Isla del Sol: the birthplace of the sun

We spent a day visiting Isla del Sol, the largest island in Lake Titicaca. Many backpackers go in the morning and stay overnight, but we did it as a day trip. It was sold to us as a nice trip with a gentle stroll across the island – we didn’t realise the walk was five miles over quite harsh terrain (walking up hills at altitude is absolute … Continue reading Isla del Sol: the birthplace of the sun

An underwhelming visit to La Paz

You’ll love or hate La Paz, they say. I didn’t feel either, I just found the capital a bit ‘meh’. Santiago is the bar with which I judge other capital cities and La Paz fell drastically short. But that wasn’t the reason why I didn’t enjoy it, since it would be unfair to expect Bolivia and Chile – countries that couldn’t be more different – … Continue reading An underwhelming visit to La Paz

Learning Spanish in Sucre

One of the first things you learn when researching Bolivia is that it’s the cheapest place in South America to learn Spanish. With private lessons costing about $6USD per person, per hour, its hard to disagree. I had tried to learn Spanish with Duolingo and an audiobook Jonny bought. I will confess, I was less enthusiastic than Jonny when it came to self-learning and so … Continue reading Learning Spanish in Sucre

The world’s highest city: Potosi

We decided to spend the night in Potosi because it holds a lot of interest for us both: it has such an fascinating history and is the highest city in the world. We were also advised that the road from Uyuni to Sucre was quite dangerous and various people stressed we shouldn’t travel at night, so it seemed sensible to pause here. Potosi is one of the … Continue reading The world’s highest city: Potosi

Exploring extreme nature at San Pedro de Atacama

The main draw at San Pedro de Atacama is the tours. We had three full days, so we booked the three most popular tours: the luna valley, the red rocks & altiplano lakes and the geysers. We ended up going with a travel company called Desert Adventure because the tours were reasonably priced but seemed to be of good quality and they agreed to give us … Continue reading Exploring extreme nature at San Pedro de Atacama

Getting dusty in San Pedro de Atacama

We spent a while debating whether to go to San Pedro de Atacama – everything we’d read said it was super touristy and crazy expensive and it didn’t sound too appealing. After talking to a few travellers who’d already been there, and researching the tours further, we agreed that San Pedro de Atacama was a place not to be missed. We caught a bus from … Continue reading Getting dusty in San Pedro de Atacama

Seven coloured hill in Purmamaca

Pre-Incan ruins and a seven-coloured hill in Salta

After Santiago, any town would be a let-down and sadly I didn’t find Cordoba to be that exciting. There’s a lovely gallery that we had almost to ourselves when we visited, and it’s certainly a safe, relaxed place to be – but there are few attractions and you could see the town in a day or two if you really wanted to. There’s a thriving … Continue reading Pre-Incan ruins and a seven-coloured hill in Salta