Call it luck or destiny, I'll say it's a blessing in disguise that our stay in El Bolson coincided with the annual artesian beer festival. The small Patagonian city has a reputation of being a 'hippy town' and people from Bariloche don't seem to sound about their neighbour town. Nevertheless we went because we've been recommended by many of our fellow traveller friends. Each one of them told us that El Bolson is a place we shouldn't miss. The main activities here are trekking
We weren't going to stop in Bariloche and head straight to the hippy town of El Bolson but when we realised that stop was mandatory we told ourselves: why bloody not? We booked a night at the green house hostel and extended it for two more upon arrival. From the bus to the backpackers we were constrained to splash cash for a cab as we didn't have a bus card nor cash to buy one. The first Argentinian we met in the country was this crazy bus driver with ADHD who named himself J
We've been recommended this place by many, many Chileans. Some of them calling it the best place to see in the whole country. We haven't been all the way down so I can't confirm this yet! It was indeed a really nice town though. It looked like a european sky resort. There were plenty of small houses resembling chalets and the beautiful Osorno volcano which could be seen from the town's lakefront. The popular activities here include Kayaking, Mountain biking and volcano sights
Chiloe is an island located south of Puerto Montt so about 16 hours bus journey from the capital city, Santiago. The small island has three main towns: Ancud, Castro and Quellon. The atmosphere here is very laid back and one of the main activities is penguin watching. The penguin trip wasn't cheap so if you're planning on checking some out later on you might be able to avoid going here. We stayed in Ancud for 3 nights at the lovely hostel, 13 Lunas, which is located directly
This is not a popular touristic destination but I thought I'd mention it on the blog as we had such a lovely time in Los Andes. Located just an hour north from Santiago, we stayed in a farm with one of Liz's friends. It was a very local experience and in two days we tried our best to communicate in (Chilean) Spanish. I highly recommend staying with locals to get to know the culture and the language better. Couch surfing is a great way to find people to stay with. It's ideal i
Valparaiso is a must see city in Chile. Most travellers we've met actually preferred it to Santiago. I'm not gonna agree with this, as I think the two cities have got a lot of different things to offer. Valparaiso is a UNESCO protected site. What makes the Chilean metropole so special is all its graffiti art work. They cover almost every wall in the city. We went on a graffiti tour which was a great way to discover the best street art valparaiso had to offer. We also got some
So after five weeks traveling around Sri Lanka, Melbourne and Fiji we finally made it to our main destination, actually the purpose of this big trip, South America. First thing we noticed was that our spanish was pretty rusty to say the least. We landed in Santiago on the 5th of February and have made our way through Valparaiso, Puerto Varas and Los Andes. Here's a few pictures of our Santiago visit. We stayed there 5 days and actually really enjoyed the Chilean capital city.
Oh Fiji you really really grew on me! We arrived in Fiji after spending 5 days at an Australian festival and we were, to say the least, absolutely exhausted. Thankfully we got a warm welcome from the Fijians who shouted 'BULA' (hello) at us as we walked past the arrival gates. We stayed 9 days and island hopped for 7, the whole experience was amazing but very dear as well. At least for us as we are planning on traveling for 8 months. If you wish to island hop in Fiji you are