Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay is an hour (50km) by ferry from downtown Buenos Aires. This makes it a great day trip destination for Argentinians and for weary travellers to spend a long weekend.
I realised I was in need of a break after walking around Buenos Aires, and feeling slightly teary about everything. So much to buy! So many choices! A classic sign of reverse culture shock. Luckily my plans already pointed to Uruguay; all I needed to do now was upgrade my hostel bunk bed for a large fluffy hotel bed with plenty of pillows, housekeeping and a view. Read more
Lake Titicaca is shared by Peru and Bolivia, and at 3,812m above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest lake in South America. According to Andean legend, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, with Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna both accessible from the Bolivian side of the lake. For me though, staying overnight with a local family on Amantani Island in the middle of the lake was definitely a highlight. Read more
The Galápagos giant tortoise is the largest species in the world, living to over 100 years and weighing as much as 250kgs. I knew they were big, but when the boulders under the trees started moving, it was only then I realised just how large they really are. Read more
The best thing about the Galapagos Islands, is that all the animals, birds and sea-life living there just go about their days as they would normally, unimpressed by humans wielding cameras. Boats, lounge chairs, picnic benches and footpaths are considered their territory, and in our hotel, one of the lounge areas now has a sign that it exclusively belongs to the sleeping sea lions. You actually need to watch where you step, there might be a sunbathing iguana underfoot. Read more
I left Vancouver as the co-pilot on a sea plane – just in case I was needed… and skidded down 15 minutes later in the harbour of Silva Bay, Gabriola Island in a wash of sea water as the plane taxied in to the dock. As I was seated next to the pilot for the flight, I had the best view in the 6 seater plane, and my first impressions of Gabriola Island were of sun-dappled tall green cedar and fir trees on top of large boulders which lined the harbour. Tangled up in the rocks were sun-bleached logs so characteristic of Canadian west coast beaches. Read more