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Author Archives: Braden

Arequipa and the Ice Princess

We arrived in Arequipa around 6pm and headed to our camping hotel. I too was confused by that term but as I found out, it is quite common for hotels in a city to lend out their back garden for campers and tour groups like ours. This meant a well maintained garden with good ablution … Continue reading »

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Cusco – The Inca Trek and Machu Picchu

We arrived in Cusco on the 5th of May and checked into our hotel. Most people divided to head out for a party and I joined them for a drink but called it an early night as I was tired from the long trip up from Puno. As with most South American cities, all the … Continue reading »

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Puno – The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Puno was our first stop after entering Peru. The area we were in was rather nice if not a bit touristy. The main plaza was one block up from out hotel and the road branching off of there was soley for us tourists as it was lined with restaurants, bars and street vendors selling all … Continue reading »

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La Paz – Tempt Fate on the Death Road

Many people make the assumption that La Paz is the capital of Bolivia which would be incorrect. Sucre is the actual capital which we have been to but didn’t do anything really noteworthy there. La Paz is the largest city in Bolivia and offers a wide range of markets and a city tour (which I … Continue reading »

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Potosi – Highest City in the World!

With a population of approximately 110 000,  Potosi is the highest city in the world of its size sitting at around 4600 meters above sea level. Its existence centers around a silver, tin, lead and zinc which has been mined into a swiss cheese. There is a lot of history surrounding the mine and the … Continue reading »

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Uyuni – Home of the World Famous Salt Flats

We’ve been in Bolivia now for a few days. Spent a night in Tupizo on our way to Uyuni. Nothing in Tupizo worth writing about so we’ll give that a skip. The change in environment, architecture, culture and well, everything, is amazing. Bolivia is the extreme opposite to Argentina and Chile. Potholes, dirt roads, unfinished … Continue reading »

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Salta – Rafting, Zip Lining and Horses

On leaving Mendoza, there were two more stops on our itinery. Cafayate and somewhere of insiginificance. Spur of the moment on behalf of Jono our driver a question was raised. Would we prefer to go directly to Salta or do the other two stops? Salta it was and a 15 hour drive day commenced. There … Continue reading »

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Mendoza – Wine Capital of South America

Mendoza, the wine capital of South America and producer of some of the best wines in the world. We spent two days in the Hostel Independencia and enjoyed lots of steak and wine (in my case, beer mostly). I have never been a wine drinker as it takes me back to the “poor” student days … Continue reading »

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Santiago – Capital of Chile and Party Central

Santiago was one of the milestones to the trip. We lost 4 of our original members and added another 6 to our ranks. Nice to have some fresh blood. Anyway, with only 2 days in Santiago not much was done besides walking around the city and getting in a sight or two. There was some … Continue reading »

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Pucon – HydroSpeed and Natural Hot Springs

Our second last stop in Chile, Pucon is a great town with a decent selection of excursions available. We were also told that Pucons nightlife was some of the best in Chile however there was not much going on at all. Perhaps that’s because it was Easter and people were staying at home celebrating with … Continue reading »

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