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...
Culture
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
25 Mayo, Sucre - 202 years of South American independence

25 Mayo, Sucre – 202 years of South American independence

It's been mental here the last couple of days. Sucre is the epicentre for the independence movement in South America. It's here that the people first stood up to the Spanish and yesterday was the anniversary of the day the uprising started - so there's been huge celebrations for the last 48 hours.
The Mask Museum - it's free!

The Mask Museum – it’s free!

There are a few museums in and around Sucre, but the first I chose to visit was the mask museum which is right in the centre of town. A very small place occupying one of the old colonial buildings just off the square, the museum is divided into three sections. The first area I was...
Carnaval in Salvador Brazil... OMFG!

Carnaval in Salvador Brazil… OMFG!

I’d been excited about carnival in Brazil for months and months – from as soon as I’d decided on coming to South America pretty much. I’d ummed and arred over which carnival to go for and in the end it was a toss up between Rio and Salvador, Salvador won by default in the end...