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
Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, and nearly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
It is also one heck of a stunning 3 hour drive through the high Andes from Arequipa – passing between volcanoes and across the Pampa Cañahuas nature reserve before the highest point of 4160m where you can stop to view the different volcanoes dotting the horizon. At least you could if it were not snowing up there – a dramatic difference to the heat of Arequipa. Read more
Hierve el Agua, translated as water boils, is a site known for its dramatic ‘petrified waterfall’ rock formations and mineral springs; located high in the mountains surrounding Oaxaca. The area is also important from an archaeological perspective because of the terraces built by the Zapotec people around 2,500 years ago for crop irrigation (unique in Mexico).
The calcified waterfalls and other above ground forms are actually created by underground-fed springs over time Read more
At the risk of sounding like a complete dilettante, I wrote this post from a hammock in Puerto Escondido, which is located on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca. In the 5 days I have been away from Oaxaca, I have missed approximately 15 festivals, 350 cohetes (exploding firecrackers) and 1500 chances to buy everything imaginable from the pop up artisan markets and street sellers capitalising on the Christmas tourists. Read more