Eight years after spending a month there at the beginning of my year (and a bit out) I returned to Buenos Aires to find the city much as I remembered (late night dining, Dulce de leche, good ice cream, lots … Continue reading
Category Archives: South America
Otavalo was a riot of colour, market stalls, traditionally dressed people, farm animals and shopping. Probably the only place I’ve ever seen everything from Guinea pigs to puppy dogs, pigs and cows for sale. … Continue reading
We spent a few relaxing nights enjoying good food at the Hacienda Guachala outside Cayambe. We discovered several equators, the official equator and mini theme park complete with the balance the egg on a pin activity, shrunken heads and pickled penis fish. … Continue reading
The beautiful colonial rooftops and streets of Cuenca charmed us with their churches and hat shops. Further afield the wild and stark landscape of Cajas National Park thrilled with it’s brooding skies, mirror lakes and haunting Quinoa forests.
Relaxing sauna in strange wooden boxes filled with eucalyptus branches and iced tea? Tick. Afternoon horse ride through beautiful mountain scenery in the shadow of cloud shrouded mountains? Tick. Crazy night out dancing? Tick.
We drove to Tena and on into the Amazon to stay a few nights with a lovely family in the middle of the jungle surrounded by jungle, creepy crawlies and absolute black at night. We walked to the very end … Continue reading
Only two days into the trip and already we’ve decided to take some time out and relax in the hot springs of Papallacta. And as if the local outdoor bathing pools weren’t hot enough and relaxing enough, our cottages also … Continue reading
Quito – a city nestling between the hills and stretching out urban tendrils ever further along the valley. In the centre lies a beautiful, historical centre of open paved plazas, grandious cathedrals, tree lined streets and balconied cafes. The … Continue reading
Post our Raleigh adventures in Patagonia many of us descended beer hungry on Santiago de Chile. After five days refuelling Al, Jake, Lucy and I left with a vague notion of heading north and going horse riding. Via Valparasio and … Continue reading
My reasons for signing up to Raleigh International are still a mystery to me. Before this expedition my entire experience of camping was sleeping in my tent in the back garden with duvet and cuddly toys as a 9 year … Continue reading