The Americas

Canada, USA, Mexico, and down through Central and South America. A good swathe of articles to be had on adventures through the vast and various Americas.

Carretera Austral Vehicle
Buying and Selling a Car in Chile
22 Mar 2018

So you are looking to start your road trip adventure across South America and it’s going to be one of the best decisions of your life! Now you just need...

Entrance to Argentina from the Chile Chico border.
Crossing Chile’s Borders With a Chilean Vehicle As a Foreigner
22 Mar 2018

“ Sanity is not statistical.” - George Orwell, 1984.   As many overlanders will have experienced, crossing borders in Central and South America is a wildcard. Sometimes you get the...

Isla Bruja Hot Tub
Isla Bruja Lodge
13 Mar 2018

The Isle of Chiloe holds many charms and delights for the avid traveller. From cute penguins to oversized oysters and mythical creatures to medieval churches. It has natural beauty and...

torres del paine
Torres Del Paine – DIY Guide
01 Mar 2018

Torres Del Paine. The epicentre of the Southern Patagonian Icefield. The mecca for trekkers around the world. Majestic scenery that no photo will truly capture. Yet Torres Del Paine has...

Chile Campervan
Chile Campervan Adventure
29 Jan 2018

Most epic road trips are booked long in advance, have a detailed itinerary and a list of must do's along the way. So with a week's notice and knowledge of...

camping el festival
Camping El Festival, Tunuyan
21 Jan 2018

Camping El Festival was case of arrive for one night and stay for four. 60km south of Mendoza in the heart of the Uco Valley wine region, El Festival was...

camping incnita
Camping Incnita, Pica
10 Jan 2018

Pica was pitched as an oasis in the northern Atacama desert. While that was not entirely true, Camping Incnita definitely gave us respite from the dry heat we had spent...

camping pan de azucar
Camping Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar
07 Jan 2018

Our first on beach campsite in Chile was at Camping Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar and it didn't dissappoint! The wide and open beach is within the National Park and...

Fitz Roy, El Chalten
El Chaltén
04 Jan 2018

The custom-built adventure town of El Chaltén . A by-product of the Chilean and Argentinian arms race to secure tourism sites in southern Patagonia. This Argentinian stake in the ground forms immediate...

Refugio Del Angel Pisco Elqui
Refugio Del Angel, Pisco Elqui
02 Jan 2018

Refugio Del Angel, simply an oasis among the mountains bordering the Elqui Valley. Northern Chile in summer is hot and very dry, particularly when heading up into the Andes. The...

Seven Cups Radal National Reserve
Camping, Seven Cups Radal National Reserve
01 Jan 2018

Looking for a relaxed campsite to celebrate New Year's Eve in Seven Cups Radal National Reserve took some doing. A 30km of rough roads outside of Molina had us scouring...

Carretera Austral road surface
Carretera Austral
30 Dec 2017

The Carretera Austral, a triumph of Chilean engineering and a relic of the ruthless Pinochet dictatorship. Once isolated northern Patagonian towns eventually connected by a passable terrestrial thoroughfare after 20...

Camping Las Bandurrias La Chamiza
Camping Las Bandurrias, La Chamiza
29 Dec 2017

Most travellers will tell you Puerto Montt is best used as a transit hub and little else. However, consider staying at Camping Las Bandurrias should you find yourself caught short...

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Sailing the NaviMag
29 Dec 2017

It was a bleak Christmas Day's evening in the far south of Chile. Celebrations on this day were mild with Christmas Eve being the main celebratory event. We stood outside...

camping guino
Camping Guino, Puerto Natales
20 Dec 2017

With a 'Penguino' (penguin) as its logo, aptly named Camping Guino is located in the base town for the ever popular Torres Del Paine. The space is a large open...

Climbing Volcan Villarrica
16 Dec 2017

Volcan Villarrica dominates the skyline when seen from the Ruta 5 heading south through the Lake District of Chile. The symmetrical snow-capped conical peak soars high above any surrounding landmarks....

camping el relincho el chalten
Camping El Relincho, El Chaltén
11 Dec 2017

Located in Argentina's trekking capital of El Chaltén, Camping El Relincho is a perfect base for accessing the many lovely hikes available directly from the campsite. A large enclosed communal...

hosteria de la patagonia
Hosteria de la Patagonia, Chile Chico
09 Dec 2017

A popular exit and entry point between Chile and Argentina along the Carretera Austral is Chile Chico. It over 100km drive from the Carretera Austral along pretty rough, steep and...

