Category: South America

Ushuaia:  5 Things to do at the End of the World

Ushuaia – A Land of Fire and Ice The city of Ushuaia lies at the southernmost tip of Argentina – the part that looks almost like a tongue that’s trying to lick the ice cream […]

Easter Island: Remote Isle of Mystery

I’ll be honest – I’d wanted to go to Easter Island ever since I read Jared Diamond’s book Collapse about how the Easter Islanders went from being a complex civilization of thousands of individuals who produced those amazing iconic statues, the moai, to a dwindling group of stragglers by the time the first Westerner, Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen, first stumbled upon the island in 1722.

Santiago to Valparaiso Day Trip

With Valparaiso just 60 miles to the west, a Santiago to Valparaiso day trip is easily done.  There are many things to do in Valparaiso, Chile (or “Valpo”, as it’s known to its friends) that could warrant a longer stay, but we only had one day before we had to fly off to Easter Island, and one day is long enough to imbibe the artful vibe of this lovely seaside town.

Chile’s Atacama Desert

Why visit the Atacama Desert? Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the driest places in the world.  What of interest could possibly be there?  Plenty!  From landscapes that resemble distant planets, to erupting geysers to […]

Copacabana and La Paz:  Gateway to Bolivia

Copacabana Bolivia wasn’t really on my radar when I originally began planning my trip.  However, Bolivia’s unique geography, coupled with its isolation from international development, made for one of the most fascinating visits on my already […]

Uyuni: Magical Desert of Shifting Perspective

Magical perspectives in a white salt desert! I’ll be honest – I originally had no desire to go to Uyuni in Bolivia.  My friend Val insisted that we go, but I couldn’t see what the […]

Peru – Lake Titicaca

Just saying the name Lake Titicaca out loud is enough to bring a smile to your face.  Don’t worry – Spanish speakers find the name a little ridiculous themselves, and many Peruvians were quick to […]

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu… just a whisper of its name brings to mind an ancient lost city in the mountainous jungle that slept for centuries under vine cover, waiting patiently to be rediscovered.  Indiana Jones, eat your heart out!  It seems only befitting that this archaeological treasure trove be approached in the traditional way, on foot via the Inca Trail – a 4-day trek at altitude through steep terrain, where you feel just like the ancient Incas must have felt when they finally broke through the jungle after such a long walk to find a shining city on a hill.

Cusco: Ancient Incan Capital

Cusco – ‘Bellybutton’ of the Inca Empire The name Cusco actually means “bellybutton” in Quechua, the language of the Incas.  They named their capital city aptly, as it sat in the dead center of their […]

Lima:  Lovely Coastal Capital

Lima We flew into Lima after sunset, so it was difficult to appreciate the geography of the city in the dark.  That said, as we drove in from the airport, it was clear that while […]