Peru

Bolivia

Argentina

Cambio, cambio…

Patagonia

Brrrr…

French Polynesia

Paradise…

Australia

G’day Mate!

New Zealand

Middle Earth

Rapa Nui

Empanadas con queso

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8 months - 9 countries


13.09.2015, Hawai'i

Hawai'i (23.8-13.9)

Finally, it was time again for some hot weather and nice beaches! We arrived in Honolulu from Quito after 13 hours of flight and changing the plane twice. As there were several hurricanes approaching, the weather was really strange: extremely hot,…

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21.08.2015, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

After waving Sämi goodbye and a short stopover in Guayaquil, which was nice but not exciting, we boarded our flight to Galapagos Islands. First we visited the main city of Galapagos on Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora. We explored the famous Charles…

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05.08.2015, Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Once we arrived in Cuzco it was time to book our trip to the famous Machu Picchu. We wanted to do a hike around the Andes and then visit Machu Picchu but we knew the most popular Inca Trail was booked out already for months… If you want to do th…

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30.07.2015, Peru

Peru

From Lima to Lima, via Arequipa, Puno, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and in wonderful companionship of Sämi :-)

After Sämi’s arrival in Lima we headed out to explore the city. First we went to Plaza des Armas and the surrounding government bu…

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13.07.2015, Rurrenabaque

The Jaguar

One of the highlights you can see when visiting the Madidi Jungle at Rurrenabaque is the Jaguar. Our guide told us that it is a rare occurrence to spot one, but it could happen. He also taught us some preconditions to get a glance on a Jaguar: sil…

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12.07.2015, Rurrenabaque

Jungle and Pampa

Travelling on the altiplano along Uyuni-Potosi-Sucre-La Paz had one negative side effect: it was cold the whole time. So we really were looking forward to fly to Rurrenabaque, towards warmth, jungle and pampa (or as we know it savannah). After lan…

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10.07.2015, La Paz

La Paz

La Paz lies on about 4000 meters above sea level, surrounded by beautiful mountains – so the entrance to this city is very impressive. As there was no real must-see for us in the city, we just wandered around and visited some churches and crafts…

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06.07.2015, Copacabana

Lake Titikaka

Arriving in Copacabana, the one at lake Titikaka, not in Brazil, our bus company had a good deal with a local hotel. We spontaneously decided to go for the deal. A room on the sixth floor without elevator in an altitude of 3800m is not exactly fun…

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02.07.2015, Sucre

Sucre

After a really speedy trip in a shared taxi we arrived in Sucre, the capital of Bolivia. The city has many white painted houses and a nice climate, which make it very appealing and good place to stay some nights. Unfortunately, as Michael’s …

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30.06.2015, Potosi

Potosi

Instead of heading directly to La Paz, like most of backpackers do, we decided to make a turn via Potosi and later Sucre. Thanks to its silver mines, Potosi used to be the richest city in South America many, many years ago. The mines are still act…

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26.06.2015, Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flat

After some research to avoid companies that have drunk drivers or forget you at the border, we booked a 3-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama to the Uyuni Salt Lake in Bolivia.

A minibus picked us up and drove us first to the border of Chile…

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24.06.2015, San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

After two hours flight from Santiago and another two hours bus ride, we arrived at San Pedro de Atacama, located in the driest dessert of the world, the Atacama Desert. As it is located at around 2400m, we struggled with the thin air and drank lot…

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13.06.2015, Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Finally weekend after the hard school lessons! In order to relax we got up early and went to Valparaiso, located near the ocean and on steep hills. To get a good overview of the city and the local sights we did a very nice 3h sightseeing tour. Va…

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12.06.2015, Santiago

Santiago

Santiago was a little break from traveling. We both booked one week of intensive classes in a Spanish language school and were suddenly confronted again with regular hours and homework. The school offered a range of extra activities, like Salsa le…

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07.06.2015, Mendoza

Mendoza

After spending many days in the rain we finally saw the sun again in Mendoza. The city itself and its main park were not very special. But since the area is famous for its wine industry we booked a half-day wine tour visiting two different winerie…

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25.05.2015, Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas

Directly from the harbor we took a local minibus (“collectivo”) to the close by city Puerto Varas. It was the first time we did not reserve a hostel upfront and it was pretty exhausting. Arriving without having any idea where to…

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20.05.2015, Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt

To go up further north, we booked a 4-day trip with Navimag, a local ferry company. Boarding was at nine in the evening. There were only 6 other tourists onboard, so we got to know them very quickly. The other passengers were mainly local truck dr…

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19.05.2015,

Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine

After nearly two weeks in suprisingly expensive Argentina we already headed back to Chile. Our next destination was Puerto Natales, which is close to the Torres del Paine National Park.

We headed for the park with a rental car and “en…

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14.05.2015,

Perito Moreno Glacier

From Punta Arenas our journey continued to Ushuaia (Argentina), the most southern city achievable by car, where we stayed a few days to enjoy the nice landscapes. Unfortunately the weather was not so good and therefore we decided to fly north (on …

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07.05.2015,

Patagonia – Kings Penguins

After the Easter Islands we arrived at the next big continent of our trip: South America. Our first stop was the region Patagonia, Punta Arenas (Chile).

