SOUTH AMERICA
 

 
 
 
 
 

Welcome to the world untouched, unnoticed, and full of secrets! South America is an absolutely amazing place to visit. We spent six months backpacking through South America, and have nothing but great things to share about our experience. We talk about going back to South America about once a week -- we loved it so much! Pick a country, or scroll through our posts to get inspired to travel through this hidden gem in the world.



 



 

  • Thermas Del Daymen… Uruguay Hot Springs

    Thermas Del Daymen… Uruguay Hot Springs

    We went from being showered by the falls at Iguazu Falls, to relaxing in the thermal pools at Daymen Hot Springs; and while it all sounds lovely, it was one stressful time.     Way back when we were in Puerto Natales, we had our debit card information stolen at one of the ATMs. We Read more about Thermas Del Daymen… Uruguay Hot Springs[…]Read More »
  • Iguazu Falls… A Must Read in the Shower

    Iguazu Falls… A Must Read in the Shower

    Pictures can only go so far when trying to tell a story of an event in one’s life. Yes, they are important and a picture can say a million words, but to completely understand Iguazu Falls from somewhere afar, you have to do a bit more than read this post, watch the videos, and look Read more about Iguazu Falls… A Must Read in the Shower[…]Read More »
  • Ushuaia

    Ushuaia

    We finally made it to the end of the world!!     After finishing up our trek in Torres Del Paine, we hopped on a bus and and made our way south! Little did we know, we were in for a real treat on our bus trip! Upon boarding the bus, we received a nice Read more about Ushuaia[…]Read More »
  • Torres Del Paine.. Read at Your Own Risk

    Torres Del Paine.. Read at Your Own Risk

    When we were “planning” our trip down to South America, we had two must do’s on our agenda. Machu Picchu (which you can read about here) and Torres Del Paine. The gorgeous pictures all over every social media account had us hooked on seeing this beautiful place with our own eyes. Fair warning here.. after Read more about Torres Del Paine.. Read at Your Own Risk[…]Read More »
  • Torres Del Paine.. Trail Talk

    Torres Del Paine.. Trail Talk

      Something you have to see to believe. And we mean really see it.. Not one of those fly down, spend three days doing the “W” trek as quick as you can and then fly home. We mean.. slow down, take it all in, and really enjoy the beauty of this amazing national park.   Read more about Torres Del Paine.. Trail Talk[…]Read More »
  • Huge Glaciers, an Ice Bar, and One Crazy Hostel

    Huge Glaciers, an Ice Bar, and One Crazy Hostel

    So clearly we are doing a fabulous job of keeping you all updated seeing how we are still trying to catch up from our time in South America. But hey, we are getting closer one blog at a time right? To refresh your memory, before getting into El Chalten was our crazy border crossing experience Read more about Huge Glaciers, an Ice Bar, and One Crazy Hostel[…]Read More »
  • Caleta Tortel, Villa O’Higgins, and Crossing The Border

    Caleta Tortel, Villa O’Higgins, and Crossing The Border

    So we caught our first bus in over a month. Hitchhiking was completely out of the question, and we didn’t want to miss our only chance out of Puerto Rio Tranquilo. We boarded the bus and had seats on the left, which meant we were going to have an amazing view of the lake for Read more about Caleta Tortel, Villa O’Higgins, and Crossing The Border[…]Read More »
  • Ice Climbing and Marble Caves… Puerto Rio Tranquilo

    Ice Climbing and Marble Caves… Puerto Rio Tranquilo

    Trekking on ice, beautiful marble caves, and paying for transportation for the first time in a month. We were so bummed to be leaving Ignacio and Antonio. Traveling with the two of them was so much fun and brought back so many memories of our own road trip back in the states. It made us Read more about Ice Climbing and Marble Caves… Puerto Rio Tranquilo[…]Read More »
  • The Fabulous Four in Cerro Castillo

    The Fabulous Four in Cerro Castillo

    A pregnancy announcement, one huge bear, and a beautiful castle. So there you have it. We met the perfect people to hitchhike with not only because they were going the same way we were, but they were awesome people to be around. Our first stop on our road trip as the fabulous four was Puerto Read more about The Fabulous Four in Cerro Castillo[…]Read More »
  • Patagonia!!… Parque National Queulat

    Patagonia!!… Parque National Queulat

    Wow, we’re in Patagonia…a place so beautiful it literally brought tears to our eyes. The boat ride from Chiloe was quite the experience. We got all our warm clothes out of our bags, checked our bags in on the bottom floor of the boat, and went to find our seats. The boat was set to Read more about Patagonia!!… Parque National Queulat[…]Read More »
  • Chiloe, Chile!!

    Chiloe, Chile!!