El Camping Coyhaique
El Camping, Coyhaique
06 Dec 2017

Being the largest town along the Carretera Austral, Coyhaique doesn't boast much options for camping. Thankfully, El Camping is more than adequate to accommodate travellers that need to stay close...

Camping Paredes Isla Quinchao
Camping Paredes, Isla Quinchao
30 Nov 2017

After a long day touring around Isla Quinchao and the historic churches off the coast of Chiloe we headed to the remote township of Palqui on the north of the...

Ella Rock View
How to Climb Ella Rock in Sri Lanka
29 Nov 2017

A drawcard of Ella, Sri Lanka is a hike up Ella Rock. Yet mysteriously no route map exists, no trail markings are present and the whole affair seems shrouded in...

camping agrotourismo chepu
Agrotourismo Chepu, Isla Chiloe
27 Nov 2017

The remote west coast of Isla Chiloe boast rugged wilderness, Humboldt penguins and seabirds. On a visit to the small inlet at Chepu, accommodation was sparse although we located Agrotourismo...

Camping Werner
Camping Werner, Llanquihue
26 Nov 2017

Camping Werner has perfect views across Lake Llanquihue to Volcan Orsono. It is ideally positioned to enjoy all the delights of the Los Lagos region, and an alternative to Puerto...

Enladrillado summit
Hiking Enladrillado
25 Nov 2017

My feet are still throbbing after 7 solid hours of hiking over loose rocks, wobbly logs and soft snow. An arduous but rewarding trek in middle Chile amongst dense forests,...

Camping La Poza Pucon
Camping Parque la Poza
24 Nov 2017

Situated just off the main street, Camping Parque la Poza provides a super convenient camping location to access the main street of the adrenaline capital of Chile, Pucon. We stayed...

camping parque nacional altos de lircay
Camping Parque Nacional Altos de Lircay
24 Nov 2017

After staying at Camping Los Nogales de Vilches we moved closer to the trails at Camping Parque Nacional Altos de Lircay rather than hike the first 4km on a trail we could...

Los Nogales de Vilches
Camping Los Nogales de Vilches
23 Nov 2017

Heading out of San Clemente it wasn't long before hitting our first strip of 'ripio' roads for the trip. Rutted gravel roads that reduce speed to about 40kph. Camping Los...

Camping Laguna del Perro
Camping Laguna del Perro, Pichelemu
21 Nov 2017

Camping Laguna del Perro was our first campsite in Chile! After scouting out Pichelemu's windswept peninsula in town we settled on this very serene campsite a few kilometres south of...

Entrance to Graceland.
Beneath the Sideburns and Sequins of Elvis
10 Aug 2017

Standing in the Jungle Room of Graceland. I feel the mastery and extravagance of Elvis exude from the walls. I imagine he and his entourage lounging about. Drinks and drugs...

halloween new orleans
Halloween in New Orleans
31 Oct 2016

Our Halloween begun with a scene out of American Horror Story. Our Lafayette Airbnb creaked and moaned all night, cats mysteriously appeared from nowhere and then disappeared just as quickly....

Beale Street Memphis
Memphis, Tennesse
23 Oct 2016

After a night in what can only be described as a truckstop, Texacarna, Arkansas was an experience. Between our stay at a Motel 6, our dinner at Applebees and breakfast...

big beach maui
Big Beach, Maui
31 Dec 2015

New Years Eve, island style. Our final day in Maui and it called for some beach action. Beauty of an Island like Maui is you can get anywhere quickly with...

Lahania hawaii
Lahania, Maui, Hawaii
26 Dec 2015

Nursing a mild hangover on boxing day, the day after Christmas, Erin and I were contemplating the prospect of working the days between Christmas and New Year while most had the...

ushuaia
Ushuaia, Argentina
28 Jan 2014

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. This is the jumping off point for most trips to Antarctica and also known as 'Fin Del Mundo' meaning 'End of the world'. It truly...

