A Weekend in Paraty: Brazil’s paradise beach town

150 miles south of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, you’ll find a sleepy little town called Paraty, where the mountains meet the sea. With its whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets and tropical beaches, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this time-warped paradise along the Brazilian coast. There’s also… View Post

Hiking Machu Picchu Mountain

If you’re headed to Peru, but don’t have time to hike the iconic Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Mountain is a breathtaking alternative trek that can be completed as part of a day visit to Machu Picchu. From its towering peak, high above the ancient citadel, this unforgettable hike promises… View Post

2 days in Rio de Janeiro: The best places to visit

Rio de Janeiro has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. In fact, it was my long-term obsession with this vibrant city in Brazil that inspired my month-long backpacking adventure around South America (what can I say, I don’t like to do things by halves!) Rio de… View Post

The best things to do in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas

When it comes to Peru’s archaeological wonders, Machu Picchu has a tendency to hog the limelight. And fair play – she’s a beauty. But Machu Picchu is just one must-see attraction within Peru’s spectacular Sacred Valley; a magical pick ‘n’ mix of ancient Incan ruins and traditional Andean villages,… View Post

How to spend the perfect day in La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is a city of extremes. From the dizzying altitude (at 13,000 feet above sea level, La Paz is the highest city in the world) to the screeching traffic and pop-up street protests, I’ve never experienced anywhere quite like Bolivia’s de facto capital. This is a place where… View Post

Salta to Cafayate: The ultimate road-trip in Northwest Argentina

When you think of Argentina, the first thoughts that probably come to mind are tango-dancing in Buenos Aires, the wild landscapes of Patagonia, or sipping Malbec in the world-famous Mendoza wine region. Yet nestled in the mountainous north-west is one of the most over-looked and beautiful regions in the… View Post

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Cusco, Peru

Oh, Peru. Nine months on and my heart still aches for you. Everything about this beautiful country had me smitten – from the dramatic mountain scenery and ancient history, to the colourful cities and warm-hearted people. The city of Cusco seems to perfectly embody all of these things, making… View Post

How to plan a day visit to Machu Picchu

There’s always a risk that the world’s most iconic destinations won’t quite live up to the hype. But I can assure you that Machu Picchu is every bit as spine-tingly as you might imagine. The sheer size of Peru’s ancient Incan citadel is enough to knock the breath right… View Post