Alaya, Sol y Luna, Coroico, Bolivia

Top 15 South America highlights: our year in pictures

This time last year, our journey was still a dream. I had another couple of months at work, we needed to find tenants for our house and the number 2012 was still synonymous with the Olympics. Now, twelve months later, that number has come to symbolize the year the dream came true. Choosing to travel … Read more

Steve and the view at Izhcayluma

Review: Izhcayluma Hosteria and Spa, Vilcabamba

Details Izhcayluma Hosteria and Spa, Vilcabamba, Ecuador Price  $10 for a dorm; $25-45 for a double In a nutshell… In their spot-on words “the luxury of a resort priced for backpackers”. It’s an affordable spa hotel that doesn’t cut corners on style or quality – and the views are incredible. It’s one of our favourite … Read more

Vilcabamba view from Izhcayluma

Welcome to Vilcabamba, land of conspiracy theorists…

“There’s a lot of that going round – loads of panic attacks,” said the long-haired, wiry Californian. His wild-eyed companion peered around nervously before speculating: “They must be interfering again.” I wondered who the ‘they’ were that they referred to – a mysterious force causing endemic panic attacks. It sounded like something out of a … Read more