South America 4 Weeks Itinerary

SOUTH AMERICA 4 WEEKS ITINERARY (PERU – BOLIVIA – CHILE)

The eyes of the world are on South America at the moment, Machu Picchu is probably on the top of every traveler’s bucket list.
Unless you have at least 3 weeks or a month to spend in each of its countries, you probably won’t get to see as much of the country as you’d like, at least on a first trip.
For our first trip to South America we decided to split our 4 weeks between Peru, Bolivia and Chile and we really enjoyed all of them.

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Uros Islands – Lake Titicaca

Getting Around South America:
Due to the limited number of days, to travel within South America, flying is the most logical option. South America operates a few different airlines that you can pick up for a quite cheap price. We flew with Latam and StarPeru and the tickets ranged from $60-$150 per person for each leg.
Bus day and overnight rides are also available but sometimes they might take many hours due to the distance and terrain.
We used the buses twice, from Cusco to Puno and from Puno to La Paz. Make sure to book with a good company and check for comfortable seats.
Train is not very common in South America. We only used it to and from Macchu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). This ride is extremely touristic, that’s why the prices are so high. You can choose between PeruRail and IncaRail, we picked the first one (cheaper). The choice is now between two trains, Expedition and Vistadome. We wanted to try both to see the differences. With both trains you can enjoy a spectacular view thanks to the huge windows and they both offer you complimentary drink and snacks. Vistadome is a bit more expensive with a slightly better service and a kind of Peruvian entertainment show.

Where to Stay in South America:
Choosing the right accommodation location is one of the most important things when you travel. You want to make sure you are close to the main places and attractions in order to maximise your time.
South America is a very common destination among backpackers so you will easily find accommodations on any budget. If you are looking for a bed in a dormitory you can spend a very little amount in Bolivia – the cheapest over these three countries – less than $10 a day. Peru and Chile are a bit more expensive, but you can still have plenty of choice for something around $20 a day.
During our stay, we mostly visited mid-range hotels with double room, private bathroom and breakfast included in the rate, a part from the days in the Amazon where we stayed at a nice but very basic place with shared facilities. In the itinerary, you will find all the hotels names among with all the prices. They ranged from $30-$60, apart from some places in Chile. Coming from Bolivia you will find your new destination, way more expensive. Not sure about our plans we also have booked at last minute and it didn’t help us to find cheap hotels.

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Vicuña in the Altiplano Landscape of Bolivia

THE ULTIMATE ITINERARY:
DAY 1-2: Miraflores (Lima)
Arrival Lima. Taxi Airport to Miraflores $20
¬ Marqay Friends Hostel Miraflores (2 nights, $70)
DAY 3-4-5: Puerto Maldonado, Amazon
Flight Lima to Puerto Maldonado (Latam $150)
Tours/Activities Organized by the Hostel
¬ Isuyama Hostel (3 nights, $75)

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Puerto Maldonado – Amazon

DAY 6: Cusco
Flight Puerto Maldonado to Cusco (Star Peru $100)
Munaycha Casa Hospedaje ($45)
Here you can store your baggage before the Machu Picchu trip. If you are going to M.P. by train you are only allowed to carry one small backpack per person.
DAY 7: Aguas Calientes (the nearest village to Macchu Picchu)
Day Taxi Cusco to Pisac. Our hotel helped us to arrange the day taxi with some cultural sites stops. We can’t remember how much we paid but it wasn’t a lot.
Pisac Market + Sacred Valley (Ruines, Moras, Moray)
Train PeruRail (Expedition) Ollantaytampu to Aguas Calientes 7pm $75
¬ Andino Hotel $60
DAY 8: Ollantaytampu
Early morning: Bus to Macchu Picchu
MACCHU PICCHU + HUAYNA PICCHU (The Highest Mountain)
> If you want to be at Macchu Picchu in the early morning, you will need to start queuing at 3:30/4am. I know it might sound crazy but trust me. Queuing at 4am we were able to catch the bus only at 6:45am and we arrived at M.P. at 7:15am, just in time to start the Huaynapicchu hike (1st group 7-8am).
It took us about 2 hours for the round trip. It wasn’t easy, the steps are quite steep, but we did it and we are not professional hikers. Everyone in a good shape and afraid of heights can do that.
MAKE SURE TO BOOK IT WELL IN ADVANCE. THEY ONLY ALLOW 400 PEOPLE A DAY. Train PeruRail (Vistadome) Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytampu 4pm $95
¬ Ollantaytampu Hostel Main Square ($35)

