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DECEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Peru is the Peruvian New SOL (I will refer to them as P$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = P$3.36. The currency in Bolivia is the Boliviano (I will refer to them as B$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = B$6.90.  We (my sister Diane, my brother-in-law Jeff, and I) had just completed our tour of Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley. It was time for us to head south to Lake Titicaca. We planned a 3 Island Tour from Puno, Peru and a Day Tour to Isla […]

Lake Titicaca – Peru & Bolivia – Information


NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Bolivia is the Bolivianos (BOB). I will refer to them as ‘B$s’. At the time of writing, US$1 = B$6.95. I was making my way from Villazon to Copacabana. In Tupiza, I booked myself on a 4 Day / 3 Night Uyuni Salt Flats Tour. The tour ended in Uyuni. From Uyuni I wanted to get to Sucre. I decided to stop off in Potosi along the way … GETTING THERE: In Uyuni, I was staying at the Joya Andina Hostel which was only 1.5 blocks from the Bus […]

Sucre – Bolivia – Information


NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Bolivia is Bolivianos (BOB). I will refer to them as ‘B$s’. At the time of writing, US$1 = B$6.91. BOOKING MY TOUR: I booked my 4D/3N Uyuni Salt Flat Tour in Tupiza. Please read my post on Tupiza for more details on how to find a tour, tour prices, and general tips / information. I booked the Standard / ‘Classic’ Tour with Natural Adventures. This takes you south from Tupiza into the National Park. You go as far south as Laguna Verde near the Chilean border before turning […]

Salt Flats – Bolivia – Part 2 – The Tour



NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Bolivia is the Bolivianos (BOB). I will refer to them as ‘B$s’. At the time of writing, US$1 = B$6.9. I was making my way from Villazon to Copacabana. Part 1 focuses on getting to Tupiza and finding a Uyuni Salt Flats Tour … GETTING THERE: I crossed the border at La Quiaca, Argentina into Villazon, Bolivia. This border crossing has many bad write-ups with many people saying that they suffered hours of delays. I had a good experience and got through in 5 minutes. Anyway, in […]

Salt Flats – Bolivia – Part 1 – Finding A Tour


NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I was working my way up through north west Argentina into south west Bolivia. Cafayate is definitely worth a visit. I wasn’t so keen on Mendoza, Salta, nor Tilcara. Anyway, I planned to cross into Bolivia on Route 9 at La Quiaca / Villazon. I researched the internet for information and read some ‘horror stories’ about it being disorganised with multi-hour delays. Readers may find my experience useful for their own planning purposes … GETTING THERE: I started my journey in Tilcara. You may start from another location. TILCARA: I walked down […]

La Quiaca, Argentina – to – Villazon, Bolivia – Journey


GENERAL INFORMATION Landlocked Bolivia is a backpackers paradise – the cost of accommodation, food and entertainment here is much cheaper than the rest of South America. It’s also one of the most interesting and indigenous countries, although it’s also estimated that 64% of the population live below the poverty line. Bolivia’s infrastructure is not built for tourists, getting around on the ground can be pricey. During wet season the roads can be difficult and the trains at night are usually considered worse than the buses. Opt for flights if you’re travelling long distances, and the bus network in Bolivia is cheap […]

Bolivia



2018: Click here to read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: This video shows you what 2 GRANDPAckers can do in 1 year on (an average of) less than US$55 / EU€50 / GB£43 per day. This is, probably, my favourite year … Latin America including the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), the Salt Flats (Bolivia), Lake Titicaca (Bolivia / Peru), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Nazca (Peru): So, when are you going to start?! … TTFN

GRANDPAcking 2018


DECEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Peru is the Peruvian New SOL (I will refer to them as P$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = P$3.36. We (my sister Diane, my brother-in-law Jeff, and I) had completed our tour of Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley. And, our tour of Lake Titicaca. We ended up in La Paz, Bolivia. It was, now, time to make our way back to Lima on Peru Hop … PERU HOP: We had already used Peru Hop to get from Cusco to La Paz. We paid US$219 each for […]

La Paz to Lima – Peru Hop – Journey


OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Argentina is Argentinian Pesos (ARS). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing, US$1 = A$36.50 … NOT!!!!!! … Read on! When I first planned my Latin America trip 3-4 years ago, Argentina was too expensive for my GRANDPAcking budget … so, I excluded it. However, over the past 12 months (or so) the A$ has halved in value. This brought Argentina within ‘target range’ and I adjusted my plans accordingly … GETTING THERE: I made my way up from Mendoza to Cafayate then […]

Tilcara – Argentina – Where To Stay



OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Argentina is Argentinian Pesos (ARS). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing, US$1 = A$36.50 … NOT!!!!!! … Read on! When I first planned my Latin America trip 3-4 years ago, Argentina was too expensive for my GRANDPAcking budget … so, I excluded it. However, over the past 12 months (or so) the A$ has halved in value. This brought Argentina within ‘target range’ and I adjusted my plans accordingly. My plan was to fly into Mendoza, bus north to Cafayate, and […]

Cafayate – Argentina – Information


GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. For more detail about what we are looking for, please read About – My Plan and about My Retirement Reviews. These GRANDPAcking Retirement Locations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of under US$35 per day for 2 people: Nepal – Kathmandu – US$25 ♥ Nepal – Pokhara – US$26 Philippines – Bantayan – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Hoi An – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Hanoi – US$31 Malaysia – Penang – US$32 ♥ Bolivia – Sucre – US$34 ♥ PLEASE NOTE: A little ♥ […]

Under US$35 / day


GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. These GRANDPAcking Holiday Destinations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of US$60 per day (or more) for 2 people: Costa Rica – Puerto Viejo – US$61 Ecuador – Ayampe – US$63 Ecuador – Central Highlands Tour – US$65 ♥ Romania – Sibiu – US$66 ♥ Panama – Bocas del Toro Island – US$66 Colombia – San Andres Island – US$71 Ecuador – Galapagos Islands – US$76 ♥ Malaysia – Sabah Jungle Tour – US$79 ♥ Belize – San […]

Over US$60 / day



GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. These GRANDPAcking Holiday Destinations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of US$30 – US$39 per day for 2 people: Mexico – Zipolite – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Cat Ba Island – US$30 Vietnam – Saigon – US$30 Philippines – Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island – US$30 Nepal – Patan (Lalitpur) – US$30 Indonesia – Gili Air Island – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Siem Reap – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Kampot – US$32 ♥ Indonesia – Nusa Lembongan Island – […]

US$30 – US$39 / day


JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,875 (Colombian Peso / COP); for simplicity, I use US$1 = C$3k. Ecuador uses the US$. Our journey starts in Medellin (where I stayed 15 nights in the Posada Casa Santa Fe). I paid under C$24k / US$8 per night for a small Fan Double Room that included Cable TV (no English Speaking channels), wardrobe, fridge, and (small) hot water ensuite. I enjoyed my 2 weeks in Medellin. City-loving GRANDPAckers should definitely come and have a look. … It was time […]

Medellin Colombia – to – Quito Ecuador – Journey


GENERIC: DONE My initial (Phase 1) around-the-world trip is done. It took just over 5 years. I am, now, in ‘Phase 2’ which sees me return to my favourite places discovered in Phase 1. In Phase 2, I will stay in each of these favourite locations for at least 1 month so that I can discover more about them. WHAT ROUTE DID I TAKE? I planned my Phase 1 route so that I was in each country at the right time to: Avoid rainy, monsoon, typhoon, and hurricane seasons; Avoid Peak Seasons in the more expensive countries; Get as much […]

Planning My Route