Cerro Bandera
Hiking Cerro Bandera
01 Jan 2014

Many New Years Day's are started with a late greasy breakfast, potentially on the sofa watching re-runs of How I Met Your Mother, or instead, taking a dip in the...

Mt Whitney
Badwater Marathon, Death Valley
14 Jul 2013

I spotted a lone figure in the distance. This shimmering haze on the horizon slowly materialised into a white cloth-clad figure shuffling alone in the vacant landscape. Slowing to a...

Iguazu falls argentina
Iguazu falls
13 Sep 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca0BN3Q_QGc Yet another early start. Which makes it tough to live like a local out to all hours when you need to arise at 6am to hop on planes all...

Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
12 Sep 2011

I walk down the corridor leading away from my room. The receptionist, Natasha is scurrying toward me in a distraught state. "Gun, gun" is all she can verbally muster. She...

Macchu Pichu
Hiking to Machu Picchu
10 Sep 2011

Awake 4am for a 5am departure. It is dark, cold and still. Today we reach Machu Picchu on the final day of the Inca Trail. Packing up camp Allison decides...

Inca Trail
Inca Trail
07 Sep 2011

Inca trail beckoned after a 2 day acclimitisation in the quaint town of Cusco. A relatively civilised wake up time of 6am for a 7am departure. We meet our Inca...

Cusco Peru
Cusco
04 Sep 2011

Get a sleep in before a taxi arrives to take us back to Cusco. Let the acclimitisation begin! Our base camp being Torre Dorada Hotel which we arrive at after...

sacred valley peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
03 Sep 2011

Early start. Note to self, LAN domestic flights require a check in 2 hours prior to take off! Seems like we are last to check in and get bundled up...

Amazon
Amazon River
01 Sep 2011

Forgive me if I start this article with Inca Cola. Sure, you are expecting to read about the majestic Amazon jungle but first you must learn about Inca Cola. It's...

Iquitos
Iquitos, Peru
28 Aug 2011

You know you're travelling when you wake up not knowing where you are, what time it is and what you're supposed to be doing next. It's 5:30am, in Buenos Aires...

Sausalito San Francisco skyline
San Francisco, USA
01 Oct 2009

'Are you going, to San Fran-Cisco?' Well we are. That line never gets old as we make our way south from Sonoma near the Napa Valley. About as fitting as...

Napa Valley Winery
Sipping Across Sonoma
30 Sep 2009

An hour's drive from Berkeley and we were in Sonoma. The little sister of Napa, the major town of this winery region north of San Francisco. We pulled into the...

Big Sur Lookout
Big Sur, California
29 Sep 2009

Start the ignition on the Mustang to begin the Big Sur roadtrip. Clock turns on showing 9am precisely. Nothing strange about that except that the two previous mornings of our...

Yosemite Lookout
Yosemite National Park
27 Sep 2009

Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park. Thinking Google maps told me it was 400km away I was surprised to see it then would take 9 hours. Seems an awfully slow...

whale shark utila
Whale sharks, Utila
02 Jan 2006

Very hot in Utila which is an island off the Caribbean coast of Honduras. Being Caribbean it has it's own culture and English is widely spoken along with a form...

Antigua church
Christmas Antigua, Guatemala
25 Dec 2005

Christmas day. And looks like we may get to experience the full 24 hours allocated to this special day. From midnight the intensity of fireworks hit a crescendo as a...

Pocaya volcano
Climbing Pocaya Volcano, Guatemala
24 Dec 2005

Christmas Eve. What better day to climb a volcano. A 6am start as the pre-arranged bus arrives at the door of the Yellow House. Martina and I hop in having been...

San Pedro Guatemala
San Pedro Spanish School
19 Dec 2005

First day of Spanish School in San Pedro. Martina got us each a traditional German 1st day of school gift. A brown paper bag of sweets. Sweet! Upon arrival to...

Casa del Mondo Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
17 Dec 2005

We had enjoyed a very decent meal in Santa Cruz the night before. Prepared by our German host it was a 6 course degustation meal. Totally at odds with what we...

