Beautiful La Paz

There is something beautiful about La Paz. Though even after the two weeks I spent there I’m not sure how to describe what it is. Maybe it’s the bustling streets, endless queues of minivans, destinations spelt out in neon letters on the windscreen, the antique buses, spewing out fumes, or the men sat on the … More Beautiful La Paz

Cusco: Inca Capital

On its surface, Cusco’s colonial architecture is familiar, at first glance most of its grand old mansions and churches would not look out of place in any Spanish city. But Cusco is a city of cultures laid one on of another, and it is the big, imposing pre-Columbian foundations of its historical centre that give … More Cusco: Inca Capital

Manaus to Cusco: Rio Branco and crossing the Peruvian border

As the attendant gave my ticket back, I asked where my seat was. She looked at my ticket and said ‘arriba’ with a smirk, obviously thinking that the tourist hadn’t realised that she’d bought a cheap ticket. I had a feeling it was, but looking at the large, comfortable, clean seats on the lower deck, … More Manaus to Cusco: Rio Branco and crossing the Peruvian border

The Stingray

At first I thought it was leaf. But the second time it moved I realised it was definitely alive, perhaps a snake. Then I saw its eyes and made out the shape of a stingray, rippling amongst the leaves. I called for the others to come quickly, and we all peered excitedly over the veranda … More The Stingray

Stop 1: Manaus – Working in a jungle lodge on the Rio Negro

Manaus is a vast, hot, smelly city like many others in Brazil. With lots of mosquitoes, (or carapanã here). What makes it different to any other Brazilian city is that it is located in the middle of the Amazon, which means the only way to get there is by boat or plane. Low business taxes and tourism mean … More Stop 1: Manaus – Working in a jungle lodge on the Rio Negro