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Here’s why trekking Colca Canyon took my breath away. people walk off into the distance at Colca Canyon

Here’s why trekking Colca Canyon took my breath away

If I was to hike somewhere with Winnie the Pooh this is where I imagine it would be. And Winnie isn’t a metaphor for my mam

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Although she was with me on this trek. After 6 months of missing my little ass she’d flown out for a two-week adventure in Peru with me. Here’s why trekking Colca Canyon took my breath away

This was hands down her favourite activity. And being honest. It’s up there for me as one of the…

Travelling Arequipa 6 awesome things to do and where to eat

Travelling Arequipa 6 awesome things to do and where to eat

I was here with the mother visiting and that meant she was paying. Which meant hotel, good food and a little fine dining. Give a dog a bone!

If there was any place in Peru to have a little time off hostel bunk beds and experience some middle class living. I reckon Arequipa is the place for it. Travelling Arequipa 6 awesome things to do and where to eat.

We have this little town up north called…

Why travelling Lake Titicaca is stunning but also a tourist trap

Why travelling Lake Titicaca is stunning but also a tourist trap

This will always go down in history for me as the place I ate a Guinea Pig. And wore a dress.

My arse was sore and my lower back needed replacing

After the pot holed ride here from Cusco. That aside the bus, as always in Peru, was pretty dam good with its reclining leather seats. Why travelling Lake Titicaca is stunning but also a tourist trap.

I arrived to Puno in our Gecko adventure group. I hate organised…

Tips for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu. Looking at the far side of Machu Pichu after entering down from the sun gate

Tips for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu

5 days trekking this mind blowing trail wasn’t enough. So I got my mam to come out backpacking and spent another 3 doing it with her. She even went nature pooing, good on ya mam!
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Tips for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu… well, I don’t have the copywriting skills to describe what this place is like but as I trekked upon the path three descriptions came to mind.

The garden of Eden; The feeling of flying when in a…

Why travelling Cusco is epic! A view of the city from the town centre

Why travelling Cusco is epic!

I’d live here. It’s absolutely bad ass. I mean it’s surrounded by the Andes, high up in the clouds and at the heart of it is an historic village that was ruled by the Incas.
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Best of all it’s lost no charm to modern day measure, but that’s just a smidgen of why travelling Cusco is epic. I had big love for the setup of this place and I reckon I spent in total 10 days wandering it. Once alone,…

This hostel made travelling Lima awesome. The view of Lima from the far end of the coastline

This hostel made travelling Lima awesome

I ended up here three times in 8 months backpacking South America. How I’m not sure but I wasn’t complaining. Lima is just a class city.
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Hands down I loved this place because I couldn’t get enough of staying at Alpes Lima hostel. Sometimes the place makes it, some times the hostel, if you’re lucky sometimes both. Like here. This hostel made travelling Lima awesome. The guys who run it are legends, it has a roof top bar ran by a Russian…

Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel. A surfer stands on the rock edge about to jump in

Why Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel

I planned three days here. After falling into sun, surf and small town chilled hippy vibes, I stayed eight.
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Why Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel…
I have a lot of love for Chile and a huge amount of love for Pichilemu. Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel. I Think this was mainly formed by my stay at Sunset Hostel, which was more like a family home with ya mates round 24/7 than a hostel. It…

Here's why after travelling Buenos Aries I want to live there. Looking out over the main lake of BA with blue skies and blue water

Here’s why after travelling Buenos Aries I want to live there

A city and culture in love with meat? I am 100% going!
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Here’s why after travelling Buenos Aries I want to live there. I’d stay in Beunos Aries for the rest of my days. Aside from the meat reason, the empanadas and the Argentinian fiery passion. I found the city layout and infrastructure a mix of the best of Europe with the best of Latin America. I initially started my stay at Loki hostel, Christ that was a mistake. Like…

Step by step guide for planning, trekking and travelling Torres Del Paine. Looking out over green hills with Torres Del Paine in the background

