Further afield – South American playgrounds

Early contender for my most random post of the year. Out of the ~3,800 photos I took in my three weeks travelling around South America I took a few photos of playgrounds which I thought were interesting in design and / or location. Here they are… El Calefate, Argentina A large playground, involving some beautiful…

Further afield – South America 2015 Highlights

I’ve captured three weeks worth of travel around Argentina, Chile and Ecuador in seven posts, so thought I’d provide a summary of the highlights, and learnings, from visiting Buenos Aires, Argentinian Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego, Quito, and the Galápagos Islands. Highlights Natural beauty Patagonia is an outstandingly beautiful…

Further afield – Galápagos Islands

A unique place, filled with unique ecosystems, that attempts a rare balance between nature and humans, the Galápagos Islands are home to a huge variety of wildlife, which can be seen on various tours, or even in the middle of town. The main attraction is being able to get so close to them, within a…

Further afield – Quito

Ecuador’s capital, the highest in the world at 2,850m above sea level, is a glorious mix of natural beauty, surrounded by the lush green Andes, and architecture and history, in particular the faded colonial splendour and richly decorative churches of the Old Town. To be honest my expectations weren’t very high before I arrived, there…

Further afield – Tierra del Fuego

The ‘land of fire’ is literally at the end of the earth, at the bottom of South America, next stop Antarctica. Having said that it is only as far south as Dublin or Manchester are north from the equator so it’s relative, and far warmer than you’d imagine. Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the…

Further afield – Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Understandably the most popular national park in Chile, home to the famous three granite peaks of the Paine mountains, numerous glaciers, many beautiful lakes of varying shades of blue, and some of the world’s greatest walks. After the patchy weather of Argentinian Patagonia (non-stop rain in El Chalten and Boxing Day snow in El Calefate) it was…