Welcome to the travel blog of Luke Kelly. I flew to Brazil in January 2011 with a one way ticket. Follow me as I journey around South America, getting by on the proverbial shoe string. I love football, design, music & food amongst other things and I'll be working as I travel - so those will probably be regular themes here. But a bit like my trip, I haven't really got a plan for this blog, so lets see what happens...
Machu Picchu on the cheap... another wonder off the list

Machu Picchu on the cheap… another wonder off the list

Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, was one of the few places I knew for sure I wanted to visit before leaving the UK. This ancient Inca city, abandoned and lost in the Peruvian mountains for hundreds of years, has been celebrating the hundredth anniversarry...
Piranha fishing in Las Pampas - eat them before they eat you!

Piranha fishing in Las Pampas – eat them before they eat you!

The last thing on our agenda after two and a half days in the paradise of Las Pampas was piranha fishing. Much like the alligators and anacondas that live here, piranha fish are proceeded by a fearsome reputation as man eaters - so it was quite a thrill to be...
Paragliding flight in the mountains of La Paz

Paragliding flight in the mountains of La Paz

La Paz is a real Mecca for adventurous backpackers and the touristic centre is literally teaming with tour operators offering everything from death road biking through to 3 day mountain climbing trips. With so much on offer and so many different companies doing the offering, it's a little bit overwhelming...
Bolivia's carnival... Gran Poder La Paz

Bolivia’s carnival… Gran Poder La Paz

As my time in Sucre drew to a close I started to get wind of a huge carnival that would be happening in La Paz, this combined with the upcoming national transport strike inspired me to change my plans - racing through Potosi and bypassing Cochabamba altogether. So I had...
Real Deal Tours: Inside the mine's of Cerro Rico, Potosi

Real Deal Tours: Inside the mine’s of Cerro Rico, Potosi

Posted from Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia. Having been in South America for nearly 6 months now I’ve met many people along the way who’ve been through Bolivia and one of the biggest talking points is often the mine tours in Potosi. A city that was once the biggest in the world...
Morro de Sao Paulo - another Brazilian paradise

Morro de Sao Paulo – another Brazilian paradise

After the madness of carnaval in Salvador vast numbers of party goers de-camp to the beautiful paradise spot of Morro de Sao Paulo. A village on the island of Tinhare, it's known immediately after carnaval as 'hangover island' (or something similar translated into Portuguese).
U-NA-MAS! Pacha, Buenos Aires

U-NA-MAS! Pacha, Buenos Aires

Having spent a fair few hedonistic nights in the beautiful Pacha Ibiza – the 40 something year old original – I kind of expected to be a little underwhelmed by Pacha Buenos Aires.  There are Pacha nightclubs all over the world now and the London incarnation doesn’t really come close...
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I actually did the actual walking tour in actual Lima. Actually.

I actually did the actual walking tour in actual Lima. Actually.

I feel a bit bad taking the piss a bit with this post - especially as this tour was actually free. But on the actual tour, it actually became clear that our actual guide, who was new and actually probably a bit nervous, said actually every other word - and I'm not actually joking. Seriously,...
Possibly the worst bus ride ever with Tepsa from Cusco to Lima...

Possibly the worst bus ride ever with Tepsa from Cusco to Lima…

I've taken on some pretty mammoth journeys since being in South America - mostly by bus. I've clocked 38 hours straight in Argentina and been on some pretty ropey old carriages in Bolivia, but nothing has come close to how awful the 20 hours I spent with the expensive Tepsa company travelling from Cusco to...
Pirwa Hostel – Cusco, Peru

Pirwa Hostel – Cusco, Peru

Cusco is a real touristy town being that it's the closest significant city to Machu Picchu. With this in mind I was expecting to have to pay more and that with so many places to chose from that we might end up somewhere less than great. Well we lucked out with Pirwa Posada del Corregidor...
Cusco - the amazing city everyone forgets to mention...

Cusco – the amazing city everyone forgets to mention…

Arriving in Cusco after a long, smelly bus ride from Copacabana I was blown away by how grand the city was. It's much more impressive than I'd imagined, with ancient imposing churches and official buildings seemingly on every corner. It's proximity to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu means that the Cusco's own rich history...
Hasta Luego Bolivia! Crossing borders for the first time in 3 months...

Hasta Luego Bolivia! Crossing borders for the first time in 3 months…

With a heavy heart and a tear in my eye, I turned and gave Bolivia a final wave on my way through the arch that marks the border between it and Peru. Well something like that anyway. I was actually kind of ready to move on in many ways and very excited to be heading...
Flying through Copacabana; Lago Titicaca, Isla del Sol and a dodgy Salteña

Flying through Copacabana; Lago Titicaca, Isla del Sol and a dodgy Salteña

Lake Titicaca is apparently the 'highest commercially navigable lake in the world', as well as stealing the prize for the largest lake in South America (based on water volume at least... thanks for that Wikipedia). As it also lies between Bolivia and Peru and more to the point La Paz and Machu Picchu - it...
Back behind the wheels of steel... DJ'ing at Under Construction, La Paz

Back behind the wheels of steel… DJ’ing at Under Construction, La Paz

DJ'ing was somewhere between a hobby and a profession for me before I left the UK - I was semi-pro to borrow a term from football. In the last few years I'd backed away from it a little, only really playing for some of the bigger promoters I had long established relationships with. In the...
45mph on a bike down Death Road, La Paz

45mph on a bike down Death Road, La Paz

The 'Death Road' is perhaps the most famous bit of adventure tourism in Bolivia. Even before arriving in South America I'd heard all about the 'world's most dangerous road' and the mountain biking tours that you can take down it. In the last 6 months I don't think I've met anyone who's passed through La...
(Nearly) swimming with the pink dolphins of Las Pampas

(Nearly) swimming with the pink dolphins of Las Pampas

The schedule for the afternoon of the second day in Las Pampas was "swimming with dolphins" - and this was the activity so many of us where really looking forward to before we'd arrived. It's one of those magical, life affirming, activities that charities fly kids with terminal illnesses to Florida to take part in....
Anaconda! Searching the marshes of Las Pampas for the notorious killer snake...

Anaconda! Searching the marshes of Las Pampas for the notorious killer snake…

Posted from Beni, Bolivia. Day two of Fluvial Tours Pampas excursion started with a short boat ride down stream to the marsh land that acts as home to the legendary anaconda snake. Having seen the (pretty shit) film ‘Anaconda’, I was inclined to expect something close to the 40ft computerised monster which stars in that...
The incredible wildlife of the planet's most bio-diverse region - Las Pampas, Bolivia

The incredible wildlife of the planet’s most bio-diverse region – Las Pampas, Bolivia

The thing that everybody tells you before you arrive in Las Pampas is how many animals you'll see, but as much warning as you're given, it's still a shock when you're confronted with such a huge volume and diversity of species. Coming from fairly central London, I'm not that familiar with anything other than pigeons,...
Hunting for alligators in the dead of night... Las Pampas, Bolivia

Hunting for alligators in the dead of night… Las Pampas, Bolivia

During the three hour boat ride to our riverside lodgings, we'd all been blown away by the amount of wildlife surrounding us - especially the cayman alligators lurking on every bank. There were literally hundreds of them; green ones, black ones, small ones and massive man eating ones - either lying sinisterly motionless on the...