South America Articles

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4 Minutes in South America [VIDEO]

Check out our 4 Minutes in South America video for a whirlwind trip through Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos islands! Warning, may cause you to travel…

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Top Things To Do In Ushuaia Argentina

When it comes to exciting names for destinations, the southern tip of South America is a veritable feast of intriguing sounding places! How about Tierra del Fuego (the land of fire), Fin del Mundo (quite simply, the end of the world) or the city that acts as a launch pad for these places, Ushuaia?

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Day 1 Of Our 3 Day Off Road Adventure Across The Bolivia Salt Flats!

After leaving San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile, we took a dusty and bumpy 3 day jeep journey through the northern highlands of Chile into Bolivia en route to the famous Bolivia salt flats!

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From San Pedro To Uyuni – The Bolivian Salt Flats!

Days 2 & 3 of our journey across Bolivia, as we see some more incredible rock formations, sleep in a hotel made of salt and finally reach the other worldly salt flats!

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Excellent One Day Torres Del Paine Tour, By Bus!

For those who would love to visit Torres Del Paine national park but aren’t keen on the long treks available, a one day bus tour of the park is a perfect chance to see much of the park without all of the hard work!

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Trekking in Torres Del Paine National Park!

After our one day bus tour around Torres Del Paine, we were hungry to get a bit closer to the incredible granite towers of Las Torres, so we signed up for a full day trek to the base look out point just below the towers!

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Living With The Locals On Lake Titicaca Peru

Interacting and meeting locals can be difficult when you’re travelling and short on time. We decided to take a Peru homestay experience when we visited Lake Titicaca, and it turned out to be our favourite part of the trip!

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Peru For Busy People With G Adventures

Peru is a huge country with many highlights, so deciding where to go can be challenging, particularly if you are short on time. We had two weeks to see Peru, and booked a g adventures tour to see it as efficiently as possible! Find out more about how we managed to see many of the classic Peruvian experiences in two weeks!

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Is The Inca Trail Too Popular Now?

The Inca Trail seems to split travellers straight down the middle. For some, it is a chance to walk in the footsteps of the Incan Empire, to a forgotten city shrouded in mystery. For others, it is a well worn, tourist path, too cliched for many hardened nomads. But what is it really like? Is it too busy with lots of people? Is is too easy? Has it simply become too popular?

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Conquering Volcan Villarrica In Pucon, Chile

If snow, ice and volcanoes are your thing, then you’ll want to check out our ascent of the Villarrica volcano in Pucon, Chile! This is by no means an easy climb, it’s a dangerous, tough climb but incredibly rewarding as you’ll see from our experience.

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Sailing The Chilean Fjords On A Navimag Ferry

With our impending 10 day boat journey to Antarctica edging ever closer, we decided we needed to get some sea leg training in beforehand! We spent four days sailing down the Chilean fjords on the Navimag ferry!

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Stunning Sunsets Above The Incredible Valle de la Luna Chile!

Basing ourselves in San Pedro for a few days, our first trip was to the famous Valle de la Luna nearby, a stark and barren landscape which is said to resemble, yep you guessed it, the moon. NASA even tested its Mars rover here before sending it to Mars…

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Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! [VIDEO]

As we surged through the green waters surrounding the island of Sante Fe, our zodiac driver cut the engine to a slow speed as our beach landing came into view. A beach full of sea lions enjoying the afternoon sun…

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Witnessing Argentine Tango First Hand!

There is no doubt that Buenos Aires is the home of tango, so we couldn’t wait to witness our first authentic Argentine Tango live performance, and try it out for ourselves! I just didn’t expect Barry to be up there tangoing with the experts after only 1 lesson!

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White Water Rafting: Pucon, Chile

Pucon is a great place for those who like adventure sports, and after climbing the Villarrica volcano nearby, we set our sights on the river rapids of Pucon! Article with video and photos!

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Key Tips For Planning A Trip To Ushuaia Argentina!

Route planner for those travelling south from Santiago to Ushuaia! Check out the highlights along the route including Pucon and the Villarricca volcano, the Navimag ferry through the Chilean fjords and the incredible Torres Del Paine national park!

