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...
Accomodation
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...
Hostal Rural - San Pedro de Atacama. The rudest owner in South America?

Hostal Rural – San Pedro de Atacama. The rudest owner in South America?

After the first night, I woke to find my bag absolutely soaked through. I'd left it at the foot of my bed, a spot which also backed on to a bathroom. It turned out that this bathroom had dodgy pipes and regularly overflowed. This had happened in the night and both my bags were flooded...
HI Sampa hostel - Sao Paulo

HI Sampa hostel – Sao Paulo

I'm quickly getting turned off to big hostel chains having had much better experiences in smaller privately owned places, but this HI Hostels place in the beautiful Vila Madelena district was definitely an exception to the rule. I chose it as it was the closest place to my old friend from London who I was...
Hostel Inn Tango City - Buenos Aires

Hostel Inn Tango City – Buenos Aires

Tango City hostel, set in the heart of the buzzing San Telmo district of Buenos Aires is a decent place to stay in a great location. Friendly staff, plenty of 'offers' when it comes to tours and comfortable rooms should make it a fantastic hostel - but it lacks a certain something.
Planet Montevideo Hostel - Montevideo, Uruguay

Planet Montevideo Hostel – Montevideo, Uruguay

Steve, Lev and I arrived in Montevideo for whistelstop visit on our way through to Buenos Aires. We booked Planet Montevideo Hostel through hostelworld.com (which had served us well so far), but were a little less than impressed when we arrived. After our experiences in Brazil, this place just didn't seem quite up to scratch...
Backpackers Sunset, Florianopolis

Backpackers Sunset, Florianopolis

Built into a hill right by the nicest beach in Florianopolis - Praia Mole, Backpackers Sunset is one of the most beautiful and impressive hostels I've come across. After our chilled out stay in Barra de Lagoa, this party hostel gave us a completely different experience of Floripa. Immediately hit by a mind blowing view...
Hostel Portunhol - Barra da Lagoa, Florianopolis

Hostel Portunhol – Barra da Lagoa, Florianopolis

An unbelievably chilled out surf hostel in the sleepy town of Barra da Lagoa, Portunhol was the perfect place to just kick back and chill for a few days. Run by a super cool Chilean (who can help you out with anything you need on the island) Portunhol had everything you needed to enjoy this part...
Che Legarto, Paraty

Che Legarto, Paraty

This was my first experience in a Che Legarto hostel, although 2 of the girls I'm now travelling with have stayed in a couple before (Laura's even a member). I'd describe my feelings on the place as mixed. The setting was great - right on the edge of the picturesque old town - the bar...
Studio Beach Hostel, Ilha Grande

Studio Beach Hostel, Ilha Grande

One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in, without a doubt. Steve and I arrived late in the evening and although the hostel is situated right in the heart of the main (only) town of Abraão, we struggled to find it. This was in the main part due to the fact we'd lost the...
CabanaCopa Hostel - Rio de Janeiro

CabanaCopa Hostel – Rio de Janeiro

My first stop on this big adventure, Hostel CabanaCopa in Rio provided a fantasticly social beginning to the trip. Arriving alone prior to my good friend Steve joining me later that night, I was immediately welcomed into a big multi-national group of backpackers drinking at the bar. By the time Steve turned up at 11pm...