Valparaiso was by far Chile’s most vibrant and colourful city, and our personal favourite spot to visit in the country!!! Valpo is a port city built on a series of cerros (or hills), over 40 of them to be exact! Boy were our feet tired after exploring this city for a few days straight!
We rented this amazing apartment right on the water right outside of La Serena in a suburb called Coquimbo. We spent every day waking up to the sun peaking in our windows and falling asleep being lulled by the ocean waves.
Check off another South American bucketlist item for us... the Salt Flats Of Bolovia. Read on to find out exactly what we thought of it...
One of our most extreme, adrenaline pumping activities to date... The Famous Bolivian Death Road in La Paz! Luckily we were able to live to tell the tale of our experience. Check it out...
Getting around foreign countries can often be stressful whether you are trying to navigate the public transportation systems or try and decipher what some foreign words mean. Peru Hop made our life so much easier by getting us around Peru smoothly and efficiently.
To say that Cusco holds a special place in our hearts is an understatement. We have absolutely loved our time that we spent in and around the city. From our adrenaline pumping experience in the Sacred Valley to the stunning lost city of Machu Picchu (which is 100% worth all the hype) we have loved every minute we spent here.
Talk about an adrenaline rush- flying down monstrous sand dunes on our bellies is an experience we will never forget!
After more than 36 hours in transit we arrived in Lima, a food lovers paradise! Curious to know how we got woken up on the day we arrived or the food we tried? Read on my friends...
Jam packed with Sea Lions, San Cristobal had a totally different vibe than Isabela! Literally every which was you looked there was a sea lion- there was no escaping them and we couldn't have enjoyed it more because the experiences we had were truly unbelievable.
Galápagos has been on our bucket list for a long time so to be able to cross this one off has been absolutely unbelievable. It truly exceeded every expectation we had and we feel so incredibly lucky to have been able to experience it all. We spent time on 3 different islands- Isabela being the first of the three.
Ayampe was the peace and tranquility that we had been looking for along the coast of Ecuador. It's slow and mellow pace was the perfect place to focus our energies into relaxing, doing yoga and improving our surfing skills.
Montañita is a little hippy town on the coast of Ecuador that never sleeps. From "drink alley" that caters to cheap alcoholic drink specials all night long, to the late night partiers spilling out of the clubs at 7am the next morning. It's easy to understand how some people love the city and stay a lot longer than they originally intended while others can't wait to leave. Find out our thoughts on Montañita...
After one of the longest bus rides we arrived on an overnight bus to Puerto Lopez. I’m not talking about long duration, although it was 9 hours, but long because the seats were so crammed together! Piet and I were the lucky winners of the two best seats in the house that came with two screaming children packed on top of their parents already crammed laps behind us.
So where do we start? We spent an amazing 4 fun-filled action packed days in Banos, Ecuador doing some amazing adrenaline pumping activities
So since we left Medellin we have been exceptionally busy moving around. We took a flight from Medellin to Cali where we spent two nights. To be honest, Cali was our least favourite city from everywhere that we have been. We found it sort of dirty and really didn’t have the safest feeling there. Lucky for us it was just a stop-over on our way to Ecuador. For the next two days we were either on buses or in transit. Our journey looked like this: taxi to bus terminal in Cali, bus to Pasto (9hrs)- overnight stay in Pasto. The next morning we then took a taxi to the bus terminal, mini bus to Ipiales, another mini bus to the border, border crossing, taxi to the bus depot in Tulcan, bus to Quito and taxi to hotel.
So what did we spend in Colombia during our 6 ½ weeks? Budgeting and keeping track of everything you spend can be extremely tedious but it's nothing we aren't familiar with. In preparation for this trip we spent months and months heavily budgeting and analyzing our expenses so we were already in the routine when we started traveling.
So where did our money go?
As we entered the city of Medellin, all you could see was a city of red. This was the traditional way of building houses with red brick and grey cement and it can be seen for miles and miles in every direction we looked.