Posts by Elsi Gibbs

Dirty dancing and dreamy hostels in Santa Marta

Dirty dancing and dreamy hostels in Santa Marta

For many backpackers travelling up Colombia’s north coast, Santa Marta is a point of interest and I was ready to explore...

Cartagena: a colourful Colombian gem

Cartagena: a colourful Colombian gem

Colombia was never on my list of South American destinations but that all changed as I met other backpackers stressing...

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

I arrived in the Atacama desert via a three day salt flats tour which began in Uyuni. The first part...

Work and play in Sucre

Work and play in Sucre

I flew from La Paz to Sucre – the capital of Bolivia – because it was relatively cheap and I...

Two nights on Isla del Sol

Two nights on Isla del Sol

Due to some differences and after discussions, Tom and I decided to part ways after Puno. It can be really...

Uros floating islands, Amantani and Taquile

Uros floating islands, Amantani and Taquile

We said ciao to Cuzco and hola to Puno, the final Peruvian stop before Bolivia. The bus ride there was...

Cuzco: food, massages, markets and rainbow mountain

Cuzco: food, massages, markets and rainbow mountain

I’m not going to claim to have made the most of Cuzco because it became far too easy to just...

Salkantay trek and Machu Picchu

Salkantay trek and Machu Picchu

Months before Tom and I departed for South America, we researched different ways in which we could approach Machu Picchu....

From desert beach to desert oasis: Paracas and Huacachina

From desert beach to desert oasis: Paracas and Huacachina

Paracas is a small beach town located in the Ica region in Peru. It’s easily accessible by bus and was...

An introduction to altitude in Huaraz

An introduction to altitude in Huaraz

A last minute Google search brought us to Huaraz, a city over 3000 metres above sea level and Capital of...