It was a good thing I had done a trial walk to the bus station from my hostel – the bus station was not in fact the dusty parking lot the bus had dropped us in arriving in San Pedro de Atacama. Noooo it was much much further away. Always a good thing to realise before toting a 17.5kg pack, a daypack and a full water bottle (What? Those things are heavy!).
The bus was meant to leave San Pedro de Atacama at 9:30am. As 10:30am neared, and factoring in a 10-11 hour bus ride, I was pretty sure I would be trying to navigate my way around Salta (sans the correct currency) about midnight… Read more
Machu Picchu is 2,430m above sea-level, situated on an ‘eyebrow’ between the Andes and the rainforest. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, although the Spanish never found Machu Picchu. It was rediscovered in 1911 and since then has been a site many dream of visiting. Read more
The perfect place to have an existential crisis is while sitting on a bus in Ecuador or Peru. Long uninterrupted hours to do nothing but stare out the bus window, think weighty thoughts and wish you had bought food for lunch as there is still another 4 hours before you arrive. Not that I am having such a crisis. I am not actually having a crisis at all, other than the issue of how to fill long bus-ride hours. And I have many many more in my immediate future… Read more
Getting up at 5am for the bus to Yosemite was a little bit of a struggle. It’s a 4 hour bus ride from San Francisco which means you really need to stay overnight to get a chance to hike some of the trails. And luckily for me, that’s what I did. Read more