Step by step guide for planning Torres Del Paine

Aye, I’ll agree with Mr Attenborough on this one. Patagonia is the hidden gem of planet earth. Writing this 6-months on sends shivers up my scruffy backside thinking about it again. Absolutely, utterly, magnificent!
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Step by step guide for planning Torres Del Paine. You can find out why I found it magnificent in my other post here. The only problem is planning it. It can be a pain with multiple companies owning multiple camping areas, expensive lodges, threats of being thrown out if…

Step by step guide for planning, trekking and travelling Torres Del Paine. The view from camp Pehoe looking out over the lake with Torres Del Paine in the background

Why you should trek Torres Del Paine before you die

Aye, I’ll agree with Mr Attenborough on this one. Patagonia is the hidden gem of planet earth. Writing this 6-months on sends shivers up my scruffy backside thinking about it again. Absolutely, utterly magnificent!

So why?

Why you should trek Torres Del Paine before you die. I’m a confident solo traveller. But, even the prospect of stepping into the wilderness on my own where winds go beyond a 100km an hour with Pumas that will take you down faster than The…

How to backpack Puerto Natales. The view looking out over the blue lagoon from the very bottom of the W trek

How to backpack Puerto Natales

And so I ventured towards the end of the earth where everyman is Captain Birdseye and every women capable of putting Bear Grylls to shame. But not me and my TRX of course.
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How to backpack Puerto Natales. I mean it’s cold. Not as cold as it got down in Ushuaia but my balls still complained. 99% of people come here to trek Torres Del Paine. I wrote a simple, short step by step guide with tips here (no nonsense…

3 reasons why you CANNOT skip Pucon when travelling. The view from reaching the top of the Parque National Huerquehue trek where you can see 9 volcanoes in the 360 degree views

3 reasons why you CANNOT skip Pucon when travelling

A ski resort at the foot of a volcano, the best one day solo trek I’ve ever done, mind blowing coffee and the nicest hostel in south America, voted number 1 on hostel world. Aye, that’ll do.
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3 reasons why you CANNOT skip Pucon when travelling. Staying at  Chili Kiwi was one of those places I planned 3 nights and stayed a week. It has everything. I can fully appreciate and support why it was voted number 1 in the…

Travelling Valparaiso? There's no place like it. View of the main tourist area in Valparaiso with its multi coloured buildings and port at the back.

Travelling Valparaiso? Here’s why there’s no place like it

Banksy would eat his heart out, a city of graffiti where it’s respected and cherished. I ate my burger heart out in the best burger joint I’d found on my travels. They paired 4 pints of craft beer to each individual burger as standard. Fwooar!
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Travelling Valparaiso? Here’s why there’s no place like it. I felt like I was wandering around a film set in the small main part of Valperasio, naturally I felt right at home from my days…

How to travel, live and breath Santiago. The view from the San Cristobal at the very top looking over the whole city of Santiago. A must do walk.

How to travel, live and breath Santiago

Whenever I say this word I feel I should be singing it. Perhaps because the city itself is so aesthetically pleasing it deserves to be talked about in song. Just not with my arse sounding northern accent.
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How to travel, live and breath Santiago. After landing at the airport I caught a bus to down town central. Stayed my first three nights in Che Legarto Hostel. It was nice, big, clean and close to the centre for exploring but not…

All you need to know for backpacking Iquique

I was in the wild west crossed with a Miami sea front. That had a 1000ft sand wall behind it, which I jumped off.
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All you need to know for backpacking Iquique. I went here to surf and chill out for a few days. Following a 6 week non-stop adventure through Peru and Bolivia. I found the place authentic, truly Chilean at heart. No tourist areas or traps. In fact I met only one other English person in my three-day…

Here's the magic of backpacking San Pedro de Atacama. A view of a lagoon out in the desert with the purple evening sky

Here’s the magic of backpacking San Pedro de Atacama

If Aladdin’s cave is real, I reckon it’ll be here. And if you’ve never sweated out of all your orifices before, you will here.
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Here’s the magic of backpacking San Pedro de Atacama. I was a big fan of this little desert town because it was so unlike any other place I’d been. There’s two things I remember thinking when I arrived off the bus from the salt flat tour 1. Fuck it’s hot 2. Sand.
A…