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Top 10 Photos of Peru

Peru is a country we fell in love with when we visited it, and its definitely one of our favourite countries in the world. We’ve collated our 10 favourite photos of Peru from our time spent there, from the Luquina community at Lake Titicaca, to the Inca Trail and Machu Pichu!

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Wrestling A Donkey & Getting Engaged On Lago Titicaca

Peru is probably our favourite South American country we’ve visited so far, and we got engaged whilst experiencing a homestay on Lago Titicaca Peru! We thought we would share our engagement story, from the proposal, to the unexpected donkey appearance!

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Exploring The South Plaza Island Of The Amazing Galapagos Islands!

Enjoy our photo journey through South Plaza Island, a stunning part of the Galapagos Islands group! Relaxed iguanas, birds and beautiful scenery!

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The Very Best Of Peruvian Food

From guinea pig to sashimi, we absolutely loved our Peruvian food experiences. Have a look at some of our favourite Peruvian food dishes from our time there, as well as our obsession with coca leaf tea, Inca Cola and Pisco Sours!

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Copacabana Bolivia – Top Things To Do!

Check out the top things to do in Copacabana Bolivia on the shore of Lake Titicaca, including what to do and where to go!

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Sea Lion Surprise On Sante Fe island, Galapagos Islands! [VIDEO]

When we landed on the island of Sante Fe, we picked our way through hundreds of sea lions lazing on the beach, and found a safe spot near some bushes where we could safely observe these incredible creatures. Or so we thought…

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Giant Tortoises of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Potentially a highlight of all our travels to date, our meeting with the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz was a special one. We were lucky enough to spend some time with these docile, gentle, quiet creatures as they sat in almost eternal contemplation.

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Flying Dolphins! Galapagos Islands [VIDEO]

As we sailed on our catamaran, we encountered a pod of over 200 dolphins who swam alongside us and began launching themselves out of the water! Possibly our favourite part of our Galapagos experience!

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The Amazon Jungle of Peru & Local Shamans

Our fantastic experience of the Amazon Jungle of Peru, and our visit to a Tambopata Lodge, Puerto Maldonado. We were treated to piranha fishing, spider hunting, jungle trekking and a visit to a local tribe where Barry was treated by a real life Shaman!

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The Best Empanadas in Argentina!

The simple but addictive empanada is one of our highlights of all our culinary travels! From sweet to savoury, chicken to beef, deep fried to oven baked, we’ve tried them all! Join us on our empanada adventure across Argentina!

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Where Bolivian Trains Go To Die…

Graveyards are eerie places at the best of times. Replace the headstones and motifs with huge rusting train carriages sitting in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni, or the salt flats desert of Bolivia, and you have what can only be described as a train graveyard…

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Excavating The Pyramids of the Sun & Moon, And Finding Moche Art!

Rattling through the intense heat near Trujillo in the north of Peru, we visited the partially excavated Pyramids of the Sun & Moon, a pre Incan city built by the Chimor civilization, where over 30,000 people once lived. This is a fantastic (and quiet) site to see some pre Incan ruins!

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Happy Gringo Tours, Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos islands are on many peoples bucket lists, but deciding which islands to visit and whether to do a cruise or not is a difficult choice! After much research, check out our tips for making the most out of your time on these beautiful islands!

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Sand Dune Surfing, Peru

Picture the scene: somewhere in the Peruvian desert, the blisteringly hot, small oasis town of Huacachina surrounded by huge sand dunes beckoned us to spend a few days. We had come to do two things: relax, and attempt some sand dune surfing!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Barry! Well almost…

There are some things that are simply too good to turn down. A good bowl of Pho in Vietnam, an empanada in Argentina, and the chance to live out a boyhood dream of becoming a real life Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!

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Under The Sea On Our Galapagos Islands Cruise With Happy Gringo

The best part of the Galapagos islands is arguably what happens in the waters surrounding the islands. We were lucky to snorkel a number of times on our trip, swimming with turtles, sea lions, sting rays and even (gulp) sharks!

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Cooking up a storm in Arequipa Peru

With our love for Peruvian food growing by the minute, it didn’t take us long to sign up for a ‘Peruvian Cooking Experience’ in Arequipa and get our chef hats on, literally! On the menu today, ceviche and pescado a la macho!