Photos from South America

My favourite photos from my travels through South America

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Rio de Janeiro: the marvellous city

To only spend three days in Rio de Janeiro is tough. It’s a giant city, with many different neighbourhoods spread out over the hills and between the beaches on the Brazilian coast. Three days is simply not enough but I gave it my best shot at ticking off at least the ‘must-see’ sights without rushing … Continue reading Rio de Janeiro: the marvellous city

The “mountain that eats men”

Colonialism has left a bad mark on many countries in the world and Bolivia is no exception. It was subjected to harsh Spanish rule, like most of the continent, from 1545 until 1825. Bolivia became Spain's most valuable possession in South America as silver was discovered in the Cerro Rico (rich hill) in Potosi. They … Continue reading The “mountain that eats men”

Bolivia’s crazy landscapes

It's probably one of South America's most popular tourist destinations and a trip to Bolivia is incomplete without a tour there. The mind boggling, vast landscape of Southern Bolivia incorporates things such as geysers, volcanoes, rock formations, lakes, salt flats and natural hot springs. An area only accessible by 4WD and with no sign of … Continue reading Bolivia’s crazy landscapes

Anaconda hunting, piranha fishing and long bus journeys

The exotic and fascinating Amazon. The largest rainforest in the world stretching across South America. It covers more than seven million sq km and touches nine countries. Everyone instantly thinks of Brazil which is where most of it resides and where the main Amazon River sits. However, it's possible to experience the Amazon from many … Continue reading Anaconda hunting, piranha fishing and long bus journeys

Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz

Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz; these big South American cities are usually seen from the taxi to and from the airport. Most travellers spend little time in them generally because of high crime rates, chaotic traffic and dirty streets, and I too only spent a couple of days in each until I landed in Nuestra … Continue reading Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz

The birthplace of the sun

The indigenous people believe that the sun was created on Lake Titicaca and and you could definitely feel the strength of its rays on the largest high altitude lake in the world at 3808m. Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and is now the main crossing point for backpackers between the two … Continue reading The birthplace of the sun

Santa Cruz Trek

Before you roll your eyes and think "another trek?!", be aware that this was the last one for the time being! Just to prove again how much I love hiking, I turned around and went back to the north of Peru again and spent 24 hours on a bus to get to a city called … Continue reading Santa Cruz Trek

The Inca Trail

The famous Inca Trail. The popular Machu Picchu. How good could it actually be after all that I'd already seen? Exceptionally good as it turns out and one of the highlights of my entire trip. I'd booked the four day trek six months in advance as required, because the permits often sell out due to … Continue reading The Inca Trail

History, hiking and a festival in Cuenca

I moved further south on the Pan-American highway and stopped at Ecuador's third largest city called Cuenca. It easily kept me busy for days. My first full day there I took a 9am bus to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador, Ingapirca. It was a two hour bus journey through the mountains and small villages … Continue reading History, hiking and a festival in Cuenca