After the initial shock at what had happened, luckily as Mikey was wearing jeans the bite wasn’t too deep. Annie used her best nursing voice to calm Mikey down, and we decided all we needed was to grab a tetanus and rabies vaccine. The lady at the campsite said the dog was vaccinated, which was … Continue reading A Tour of South American Hospitals
The first thing we wanted to find in Mendoza was a nice brunch restaurant – we were going to truly embrace being in another Metropolitan hub! Luckily we found a gorgeous little cafe with outside seating serving up some incredible scrambled eggs and avocado breakfast – we could easily have been in England except the … Continue reading Indulging a Little Too Much
After spending a week of lounging about and not doing too much in the way of exercise we decided to head towards a lake famous for windsurfing. Having seen pictures online it looked like a stunning place to spend a week and it was on our route anyway so that would be our next stop. … Continue reading Waiting for the Windfall
After enjoying our time in the city of Salta we were looking forward to getting out of town for a bit. The drive down was about 3 hours but passed incredibly quickly as we first made a stop for some of the best empanadas we’d had on the whole trip, although they did turn out to … Continue reading A Week in the Wine Region
Whilst the salt flats were absolutely one of the most incredible experiences of the trip, it's fair to say we were pretty done with the altitude. The freezing cold nights, and getting breathless just climbing up the stairs for over a month meant we were excited to get to lower altitude. Luckily for us the … Continue reading Finally Coming Downhill
The drive from La Paz to Uyuni was less eventful than we feared. We weren't stopped by any of the corrupt police we'd read about, and also managed to successfully get hold of fuel! The deal with petrol in Bolivia goes something like this; locals pay 46p/L of petrol. Cars with foreign plates are due … Continue reading A Very Unique Campsite
Following our not so emotional goodbye with the Isons we headed back to the campsite where the guy who rented our car would pick it up. Slightly worried based on prior experiences with rental cars, we were actually pleasantly surprised when he literally checked the milage, and fuel gauge and nothing else before handing us … Continue reading Winding Down in Bolivia
So finally, after 4 long days of trekking we had made it to our final destination - Machu Picchu. Although there is the option of trekking up for an hour to reach the ancient city, we decided against it and all opted to take the bus up. However this wasn’t without it’s faults as we … Continue reading Machu Picchu and Farewell to the Isons
Day 3; 18km, 9,000ft - 7,000ft We all woke up on the third day of the trek feeling incredibly grateful that the longest day of hiking (and climbing) was behind us. Again we were one of the first groups to leave but today would be mostly flat - actually finishing 2,000ft lower than where we … Continue reading Finishing the Salkantay Trek!
We should really clarify at this stage that we did not force Annie’s parents into doing the Salkantay Trek. In fact, we originally suggested to them that we could take the train to Machu Picchu, but they asked about other trekking options and were keen to do the trek! Credit to them both, they did … Continue reading Hiking to Machu Picchu!