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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Morro de Sao Paulo - another Brazilian paradise

Morro de Sao Paulo – another Brazilian paradise

After the madness of carnaval in Salvador vast numbers of party goers de-camp to the beautiful paradise spot of Morro de Sao Paulo. A village on the island of Tinhare, it's known immediately after carnaval as 'hangover island' (or something similar translated into Portuguese).
U-NA-MAS! Pacha, Buenos Aires

U-NA-MAS! Pacha, Buenos Aires

Having spent a fair few hedonistic nights in the beautiful Pacha Ibiza – the 40 something year old original – I kind of expected to be a little underwhelmed by Pacha Buenos Aires.  There are Pacha nightclubs all over the world now and the London incarnation doesn’t really come close...
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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...
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...
Kristen Jalisa - my first bad client (unwitting logo thieves)

Kristen Jalisa – my first bad client (unwitting logo thieves)

Freelancing as I go is actually starting to work out - with a combination of old clients from London and Europe and picking up jobs from websites like elance.com. This has all been fantastic so far, but my very first elance client turned into a complete nightmare and used a logo design commercially but refused to...
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...
Digital Nomad - progress report 2: 6 weeks in Sucre

Digital Nomad – progress report 2: 6 weeks in Sucre

Having got things going in Buenos Aires, but not really managed to add much to my savings, I was keen to try and make a bit more headway as I settled into life in Sucre. Using my own contacts to try and find work as well as webistes like elance.com and odesk.com, I was hopefull...
Oh Christ - Jesus get's everywhere: another statue on a hill

Oh Christ – Jesus get’s everywhere: another statue on a hill

A South American city seems to be worthless without a big statue of Jesus bearing down on it from some adjacent vantage point – and Sucre is anything but worthless. Sucre actually has two big hills looking down on it and rather than waste an opportunity (or freak everyone out with two Jesus’) they’ve put...
Lunch at the Mirador

Lunch at the Mirador

Sucre is a city of hills and mountains and there are several great spots you can climb to which offer amazing views. Having been here now for around 7 weeks I would say the most pleasant of these spots has to be at Cafe Mirador. Perched on a hill in Recoleta- just at the foot...
A regular game of football in Sucre

A regular game of football in Sucre

Having dusted off my boots in Buenos Aires I'd been bitten by the bug again and have been really missing playing football - so knowing I'd be stopped in Sucre for a while I was keen to find a way of playing a bit. Fortuitously, a couple of days in I was drinking with some...
The Dancing Gringo!

The Dancing Gringo!

Since stopping in Sucre, I´m getting invited to the occasional party and meal with Bolivian friends. These parties, more often than not, end up with a bit of a dance. Not being too shy (and usually by the time the dancing starts having drunk a little), I seem to be the ´good-sport´ gringo mug that...
Final game of the Bolivia season - here come The Strongest...

Final game of the Bolivia season – here come The Strongest…

Arriving at Estadio Olímpico Patria for the final game of the season, there was a whole extra level of excitement and atmosphere. The Strongest were in town, and as one of Bolivia’s really big (well relatively) and successful sides, they attract a lot of glory hunters I think. They were also in with a chance...