Scenes Through Bus Windows II: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta, Argentina

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 … Continue reading Scenes Through Bus Windows II: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta, Argentina

Incredible Colca Canyon

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 … Continue reading Incredible Colca Canyon

Hierve el Agua

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 … Continue reading Hierve el Agua

Puerto Escondido

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 … Continue reading Puerto Escondido