Chichicastenengo graveyard
Chichicastenango Markets
15 Dec 2005

Chichicastenango sounds like a made up place for a town. It is the type of name that warrants a little jig each time I say it. Each time trying to...

Semuc Champey Guatemala
Semuc Champey
11 Dec 2005

After a much needed sleep from the previous day's travels we are up early. Our accommodation is in a wooden hut perched on a hill. We are not in the main...

chicken bus guatemala
Chicken Bus Marathon
09 Dec 2005

There's always a risk when travelling that you'll have a bad day. You know it's going to happen, just not when. All began peacefully with a journey north via taxi...

tikal ruins guatemala
Discovering the Lost City of Tikal
04 Dec 2005

We have breakfast with the yachtie set on the Rio Dulce. We say adios to Capt John and the Windy Dancer and also to Sean our Canadian companion. Although we...

windy dancer belize
The Windy Dancer
02 Dec 2005

The power in Placencia was intermittent. Being  very hot and humid we noticed quickly when the fans stopped during the night bringing with it uncomfortable heat before the power kicked...

caye caulker
Caye Caulker, Belize
29 Nov 2005

So we decide we need to keep moving on our Central American trip. With no itinerary it was difficult to leave  Tulum . It was a great spot to get assimilated...

tulum mexico
Tulum, Mexico
24 Nov 2005

On a bus south to Tulum. The bus stopping all around town drumming up business before eventually departing. Little did we know this is very common practice in Central America....

isla mujeres
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
16 Nov 2005

After escaping the wet, cold misery of Vancouver we found ourselves in Cancun to begin our Central American adventure. We head to Isla Mujeres for a few days which is...

icefields parkway
Icefields parkway
31 Oct 2005

Snow drifts sweep across the road. Elk and deer dart in front of the headlights. We'd stop if there were any towns nearby yet we must push on to Jasper...

trans canada train
Trans-Canada Train
19 Oct 2005

If time is on your side, take the train. A good rule to live by. Trains generally arrive in the centre of town, have more space and you are free...

statue of liberty
New York City
02 Oct 2005

Get a bus from Boston to New York. Getting buses is difficult enough but when you have two large bags each it becomes very cumbersome! We arrive at the NYC...

marthas vineyard
Boston and Cape Cod
26 Sep 2005

Board the bus in Moncton which crosses the border into the USA not too far down the road. As Aussies we get a more than thorough interrogation although one guy...

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Peggy’s Cove
22 Sep 2005

Head down the Atlantic coast from Cape Breton towards Halifax. A long drive and we are a bit over it after arriving into town. We look for a place to...

cabot trail cape breton
Cabot trail, Cape Breton
20 Sep 2005

Arrive into Nova Scotia off the car ferry from Prince Edward Island. We head towards the Cape Breton National park. Home to one of the world's most scenic drives. A...

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island
16 Sep 2005

Arrive in Moncton, New Brunswick after an early flight from Toronto. Pick up our hire car and opt once again for a PT Cruiser to sort us out for our...

Quebec City
Quebec City
06 Sep 2005

Train journey to Quebec City is peaceful snaking alongside the St Lawrence river. Train station in Quebec City is outside the walls of the old city and at the bottom...

Montreal
Montreal
04 Sep 2005

Having left jobs in Sydney for 12 months to travel we soon found ourselves in Toronto, working. So after 4 months we decided to chuck our jobs in again and...

Tobermorey camping Ontario Canada
Tobermory
17 Jul 2005

Allison and I plus Cath and Marty hit the road in our hire car to Tobermory on the Bruce Penninsula which is about 4 hours drive north of Toronto. Cruise...

Toronto Ontario
A Summer in Toronto
24 Jun 2005

Having experienced a few days of a bitterly cold winter in Toronto a few months earlier, spending time in the summer months seemed a better alternative. So on return it was...

niagara falls
Niagara Falls
05 Jun 2005

While working out of Toronto for 6 months an easy and obvious side trip was the iconic Niagara Falls. Allison and myself plus Toronto co-conspirators, Cathy and Marty, get a bus...