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...
Peru
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...