From vineyards to mountains – a day tour from Mendoza exploring the mountains on the way to the Chile border

A day tour along the mountain road to Puente de Inca and Christ the Redeemer statue high above the Argentina-Chile border. From 750m above sea level in Mendoza to 4,000m above sea level at the Christ the Redeemer statue, this day trip from Mendoza was a highlight for me. We decided we didn’t have enough…… Continue reading From vineyards to mountains – a day tour from Mendoza exploring the mountains on the way to the Chile border

A week in Paraguay – from the Itaipu dam to partying on the beach via historic Asunción

A one week itinerary for backpacking Paraguay For backpackers visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina, a trip over the border to Brazil and Paraguay is a must do. As British citizens there’s no requirement for pre-arrival visas – just an entry stamp at the border. It’s as easy as getting on a bus! Paraguay is a…… Continue reading A week in Paraguay – from the Itaipu dam to partying on the beach via historic Asunción

Wine tasting, empanadas and olive trees – a cycling tour of Mendoza Vineyards, Argentina

A perfect self guided day tour of Mendoza wineries in Maipu area Hiring a bicycle and cycling around vineyards in Mendoza, the premier wine region of Argentina seemed like a perfect way to pass an afternoon. Guided bus tours of the vineyards were staggeringly high prices, from US$100 upwards, so we were pleased to discover…… Continue reading Wine tasting, empanadas and olive trees – a cycling tour of Mendoza Vineyards, Argentina

Asuncion, Paraguay – a walking tour of the historical centre and a flask of terere at the beach

An walking tour of historical downtown Asuncion We planned just one day in Asuncion to explore the historical centre and get a feel for the city. We took a five hour bus from Cuidad Del Este, enjoying great views of the  very flat, very green countryside. Asunción is the capital of Paraguay, with a population…… Continue reading Asuncion, Paraguay – a walking tour of the historical centre and a flask of terere at the beach

First stop in Paraguay – Top sights in Cuidad del Este, Paraguay

A one day itinerary in Cuidad del Este, including Itaipu dam and Saltos del Monday waterfalls Cuidad del Este is Paraguay’s second largest city, known for its vast Itaipu dam which powers most of Paraguay, as well as offering endless duty free shopping. It’s just across the border from Brazil and Argentina in an area…… Continue reading First stop in Paraguay – Top sights in Cuidad del Este, Paraguay

Street Art, Antique Markets and the legacy of Evita – first impressions of Buenos Aires

A Backpackers Guide to Three Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina Finally I’ve started my winter travels for 2019! I flew into Buenos Aires on Christmas Morning and I’ve an ambitious plan to visit four countries over the next two weeks with my friend Sarah. Then, once she’s left, I’ll head south to Bariloche, Argentina’s lake…… Continue reading Street Art, Antique Markets and the legacy of Evita – first impressions of Buenos Aires

Top ten Central American experiences – off the beaten track vs Instagram perfect

Instagram-perfection or off-the-beaten track? Top Destinations in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Belize compared In December 2018 my four month Central America backpacking trip began, taking in five countries. A loop from El Salvador into Honduras, on to Guatemala, across the Mexico border and back through Belize makes for a great Central America travel…… Continue reading Top ten Central American experiences – off the beaten track vs Instagram perfect