Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trekking through the Bolivian jungle to relive Che Guevara’s final moments

“Take a seat,” says the woman in charge of the unremarkable little whitewashed former school house. I lower myself into a fragile-looking, child-sized wooden chair. The curator smiles. “You are now sitting in the very spot where the revolutionary hero … Continue reading

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Drink and dynamite with the devil in the World’s most deadly mine…

It’s pitch black as we squat down in the swelteringly hot, dank mine shaft, 800 metres underground. The sound of hurried footsteps and panting break our nervous silence. “Put your fingers in your ears,” Choco screeches, with a disconcerting tone … Continue reading

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The shiny, shimmering world of the Bolivian salt flats

The loud blare of the jeep horn sounds again into the cold, star-studded sky as we hastily try to down a boiling hot cup of coca mate (tea) and last mouthful of jam-covered pancake. García, our small group’s mainly mute … Continue reading

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Cycling down “The most dangerous road in the world…”

Jose has decided that driving around a narrow hairpin bend, above a sheer drop of half a kilometre on the ‘most dangerous road in the world’ is an appropriate time to tap out a text on his mobile phone. Perhaps … Continue reading

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We’ve been sleeping around way too much this year – hello bed number 100

Hostels, hammocks, tents, floors, sofas, bus seats. That’s where we’ve been getting our night’s shut eye for the last nine months. We celebrated our 100th resting place and 262nd sleep on the road in a little cottage on Amantaní Island, Lake Titicaca. … Continue reading

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Partying with the Amantaní islanders on Lake Titicaca

I feel like a Second World War evacuee waiting for someone I have never met to welcome me into their home. Fortunately a kindly-eyed, smartly dressed old man finally beckons Sophie and I over and leads us up a hill … Continue reading

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Peru’s floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca

Leaping off the boat I fear for my ageing knees, but fortunately my landing is cushioned by a spongy floor made from hundreds of thousands of totora reeds. At 3,809 metres above sea level, the island of Jachatata couldn’t be more … Continue reading

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