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...
Transport
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...
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...
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...
Salta to San Pedro... the best bus ride in the world?

Salta to San Pedro… the best bus ride in the world?

Having had a nice day and night in Salta, I was up early to get on the bus over to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. I was a disappointed to have missed the seven coloured mountains near Salta, but I’d been reliably informed by one of the guys from my hostel that you saw...
On the road again

On the road again

I’m travelling with La Veloz Del Norte for this trip. It’s the first time I’ve used them and I haven’t been that impressed. Bus is OK, pretty tatty but comfortable enough – however there’s no service at all (a first for me on an Argentine bus). We stopped at about 10.30 last night at a...