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Huayna Picchu

DAY 9: Cusco
Colectivo to Cusco
¬ Munaycha Casa Hospedaje ($45)
DAY 10-11-12: Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
Bus Cruz Del Sur to Puno (6 h $20)
¬ Uros Qhantany Lodge (3 nights, $200)
Activities/tours arranged by the Hotel
Uros islands are a group of 70 man-made totora reed islands floating on Peru’s Lake Titicaca. Its inhabitatants, the Uros tribe, pre-date Incan civilization and continue to hunt and fish the land and waters they occupy. We spent 3 beautiful days at this beautiful lodge learning about the Uros and spending time with the local family who run the place. This place is really beautiful and unique.

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Uros People of Lake Titicaca

DAY 13-14: La Paz (BOLIVIA)
Bus Puno to La Paz Inkaexpress (7-8h $20)
¬ Sol Andino Hostal (2 nights, $70)
DAY 15-16-17 SAL DE UYUNI + LAGUNE COLORADE
Flight La Paz to Uyuni (Latam $90)
3D/2N Tour Quechua Connection 4WD $180
Drop-off San Pedro De Atacama

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Salar De Uyuni

> SALAR DE UYUNI ITINERARY

DAY 17-18-19-20 San Pedro De Atacama (CHILE)
¬ Terra Luna Atacama (4 nights, $400) Very nice lodge but not the cheapest one and the closest to the centre.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Atacama Desert is not only the driest place on Earth but also a place that can surprise you quite a bit. From the mountains, salt flats, volcanoes, pink flamingos, multi colored lagoons, Atacama will make a trip hard to forget. San Pedro de Atacama is the popular rustic town close to the desert where you can easily spend between 3-6 days.
Coming from our tour in Bolivia, we have seen many similar landscapes so we decide to take it easier and to skip some of the sites. Below a list of the beautiful sites you can visit. There are many tour operators you can easily find just walking through the main street in San Pedro. We used Touristour and we would recommend it.
You can also hire a car and do some of the tours on your own but joining a group will save you some time and effort. Moon Valley can be done with a bicycle; however, the tour is not really expensive.

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Atacama Desert
  • Moon Valley or Valle De La Luna
  • Tatio Geysers (very unique but you need to wake up around 3:30/4am)
  • Altiplanic Lagoon
  • Atacama Salt Flats
  • Piedras Rojas
  • Puritana Termas (Natural Hot Spring)
  • Astronomic Tours
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Valle De La Luna

DAY 21-22-23 Valparaíso
Flight Calama to Santiago (Latam, $150)
¬ La Petite Maison (3 nights, $160)
DAY 24-25 Santiago
¬ Quiral Hotel Boutique (2 nights, $165)

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Valparaíso

TIPS:
During peak season book your Train Ticket to/from Aguas Calientes (Macchu Picchu)
If you want to be at M.P. at early morning (before 7-8am) make sure to start queqing from 3-4am. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone! First bus leaves at 5:30am and it takes about 30 mins but it will take time before you can jump on a bus. It’s crazy, it really is.
Book well in advance Ticket for Huaynapicchu (7-8am or 10-11am slots, only 200 people each slot allowed per day)
To save time you can buy in advance bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to M.P. directly there or also in Cusco.
Book the same hotel in Cusco before and after M.P. so that you can store your luggage. On the train, you are only allowed to carry one small backpack per person.

WHERE TO EAT:
Punta Azul (Miraflores) Delicious seafood (ceviche, octopus…)
La Lucha Sangucheria (Miraflores) For a different great sandwich
Cicciolina (Cusco) Great Peruvian food. Meat/seafood (TOP)
Chicha (Cusco) Great Peruvian food. Meat/seafood
Adobe (San Pedro De Atacama) Chilean Food. (try Lomo al Phil Phil)
Casa Luisa (Valparaiso) Delicious Chilean Food in a beautiful causy atmosphere
Chipe Libre – Republica Independiente del Pisco (Santiago) Peruvian/Chilean food (a large selection of Pisco/Pisco Cocktails)
> During your trip, make sure to try both Peruvian and Chilean Pisco Sour and tell us which one you prefer.

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Sunset in the Amazon 

Salar De Uyuni – Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and it is without any doubts, one of the most incredible places we have been to.
Amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, at 3,600 meters above sea level, with its 10,000 square kilometres, Salar De Uyuni is considered one of the most extreme and remarkable vistas in all of South America, if not Earth.

