Linn and Stuart in South America

User: Stuart.Bowker
Dates: 18 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Duration: 2 months

Thursday 21 Dec 2017 6:14

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.

Posted: Dec. 21, 2017, 6:14 a.m.

Wednesday 20 Dec 2017 11:16

After sitting in the plane for an hour or so finally pushing off at Madrid.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2017, 11:16 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Dec 2017 17:00

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.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017, 10 p.m.

Tuesday 19 Dec 2017 10:50

Turned up to the airport and our original flight didn’t exist anymore. Fortunately we could book with these guys and stay on track.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Monday 18 Dec 2017 9:24

Last day of the trip, spending it wandering around beautiful Cartegena.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017, 2:24 p.m.

Friday 15 Dec 2017 10:54

Will be waking up here for two mornings.

Posted: Dec. 15, 2017, 3:54 p.m.

Friday 15 Dec 2017 9:06

Clear hot morning taking a boat for two nights on Isla Grande.

Posted: Dec. 15, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 18:58

Our hostel is the former house of a drug lord. Complete with phallic swimming pool.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 15:14

One of many beaches in Tayrona National Park

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 13:23

Some people pay good money for mid treatments. Hiking Tayrona you get it for free

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 11:33

Turns out to get a mule moving you don’t have to give it a kick in the ass. Just strap rockets to them.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Saturday 9 Dec 2017 8:32

Another day for Linn and me in paradise.

Posted: Dec. 9, 2017, 1:32 p.m.

Thursday 7 Dec 2017 11:28

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.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Thursday 7 Dec 2017 9:37

Home for two nights. Palomino beach.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017 16:53

Most northerly point in South America

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017 9:56

Roadside shop.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

Monday 4 Dec 2017 13:21

Cabo de la Playa. It’s a tough life.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

Sunday 3 Dec 2017 10:12

Whole village selling fuel smuggled across the border from Venezuela.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Friday 1 Dec 2017 11:43

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.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 19:46

Millonarios 2 - 1 La Equidad 3-2 on aggregate in the Colombian premier league quarter finals. Crazy atmosphere and typical South American football style.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 12:46 a.m.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 13:32

View of Bogota from Monserrate. Cable car required to go up there.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017, 6:32 p.m.

Monday 27 Nov 2017 10:45

Graffiti and Comuna 13 tour Medellin.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 17:54

Medellin Christmas decorations

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017 13:58

Palm trees in Cocora valley can grow up to 60m high. Now you know.

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 6:58 p.m.

Friday 24 Nov 2017 19:33

As far as hostels go this one isn’t bad. Luciernaga, Salento

Posted: Nov. 25, 2017, 12:33 a.m.

Friday 24 Nov 2017 12:27

Another bus. Salento bound.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017, 5:27 p.m.

Friday 24 Nov 2017 10:03

Cali market.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 19:08

Whoops. Tasty arrival to Cali.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017, 12:08 a.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 10:18

Lima - Cali

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 12:39

Lima’s beaches.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 12:39

Red beach Paracas peninsula

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 9:24

Las Islas Ballestas. More birds than you can imagine.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 2:24 p.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 16:30

Dune buggying is awesome. Great views and so much fun.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 12:35

After 15 hours on a bus it feels great to chill by an oasis. Dune buggies later.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 17:58

Bus meals

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 10:58 p.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 8:46

Machu Picchu!

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 16:58

On the right track to Machu Picchu

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 6:35

Hummingbird at second day camp

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 11:35 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:41

Hiking group taking shelter from the torrential rain.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 6:41 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:09

Top of the salkantay pass 4600m above sea level.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 2:09 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 14:41

Stunning glacial lake just above (400m) our first nights camp.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 7:41 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 9:55

Heading out on the salkantay trek. 4d ending at Machu Picchu.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:21

Main square Cusco.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 11:22

Negotiator in chief driving down the price.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 4:22 p.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 19:26

Another night bus. Arequipa to Cusco (Machu Picchu)

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 12:26 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 8:20

Colca canyon. We were very lucky to get a quick glimpse of a condor. No time to get a photo though.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 1:20 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 7:53

Arrived to Arequipa. Walked to the main square and stumbled across a parade. Lasted nearly 2 hours.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 18:35

Good seats on the bus to Arequipa.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 16:22

Copacabana, dinner then night bus to Peru.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 8:22 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 12:05

Quick dip in Titicaca.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 17:23

Beers waiting for the sunset on Isla del Sol.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 10:55

Bus on a barge crossing lake Titicaca.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 7:43

La Paz bus terminal on the move to Copacabana. Bolivia not Brazil.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 11:43 a.m.

Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:42

Summit camp. Hard two hour hike with heavy bags to get here. All day to rest before summit attempt at 01.00

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017, 1:42 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 13:29

Day 1 short hike, glacier training and acclimatisation.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 11:08

Base camp for our attempt on Huayna Potosi. 6088m summit visible in background

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Monday 6 Nov 2017 18:11

Evening spent riding the cable cars

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Friday 3 Nov 2017 15:05

Another airport picture.