    Hitchhiking, beautiful places, and a God who speaks so clearly!! We left Valdivia with the hopes of hitching all the way to Chiloe in one day. We weren’t really sure what that would look like, but thought it was plausible with the possibility of us getting a hitch with the right person. We got up Read more about Chiloe, Chile!![…]Read More »
  • Our First Experiences Hitchhiking… Valdivia, Chile

    Our First Experiences Hitchhiking… Valdivia, Chile

        Making our way to Valdivia was quite the experience! We finally did something that we have been talking about since getting into Chile. It was time to stick our thumbs out and take the initiative to save some money on transportation, challenge our Spanish with locals, and add one more adventure to our Read more about Our First Experiences Hitchhiking… Valdivia, Chile[…]Read More »
  • Life on a Farm

    Life on a Farm

      Volunteering was one of our goals while backpacking through South America. We weren’t sure where or when this was going to happen, however, we knew when we were supposed to stop and volunteer it would be clear to us. When we went out to the Trankurra Farm for Alex and Jon’s birthday dinner, we Read more about Life on a Farm[…]Read More »
  • Pucon, Chile

    Pucon, Chile

    After getting off the bus from Santiago, we could instantly tell a difference in the weather. The morning was very crisp and cold. Everything had dew on it and you could see your breath: we were ten hours further south.   We walked across the street to the TurBus terminal to wait an hour so Read more about Pucon, Chile[…]Read More »
  • Santiago, Chile

    Santiago, Chile

    After being in Mendoza for a few days, we asked our CouchSurfing host from Santiago if we could stay with him again. When he replied he said that we could stay with him as long as we needed to, and after staying with him for five nights we were all a little sad that it Read more about Santiago, Chile[…]Read More »
  • Wine, Wine, Wine.. Mendoza, Argentina

    Wine, Wine, Wine.. Mendoza, Argentina

    January 2, 2015 we woke up to slowly make our way to the bus station to leave Vina Del Mar and head to Mendoza. We thought our bus left at 8:30, and we needed to be at the bus station at 8:15, but we started second guessing ourselves and checked our ticket and it said Read more about Wine, Wine, Wine.. Mendoza, Argentina[…]Read More »
  • Iquique for Christmas–Valparaiso for New years

    Iquique for Christmas–Valparaiso for New years

      So Christmas relaxing on a gorgeous beach it was. If you remember from a previous post, we were planning on heading to Santiago/Mendoza for Christmas, but the Lord had other plans. Heading to Iquique, we didn’t know much about the town except for the fact that it was a beach town in Northern Chile Read more about Iquique for Christmas–Valparaiso for New years[…]Read More »
  • Salar de Uyuni… Salt Flats Tour

    Salar de Uyuni… Salt Flats Tour

    We arrived to Uyuni from Potosi at midnight. The second we got off the bus, a lady bombarded us, asking us if we wanted to do the Salt Flats tour with her company. We were warned of this lady and kindly told her we were waiting for the morning to book our tour. (She apparently Read more about Salar de Uyuni… Salt Flats Tour[…]Read More »
  • Sucre and Potosi

    Sucre and Potosi

    Woo.. we had safely made it back to La Paz!! But no woo hoo on the fact that that same evening we would be jumping on another bus for yet another 15-hour bus ride!! When we arrived to La Paz, the bus driver dropped us off at a different bus station than the one we Read more about Sucre and Potosi[…]Read More »
  • Pampas Tour

    Pampas Tour

    There are two ways to get to Rurrenabarque from La Paz. Option one is to buy a plane ticket and enjoy a half hour flight. Option two is to buy a bus ticket and endure a twenty-hour bus ride. Although the bus ride is forty times as long as the flight, it is nearly a Read more about Pampas Tour[…]Read More »
  • La Paz, Bolivia

    La Paz, Bolivia

    As we entered the gigantic city of La Paz, we started observing how it is situated in this huge bowl like landscape. It is the world’s highest national capital, sitting at an elevation of about 12,000 feet. It quickly became apparent that people who live here belong on one of two sides of the spectrum Read more about La Paz, Bolivia[…]Read More »
  • Lake Titicaca.. and we’re in Bolivia :)

    Lake Titicaca.. and we’re in Bolivia 🙂

    From Arequipa, we boarded our bus that would be a 6 hour bus ride to Puno, Peru. This is the coastal town on the Titicaca Lake. Upon arriving to the town, we were hoping that we would be able to catch a connecting bus to Copacabana, Bolivia, but because Peru is literally on their own Read more about Lake Titicaca.. and we’re in Bolivia :)[…]Read More »
  • We Miss Cheese… Oh, and Where We Have Been Lately

    We Miss Cheese… Oh, and Where We Have Been Lately

    Yes.. You read it right.. Four weeks out of the states.. And nearly three months out of our house and we are starting to miss things. Yes, there are the obvious things like our family that we miss and having friends over at our house and visiting them at theirs, but we thought all you Read more about We Miss Cheese… Oh, and Where We Have Been Lately[…]Read More »
  • Machu Picchu!!!

    Machu Picchu!!!

    Wow!! We were really waking up and heading to Machu Picchu for the day. This was one of our biggest dreams come true. After reading books about this place, reading blog after blog and website followed by website about Machu Picchu, we couldn’t believe we were really getting up to head into this majestic place. Read more about Machu Picchu!!![…]Read More »
  • The Days Leading up to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and The Salkantay Trek

    The Days Leading up to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and The Salkantay Trek

    The morning that we left the Lima airport started off a little hectic; we started noticing a lot of the different airlines had been getting delayed and/or canceled due to the weather that was up around Cusco (where we were attempting to fly into). We sat patiently in the gate seating area to see the Read more about The Days Leading up to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and The Salkantay Trek[…]Read More »
  • The First Footsteps on a New Continent… Lima, Peru

    The First Footsteps on a New Continent… Lima, Peru

    Lima, Peru is the hub for people heading to Machu Picchu. With cheap flights in and out of Lima, there are loads of tourist flocking the streets daily! The architecture in Lima has a huge Spanish influence, the food is considered top notch, and the Pisco Sours are served strong!     Getting Into Lima  Read more about The First Footsteps on a New Continent… Lima, Peru[…]Read More »

 



 





 

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