scooterThere is never a dull moment when traveling with us. Ask the few brave ones that have tried it and they will always tell you a few stories of when things really didn’t go right. We always laugh about it in the end and always say its part of the adventure but boy they can be very stressful! Miami was no different but this time we were driving on the opposite side of the road and using a scooter that can barely make it over 55km per hour.

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lincoln memorial, washington dcI’ve never been more glad in my life than when I could finally stop pretending to speak Spanish when we flew into Miami!!! Mind you, Galapagos wasn’t at all bad because we had an English speaking guide; it was just such a relief to finally be in a land of the mother tongue!!!

So we get to Miami and the weather is beautiful. We spent the first night kicking back a bit before checking out the awesome Lincoln Road in South Beach. Read the rest of this entry »

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blue_footed_boobyWe spent 10 days in the Galapagos Islands and loved every single minute of it! This place is amazing and teeming with the tamest wildlife you could ever imagine. I could have spent 6 months here alone, but that would just be greedy :)

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machu-picchuTo start with, I have nothing against South American countries in general. I may have bagged Chile a few times in the past but frankly, Peru just takes the cake. Excuse me while I whinge…

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flamingoWe started the day early getting to the departure point at 8am. We were slightly worried when nobody else showed up until about 8.05am, but once we did it we were on the bus and off to pick up the rest of the group from their hostels. After we got our exit stamps, we started the 1 hour climb from 2,400m in San Pedro de Atacama to 4,400m at the Bolivian border. And we were starting to feel it already!

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Kim's brilliant attempt to hide the eye-sores surrounding Santiago's most famous landmarkSo after 45 hours on a bus, we arrive in Pucon – the adventure capital of Chile! We are pretty beat and kinda starving, so we head to a burger place that is (surprise surprise) still open at 11:30pm at night!

After 45 hours, you can imagine how desperate we were for a shower. But low and behold, after running the water for 10 minutes, it’s still icy cold. And I mean ICY – far too cold to even contemplate showering in it! So we head to bed instead and as soon as the sun is up, we try again to find it nice and toasty :)

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martial_glacierWe slept pretty much the whole flight to BA and we arrived refreshed. We caught a taxi to our apartment (a bus would have been counter productive) and when we arrived, I was wondering where the hell we were! I had booked a gorgeous little apartment on laterooms.com as a surprise for Kim’s birthday (he thought we were going to a hostel).

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iguazuWe took a red eye flight to IguaƧu Falls via Sao Paulo and we slept every possible minute we could. We had 2 hours between flights and I found myself a very comfy couch to weave myself through and got a solid few hours sleep.

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kayaks2Day 1
We set off at 7.30am after meeting Rinaldo, Josue and Charles. We left Manaus on a rough, dirt road thinking it was going to be a long 180km to the place where we would start our kayak trip. And then we turned on to a main road, just outside Manaus (after an hour) wondering where we had just been! We spent the next 2 hours driving on a beautifully sealed road and I was wondering just how many of these roads existed in the middle of the Amazon (and how much forest was destroyed for them).
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rioBrazil is our first stop on our Americas adventure with our best friend Ben. Although we’re not covering a lot of ground in this massive country, we’re certainly experiencing the parts that we are!

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