Category Archive: Hiking

W is for Patagonia, Torres del Paine

Chile’s premier hiking route is Patagonia’s W – a stunning four day trek that takes in glaciers, mountains and turquoise coloured lakes: scenery that takes your breath away. This well trodden path of… Continue reading

In the steps of Incas in Machu Picchu and Cusco

Cusco is famous for being the gateway to Machu Picchu but this colonial town offers so much more. This was my third time in Cusco and I came back to hike the Ausangate… Continue reading

World’s highest glaciers may disappear within 40 years

I have returned to Huaraz, north of Lima, to report for ABC News, writing about Peru’s disappearing glaciers. This is one place not to delay visiting. ABC News: It’s the world’s highest tropical… Continue reading

The wow factor, Huascarán National Park, Huaraz

A glacier on every mountain top, turquoise lakes and beautiful rivers define this region and it seems unbelievable that anyone could visit Peru without coming here. Like most travellers, the first two times… Continue reading

Volcanoes, Canyons and Lakes, Quilotoa and Cotopaxi

Standing on the edge of an aqua-coloured crater lake or a freezing glacier sheet can make the heart skip a beat – especially if you have just hiked up a mountain to 5000m.… Continue reading

Big markets and big heart in Otavalo, Ecuador

Gorgeous Otavalo is a town most travellers visit for one of South America’s largest artisans craft markets, but it has so much more to offer. I stayed here for two weeks to study… Continue reading

Cocaine, Churches and Crossing Borders, Colombia

San Agustin Rolling hills, deep canyons, waterfalls and 3500 year old archaeology make San Agustìn in southern Colombia a must visit town on any backpacker’s list. The UNESCO listed archaeological park is impressive… Continue reading

Adventure sports in the shadow of an erupting volcano, Baños

Tungurahua Volcano erupted this morning spewing plumes of gas, above the stunning town of Baños in Ecuador. I had a chance to get up close, visiting Casa del Arbol (Tree House) near the… Continue reading

Salsa and adrenaline in Cali and San Cipriano, Colombia

By night it is salsa in Cali that gets the heart racing. By day it is travelling to nearby San Cipriano via a heart stopping, lightning speed ride through the jungle on a modified… Continue reading

Guerrilla warfare under the Liquid Rainbow, Caño Cristales

Caño Cristales is a river unlike any other in the world with its display of reds, pinks, whites and greens making this a natural wonder. Between June and November each year, the aquatic… Continue reading