REVIEW: Backpackers Balcones Baños

OK, so this place didn’t come recommended at all and some of the reviews we read were very mixed. But for only $5usd per night each in a private room you get what you pay for and then a little extra. Continue reading REVIEW: Backpackers Balcones Baños

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GALAPAGOS Day 10… Taxi Tours: organise a group and explore the Galapagos in a ute

A whimsical house in an ancient tree, a freshwater lake in the highlands where frigate birds come to bathe, being eye to eye with giant tortoises and watching birds from yet another beautiful Galapagos beach. These were the 4 places our driver took us after we piled into his pickup for $10usd each. On the Galapagos the taxis are all white pick up trucks (or … Continue reading GALAPAGOS Day 10… Taxi Tours: organise a group and explore the Galapagos in a ute

Spaced out in the worlds highest desert

The creation of our planet and the life that inhabits it is nothing short of a miracle. On earth there are 94 different types of elements that occur naturally, these originated in space and also make up the normal matter in our observable universe. These elements came together in a unique way to form the earth, as well as the complex beings who are constantly evolving … Continue reading Spaced out in the worlds highest desert

Uyuni to San Pedro: The Halucinante Route

Pitch black, middle of nowhere, 6000 metres above sea level, no shops or villages for miles, below freezing temperatures… Floating under the brightest blanket of stars with a glass of red wine in a natural hot spring. Does it matter which tour company you choice for the salt flats tour? I say yes. We chose to go with Red Planet after reading a bunch of … Continue reading Uyuni to San Pedro: The Halucinante Route

Ethical Potosí: The worlds highest city is more than just mining tours

The tale of Potosí is a coin with two very contrasting sides, one of joy and opulence and one of unimaginable pain and poverty. Cerro Rico, the name of the mountain that looms over Potosi, translates literally to rich hill. It was named such for the vast amounts of silver that once ran through her veins. During the 1600’s enough silver to bankroll the entire Spanish … Continue reading Ethical Potosí: The worlds highest city is more than just mining tours

Escaping Transport Strikes in Bolivia on the Ferrobus: Sucre to Potosí

Transport strikes in Bolivia are common practice, it’s how the people make themselves heard. It’s not unusual for tax discussions or fair wage negotiations to hold the entire country to ransom for days or weeks at a time. Therefore it’s not a proper Bolivian experience without being stuck behind a blockade and working out how to bypass it. We happened to be in Sucre, we’d … Continue reading Escaping Transport Strikes in Bolivia on the Ferrobus: Sucre to Potosí

Samaipata: The Resting Place in the Mountains… Stories from people who stopped to rest and never left

We arrived in Samaipata expecting warmth and sunshine, when we got drizzle and cold we turned to the villagers in the local bar to warm us up! We also got a couple of days of sun so managed to get out and enjoy the surrounding area. Continue reading Samaipata: The Resting Place in the Mountains… Stories from people who stopped to rest and never left