Posted: Nov. 3, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 16:21

Lodge for two nights.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 15:11

Linn insists on monkeying around.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 12:50

Our boats to take us further into the pampas. Already seen a toucan, sloth, alligator and capybara just in the transfer here.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 16:23

Tiny plane for flight to the Bolivian Amazon. I have seat 1a so obviously in first class.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Monday 30 Oct 2017 16:15

Letter sent to trading standards. Death road completed no one died.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Monday 30 Oct 2017 9:57

Top of the death road. Ready to mtb.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017, 1:57 p.m.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 15:03

New hostel York vintage. So much better than the other. £18 a night for two including breakfast.

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 12:50

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.

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 22:33

Late night arrival to La Paz. This is the best bit of the room and all you’ll want to see.

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017, 2:33 a.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 17:35

Gnarly Volvo at the border. 4500m

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 17:08

Not a bad view when queuing at the Bolivian border.

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 12:16

Bus back to Bolivia. La Paz to be precise. 8 hours.

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017, 3:16 p.m.

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 15:50

Huge Chilean flag in Arica. View from hostel.

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 19:53

Position for 11 hour bus trip, San Pedro de Atacama - Arica.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017, 10:53 p.m.

Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 12:11

Pakuta de Quitor. Pre-Colombian fortress.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Monday 23 Oct 2017 19:27

Cheeese...sunset at moon valley.

Posted: Oct. 23, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Monday 23 Oct 2017 12:34

San Pedro de Atacama. Chile. strange because it’s quite warm. Off to the Atacama’s moon valley later.

Posted: Oct. 23, 2017, 3:34 p.m.

Monday 23 Oct 2017 9:49

Border control Bolivia Chile. Stealth tax of £1.50 to leave the country.

Posted: Oct. 23, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

Monday 23 Oct 2017 5:43

Hot spring sunrise. Only two other people in the pool (one was Linn).

Posted: Oct. 23, 2017, 9:43 a.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 18:11

Fancy meeting a bunch of geezers in South America.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 13:56

Arbol de piedra. Tree of stone. Longer stop here as driver had to fix the brakes.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 5:56 p.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 13:02

Condor pass strange I thought they preferred fly overs.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 12:19

Time for lunch at 4500m

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 10:53

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.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 9:34

Active volcano. Strange to see something else emitting hot gaseous air.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 7:03

Stayed in a hostel made of salt. As you can see from the disintegrating wall.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 11:03 a.m.

Saturday 21 Oct 2017 17:29

Isla Incahuasi. Cactus island in the middle of a salt sea. Feels like something out of the Wild West.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Saturday 21 Oct 2017 13:04

Salar de Uyuni. High, dry and a load of salt. Breathtaking.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Saturday 21 Oct 2017 4:41

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.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Friday 20 Oct 2017 20:01

Night bus. Sucre - Uyuni. They do not follow English queueing principles.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017, 12:01 a.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 11:54

Condor B and B. Booked last minute £15 a night for two including breakfast.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 3:54 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 10:35

Arrived at Sucre airport. Beautiful flight from Santa Cruz. Tiny cute airport. Warm.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 4:43

Arrived in Bolivia. Santa Cruz airport. Warm and humid. 3.30am.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 8:43 a.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 20:50

Transfer to intercontinental flights.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 16:43

First stage London-Madrid

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Linn and Stuart in South America

User: Stuart.Bowker
Dates: 18 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Duration: 2 months

In the words of Elaine Paige "Memories"! Glad you've both made it thus far. Safe journeys to your final destinations. See you soon Stuart. Hope to see you in New Year Linn. Howard/Dad Xx

Excitement mounts in Filton and presumably in Sweden!!!!

Well you both survived!! Have a safe journey back. Stuart see you later in the week. Linn see you in due course. What tales (photos) you will have!!! Howard/Dad Xx

Morning to you both! Yes I know it's very early morning there. 10.50 in Filton. 0 degrees and snowing! Try not to be jealous. Well you've certainly packed in a lot so far. Don't slow down. Looking forward to tales of the South later in month. Take care. Howard/Dad Xx

Linn and Stuart blimey you're clocking up those "Bus Miles"! Hope weather ok. Chilly (pun intended) here. Another round of Autumn Internationals today Stu. W v NZ being the headline game naturally. BAC v Tewkesbury and Exeter Uni v Thornbury locally. Continue to enjoy and take care. howard/Dad Xx

This is getting more and more impressive Linn & Stuart!! You'll need a rest when you return. Take care. Howard/Dad Xx

I do admire your stamina from afar!! Hope you've a record of all the time you've spent on buses. Carry on the good work. Did I mention fridge magnets before you left? Take care. Dad/Howard Xx

Hope you both "summitted" safely. From the photos posted looks like you are having a great experience. Hopefully you're not too "knackered" yet. Take care. Dad/Howard Xx

Super varied photos so far. Weather looks passable! Buses must be ever so slow given journey times quoted. Linn hope you are keeping a diary!! Take care. Xx

Please add me with your Dad and reading your feed xxxxx

Excellent photos!! Even better comments. Must be Linn writing them!! Take care. Xx

So far so good I presume. Can't wait for more non-airport photos. Take care. X