October Update: Monkeys and Machu Picchu

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We continued our travels around Bolivia in October. After recovering from our hell bus ride we played with monkeys and rented horses in Samaipata, a beautiful, quiet mountain town. We moved on to Santa Cruz which wasn’t our favourite city but we did get to see a sloth, before flying on tiny planes to Rurrenabaque in the Amazon region, which was our base for trips into the pampas and jungle. We saw an incredible amount of wildlife including alligators, capybaras, turtles, lots of birds and … more monkeys!

La Paz and Lake Titicaca were our final stops in Bolivia before we moved onto Cusco in Peru. Despite the amount of tourists and high prices we loved wandering around this beautiful and ancient city with many plazas to explore. For various reasons we decided against a trek to Machu Picchu and instead took the train up to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes. Yesterday we got up at 4am to visit the famous Inca citadel. By getting there early we got to enjoy the site before the tour groups arrived and secure one of the limited places on the trek to Wayna Picchu. Machu Picchu was of course beautiful, especially the stunning setting amongst huge cloud forest covered mountains. The views from Wayna Picchu were definitely worth the early start.

At the weekend we’ll be heading to Arequipa where we hope to find an apartment to rent for a month (let us know if you have any tips for finding one). You can find up to date reports on our travels on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Our Bolivia Photos are now up so check them out.

Never Ending Voyage Around the Web

Here’s where you’ll have found us this month. It’s been a pretty quiet month but that’s not surprising considering we hardly ever had internet in Bolivia.

We were excited to have a guest post on one of our favourite travel blogs Twenty Something Travel (although Simon only has a few weeks left before he no longer fits this category!). Check out our 7 Reasons to Escape the Gringo Trail in Paraguay. In eight months of travelling around South America we haven’t met anyone else who has been there!

In other big news, our 6 month budget post made it to the very front page of the Lonely Planet website. Unfortunately, it’s not up there any longer but it was still quite the compliment!

Our blog was number 30 in the Top 150 Travel Blogs for Students, along with lots of great money saving tips from bloggers.

Our India accommodation recommendations were included in the latest Gen Y Travel Blog Carnival.

Ordinary Traveller included Simon’s illustrated Bolivian Bus Hell post in their weekly favourites.

And finally, our Salt Flats post was featured in the latest Heading There blog carnival.

Digital Nomad Update

It’s been a travel month so Simon hasn’t been doing much web design/development work. In 45 days in Bolivia we had wifi for only 18 days (Sucre, Santa Cruz and La Paz), so it’s been challenging getting any work done. A few jobs are coming up and we have plans to launch an exciting new project in December so we hope to settle down in Arequipa for a bit.

Win Japanese Goodies!

Our friends Erin and Gavin have been travelling around SE Asia for the past three months. They have just launched a photography competition: if your photo can make them homesick you’ll win some cool stuff from Japan. Even if you don’t enter the competition it’s worth checking out their blog The Travelling Mallorys for a unique he says/she says approach to travel blogging, and Gavin’s Worthing vs the World blog where he searches for a destination that can beat their beloved home town Worthing. Very funny stuff!

The competition deadline is 17th November: their wedding anniversary and Simon’s 30th birthday!

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