Backpacking the Salt Flats? Here's some useful tips. The reflection illusion created by the salt flats of the sky and clouds

Backpacking the Salt Flats? Here’s some useful tips

I’d landed on the moon and by eck’ it was a good place to land.
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So, you’re Backpacking the Salt Flats?. If you’re into photography, you’ll capture the most unusual photos of your life here. I normally hate tours, being told what to do, where to go. I like to do what I want when I want (brat).
However, I honestly loved this the tour and was fascinated by driving around in a 4×4 jeep with 6 other people across plains…

What to expect backpacking Uyuni with advice and tips. The endless desert with a car to the left hand side and mountains surrounding

What to expect backpacking Uyuni with advice and tips

As soon as I got there I wanted to get out. Sadly food poisoning kicked in and I spent 3 very lonely, ill days in the best hotel I could find. Which was shite.
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So, what to expect backpacking Uyuni with advice and tips.
This place is how I picture the wild west, with hay bails rolling down the empty streets. Ideally I was looking at getting an overnight coach here arriving in the morning and leaving on a tour by…

Advice on what to prepare for backpacking La Paz. The view of La Paz from the top of the Teleferico

Advice on what to prepare for backpacking La Paz

As with many who venture here, I lost my shit in La Paz. Altitude, Wild Rover and Loki hostel parties that would be illegal in Europe and, how do you say? The prison known for some of the best high grade… Anyway no beating around the bush here.
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Now I’m simple minded but here’s my advice on what to prepare for backpacking La Paz. I found the culture and structure of the city mind-bogglingly-fascinating. As I said though, I’m simple…

A reason NOT TO travel or backpack Mancora

A reason NOT TO travel or backpack Mancora

In 4 days this place destroyed me. Sorry, let me re-phrase that. The Loki hostel Mancora destroyed me. Peru’s version of Magaluf on steroids.
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A reason NOT TO travel or backpack Mancora, Or maybe it’s a REASON TO travel it?
After two weeks with my mother taking her around Peru I was in need of some letting loose time. Mancora didn’t disappoint. I arrived into Loki, made friends and got hammered. That’s how I spent 4 days here.
I wouldn’t go here…

Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman. Ecuadorian housing on the side of a hill

Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman

An Ecuadorian once said to me Quito is like a woman. All bright and cheerful one minute, storms and anger the next. He’s obviously never been to Newcastle.
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“Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman.” Now these were his words not mine. But I could appreciate the weather joke after living here a while.
Previously, I’d made some Argentinian friends who were, at this point, working in a bar on the outskirts of Quito. Naturally I couldn’t turn down…

Why travelling Providencia Island shows you true paradise. The view from the adjoining island with palm trees and lush green coast line

Why travelling Providencia Island shows you true paradise

This was one of the best places I’ve been to on earth. And I’ve been to a Greggs.
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Why travelling Providencia Island shows you true paradise. You have to go. And by have to to I mean you HAVE TO. I found this the ultimate paradise. Arriving here is simple from San Andreas via boat. We crashed in an Airbnb and had our own little bit of paradise with 360 degree views of the island.
They are few and far between…

A simple guide to travelling San Andreas island. The beach front coastline with golden sands and palm trees

A simple guide to travelling San Andreas island

I‘m living in Grand Theft Auto. Shame I’m not a hard drug dealing bad-ass to match, a yuppy northerner will have to suffice.
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A simple guide to travelling San Andreas island. I found the main centre of San Andreas island a little shabby, I mean for island life it’s good touristy. However, head round to the other side of the island along the east coast and you’ll find something seriously exquisite. Miles of golden sand beaches with wooden huts serving…

How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales. The church built into the side of the hill with it's detailed architecture

How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales

We had about a 6 hour wait before continuing on the coach to Cali from Ecuador. One hour was spent at the church and the rest, I’ll be honest, was spent bored. 
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How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales. I’d recommend visiting this church if you’re travelling from Colombia to Ecuador or vice versa via coach. My post on How to get to Medellin from Ecuador on the cheap covers that leg. It’s an impressive church for photos…