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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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...
Alligators, dolphins, monkeys & piranhas - boating through Las Pampas, Bolivia

Alligators, dolphins, monkeys & piranhas – boating through Las Pampas, Bolivia

The jungle boat trip to Rurrenabaque was a really amazing trip, but it wasn't just an aimless adventure up stream - we'd gone to Rurrenabaque for a reason. This pretty little town is the main touristy centre for organising trips into the jungle and out to Las Pampas del Yacuma - the lush nature reserve...
Boat through the Jungle to Rurrenabaque

Boat through the Jungle to Rurrenabaque

Coming to South America, visiting the Amazon was high on my list of priorities. Having not made it all the way to the top of Brazil yet, Bolivia's section of the Amazon Basin just north of La Paz offered me my first opportunity to go into the jungle. Not only that, this section is apparently...
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 to begin with - but...
Coca Museo, La Paz

Coca Museo, La Paz

The Coca Museo came highly recommended by one of the guides at the Potosi mine tour, so I was excited to stumble across it in the touristy centre of La Paz. Walking in though it became clear that it was not the amazing place I'd been lead to believe! Just about in the 'so bad...
Cholitas Wrestling - A Bolivian Odyssey

Cholitas Wrestling – A Bolivian Odyssey

Not that I readily admit it, but all my life I've been a bit of a grappling fan. Just old enough to catch the end of the golden age of British Wrestling - fat men in pants like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks slugging it out pantomime style in front of large Saturday afternoon audiences...
Kristen Jalisa - my first bad client (unwitting logo thieves)

Kristen Jalisa – my first bad client (unwitting logo thieves)

Freelancing as I go is actually starting to work out - with a combination of old clients from London and Europe and picking up jobs from websites like elance.com. This has all been fantastic so far, but my very first elance client turned into a complete nightmare and used a logo design commercially but refused to...
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 high expectations having arrived finally...
Casa de la Moneda (the old royal mint) - Potosi

Casa de la Moneda (the old royal mint) – Potosi

Casa Real de la Moneda was the first Royal Spanish coin mint built in Potosi (which at the time was one of the biggest and most important cities in the world). In those days Spain was the world’s dominant empire and after discovering the riches inside Cerro Rico it began flooding the world with their...
Real Deal Tours: Inside the mine's of Cerro Rico, Potosi

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

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 and the jewel in the crown of the Spanish empire...
Digital Nomad - progress report 2: 6 weeks in Sucre

Digital Nomad – progress report 2: 6 weeks in Sucre

Having got things going in Buenos Aires, but not really managed to add much to my savings, I was keen to try and make a bit more headway as I settled into life in Sucre. Using my own contacts to try and find work as well as webistes like elance.com and odesk.com, I was hopefull...