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Salar De Uyuni – View from Incahuasi Island

Left La Paz in the early morning we reached Uyuni in less than one hour with a convenient flight with a spectacular aerial view over the salt flats.
Many people decide to take the overnight bus instead of the flight in order to save some money (not to much honestly!), but we definitely recommend to fly there. After a long night spent on a coach you will reach Uyuni in the very early morning and it’s not the best place where you want to spend 4-5 hours waiting for your tour agency to let you in. Also, you have a long quite hard 2-3 days ahead and it’s better to approach it rested and relaxed.

There are many companies offering either 1 or 2-3 Days Trips to see the Salar de Uyuni . It’s very important to pick a reliable company and to make sure you have all the information before you book it. We wanted to do the 3 nights/2 days tour and the most reliable and better reviewed companies are Red Planet Expeditions and Tour Quechua Connection 4WD. We choose the second one and we are glad we did it. We paid anything around $180 per person. It’s possible to arrive on the day and book a cheaper tour than this but we wouldn’t recommend it.

The agent arrived to pick us up at the airport and after a quick stop at the office to fill some paper works, meeting the other people and buying some snacks and water for the trip, we jumped on our 4WD and we started the tour among with other three jeeps. We fit quite comfortable in the car and our driver never showed any sign reckless driving – which are the biggest concern with many reviews. Together with a Spanish girl, an English couple, our driver and a guide, once lifted our baggage on the roof of the jeeps, we were now ready to start our adventure.

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Salar De Uyuni

The tour includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was always enough food for everybody and it was surprisingly delicious. We had read reviews of other tours of people complaining about food, but we had no problem at all.

On the last day, we are dropped off in Santiago de Atacama in Chile, our next destination. With the heart and eyes full of love, after the last three beautiful days, it’s was time to say goodbye to our friends going back to Uyuni.

3D – 2N SALAR DE UYUNI TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1: On the way to the Salt Flats we stopped to visit some sites. The Train Graveyard, a mysterious train cemetery filled with old abandoned trains a century ago and the Colchani Salt Mine, a salt processing community. Once reached the magical Salar De Uyuni, we jumped off the car for a 3km bike riding over the salt flats. We had so much fun cycling on the salt flats. Arrived at the meeting point where a nice table was set up for us, we had our first lunch together. After taking many funny prospective pictures, spending a beautiful day at Incahuasi Island and Pia Pia Island, what better way to end the day than enjoying a stunning sunset over the salt flats. It’s almost impossible to watch this sunset and not dream.
We spent our first night at Manica Hostel in a double room with private bathroom.
> During the dry season, temperatures goes really down in the night, up to -15 Celsius degrees. Make sure to bring warm cloths and a good sleeping bag. They will provide you with one if you don’t have yours, but make sure to check it. We have been unlucky to got a broken one and we didn’t have a pleasant night at all.

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Sunset Over the Salt Flats

DAY 2: After a long cold night we woke up quite early, looking forward to explore the beautiful Bolivian landscapes.
In the morning we had the chance to visit Coral Valley and Ollague Volcano. Following the lunch we spent another spectacular day visiting the Altiplanic Lagoons with lots of pink flamingos, the Siloli Desert, the Red Lagoon and walking through the Sol De Manana Geysers. The Red Lagoon – or Laguna Colorada, which by that time, was truly red streaked with white due to the borax in the water, was perhaps the most beautiful view we had on the tour.

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Laguna Colorada

We spent the second and last night at a very basic lodge dormitory with shared bedrooms and toilets. Here there is no shower and during the night is extremely cold – you are at about 5000 meters above sea level. A secret tip that will save your life: ask to the host to fill your empty plastic bottle with hot water and place it at your feet in the bed, it will help you warming up and falling asleep.

After the dinner, we enjoyed the most beautiful sky we have ever seen so far. We were actually able to clearly see the milky way among with thousands of stars and many constellations. Only this incredible view worth all the cold.
If you like, you can go to enjoy the near hot spring drinking a glass of wine but we were not so brave to do that. The water wasn’t too hot and outside it was really freezing, so we and many other people decided to skip it.

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Milky Way

DAY 3: Before reaching the Chilean border, you will see other two stunning lagoons and the Dalí Desert – so named because the barren landscapes and rocks formation are believed to resemble those depicted by the surrealist painter Salvator Dalí.
Following the beautiful White Lagoon we arrived at Green Lagoon – or Laguna Verde – at the foot of the volcano Lincabur which literally divides the frontier between Bolivia and Chile.

