Colombia vs Pablo Escobar

  I have always perceived Colombia as a country divided through conflict. Visiting Colombia never occurred to me simply because I have always been told that it was unsafe and dangerous. Now I have spent three weeks travelling through the country. Staying in the most ‘dangerous’ cities, I have a whole new perspective of Colombia,…

Trekking From Altitude to Altitude

From San Pedro in the Atacama desert, Chile. To Machu Picchu near Cusco, Peru. Covering our first experience of altitude to the last. Three countries. Including a great experience of the Andes. Bouts of altitude sickness. A seismic earthquake. Living with local communities in the mountains. Lots of fried chicken and much more. We spent the majority…

The Newcastle Four

After saying goodbye to the adopted 5th member from our group, I soon realised how quickly these past couple of months have gone. Before I set out to South America I knew that being the only girl would be quite a challenge for me. It wasn’t anything to do with the nature of the boys…

A Contrast Between the East and West of Argentina

Finishing my time in Argentina I look back to a very busy month. Argentina supplies the average backpacker with a huge amount of culture, activities and sights to see. My route through Argentina begins in the cultural hub of bustling Buenos Aires following an overnight bus from Iguazu Falls. After spending a week in the…

A Few Lessons I Have Learnt Already

Feeding my way through a rickety, unairconditioned bus, I look for a space to sit my sweaty back against my bags.  As I make myself comfortable, I am soon interrupted by Ali and his bags, lifting my legs up to make room. Hugging my knees, I look out of the window to see mountains deep…