|Dates:||18 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017|
In the words of Andrea Bocelli “time to say goodbye” free night in a Heathrow hotel due to the delays yesterday. Early bus to Bristol for me early flight to Göteborg for Linn. Fantastic trip.
After sitting in the plane for an hour or so finally pushing off at Madrid.
Watching the planes and clouds roll in. Last moment in South America. Tight connection to be made in Madrid to get back to the UK.
Turned up to the airport and our original flight didn’t exist anymore. Fortunately we could book with these guys and stay on track.
Last day of the trip, spending it wandering around beautiful Cartegena.
Will be waking up here for two mornings.
Clear hot morning taking a boat for two nights on Isla Grande.
Our hostel is the former house of a drug lord. Complete with phallic swimming pool.
One of many beaches in Tayrona National Park
Some people pay good money for mid treatments. Hiking Tayrona you get it for free
Turns out to get a mule moving you don’t have to give it a kick in the ass. Just strap rockets to them.
Another day for Linn and me in paradise.
I don’t think I’ll get tyred of tubing at all. It brings me inner peace. Nice calming activity as the trip keeps rolling on. Don’t think anything could puncture our spirits now. Ok ok I’ll stop.
Home for two nights. Palomino beach.
Most northerly point in South America
Cabo de la Playa. It’s a tough life.
Whole village selling fuel smuggled across the border from Venezuela.
Linn trying to escape from me now we’ve had 1 and a 1/2 months together 24/7. Fortunately I had a paraglider and pilot of my own.
Millonarios 2 - 1 La Equidad 3-2 on aggregate in the Colombian premier league quarter finals. Crazy atmosphere and typical South American football style.
View of Bogota from Monserrate. Cable car required to go up there.
Graffiti and Comuna 13 tour Medellin.
Medellin Christmas decorations
Palm trees in Cocora valley can grow up to 60m high. Now you know.
As far as hostels go this one isn’t bad. Luciernaga, Salento
Another bus. Salento bound.
Whoops. Tasty arrival to Cali.
Lima - Cali
Red beach Paracas peninsula
Las Islas Ballestas. More birds than you can imagine.
Dune buggying is awesome. Great views and so much fun.
After 15 hours on a bus it feels great to chill by an oasis. Dune buggies later.
On the right track to Machu Picchu
Hummingbird at second day camp
Hiking group taking shelter from the torrential rain.
Top of the salkantay pass 4600m above sea level.
Stunning glacial lake just above (400m) our first nights camp.
Heading out on the salkantay trek. 4d ending at Machu Picchu.
Main square Cusco.
Negotiator in chief driving down the price.
Another night bus. Arequipa to Cusco (Machu Picchu)
Colca canyon. We were very lucky to get a quick glimpse of a condor. No time to get a photo though.
Arrived to Arequipa. Walked to the main square and stumbled across a parade. Lasted nearly 2 hours.
Good seats on the bus to Arequipa.
Copacabana, dinner then night bus to Peru.
Quick dip in Titicaca.
Beers waiting for the sunset on Isla del Sol.
Bus on a barge crossing lake Titicaca.
La Paz bus terminal on the move to Copacabana. Bolivia not Brazil.
Summit camp. Hard two hour hike with heavy bags to get here. All day to rest before summit attempt at 01.00
Day 1 short hike, glacier training and acclimatisation.
Base camp for our attempt on Huayna Potosi. 6088m summit visible in background
Evening spent riding the cable cars
Another airport picture.
Lodge for two nights.
Linn insists on monkeying around.
Our boats to take us further into the pampas. Already seen a toucan, sloth, alligator and capybara just in the transfer here.
Tiny plane for flight to the Bolivian Amazon. I have seat 1a so obviously in first class.
Letter sent to trading standards. Death road completed no one died.
Top of the death road. Ready to mtb.
New hostel York vintage. So much better than the other. £18 a night for two including breakfast.
La Paz. Trips booked up. In the next week and a bit we will be mountain biking death road, hiking a mountain and going to the Amazon.
Late night arrival to La Paz. This is the best bit of the room and all you’ll want to see.
Gnarly Volvo at the border. 4500m
Not a bad view when queuing at the Bolivian border.
Bus back to Bolivia. La Paz to be precise. 8 hours.
Huge Chilean flag in Arica. View from hostel.
Position for 11 hour bus trip, San Pedro de Atacama - Arica.
Pakuta de Quitor. Pre-Colombian fortress.
Cheeese...sunset at moon valley.
San Pedro de Atacama. Chile. strange because it’s quite warm. Off to the Atacama’s moon valley later.
Border control Bolivia Chile. Stealth tax of £1.50 to leave the country.
Hot spring sunrise. Only two other people in the pool (one was Linn).
Fancy meeting a bunch of geezers in South America.
Arbol de piedra. Tree of stone. Longer stop here as driver had to fix the brakes.
Condor pass strange I thought they preferred fly overs.
Time for lunch at 4500m
Not sure our guide knows exactly where he’s going all the time. It doesn’t matter one bit when you end up in places like this.
Active volcano. Strange to see something else emitting hot gaseous air.
Stayed in a hostel made of salt. As you can see from the disintegrating wall.
Isla Incahuasi. Cactus island in the middle of a salt sea. Feels like something out of the Wild West.
Salar de Uyuni. High, dry and a load of salt. Breathtaking.
3.30am arrival to Uyuni. 3 day tour booked for the salt flats to San Pedro de Atacama by 4.30 am. Departure today 10.30. More interesting photos to follow.
Night bus. Sucre - Uyuni. They do not follow English queueing principles.
Condor B and B. Booked last minute £15 a night for two including breakfast.
Arrived at Sucre airport. Beautiful flight from Santa Cruz. Tiny cute airport. Warm.
Arrived in Bolivia. Santa Cruz airport. Warm and humid. 3.30am.
Transfer to intercontinental flights.
First stage London-Madrid
|Dates:||18 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017|