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Pink Flamingos

With different shades of colours, landscapes and three different varieties of pink flamingos, all the colourful lagoons are simply amazing.

Goodbye Beautiful Bolivia!

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Altiplanic Lagoons

 

 

The Best Place to Stay in Seychelles

These granitic and coral islands, around 1,100 miles from the Tanzanian coast, are wilder and less glossily perfect than the Maldives, to the north and east. But they are certainly alluring, with the attractions of surreal rock formations, lush forests and Creole heritage, as well as some of the world’s best beaches and cerulean seas.

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Aerial view of Anse Georgette, Praslin

That’s why, one week ago, we decided to come so far to celebrate our special day and to get married on a beautiful little beach in La Digue Island.

Seychelles, with its 115 islands has many options in terms of beaches and accommodations. The three largest islands and also the more developed and touristic are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.  All of them are really beautiful, with pristine white sand beaches, turquoise waters and beautiful landscapes and the choice is yours. It depends if you like to relax and cycling around the island-easy to do in La Digue – or if you are more interested in a larger islands with a more vast choice of restaurants – Praslin or Mahe.

After visiting all of the three islands, we can probably say that Praslin is the right compromise if you don’t have enough time to explore all of them.

As some of you have heard, we were supposed to fly to Madagascar after Seychelles, keen to explore the island and to enjoy our “honeymoon” there.

Unfortunately following the current plague issue we had to change our plans and we decided to extend our stay here in Seychelles.

We believe that when you travel, especially for a long time, you need to feel comfortable in the place where you are and here in Seychelles at Cap Jean Marie Beach Villas we found a place where we feel at home.

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Cap Jean Marie Beach Villas

If you are planning a trip to Seychelles you might see that there are many options in terms of accommodation, from some very esclusive resorts to plenty of self catering guest houses. If you are looking for a beautiful place but at the same time you want to stay on budget (considering the Seychelles standard which is more European than African) your choice goes to one of the many guest houses in the island.

We are spending our days at Cap Jean Marie and we couldn’t have picked a better place. This little gem – 4 chalets- run by a local beautiful family is the perfect place to fully enjoy the Creole atmosphere.

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Sea View Chalet

When we arrived we made a mistake with our booking – sometimes when you book so many accommodations it happens – but the lady was so kind and understanding and she helped us to fix the matter straight away. We were suppose to spend only two days here but following the plague issue we suddenly had to change our plans. We are still trying to get at least some refund from the airline companies but until now we have only lost a lot of money. Booking a new flight and accommodations at the last minute with no flexibility on our dates on top of the Madagascar expenses wasn’t also a nice wedding gift. The family from Cap Jean Marie has helped us in every way possible, offering us a discount for our extra days, advising alternative trips to other less explored Seychelles islands and giving us their availability and support every single day. They have also upgraded us to the sea view chalet with a good bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge as honeymoon’s gift. The chalets have a wonderful view to the sea and you are actually with your feet on the beach.  They all have a private bathroom, living room and a full equipped kitchen where you can cook a nice meal and have a romantic dinner on your terrace. On lazy days you can order a delivery from one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach.

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Private Beach at Cap Jean Marie

Praslin has some of the finest beaches in the world -Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette- but if you feel just to wake up and walk to the beach, here you can do that. The chalets are actually on a small private beautiful beach where you can swim, read a book or get the perfect tan.

Sometimes “bad” things happen for a good reason. We hope the Madagascar issue will be sorted soon and all the people will be safe. We also can’t wait to explore that beautiful country; but now we are glad to be here, chilling on the beach, doing some work and exploring deeper this beautiful country until our next adventure: South Africa!

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Sunset at Cap Jean Marie

Australia in a Campervan East Coast

This was our first experience with a campervan. We were not familiar with camping or backpacking and it’s not a secret that we were a bit scared before starting this new experience. After four weeks travelling around Australia on board of our HiTop, driving 5331km from the Great Ocean Road to Cairns, we can confirm that there’s no better way to see Australia than traveling in a Campervan. Nothing beats the freedom of a campervan, especially in such a huge and beautiful country like Australia.

If you are wondering what is like travelling Australia with a campervan, the answer is: So Funny!

Most of the time you’ll be on the open road and these are straight, quiet and beautiful. The roads are smooth and there are plenty of places to pull over, fuel up, rest and why not, enjoy the view drinking a glass of wine and grilling some meat at one of the many free BBQ on the road. The country has really well developed facilities and the people are amazing, this make the journey easier and more enjoyable.

