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There are lots of reasons to visit Chile. A stunning and one of the most diversified landscapes is one of them. In about 4000km of coast offering the driest desert of the earth (the Atacama desert), a region called Lake District with volcanos, deep blue lakes and silent green forests and awe-inspiring Patagonia with its rain forests, fjords and glaciers, you might well find your very own piece of paradise.
But …

[ Written by guest | 24 May 2011 | 18 Comments | ]

Once upon a time there were some Incas whose stronghold was a great, hidden village in the mountains of Peru. Peacefully they lived their life up in the mountains, while enemies tried to conquer the area around without ever finding the hidden village.
This is not just a fairy tale; the hidden village, Machu Picchu, still exists and was declared one of the New Seven World Wonders in 2007.
The Inca sanctuary …

[ Written by guest | 25 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | ]

Dear Travelettes,
Ever so often I come across something on the internet that immediately sparks my desire to escape everyday life and travel far, far away. This morning, while I was having coffee and reading the online papers, the headline “Top 10 neighbourhood bars in Rio” caught my eye. I’ve never been to Brazil, and I was sure that the next time my travels lead me to Latin America, I’d be …

[ Written by guest | 11 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Surfing, bodyboarding and skateboarding? No problem for surfer-dog Osso. Two years ago I had the pleasure to meet this dog and the person, who taught Osso everything- his proud owner Christiano. During my travels in Peru I heard of the small surfer town Máncora, which is situated close to the border of Equador- that seemed like the perfect getaway from my extensive travels through South Peru, where I spent many …

[ Written by guest | 16 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

When you think of Bolivia you might think of a third-world country with run-down places and cities, but what I experienced there was pure beauty and absolutely stunning nature: endless salt flats, colorful lakes, hot springs, dynamite explosions and the most dangerous road in the world. Bolivia really got me, that´s why  I want to provide you with a little backgound information and take you on a visual journey through …

[ Written by guest | 6 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments | ]

I used to dream about Brazil long before I went there, I thought about samba, carnival, the huge Jesus statue, but most of all about snakes, scary dogs and pirates. My grandfather, who was a captain, moved to Brazil long before I was born, and the few times I met him he told stories about his huge killer dogs and the snakes on his farm.
After visiting the country myself I …

[ Written by guest | 10 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]

Ceviches is a fish dish typically found in the coastal regions of South America. Whilst I was volunteering in Peru it became a staple part of my diet and a dish I love to prepare when I want to eat something a little more exotic. Ceviches can be prepared in many ways but this recipe is how my Peruvian host family taught me to cook it so it’s the one …

[ Written by guest | 24 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

I was extremely surprised when I came across this article the other day, talking about tourists paying to go on a simulation of a Mexico-USA border crossing. The participants pay a relatively small fee (one is cited as 15 USD) to race after mock human traffickers without food or water. The slow ones are captured by “border patrol vans” and “deported”. For me this rang a similar note to Favela …

[ Written by guest | 31 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

One time, in Colombia, while drinking cheap beer and philosophing on sidewalks, I met a guy named Francisco, who was from a tribe called Wiwa. The Wiwa live far up in the Sierra Nevada and Francisco invited me to come and meet his family and people in his village. I don’t often get offered to hang out with mountain tribes, so clearly I jumped at the chance.
After walking uphill for …

[ Written by guest | 3 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

MY PERSONAL OCTOBERFEST
I’ve always felt like a stranger at home. Ever since I went to Argentina for the first time, I had decided that deep in my heart, I am a porteña (that’s the name for the girls here). At home in Berlin most people think I’m crazy because I’m always smiling, I dance in the supermarket and sing with my eyes closed.
Average stuff in Buenos Aires.
After a typical …

[ Written by guest | 29 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
South America