El Chalten: The prettiest place in Patagonia

El Chalten: The prettiest place in Patagonia

  Known as the trekking capital of Patagonia, El Chaltén draws trekkers from around the globe. From world-class mountaineers to travellers simply wanting to take in the beauty of the area, El Chaltén offers hiking options for all levels of experience. It didn’t take my husband and I long to discover that we were clearly […]

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Ice, ice baby: Glacier trekking

Ice, ice baby: Glacier trekking

This past year of living in Argentina has brought with it so many amazing adventures that I never really thought I’d get the chance to do. One case in point: trekking on a thousands and thousands and thousands-year-old glacier (I have no idea how old it is, but it’s REALLY old).     While visiting […]

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Postcard from Ushuaia: End of the world

Postcard from Ushuaia: End of the world

Ushuaia, “the end of the world”. In the far, far south of Argentina, the city is a hub for people travelling down to Antarctica via boat. We also found it to be a centre for adventure, with all number of tour operators offering boat rides, trekking, off-road 4x 4 exploring and horse riding excursions, as […]

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Highlights of a weekend in Santiago

Highlights of a weekend in Santiago

  Living in Buenos Aires, I love that it’s possible to hop on a plane and be in another city in a few hours. Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Lima, are all close enough to justify a long weekend.   And when you find a bargain flight, well, there’s really just no excuse not to pack […]

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Eating Cuba

Eating Cuba

Before we went to Cuba, everyone warned us about the food.   “It’s terrible,” they said. “You’re only going to eat rice and beans and chicken.”   “Cuba is not a destination for food,” others said. “You’re not going to eat anything worth writing home about.”   Maybe it was because I’d arrived with lowered […]

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The sounds of Trinidad

The sounds of Trinidad

“Pepino!” A sing-song voice calls from the street below. “Pepino!”   “Pepino!” a woman responds.   Looking over the edge of the balcony, I see a man, shirt unbuttoned to the waist, push his squeaky wheelbarrow over to her doorway. Money is exchanged and the woman takes her fresh cucumbers inside.   Later comes the […]

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An air of change in Cuba

An air of change in Cuba

In a bar in Habana Vieja, Cuba, there’s a sudden burst of activity. All the staff run excitedly outside into the rain, pointing to something we can’t see.   Suddenly we understand what’s going on. The staff return to stand in front of the television hung above the bar, which has flicked from the fútbol […]

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Postcard from Machu Picchu

Postcard from Machu Picchu

If you’re anything like me, you can look at thousands of pictures of your favourite places, and never get bored. That’s me with Machu Picchu. After years – no, decades – of dreaming of visiting this mysterious site, arriving there felt like a dream come true. Here are more photos from our visit to Machu […]

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The road to Machu Picchu

The road to Machu Picchu

The excited chatter that bubbled away only a few moments ago has stopped. All is silent except for the laboured breaths we all take with each sluggish step upwards. As I stop to desperately attempt to gulp in more oxygen, bent over, hands on my knees, I look around at my fellow trekkers and think: […]

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Beach-hopping in Brazil

Beach-hopping in Brazil

  Across the calm waters, green, mountainous forest rises up in front of us. There’s a collective happy sigh from those surrounding us on the boat, and some eager people start to make their way to the front in the hope of being the first ones to set their feet down on this paradisiacal island. […]

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