I like Valparaíso, but it took a while to be convinced…

One of Chile’s most popular tourist destinations, there’s a lot to like about Valparaíso. That’s what people kept telling me anyway, but it took a lot of effort to find this stuff, and at first I really hated the place (okay, perhaps hate is a bit strong, but it was very hot, and a bit …

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There’s nothing to do in Santiago? What a load of rubbish.

Anyone who says that there’s nothing to do in Santiago is lying to you. I only booked one night in the city, thinking I’d be heading straight to Valparaíso and just using it as a stopover. However, it didn’t take me long to extend and that wasn’t because my hostel offered me 15% off. Just …

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Why the seafood market is the best thing about Santiago, and possibly the whole of Chile.

Chile is the longest country in the world, and most of this narrow country is coastline. It stands to reason then, that there must be some pretty good seafood, right? Even though Chile’s not famed for its food (except for empanadas), I was still excited to try what was on offer (like everywhere else I’ve …

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San Pedro de Atacama – a land of superlatives

San Pedro de Atacama, one of the northernmost towns in Chile is an intriguing place. Although there are more tourism agencies in the three streets of the town than actual people living there (20% are operated by robots) and it’s crazy expensive, the natural beauty surrounding the town more than makes up for it. 6 …

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Riding Mi teleférico – La Paz’s unique public transport system.

Arriving in a huge, new city at night like La Paz is a really exciting feeling. Especially entering from one of the highest points (El Alto) at over 4,000m above sea level. From such a height, the glittering lights of the city and its unique public transport system, made up of cable cars, were spread …

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Cusco’s Boleto Turístico – should you buy it?

Cusco is Peru’s number one tourist destination, welcoming over 2 million tourists every year. Machu Picchu is just one of the many attractions close to the city, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Think art galleries, Inca ruins, viewpoints, cathedrals, and temples, Cusco has them all. Rather than paying a single-entry fee …

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Everything you should do on a trip to Arequipa.

Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, is one of my favourite places that I’ve visited in South America. It’s considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the country, with many of the buildings in the historic centre made of a white volcanic stone called sillar. As well as a picturesque historic centre, it is …

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