Near Punta Arenas there are several places to watch penguins. Unfortunately, we were to…

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03.05.2015, Rapa Nui

Easter Island (28.4 - 3.5)

The best way to get from New Zealand to South America is to fly via the Easter Island or Rapa Nui.

We decided to stay a few nights and see the famous stone statues, the Moai. Even though the island is very small there are nearly 900 Moai st…

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27.04.2015, Bora Bora

Bora Bora (21.4 - 27.4)

Relaxing, sleeping, eating, swimming, snorkeling, diving, paddeling and jet skiing pretty much summarizes our stay in French Polynesia and especially Bora Bora :-). Enjoy the pictures from a few days in paradise…

Song of the trip:
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20.04.2015,

Bay of Islands & Auckland (15.4 - 20.4)

Before going to our last destination in New Zealand we spent some time in the Northland at the Bay of Islands. Of course we wanted to see the islands and did a half-day cruise to visit the Hole in the Rock, many tiny islands and playful dolphins. …

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14.04.2015,

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the most famous caves in New Zealand.They consist of more than 600 caves and providers offer various tours to visit them. Michael decided to go for the action tour – including abseiling into the cave, tubing on the wat…

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13.04.2015,

Kiwihouse

Finally we took the chance to see the national bird – the Kiwi. Kiwis are so national to New Zealand, that New Zealanders even call themselves “Kiwis”.

Kiwis (the bird) have almost been extinct due to the man made introduction…

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13.04.2015,

Hobbiton

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the end of worms and an oozy smell… “. Sorry we cannot cite more text from “The Hobbit” without getting into serious copyright troub…

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05.04.2015,

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef (3.4 - 5.4)

On our way to the two glaciers called Fox Glacier and Franz Josef, the bad weather with its friends rain and mist decided to join us again. This meant we could hardly see the Fox Glacier. The next day at Franz Josef was not much better and the gla…

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03.04.2015,

Queenstown (1.4 - 3.4)

In Queenstown we took a break from camping and slept three nights in a hotel. The city is located at the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and has a direct view on the Remarkables (Mountains). Even though this sounds as a great place to go hiking it is know…

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31.03.2015,

Milford & Doubtful Sound (29.3 - 31.3)

As soon as we arrived at the South West of New Zealand, the weather changed from sunshine to clouds, rain and mist. The fiords we went to are named Milford and Doubtful Sounds and lie approximately 100km apart. Both sounds need to be visited by bo…

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28.03.2015, Mt. Cook

Mt. Cook and Otago Peninsula (25.3 - 28.3)

After a short drive from Christchurch into the beautiful scenery of Lord of the Rings’ “Rohan” we spent a few days at the famous Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Around the mountain there are some nice hiking trails…

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24.03.2015, Christchruch

Christchurch (20.3-24.3)

As Australia had been very busy, we booked 4 nights at Christchurch on the South island of New Zealand to just relax and plan the New Zealand trip. First thing we noticed upon our arrival in Christchurch was the unfamiliar cold – 19 degree and c…

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20.03.2015, Sydney

Brisbane - Sydney (11.3 – 20.3)

In Brisbane sadly the last part of our Australia trip already started. After some short sightseeing of the city, we picked up a Mini-Camper called “Spaceship”. In reality – a family van with a bed and an outdoor gas cooker :-). Our f…

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09.03.2015, Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach (Fraser Island) (6.3 – 9.3)

After another Greyhound overnight ride we arrived at Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach gets its name from the rocks and sediments that form the cliffs with different colors. Apart from the beach there is not a lot to see here but it is one of the main …

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05.03.2015, Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach (Whitsundays) (2.3 – 5.3)

The trip from Cairns to Airlie Beach we spent as budget as possible, which meant taking the Greyhound overnight bus. The bus ride started at 12.30 at night and took over 10h including several pit stops and catching some “sleep” in actu…

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01.03.2015,

Cairns (27.2 – 1.3)

Finally we arrived at the Australian East coast! After a rather short flight from Adelaide to Cairns we took an easy day off and enjoyed the sun on the local city beach, since the ocean was full of crocodiles ;-)

The next day we headed off …

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25.02.2015,

Kangaroo Island (24.-25.2)

Following on our trip through the desert we booked a short 2-day trip visiting Kangaroo Island. The pick-up at 6 in the morning was almost feeling like sleeping long on a weekend (being used to the early hours from the previous trip).

After…

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23.02.2015,

Alice Springs (and Uluru) to Adelaide (18.2–23.2)

For the next part of our trip through Australia we decided to go with a guided tour again. As the preferred tour route (Adelaide to Alice Springs) was booked out we flew to Alice Springs and did it the opposite way around. After arriving in Alice …

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17.02.2015,

Melbourne to Adelaide (8.2-17.2)

After an exhausting tour, we needed a couple of days rest, so we did some easy sightseeing in Melbourne including shopping, dinner at the Yarra River, Queen Victoria Night Market and the Melbourne Museum with its own forest including the Tawny Fro…

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08.02.2015, Perth

Western Australia (30.1-8.2)

After a late flight from Singapore, we decided to sleep long and start our first days in Australia very relaxed. We took a strawl through Perth exploring the city centre, thereafter we took the train to Fremantle, a small city about 30 minutes fro…

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