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The beginning of the World Cup, winning $Rs100, loosing $Rs500, a crazyspeed boat driver, a police report, and other tales from Ilhabela

Three and a half hours south of Sao Paulo is a little spot of paradise. It's called Ilhabela, and it's an island that truly lives up to its name. We spent four nights there and had many an adventure. The day we arrived was the start of the World Cup, and Brazil were due to be playing. Our Airbnb host (who was great) invited us to her friends' house to watch the match. Sitting as ...
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The Pantanals By Numbers

2 :: The number of jaguars I hoped to see 0:: The number of jaguars I actually saw. The internet says June is the perfect time for jaguar spotting, our guide said it was November. Either way, both agree you don't see them when the water's high. 1:: Canoe trip down the river in the hot, hot sun 3:: the number of monkeys we spotted whilst in the canoe 1:: swim down the river, making ...
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Cycling Death Road, Bolivia

I've barely even sat on a mountain bike. Sure I had cheapish ones when I was younger, but I'm pretty sure they never had suspension and I definitely never really did any mountain biking with them; unless riding around a car park counts... It doesn't? Deciding to make my first mountain bike experience a trip down "World's Most Dangerous Road," also known as "Death Road" (for obvious reasons), probably wasn't the smartest idea (It´s also ...
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Salar d’Uyuni, The Salt Flats Bolivia

If Peru is most associated with Machu Picchu, Bolivia is perhaps best associated with the Salt Flats (or Salar d'Uyuni). This huge expanse of salt in Southern Bolivia makes for great traveller pictures and is a pretty unique sight. We arrived from our overnight bus at about 3 am, although we didn't know this until later on. Around 3 am we stopped somewhere unknown, the driver went to the back of the bus and fell ...
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Travelling To Uyuni

We split our bus journey form La Paz to Uyuni up slightly. The whole journey takes about 12 hours and is renowned for being uncomfortable, due to a lack of paved roads, and absolutely freezing (the windows actually iced over!)   Our first leg of the journey was to Oruro, but thanks to the woman who sold us he ticket, we almost had to wait another day.    We'd been the day before to try ...
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La Paz :: Food

A big part of travel is food. Discovering new dishes is a fun way to get to know the country you're in, and can lead you to discover delicious new foods (and sometimes not). We first arrived in La Paz in the evening (following a very, very bumpy bus ride). We found somewhere to stay and headed out in search of something to eat. In a city as busy and bustling as La Paz you ...
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La Paz :: Witches´ Market

I´m a big fan of markets abroad.There´s not so many back home, at least not outside of London.When you do find them they´re quite often full of clothes you wouldn´t want to wear and Nike knock-offs. Markets abroad seem to sell everything. L paz is full of different markets: food, car parts, flowers and even the Witches get their own market! In the Witches´market you´ll find all sorts of things ranging from good fortune charms, ...
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Welcome To Bolivia

First impressions of Bolivia weren't great. Whilst Peru was full of smiling faces and helpful people, Bolivia seemed grumpier and ruder.   Crossing the border into Bolivia is a pretty slow process. I've heard and read it's even worse for Americans with immigration control being fussy about the quality of dollar notes: no creases whatsoever. Being British is definitely an advantage in South America when it comes to avoiding costly visa charges!   About 20 ...
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Lake Titicaca and The Floating Islands of Uros

Leaving Cusco meant organising our own transport for the first time (Peru Hop had been the easy way out in that respect). Fortunately Cusco is a pretty easy place to organise a bus from, with many companies heading to our next destination of Puno. Even with our poor Spanish we managed to make ourselves understood. Puno isn't really somewhere you stay for a few days, our plan was to leave it the same day as ...
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Machu Picchu, Peru

Then came the day the whole trek had been about. The big one. Seeing Machu Picchu. Our guide tried his best to tell our group of four that a bus ride to the top would be better, we would have a long day ahead of us and hiking the 600+ steps might mean we were too tired to enjoy the day. In our minds bus ride = cheating. So, determined to hike up to Machu ...
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