The Bolivian Salt Flats have long been high up on our list of things to see in South America. With the fascinating expanse of bright white and flawless reflections, we were eager to see them for ourselves. But, despite best efforts, we couldn’t help but feel we were let down by our tour company and didn’t get the full Salt Flats experience.
Torres del Paine is a National Park in the Patagonian region of South Chile, renowned for its beautiful and rugged landscape. The weather is typically unpredictable and it’s common to experience all 4 seasons in 1 day, much like Scotland! We opted to hike the ‘W’ from West to East over 5 days and 4 nights, although this wasn’t our first choice, upon reflection we’re chuffed it turned out this way.
Here is how we did it…
Travelling the 7th Continent of Antarctica, it’s hard to describe this incredible and untouched region that is far from desolate.
A breathtaking and inspiring visit to Iguazu Falls, from both the Argentinan and Brazilian sides. Cataratas del Iguazu as its locally known, certainly earns its reputation as one of the 7 Natural Wonder of the World.
Central America adventure lasting 8.5 weeks. We had an amazing time travelling through Mexico, Belize, Guatamala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and to Panama.
Our adventures road tripping USA’s East Coast! Driving from New York City to Florida; with a break on NC’s beautiful Outer Banks relive childhood memories.
To begin our California tales, we arrived in San Francisco safe and sound after a hideously early start from Vancouver. A short, somewhat disastrous Uber ride to the hostel later, we settled in, (probably had a nap) and then set out to explore the city! I’ve had a fascination with San Fran for roughly the last 15 years. Since reading an article that the city was built on tectonic plates, and within my lifetime it’s likely to crumble. How true this is I’m not so sure so please don’t quote me! I imagine city planners would have taken this small fact into account! Anyway, I was determined I wanted to see San Fran before disaster strikes.
It has long been a dream of ours to glimpse an erupting volcano, so when we heard of hiking Acatenango Volcano; just outside Antigua, we knew had to go. There is no better place to watch the majestic Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) erupt! Volcán de Fuego is one of the world’s most consistently erupting volcanoes. However, we were completely unprepared for how utterly epic it was going to be.
We were so excited to reach Canada, for a few reasons. Firstly, the weather in Iceland hadn’t been as kind as we’d hoped for and we had high hopes for the climate in Vancouver, Canada! Second, we’d had the thought of potential emigration to Vancouver, everyone we had spoken to had rated it so highly and told us how we were going to love Vancouver, with the mountains (for me) and water (for Michael) in such close proximity, it would fit our lifestyle perfectly. Thirdly, we would be staying with our friends James (in Sunnybrae) and Judy (in Vancouver) who we hadn’t seen for nearly 6 years, both hadn’t been able to make it to our wedding last year and so a catch up was long overdue.
So, you want to travel Iceland in a week? If like us you took advantage of the Icelandair stopover deal, you’ll want to cram as much into your 7 (or less) days as possible to take advantage of this stunning country. We spent 7 beautiful days driving Iceland’s infamous ring road, here is our story.