South America

A different world in the Atacama Desert

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Atacama Desert in Chile is otherworldly. The rugged, dusty, red terrain is so unusual that it is often used as a substitute for Mars in Hollywood films. And the fact that it’s hot, dry and at high altitude means the desert has some of the clearest night skies on earth, and is supposedly the best place in the world for star gazing. That's why it’s home to the[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary: Hiking in Patagonia

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“Don’t ask about the weather forecast, it’s Patagonia” is scrawled on a sign outside one of the campsites on the W-trek. I first saw Patagonia on Pinterest. I can't remember what I was searching for. But I remember the mountain. Ice capped, mythical, surrounded by water tinted a shade of blue all its own. But there it was amid recipes for banana muffins a[...]

Photos which will whisk you away to Chile's Rainbow City of Valparaiso

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Located on 44 hills which cascade into the Pacific Ocean, Valparaiso was my last stop in Chile and perhaps my favorite. I only had a day here, which was just enough time to get to grips with the rainbow city, but not quite long enough to explore every nook and cranny of the city, something which I would have loved to do, but perhaps which would take a lifeti[...]

Wondrous wildlife in Puerto Madryn

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I’m hopeful. As we set sail from Puerto Pirámides, our guide Sebastian confidently assures us that we have a ‘100% chance’ of seeing Southern Right Whales today. He’s not wrong. Almost as soon as we get out into the deeper water a mother and baby are spotted from the team’s lookout point. Whale watching season is in full swing in Puerto Madryn in Patagoni[...]

Brazil's Hidden Paradise: Chapada dos Veadeiros

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Most people would think of Brazil as of a beach travel destination. The rest of the country, which frankly speaking is huge, is forgotten. Unfair, isn’t it? For those of you a little bit more curious, a second look at the map would make you wanna see what lies inland. The good news is that the heart of Brazil is not any less fascinating than its beaches [...]

Survive like a Girl: The Ultimate Jungle Experience in Bolivia

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The two most popular ways to explore the Bolivian jungle are "the pampas tours" - where you travel on a boat along the river, watch wildlife, and then sleep in cabins with facilities - and "the jungle tours" - where you walk in the jungle, but also stay in comfortable lodges. But there’s one more option – going wild! And that's exactly what I did a few month[...]

I did it - I quit my job to travel!f

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While writing this I am sitting in a quiet cafe in beautiful Cuzco, Peru. I'm not Peruvian though, I am German and I live in Berlin, Germany. A few weeks ago I arrived in Peru to chase my dream of improving my Spanish, doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Peru, especially Cuzco - I am a sucker for mountains and Inca history! But how [...]

Skiing in summer: Bariloche, Argentina

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Being from England, I’m used to bad weather in the summer... but to be standing on top of a mountain in a snowstorm in mid-August is a surreal experience! Even a few days in to my week-long ski trip to Bariloche in Argentina, it still felt confusing to be donning layers of thermals and heading out into the mountains while my friends and family back in the[...]