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...
Adventure
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....
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...
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...
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...
Jeep tour to Uyuni... my head hurts

Jeep tour to Uyuni… my head hurts

It was an early start, everyone meeting outside the tour office before 7am. There were around 20-30 people waiting and to leave Chile and cross into Bolivia we all boarded a little coach. This took us to the Chilean border controls at the edge of town (much less officious on the way out) and about...
Climbing in the Argentine Andes

Climbing in the Argentine Andes

With Mendoza being so close to the Andes there are a lot of opportunities to peruse more adventurous outdoor activities – white water rafting, horse riding and trekking were all on offer. I was not keen to spend a load of money, but really wanted to get out and see some of the surrounding landscape,...
Rio Favela Tour with Marcelo Armstrong

Rio Favela Tour with Marcelo Armstrong

Before arriving in Rio I'd read a fair bit about the favela tours you could do. Thanks to films like City of God and Tropa de Elite, the favelas have a kind of ghetto glamour and it's hard not be be intrigued by them. These one time illegal, make shift settlements that dominate Brazilian cities...