Location: Maida Vale, London, England
Fairly well settled back into the working life.
Living in Maida Vale in West London which is great and have started working for Barclays Capital in the Commodities Division, so all is starting to fall into place.
I am still planning to update my photo's at some stage soon.
Hope everyone is well.
Location: Notting Hill, London, UK
Well i am back !!!!
On the job hunt, catching up with everyone, and trying to get used to being back in reality !!!
Back on my old Mob's 07 985 022 420.
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Final step on the big trip. Next stop LONDON !!!!
Just a few days in Bs As to have a final party and see a few last sights.
see ya all soon.
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Have met up with Brasco here for the long weekend. Went to the World Rally Championships at the stadium to watch the final stage. Good fun, even saw an aussie come in 6th. Otherwise we have not done too much, pretty much just seeing the nightlife. All good.
Love to you all
Location: Salta, Argentina
Stopped in Salta for a grand total of about 6 hours and slept for about 5 of them !! Off to Cordoba...
Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Well just finished my three days in the cold !!! The Salt Plains, Lakes, Volcanic formations, hot springs, etc etc were all absolutely amazing.
Here for 1 night, hot shower etc then tomoz morning heading to Salta in northern Argentina.
love to you all,
Location: Uyuni, Bolivia
Got off the overnight bus, having met three Swedish girls heading my same way, so we booked ourselves a three day salt plains tour ending in Chile.
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Well straight back to La Paz from Cusco. Plan to buy a few things and then head south.
Location: Cusco, Peru
Back to Cusco for a party with the crew from the treck. Awesome night out on the town. Once again visited Mama Africas and Up town, almost felt like a local !!
Also have booked my flight back to London. Leave Buenos Aires on the 10th May. Its all suddenly drawing to an end !!!
Location: Macchu Picchu, Peru
Well after 4 days of trecking through some absolutely amazing countryside, including one day hiking up to 4,600m past Salkantay Mountain, we arrived in Aguas Calientes. Then on friday morning got up at 4am, to head up the hill at 5. After an hour of climbing 1,707 stairs i reached the Picchu at 6am. It was just as amazing as I had expected. Great to be at the top for the sunrise too. Then after doing a tour, climbed what felt like another thousand stairs to the top of Waynu Picchu. I think this was definately the highlight !! Very pleased to have made it to this area in the end.
Location: Cuzco, Peru
Headed straight from La Paz to Cuzco at it was easter time and Lake Titicaca was going to be full of locals. Anyway got to Cuzco, booked in the Loki Hostel which was suggested and managed to have two massive benders in a row. Was great fun. Then managed to book myself a 5 day 'Salkantay' treck to Macchu Picchu.
Location: Coroico, Bolivia
After cruzing down the worlds most dangerous road on a pushie, i decided to stay a night at a beautiful little town down the bottom called Coroico. Was an amazing setting. Managed to almost miss the bus back to La Paz due to going for a walk too far. Tho jumped on a moving jeep flying past and just made it in time. Great fun all round !
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Just arrived this morning into La Paz after a successful 17 hour bus ride. Only one burst tire, otherwise very smooth sailing !
Will spend a few days around this area, including mountain biking down the most dangerous road and just checking out the area.
Great to be using my cold weather gear for a change.
Location: Samaipata, Bolivia
Did a cool walk for a day with a group. Crossed a flooding river about nine times, got washed away once, tho managed to survive. All in all it was a nice little town with a lovely setting, and a road to it from santa cruz which reminded me of the road to Mt G, so was nice.
Location: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Will write more later, off to the jungle for a few days.
Location: Pantanal, Brazil
Awesome spot, spent 5 days in the jungle/swamp land looking for birds and animals.
Will write more when i have time.
Location: Bonito, Brazil
In Bonito at the moment, which is south of the Pantanal. Went snorkeling down an amazingly clear river yesterday with Brasco and a tour group. Was amazing swimming with the fish etc. Then checked out some macaws and have been seeing plenty of Toucans.
Tomorrow am off to the Pantanal for a few days and then into Bolivia.
Hope you are all well.
Location: Campo Grande, Brazil
Finally managed to leave Floripa after a great two weeks. Now in western Brazil for a week before heading into Bolivia for a while. Will visit Bonito and the Pantanal before crossing the border.
Hope you are all well.
Location: Barra da Lagoa, Florianopolis, Brazil
Will let you know more when i leave.
Location: Ilha Grande, Brazil
About 3 hrs south of Rio, and about an hour on a boat. This island is a tropical rainforest surrounded by white sandy beaches. Just what you imagine from Brazil. Very cool !!
Hope alls well with you all.
Location: Rio, Argentina
Cococabanah beach !!
Impanema beach !!
Sugar Loaf !!
Christ the Redeemer !!
It was absolutely amazing, tho pretty bloody expensive to be honest !!!
Location: Curiatiba, Argentina
Did the most amazing train trip in Brazil !!! would hate to see the others, this one wasn´t soooo special.
Location: Puerto Iguacu, Argentina
Checked out the Iguaca Falls for a few days. As good as the Grand Canyon, if not better. If you get the chance go !!!
Photos to come...
