Border Crossing Guide in South America - Peru, Bolivia and Chile

Border Crossing Guide in South America – Peru, Bolivia and Chile

Kach Umandap - Howe Destination, DIY Travel, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 8 Comments

One of the favorite traveler routes through South America starts in Lima, Peru, snakes down the coastline through beaches, deserts and dunes before entering the Andean mountains of Cusco and Machu Picchu. From there it’s only a short bus journey to the border of Bolivia, onward to La Paz; the highest capital in the world, and the world’s most dangerous …

Puerto Tranquilo – The heart of Aysen, Chilean Patagonia

Puerto Tranquilo – The heart of Aysen, Chilean Patagonia

Jonathan Howe Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 47 Comments

Puerto Tranquilo is a sleepy, lakeside town in the heart of Aysen, Patagonia; home to the Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice-fields, as well as the largest lake in Chile, Lago General Carrera. Perfect blue and turquoise rivers and lakes flow between snow-capped mountains and through deep valleys as the many glaciers gradually melt away, providing us with amazing ice caves …

Photography in Santiago, Chile: Best Spots for Awesome Shots

Photography in Santiago, Chile: Best Spots for Awesome Shots

Kach Umandap - Howe South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 1 Comment

It makes us very happy indeed how rapidly Santiago is becoming less a quick stopover place and more of a stop and explore kind of a city. Admittedly, Chile’s capital is not the most obvious city in the world to visit, lacking a long list of famous landmarks and easily overshadowed by Chile’s northern Atacama desert and the south’s Patagonian …

Kindness and Surprises on the Road to Patagonia

Kindness and Surprises on the Road to Patagonia

Kach Umandap - Howe Inspiration and Love Stories, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 3 Comments

When we started planning for this trip last November, we only planned our travel itinerary for 2 weeks – exploring Peru with Peru Hop then crossing the border to Bolivia by the 18th December as my visa was about to expire. We arrived in La Paz and were accommodated and looked after by our new friend, Remo, from Adventure Brew …

A week in La Paz, Bolivia – Adventures, Beers and Breweries!

Krista Medina Umandap Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 43 Comments

Our entrance to La Paz had been a little more than your average bus journey; high winds and heaving waves on the Tiquina Strait of Lake Titicaca made for a very interesting ferry crossing involving sitting on a bus as it pitched up and down on a flimsy floating platform, with the wind lashing rain against the windows. We really …

Behind bars – Inside a female prison in Lima, Peru

Behind bars – Inside a female prison in Lima, Peru

Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor Inspiration and Love Stories, South America & Antarctica, Travel Guides 5 Comments

Women who are fighting each other, screaming at each other; Pumped up guards armed with bats and pepper spray trying to manage the awkward situation. Amid general applause, the tattooed ladies return to their small cells. That’s the picture, which media portrays – reality is different, indeed. Appropriately dressed women caring for their children, talking to their husbands and kids, …

Backpacker’s Guide - Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Backpacker’s Guide – Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 20 Comments

Well, this article will talk about our experience of going from La Paz, Bolivia to Uyuni, Bolivia then doing the three days/two nights tour of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro Atacama, Chile. Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in La Paz and San Pedro de Atacama. You also need to know that the electricity …

Casa Prado Hotel- Boutique Comfort in La Paz, Bolivia

Casa Prado Hotel- Boutique Comfort in La Paz, Bolivia

Jonathan Howe Best Backpacker Hostels, Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides Leave a Comment

La Paz is so much more than its best-known accolade of the world’s highest administrative capital city (at 3650 metres breathing can become a challenge!) The city is enclosed by the Altiplano mountain range, providing breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks in all directions. Whilst concrete towers have sneaked into the skyline in places, historical cathedrals, museums and colonial buildings still …

Bolivia Hop - Backpacker transport from Peru to Bolivia

Bolivia Hop – Backpacker transport from Peru to Bolivia

Krista Medina Umandap Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 41 Comments

The younger, smaller brother of the well-established Peru Hop, Bolivia Hop provides a hop-on, hop-off coach service from Cusco, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia. It’s a fantastic new extension to the Peru Hop service travelling between Lima and Cusco, filling a much-needed gap in the market for backpacker-friendly transport from Peru to Bolivia, complete with two visits to Lake Titicaca, …

Barracuda Biking - Cycling Death Road Bolivia!

Barracuda Biking – Cycling Death Road Bolivia!

Kach Umandap - Howe Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 42 Comments

Have you heard of the Cycling Death Road Bolivia? Just outside of La Paz, the highest administrative Capital city in the world and nestled in the Altiplano Mountains of Bolivia, lies the world’s most dangerous road. Built in the 1930’s during the Chaco War by Paraguayan prisoners, the Yungas road from La Paz to Coroico was the first ever connection from …

Where to stay – The best accommodation for backpackers

Where to stay – The best accommodation for backpackers

Jonathan Howe Africa, Australia & Oceania, Best Backpacker Hostels, Caribbean, Central America, Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 7 Comments

There are far more accommodation options available than you might think and I don’t just mean different hotels. Whether you want to meet new people, sleep in a luxury bed, enjoy a relaxing spa, or just save money, there’s something for everyone. Here’s our seven favorite ways to bed-down for the night! Housesitting This little-known gem in the world of …

Why Filipinos Make the Best Travel Buddies

How To Find Volunteer Opportunities Around The World

Kach Umandap - Howe Africa, Australia & Oceania, Caribbean, Central America, Inspiration and Love Stories, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 29 Comments

Before finding a volunteering gig, you have to be clear why you want to volunteer – whether it’s because you want to change the world, you want to learn new skills or you want to save money. One thing is for sure – The experience will change you! This article aims to help you find the places to volunteer. First things …

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For Filipinos: How to get a Chilean Tourist Visa in Chile Consulate in Arequipa, Peru

Kach Umandap - Howe Destination, South America & Antarctica, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 15 Comments

Planning to travel to Chile? This is how I got my Chile Tourist Visa in the Chile Consulate in Arequipa, Peru. I’ve been dreaming about going to Chile, you can find everything there. A South American country with beautiful and diverse landscapes to offer, from the Pacific beach coast, the  driest non-polar desert in the world- ATACAMA, the Las Torres del Paine in PATAGONIA, …