Pucon: A guide to Chile’s adventure capital

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One of my favourite places in Chile was the adventure capital of Pucón. Not least because of my excursion up the side of an active volcano. But more on that later.

If exciting activities grab your attention, then Pucón is the place for you. There is a whole heap of activities to try out, from hiking and hot springs to white-water rafting and skydiving. It takes roughly 8.5 hours to travel south to Pucón from the capital Santiago, some 800km away. Alternatively, if you’re travelling north through Patagonia as I was, then it’s a good stopping point after the likes of Puerto Montt, Valdivia, Puerto Varas or even Bariloche to the East. Continue reading

Don’t make me laugh when I’m trying to flamingo

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I was recommended to visit San Pedro de Atacama by a Chilean friend from home. Situated in the north of Chile close to the Bolivian border, the small town is surrounded by the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert and some incredible scenery. Continue reading

How to drink maté

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As an Englishman it always confuses people when I say I don’t drink tea. “But you’re British!” they protest. Well sorry to ruin your stereotype. I don’t drink coffee either and that really messes people up. “Well what do you have with breakfast?” As difficult as it seems for some people to understand, it’s nothing compared to the complexity of drinking maté. Continue reading

Panthera Africa: Living with the big cats

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Many times when I travel my plans change. But this just means I experience something I wasn’t aware of before I arrived. This was the case on my recent trip to Southern Africa. Due to several coincidences I was travelling East from Cape Town instead of my original plan of coming from the opposite direction. However, this meant I was able to learn of a very special place in the Eastern Cape. Panthera Africa. Continue reading

12 days, 5,453 km, 4 countries, 2 tents, and another VW: Part Two

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To read the first part of our African road trip click here

While we were in Maun we had some free time so decided to take advantage and plan our onward route. Louise had to be in Windhoek in a couple of days and was planning to take a bus from Maun, whereas myself and Céline were hoping to go to Kgalagadi National Park. Unfortunately that appeared impossible from the Botswana side without a 4×4. We’re gonna need some bigger tyres for the Polo! Continue reading

12 days, 5,453 km, 4 countries, 2 tents, and another VW: Part One

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I’d been back in Windhoek barely an hour after my week exploring some of the highlights of Namibia when the next part of my Southern Africa trip began. I was chatting to the people in my dorm when I met Céline, a girl from Belgium who was travelling alone and happened to have a rental car. As we talked it appeared we had similar plans and she asked if I’d like to join her. Continue reading