Location: Rosario, Argentina
Spent the weekend in Rosario. Has some weird beaches on the side of the River. Cool town tho. 7 girls to 1 guy apparently !!!
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
been here a few days, and planning to leave in a few.
will tell more later.
Location: Provincia de La Pampa/Bs As, Argentina
I'm now drawing to the end of what will probably be the first of two weeks at The Marabu, an estancia on the edge of La Pampa, it is extrememly flat country, tho hugely productive. Average rainfall is about 40 inchesa year and the water level is only about 4 metres below ground, so bore water is easily accessable if and when required. This place has a mixture of farming, grazing and a dairy, so has been very interesting. The farming ranges from Maize, Soya Beans, Sorghum, Wheat and alot of legumes and is farmed completely min-tillage. The family is also very into their polo, so three afternoons last week we went to another local farm with a polo pitch and watched some of the locals practice their polo, and then yesterday went to a Polo tournament about 2 hrs from here, which was followed by a rodeo, which altho only horses, was hugely entertaining. There has been plenty of bbq's, siesta's and the like going on, tho also a little work which is a change for me. Its been a great experience so far, and i have been lucky enough to have met some great local people who are very keen to show me how the area operates, so that has been great.
Next week I'm off to Buenos Aires, and then I really don't know.
Hope alls well at home and where ever you might be.
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
In Mendoza at the moment, which is on the edge of the Andes and the wine capital of Argentina.
To summarize the town... The women are gorgeous, the wine is amazing, the meat is second to none, the party life is awesome, and the countryside is very like oz. So basically very hard to handle !!!! To be honest I would love to stay here for a while longer and so have been doing a little bit of research into the possibility of working here.
Anyway, next stop is some farming land between here and BA.
Hope you all have/had an excellent Australia Day !!
until next time,
Location: Santiago, Chile
Arrived after my epic 10 hrs in airports and in the air. Felt like crap after only one hrs sleep, couldn't miss Dukes of Hazard could I ???
Fell asleep on the couch of the backpackers hostel waiting to see if i could get a bed, success!! Booked my ticket to Mendoza and then got a funicular to a view point with awesome views over the whole city. Then walked home thru town. Not too bad, tho certainly not alot to see.
Location: Lima, Peru
Again, check out the photo's...
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Have a look at the photo's...
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Well Bogota turned out to be an absolutely beautiful, comfortable feeling, interesting city, with more of the friendly Colombians we encountered everywhere in the country.
We arrived on wednesday morning after a solid 14 hrs on the bus (i think). We managed to get thru the trip unscathed, altho brasco will prob remember it for all the wrong reasons. We almost didn't get a seat as the bus was over booked, tho some how they made room and all was well.
Arrived at the Platypus Hostel, and sat around for a few hours waiting to see if there would be room for us, all turned out well. Did nothing bar recover that arvo.
Then Thursday we visited the Salt Cathedral and Mine in Zipaquira. After about 90 minutes of bus travel, firstly thru the suburbs of Bogota, and then some lovely luch countryside to the north we arrived in a rather european feeling Zipa. I was expecting to come across a big open cut salt mine with a Cathedral a the back of it. Very incorrect. Instead we were soon 180m underground checking out a functional salt mine and an absolutely spectacular underground Cathedral. The pictures will better explain.
Friday i checked out the Botero Donacion. An awesome art gallery with alot of Botero, plus alot of other famous artists. Again the photo's will explain. Then we went to the Botanical Gardens for the arvo, followed by a visit up the a Church at the top of a hill which had an amazing view of the whole of Bogota.
Saturday, spent the morning at the gold museum which was great, then walked around the Simon Bolivar Square, then called into a Millitary Museum, followed by returning to the Botero Museum. Sat night we went out for one last Hoorah, and had a ball.
Then sunday, i spent the day packing up and got on my plane at 6pm to Santiago.
Location: El Cabo, Tayrona Park, Colombia
Just returned from 5 days, 4 nights on the coast about an hour north east of Santa Marta. Its an hour bus ride, then a 15 minute jeep ride and then about 90 minute walk to the spot we were going to stay, so even tho it was leading into the end of Colombian holidays and also coinciding with a long weekend, we thought that surely no one but us could be bothered with such a long walk. We were wrong. Got to the spot, and there was tents, hammocks and colombians everywhere. Luckily we still managed to hire a hammock for the night and hit the beach for a swim after the long walk. Was an absolutely beautiful beach setting, with beaches in every direction with only small points in between and heaps of big boulders all over the place. Hopefully the photo's will explain a bit better than i just did. Anyway great spot, and the people slowly started disapearing, so all in all after 5 days on the beach with nothing to do except read, sun bake, swim, play cards, talk, drink beer and rum, and sleep I am feeling very refreshed and ready to embark on the next part of the journey. Tonight I get on a bus to Bogota, a solid 16hrs of it. Can't wait, tho the Colombian buses are supposed to be great, so should be good, and in reality I need to get used to the bus travel as I have plenty ahead.
Will put a few photo's up, and will write more from either Bogota, or otherwise Mendoza.
