Author: Renee

Gold Museum

The Gold museum isn’t just a room with gold bullions labelled with dates; that’s how I imagined it. We visited on a Sunday, which had the added bonus of free entry. They also let you take photos, the only museum we’ve been to in South America where we could. The only downside was, being free…

A short detour to Bogotá

Our “plan” for this whole trip was to visit Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. When it came time to leave La Paz for Quito we decided to splurge and fly… The bus would have taken about 58 hours. Even though we were splurging, we still wanted the most economical flights possible. Turns out the cheapest flights…

La Paz grows on you

Okay, so we’re kinda cheating by writing only one post about La Paz, since we were actually in the city about six times. We found that it’s a good (and neccesary) base for transport in all directions for the rest of our adventures in Bolivia, since we had no time/ interest in visiting the Eastern…

The Amazon in Madidi

A few hours upstream from Rurrenabaque, our jungle adventures began. We read reviews and recommendations, and compared prices, then somehow came to decide upon Madidi Jungle Ecolodge. Zero regrets. We emailed the company to say that our flight to Rurrenabaque had been delayed, they met us off the transfer bus from the airport in the…

Coroico

While everyone else who biked the Death Road caught a bus right back to La Paz, we decided to check out the area. Oh, how I wish we had more time to spare! Coroico is a fantastic town. The road from the animal refuge to Coroico is just like the Death Road, narrow with a…

Tiwanaku

All that remains of a culture that predates the Inca by a thousand years. Tiwanaku is the ruins of a great city, just 70 kilometres or so from La Paz, near the eastern banks of Lake Titicaca. It’s a good day trip to get out of town, so once again we found ourselves on a…

Copacabana for Easter

Copacabana, Bolivia, is a small seaside tourist town- except it’s on a lake. The horseshoe bay is a mix of sand and pebble with a flotilla of swan-shaped peddle boats awaiting passengers and dozens of boats moored in the bay. Most of the boats are 12 to 20 seater tourist transports, used for tours to…

Amazing Amantani Island

We leave Chifrón for Amantani island! After stocking up on supplies (advice from Footprint), we travelled back down the rocky dirt road to the boat dock at Chifrón. There just happened to be a wooden boat full of people, ready to go. The water was calm and the scenery spectacular. Begin off topic rant I…

The Capachica Peninsula

Capachica is a quiet, scenic peninsula to the Northeast of Puno with next to no international tourism… except us. The mini bus from Puno was easy to find, we hopped in a taxi and asked him to drop us at the bus ‘station’ for Capachica. We were taken to a random intersection near the water,…

Colca Canyon without a Guide

North of Arequipa, Colca is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The Colca Valley is an incredible natural environment. Yes, I admit it. Hiking in Colca Canyon was my idea. Pretty much every tour company in Arequipa offer tours to Colca Canyon. You have the choice of day tours, where you barely get off…

A desert oasis

Haucachina: a lagoon surrounded by hotels, backpackers, tour companies and dune buggies, in the heart of the desert. First impressions of Huacachina were hard to make. In spite of our best intentions, we arrived in the town well after dark. We checked in, ate in the on-site restaurant, and went to our room. Our accommodation…

Las Islas Ballestas

After a failed start due to poor tides, our trip to the Ballestas Islands left the following morning. It’s quite a feat of coordination; our company had 8 passengers, another company had 6, another had just 2 that day. There we were, on the Paracas promenade being placed into boat sized groups, along with hundreds…

Three days in Paracas

We spent three days in a lovely costal town called Paracas, on the South Coast of Peru, 250 km below Lima. I commented to Michael that Paracas is how I imagined Chincha to be, though maybe a little more tourist driven. It’s relaxed, easy going. Musicians busk in the street, everyone walks at a slow…

We’re ready!

It’s late January, Michael has cut ties with work and is doing some final preparations. I have my last ever shift at my work tonight; it’s exciting (not the shift, but the ending bit). We’ve bought our backpacks, shoes, and plane tickets. I have brushed up on my Spanish, and Michael has learned some key…