whilst I seemed to settle and sleep, Paul woke up at 3am in pain! Cue another unsettled day and trip back to the hospital the following day. Diagnosed with gastritis to go with his probable salmonella, he was prescribed a different antibiotic and an anti acid. Thankfully our hotel was flexible and helpful, even worried about us, which made things easier to just judge how we were feeling day by day. After some more resting (and much sweating the following night), and another couple of days exploring a little more of La Paz, including Moon Valley, we eventually felt well enough and brave enough to check out ... read more
ghost town
train graveyard
train graveyard

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