Hope alls well where ever you are,
Location: Santa Marta, Colombia
Well I made it back safely from our 6 day hike into the Colombian forest. Something i didn't tell you before leaving Ma was the 2 years ago, 8 tourists got kidnapped doing the same hike and were only released after 104 days, same tour guide and everything. So there was always a small chance you weren't going to hear from me for a while. Any alls well.
Look forward to putting a few photo's on the net, tho to run you thru it quickly...
Jumped into a wide wheel based landcruiser 6 days ago and headed on our way. After about an hour on the highway we turned off, tooted the horn and a gate opened for us to enter onto a dodgy dirt road. All good i guess. The next part of the trip took about 80 minutes on some very washed out road. I was sitting in the back row on the passenger side, which meant close to the dirt wall. The car to say the least was all over the shop. The clutch was crap, and so old mate was revving the hell out of the car, and going no where. Then my side of the car started scrapping along the dirt. Pretty funny in retrospect, tho bloody scary at the same time. (that wasn't scrapping because he was driving too close, tho because the car was leaning over so much. Anyway got to the top of the hill relatively unscathed, and thought all was good. Came over a hill, ignition failed, brakes failed and we were hurtling down the road with 60 degree drops infornt and to the side. Luckily the driver starting steering to my side into the dirt and we pulled up with about 10metres to spare. Was a very lucky stop to be honest, and what was already a memorable drive, just got a whole lot more memorable. Anyway , oldmate lifted the bonet, jiggled a few things and then said all aboard, so with no other option that we did. After going thru a few para military checkpoints we were at the start of the walk. Had lunch, packs on the back and we were away. I think basically we did 20km each way and alot of up and down with the last day including 1200 stairs up. The walk in was over 3 days, and was really great. on the morning of the second day, we went to the local Cocain Factory !! All the local farmers basically survive by growing coca plants which aren't iliegal, and then turn it into a paste which is one step from being the famous white powder. they then sell it to the para military who look after the area, who then do the last step in the process and then it gets sold onto the traffickers. Was an amazing thing to witness. Anyway got to the lost city on the 30th, then spent the day of the 31st walking around the area which is the largest ancient site ever found in the america's and was only discovered 30 years ago. We had to cross heaps of rivers on the way, and also walk thru a few local indian villages which was awesome. Met a few of them and saw how they live. Then had a few rums and barely made new years. Walked back in 2 days, then back on the 4wd for the return trip. I was lucky enough to be put on the top of the thing, with another bloke, 4 sacks of potatoes, all the bags etc etc. Was scarier than the way up, to cut a long story short, tho something i will definately remember. Just hope the car trips get a litle less stressful from here on in.
Was awesome fun!!!
Lots of love to you all,
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
FELIZ NAVIDAD / HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone.
lots of love to you all...
Location: Panama City, Panama
Well the trip is over. Or atleast the drive is. Have arrived in Panama City after 3 months and 21,000km of driving from Canada to Panama. Was awesome and altho a little expensive, something which i suggest you all do one day. To be honest tho i would put 6 months aside for it. Wish we could have spent more time everywhere, particularly down here. Checked out the Canal 2 days ago, which really is pretty impressive. Then yesterday we went to the caribean coast for a swim. The water is so warm, its amazing. Last night was a send off for Jordie. Been very very steady today. Not envious of his 24hrs of flying, tho a good home cooked meal wouldn´t go astray.
For Bert, Brasco and I, its to Cartagena Colombia tomorrow afternoon for Christmas. It looks to be like the Noosa of Qld, so should be a great place for Christmas. Charlotte Bigge (second cousin) will be in Cartagena too, so will be great to have some family there.
Then after xmas and new year in Cartagena I plan to head east along the coast firstly for a big 4 day electronic dance party. From there i think i will do a 6 day trek to a lost world and a mud volcanoe. Supposed to be amazing. Then I fly to Santiago, Chile, where I will begin a months traveling across Argentina and Brazil to arrive in Rio for Carnival at the end of February.
Location: Monteverde, Costa Rica
Two nights in Monteverde! Did the famous zip lines, which was great fun, the highest was 170m and the longest 750m I think. Was awesome!!! Then had a very tranquil canopy walk. The canopy walk was about 3km and between 20 and 50 metres above ground. Great fun !!!!
Location: Tamorindo, Costa Rica
Just quickly in Tamarindo, the boys are selling there surf boards, and then we may spend a day here, or otherwise head to Monteverde to do a rainforest canopy tour. Then to Panama we go.
Location: Bahia Majagual, Nicaragua
Spent a few days in Granada. To be honest was very like Antigua, tho still great to see, and the Lake really is massive. Unfortunately we got told the island on the lake really wasn't so special after all, so instead we headed straight to a beach called Bahia Majagual which is just north of San Juan Del Sur. It was a top spot, with a great surf break, and also an awesome campsite come backpackers with a bar and restaurant, and to top all that off it was overrun with swedish girls. An awesome place which i would definately suggest people visit. From there we headed south to the border.
Location: Roatan, Honduras
Here at the moment, just wanted to update the Map. Just quickly, have done a Scuba Course. So far have done 7 dives. 2 more and we will be PADI advanced scuba divers !!!