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...
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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...
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 of it´s scientific re-discovery in...
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...
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 turning the tables on them....
(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…

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 title. A constrictor snake...