South American Destinations

In February 2013, I began backpacking through South America.  Here are the stories of the destinations I visited…

Southern South America


Buenos Aires, Argentina – Impressions
The Adventure Begins

Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
On Isla Grande, at the southern tip of South America

Ushuaia, Argentina – Impressions
The city at the bottom of the world

Lower Chilean Patagonia
Along the South Patagonian Ice Field

Punta Arenas, Chile – Impressions
Chile’s southernmost city and the largest city in Patagonia

Puerto Natales, Chile – Impressions
Gateway to Torres del Paine and the patagonian fiords

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – Argentina
Gateway to The Glaciers National Park wpid-DSCN2168-2013-04-13-09-34.jpg

El Calafate, Argentina – Impressions
Gateway to Los Glaciares

El Chalten, Argentina – Impressions
Gateway to Mt Fitz Roy

Navimag Ferry – Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt
A 5-day cruise through the Patagonian FjordsDSCN2204

Los Lagos – Lakes District
A region of Chile approximately 900km south of Santiago800px-Puerto_Montt_2009

Puerto Montt, Chile – Impressions
Gateway to Northern Patagonia

Osorno, Chile – Impressions
Gateway to the Los Lagos (Lakes District)

Pucon, Chile – Impressions
A must visit city in northern Patagonia

Rio Negra Province, Argentina

Bariloche, Argentina – Impressions
The chocolate capital of South America

El Bolsón, Argentina – Impressions
The hippie town of Patagonia

Central Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina – Adventures
The wine capital of ArgentinaDSCN2467

Córdoba, Argentina – Impressions
The warm centre of Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Take 2
Back again in the capital


Colonia, Uruguay – Impressions
A quick voyage to a quaint villageDSCN2541

Central South America



Iguazú Falls, Argentina & Brazil
To the Devil’s Throat and beyond…

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Adventures
Brazil’s second largest city

Campo Grande and The Pantanal, Brazil
Gateway to one of the world’s largest wetlands


Death Road, La Paz, Bolivia
A crazy dirt bike ride for 69km down the world’s most dangerous road.

La Paz, Bolivia
The high altitude city set in a bowl

Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Isla del Sol, Bolivia
The highest navigable lake in the world and an Inca Island


Cusco, Peru
The ancient capital of the Incan Empire

Aguas Caliente and Machu Picchu
Most popular destination in South America

Arequipa, Southern Peru – Impressions
Peru’s second largest city, and third most popular tourist destination

Ica and Huacachina Oasis, Central Peru
Giant sand dunes at the top of the driest hot desert in the world

Lima – Impressions
My first visit to the Peruvian capital

Huaraz – Impressions
A city nestled between to large mountain ranges

Lima – Take 2
A visit to the historical centre of Lima

Máncora, Northen Peru – Impressions
Four days doing very little at the beach


Galapagos Islands – Adventures
Four days exploring the Isla Santa Cruz while waiting for a cruise

Galapagos Islands – Cruise
Four days cruising the islands

Mindo – Adventures
A small town north of Quito deep in the rainforest.

Quito – Adventures
Things to do in the capital

Cuenca and Ingapirca – Adventures
A city and Incan ruins.


Cali – Impressions
The capital of sport and salsa dancing.

Bogotá – Impressions
The capital in all its glory

Medellin – Impressions
The former home of Pablo Escobar

Cartagena – Impressions
A city on the Caribbean coast and capital of the Spanish Inquisition

Taganga – Impressions
A nice little beach town on the Caribbean Coast.

Ciudad Perdida – Colombia’s Lost City
A four day hike to the ruins of an indigenous city rediscovered in 1972

Looking Back
A summary of  my South American journey

Part 1 – Patagonia

Part 2 – Central South America

Part 3 – Northern South America

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