From Santiago to Rio

Santiago, Chile’s  cosmopolitan capital is two and a half hours from Valparaiso by bus. Leafy and laidback, it’s a great place to end your trip before heading for home You can of course continue south, to explore the rest of this stunning country but you need at least three more weeks to do it justice. To get an idea of what Chile has been … Read More

Pisco in Paradise in Chile’s Elqui Valley

You could  easily spend a week exploring this lush, hypnotic valley.  It’s such a lovely, dreamy place and the pace is so languid that you slow down straightaway.  The rich green of the vineyards where the Pisco and wine grapes are cultivated contrasts with the deep red of the mountains. You have arrived in one of Chile’s great beauty spots and all those … Read More

Two Bolivian Cities: From Potosi to Sucre

Sucre, the elegant historic capital of Bolivia and Potosi, the highest city in the world, offer widely contrasting experiences although there is only two and a half hours drive between them. Visit both for an fascinating and diverse picture of Bolivia. Sucre, Bolivia’s  historic capital, has some of the best colonial architecture in South America and is sophisticated and cultural.  Potosi is atmospheric, authentic … Read More

The Crossing from Argentina into Bolivia

From Argentina to Bolivia by Bus     Leaving Argentina   Shout Adios Argentina and Hola Bolivia as you travel through a Unesco World Heritage-listed valley towards the border. The Quebrada de Humahuacs, with its ragged mountains cut through by waves of pink, cream and yellow is one of the most stunning regions of the country and a memorable launching … Read More

Iquique in Northern Chile combines cocktails, coast and ceviche

  Five hours by bus along a dry desert road from Arica brings you to Iquique, a lively, historic coastal hot spot, popular with Chilean families who come for sun, sand and  copious cocktails. Iquique makes you want to splash out as well as splash about in the Pacific.  So stay in the  welcoming Terrado Arturo Pratt, overlooking the busy  main square, whose … Read More

Quebrada de Humahuaca in Argentina

The Quebrada de Humahuaca   The Quebrada de Humahuaca in the north of Argentina, is an extraordinary, mountaineous region, easily explored in a week and a brilliant way to absorb a stretch of amazing scenery, before crossing over to Bolivia With the colonial town of Salta as a start point, hopping from town to town within the Quebrada provides you … Read More

The Road to Northern Chile

The road to Northern Chile starts in La Paz, Bolivia’s business capital and an extraordinary city. Intense, chaotic, dirty, with crazy traffic cramming the streets, La Paz is not a place to linger. Highlights of La Paz La Paz’s redeeming features are found in the amazing food market where a delicious plate of spicy, crispy fried pork costs £1. Or in the … Read More

Climbing the Hills of Valparaiso

    Valparaiso is extraordinary – steep, spectacular and full of street art and beautiful, colourful houses. Gorgeous paintings emblazon street walls, buildings and pavements and everywhere you look there’s something to admire. The streets climb from level to level and you need to be fairly fit to get from one to the next. Or you can use one of the incredible funicular lifts, dotted around the … Read More