What to expect from a visit to Chernobyl

Early starts aren’t nice. They’re even worse when you wake up in a cold sweat imagining you’re trapped in Chernobyl and history has repeated itself. Thankfully, it became clear that hadn’t happened when I woke up, but it did leave me unable to get back to sleep from about 4am, four hours before my tour …

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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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Yes, Bolivia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

They say that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is certainly the case in the Bolivian town of Uyuni. Less than half an hour from the town is one of the natural wonders of the world – the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni salt flat), where the skies and the ground come together, …

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Is Bolivia one of the most beautiful countries in the world?

Whoever says that Toyotas (and Japanese cars in general) don’t break down is a liar. This was all too obvious as we were pushing a 2-and-a-half-ton Land Cruiser at the highest point of a four-day tour around the incredible landscapes of south-western Bolivia. Exerting this much energy at over 5,000m above sea-level was a killer, …

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Visiting Tarija: Bolivia’s wine country.

The one and only time I went wine-tasting was a couple of years ago in France. I ended up drunk because I refused to spit the wine out. I know you’re not supposed to swallow it, but to me it seemed like a waste of perfectly good wine. Although I didn’t know that Bolivia produced …

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Discovering Dinosaurs in Sucre

Sucre might just be one of the most beautiful cities not just in Bolivia, but the whole of South America. Dramatically surrounded by mountains, the whole centre is whitewashed and colonial – complete with churches, parks, and a mountain of cafés where you can sit and while away the day. Bolivia’s chocolate capital is the …

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A trip to Lago Sandoval

After spending 4 days in the jungle, I decided for some reason that I hadn’t seen quite enough animals. Waking up to the sun shining made me feel I’d be wasting my last day in Puerto Maldonado if I didn’t do something, so I quickly booked a tour to Lago Sandoval, just 15 minutes before …

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Tambopata: Peru’s corner of the Amazon.

Since leaving my job in Ecuador and having to choose between visiting the Galapagos Islands or going to the Amazon before my visa ran out, heading into the jungle had been something I hadn’t wanted to miss during my time in South America. Almost 4 months later, the dream became a reality in Tambopata, in …

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A night time walk in the Tambopata jungle.

“Be very careful when we are in the jungle. In this part, we have bullet ants, poison frogs, and venomous snakes. There are also tarantulas,” explained our guide Rodrigo, who would be leading us on a night walk from our lodge in Tambopata national reserve, which is thought to hold 10% of the world’s known …

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