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South America » Peru » Lima January 20th 2010

The bus journey from Pisco to Lima is pretty short (3 hours), we arrived in Lima around 4pm. The first thing we did was to go get some food as we hadn’t eaten all day! We didn’t do much that afternoon as there wasn’t time. At night we had the goodbye dinner with the group, we then all went drinking. The next morning we went exploring to find somewhere nice for breakfast, we walked to Miraflores area where found a place called “Crepes & Waffles” enough said. This place turned out to be delicious and not only had that, it had great coffee! After eating ridiculously large crepes we strolled back to the hotel, from there we were picked up for our city tour. We usually like to explore places by ourselves but we were limited ... read more
" The cows are artwork, take care..."

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines January 19th 2010

“The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert of Peru. They have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BCE and 700 CE. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks or orcas, llamas, and lizards.” - Wikipedia After taking the night bus we arrived in Nazca well and truly tired! The bus driver seemed to think that he was driving a race car and was throwing the bus around the curves; it’s a miracle there was ... read more
Up in the air and...
Back on firm ground...

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon January 18th 2010

We had another lazy day in Cusco sleeping in and eating nice food (well I wasn’t really eating as I was on a very strict diet), getting our laundry done etc… The next day we took a flight to the second biggest city in Peru- Arequipa. We had one night in Arequipa and then the next day we took the bus to the Colca Canyon which is apparently the deepest canyon in the world. On that first day of our tour we didn’t see of go close to the canyon, we just drove through a national reserve where we saw some vicunas and stopped at a few touristy places. Vicunas are relatives of the llama they live in the high alpine areas of the Andes between the altitudes of 4000 to 5,500 metres; they are believed ... read more
Along the way...

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 16th 2010

Another big highlight of the South America part of or trip was seeing Machu Picchu and doing the Inca Trail! Its also one of the activities I was the most worried about in terms of fitness because it’s a three (and a half) day hike at very high altitude We left Cusco on the 24th of December and went to Ollantaytambo which is a little town close to the start of the trail. That night we all put our Santa hats on, sang Christmas carols, drank hot chocolate and ate some Peruvian Christmas cake! We then went to have a quick dinner before heading to bed. The next morning we woke up early and had breakfast at the hotel. We then boarded the bus that would take us to the start of the trail. We queued ... read more
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South America » Peru January 14th 2010

From La Paz it was a bus off to the Peruvian boarder, crossing over the boarder turned out to be really easy one of the simplest boarder crossing we have done! Our first stop in Peru was at Lake Titicaca but we first stayed in Puno for one night where we left our big bags and then went to do a homestay on one of the islands on the lake. The island where we had our homestay was called Luquina. We were greeted by some of the families who were playing music and then we went to go have a game of football against the locals, to be honest the football game was the most fun part of the homestay! Of course they completely destroyed us as we couldn’t breath (or felt like we couldn’t) due ... read more
Beautiful Lake Titikaka
The football game!
Steve showing off =)

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz January 12th 2010

The world’s most dangerous road: “keep in mind, the gravel road is just that: it’s narrow (just over 3.2m wide) and has precipitous cliffs up to 600m.and there’s traffic. At time of research, eight people (higher figures sometimes quoted) have died doing the 64km trip (with a 3600m vertical drop)….” -Lonely Planet So the whole group decided to do the Death Road descent which is a 64km cycle downhill on one of the “deadliest roads in the world”! This has become a very popular thing for backpackers to do in La Paz. We wake up at bright and early and meet in the lobby at 6 20 am, make our way to the agency where they take us for a quick breakfast & then its gear fitting time! We put on the pants, fluorescent jackets and ... read more
Group picture!

South America » Bolivia January 12th 2010

Unfortunately Bolivia feels like a big blur due to us not feeling very well but here is a little outline of what we did and the cities we visited: From Uyuni we then took a long (7 hours) and bumpy bus ride through the mountains to Potosi. Potosi suddenly appeared out of nowhere it’s a city with many narrow winding roads. Potosi is known for its silver mines but unfortunately both Steve and I were not feeling well so we spent a very relaxed time in Potosi. After Potosi we then went to Sucre. Sucre is known as the white city of Bolivia due to the material from which the buildings are made. Sucre is very beautiful it used to be the capital of Bolivia but now La Paz is the official capital. We spent our ... read more

South America » Bolivia January 9th 2010

Bolivia- Three day Desert Crossing One of the highlights of this trip was the three day desert crossing from Chile into Bolivia. First it was a bus that drove us to the boarder where we got our passport stamped. Because of going up into high altitude most of our pens exploded and there was ink everywhere; on the floor and all over our hands! After getting all that sorted we started getting our bags onto the roofs of the 4WDs (ours was a Lexus!), and then it was off to the adventure! We started driving across the desert, how the drivers know where they are going beats me but they know the desert like the back of their hands! We did a few stops along the way; to look at Vicunas or to see the beautiful ... read more
Salt Flats
Salt Flats
Salt Flats

South America » Chile December 22nd 2009

After a last night of partying and drinking in Bariloche (which we haven’t done for our entire trip!) we got onto the bus to cross over to Chile. All feeling a little groggy from the night before we just wanted to get it all over and done with! At the crossing our bags were checked to make sure we were not taking any food across (they arte very strict in Chile!) the bus was then delayed because some locals had tried to get some sausages and stuff over the boarder!!! From there we went to Puerto Varas our first stop in Chile we took a bus from Puerto Varas to Puerto Mont which has grown a lot due to their salmon industry. Puerto Varas has a very European feel to it due to it being a ... read more
Shopping in Pucon!
Bike Ride Pucon
Waterfall Pucon

South America » Argentina December 2nd 2009

Buenos Aires: After a long flight from New Zealand with a stopover at Santiago, we arrived to Buenos Aires at midnight! We grabbed a taxi to our apartment, we arrived at the apartment and the guard was there. I thought I knew Spanish but I was not expecting to be pulled back in so suddenly especially after traveling for 24 odd hours!!!!! The guard started speaking to me very fast (Argentineans speak at the speed of light) and to be honest I hardly understood a word! Turned out we had miscalculated our arrival date and we were there a day earlier than expected!!!! Oups! We finally managed to arrange everything and went straight to bed! Our Apartment was amazing! Everything was brand new! In the first days we arranged our Spanish course and met up with ... read more
Garganta Del Diablo- Iguazu Falls

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