Charles Darwin’s Naturalist Footsteps in Hobart

On 5 February 1836, a young explorer, by the name of Charles arrived ashore at Hobart town on the ship by the name of the HMS Beagle. This wasn’t just your ordinary explorer, young Charles was on a five-year mission for Robert Fitzroy, commander of the Beagle. When Charles Darwin set foot on Hobart’s Eastern … Continue reading

The Wonder of Iguazú

In February, we visited what is arguably one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders – Iguazú Falls. Our visit marked the perfect end to an amazing journey in South America, filled with wonderful memories and some of the most mind-blowing experiences one could ever hope for. Perhaps the absolute awe of this occasion led … Continue reading

Enchanting Encarnación and its Crazy Carnaval

Paraguay’s enchanting city of Encarnacíon is the capital of the department of Itapúa, on the country’s south east border with Argentina. We arrived in Encarnacíon after sadly leaving Ecuador, and spending a couple of days in Asuncíon, Paraguay’s capital. The city, according to the 2002 census, which is divided from Argentina’s Posadas by the great … Continue reading

Amazon Adventure Part I

The word Amazon conjures in the imagination wildly primitive, exotic images – lush, dense tropical forests, steamy days bathing in wide anaconda infested rivers, grass huts, exotic foods, colourful and diverse wildlife, and some of the most preserved indigenous civilizations on the face of our planet. Those images are spot on! The Amazon is one … Continue reading

Sugar, No Spice and All Things Rice – Last Weeks in Cuellaje

They don’t call it rainy season for nothing! Life and work in Cuellaje has been progressing, albeit at snail’s pace, bogged down with heavy rainfall, the occasional landslide, and well just lifestyle in general in this corner of the world. The South Americans aren’t known for their exceptional organisational and time management skills, and in … Continue reading

La Loma Kids Win a Trip to Cuicocha

As part of the Government of the Parish of Cuellaje’s efforts to clean up and green-up this beautiful part of the world, for the past several weeks they have been running a competition between the schools in the Parish to see who could collect the most plastic bottles. Last week the results came in and … Continue reading

Christmas Festivities in the Mountains of Ecuador

Imagine a place folded into the surrounding mountains that plunge into the valley way down below. A place where water flows in such an abundance that every inch of land is tainted green with vegetation, where mountain peaks drift in and out of the cloud forest and where the most deafening sound is that of … Continue reading

R’n’R in Huanchaco on Peru’s Tranquil North Coast

Two weeks in Lima left us pretty exhausted from the never-ceasing tooting traffic, crazy standing bus rides in mini vans fit for gnomes and the fact that we always had to have our wits about us for security reasons. What was needed next was a good rest by the beach. So we did just that … Continue reading

Long Lazy Days and Luminous Landscapes in Lively Lima

Lima, the capital of Peru is immense. That was my first impression. My second was concentrated on the sights and sounds that cram the streets of this crazy South American city. Culturally hovering somewhere in between the US and Latin America, Lima is something else. Our first week was spent in ‘gringo heaven’ Miraflores, hosted … Continue reading

Paying for Principles: Ethical Trekking along the Inca Trail

Ever wondered why most Inca Trail treks are so expensive? A standard trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the biggest expenses to fork out for a lot of travellers to South America, but what most people don’t know is where their money goes. Andean Travel Web has provided a helpful … Continue reading

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