​Potosì. Between beauty and oppression. 

Potosì was one of the most impressive cities I visited so far due to its history and still current conditions. In 1545, silver was discovered in the Cerro Rico (the rich mountain). Potosì soon became the centre of America as Cerro Rico was the richest silver mine in the world. More than 470 years later,…

San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour. Day 3.

In the very early morning we dress in all our layers to brave the cold night. It’s a 50 minutes drive to the place where we stop to see the sunrise. In the car we listen to Bolivian folklore music and see the light coming up on the horizon. It’s unreal, the white salt everywhere…

​Relaxing in Tupiza 

Tupiza is a nice little town in the South of Bolivia, in the middle of a fantastic landscape made of red or black hills and desert. It’s relatively warm the whole year, no freezing at night at 3000m altitude. I was very lucky to get a room quite cheap in probably one of the best…

San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour. Day 2.

The night is alright, I am very warm in my bed and just wake up a few times. I check my camera but it’s still not working after charging it, it lits up and tells me to turn power off and back on but the lense is not coming out. Well, I guess I somehow…

San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour. Part 1.

I am ready for my 3 day tour into Bolivia, via the salt flats of Uyuni (and many other highlights).  I have seen most of the sights in San Pedro and feel acclimatised after some high altitude excursions. I am picked up as the first one around 7.10am, we drive around and get 5 more…

​Atacama Desert. Salar de Tara.

I love the wide open, volcanic, dusty, arid landscape around San Pedro de Atacama and stayed longer than planned, spending lots of money on awesome tours. My last one shall lead to the Salar de Tara, the salt flat of Tara.  Pick up is at 8am and we head out of town of the road…

​Atacama Desert. Piedras Rojas and Tatio Geysirs. 

A day trip to the red rocks, piedras Rojas, is booked for today and since 7am I am waiting to be picked up. It’s 7.50am when Flamingo Tours finally get me, they didn’t even know where to find my (relatively new) hostel and Chris and Mim had to provide directions. We head first to the…

​Atacama Desert 

I can hardly believe it but I am now already in San Pedro de Atacama. My last stop in Chile. My initial plan was to end my time out here and then fly back from Santiago. As I could spend less time in Patagonia though due to the coming winter, I made the new plan…

Valparaiso – a beautiful mess

Some 100km west of Santiago at the sea is the city Valparaiso. It’s much bigger than I thought initially and it’s full of colours. Colourful houses, colourful street art everywhere. I spent 1.5 days walking around the town, torn between the loud, busy, noisy big streets I don’t like and all the great vibes, colours,…

2 days in Santiago de Chile 

After all the nature and rather small cities, Santiago is on my way further up north and I need at least make a short stop there. After not enjoying that much being in Buenos Aires, I like that I can stay in Santiago as long or short as I spontaneously want. It’s off season and…

​A day hike in the Huerquehue park to Cerro San Sebastian 

After the perfect day yesterday hiking up the Villarrica, I slept quite early. At 7.15am I still feel tired but I get up anyway. My bus leaves at 8.30am for the Huerquehue national park. I enjoy the silence and space in the kitchen when having my breakfast, the volcanoe hikers already left and the others…