Coming from Santiago – Chile – we decided to fly straight to Sydney, spend a few days there and then fly to Melbourne and visit the city before picking up our campervan. You can either decide to fly to Melbourne and then drive to Sydney but we preferred to not drive or camp in the big cities.

SYDNEY (3 days)

Built around one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Sydney is a vibrant, dynamic and accessible metropolis. We had the chance to visit the city with some local people, two friends from Italy who moved there years ago, and this made our  experience even better. We loved the city and our first impression of the country was superlative.

Its myriad attractions include three of Australia’s most emblematic sight – Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera and Bondi Beach. With our friends we spent a beautiful day at Coogee Beach, probably not as famous as Bondi but definitely beautiful. Take a ferry to Manly Island and spend your day in this lovely suburb, walking on the main street-mall and relaxing on the beach. Only the view from the ferry worth the visit.

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Beautiful spot to see Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

MELBOURNE (2 days)

Stylish, arty Melbourne is a city that’s proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital. Here only some of the top sites: Royal Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, Eureka Skydeck and Docklands architectures.

It’s now time to pick up our campervan and start our new adventure!

View from Eureka Tower

GREAT OCEAN ROAD (2 days) 

The Great Ocean Road is definitely one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. This road offers you spectacular views and breath-taking landscapes. It does not matter if you are a nature lover or a city dweller, you will fall in love with Great Ocean Road if you go for a drive. This is where mountains meet Ocean and the result is incredible.

DAY 1: Torquay, Lorne, Kenner River.  Overnight: Apollo Bay

DAY 2: 12 Apostles, Loch and Gorge, London Bridge. Overnight: Mornington

DAY 3: We spent the morning relaxing at Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria’s only geothermal hot springs with pools cascading down the valley. We reached Philip Island in the afternoon, in time for the beautiful Penguin Parade (Penguin Parade + ticket). Experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. Overnight: Philip Island

DAY 4: Wilson Promontory, Gippsland Lakes. Overnight: 90 Mile Beach

DAY 5: Ben Boyd National Park Overnight: Eden

DAY 6: Depot Beach and Pepply Beach, famous for kangaroos on the beach. Overnight: Pepply Beach

DAY 7: Jervis Bay Overnight: Wollongong

DAY 8: Sea Cliff Bridge, Seal Rocks. Overnight: Seal Rocks

DAY 9: Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour. Overnight: Ballina

DAY 10: Byron Bay

DAY 11: Gold Coast + Surfer Paradise. Overnight: Noosa Heads

DAY 12: Noosa Heads + Noosa National Park. Overnight: Rainbow Beach

Noosa Heads is definitely a must see. We loved its beautiful little town centre and the National Park. Our day was spent walking in the park, trying to spot some Koalas and enjoying the breath-taking views (Noosa National Coastal Walk). After this lovely walk, was then time to relax and swim on one of the many beautiful little beaches.

Noosa Park Coastal Walk

DAY 13-14 FRASER ISLAND

The local people call it K’Gari – paradise – and not for no reason. World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. Land of giant dunes, ancient rainforest – the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand – crystal clear lakes and wildlife, including dingoes.

We booked our 2 nights/3 days tour with Peterpans Adventure Travel and we fully enjoyed our experience. We started our tour from Rainbow Beach on board of our 4WD shared with other 6 people. This Tag-Along tour gives you the option to drive the vehicle, whilst following a professional driver in the leading car. You will explore Fraser island from east to west, visiting its lakes and other beautiful landscapes. This is a chance to get away from the world but if you are not ready for an adventure, this tour might not be for you. The funny part of the tour is that you cook your meals on your own among with your group. Each group – car- will be provided with a basket with all the ingredients for every meal and then..if you can’t cook, you should be lucky to be in the right group! For the two nights you will be sleeping in a tent and during the winter season it’s not so warm after the sunset. Make sure to take with you warm clothes and a pillow! You can hire your sleeping bag for $10. Lake Mckenzie was our first stop and trust me, you will doubt it is actually a lake. Here is where pure white sand meets clear blue freshwater ringed by the rainforest. Awesome!

As the sun goes down over Fraser, you start to realise why this island is so special. Stars scatter the southern skies filling you with an overwhelming sense of connection to nature. This experience is truly unparalleled to any other camping holiday. What makes this tour special is that you are allow to drive the 4WD if you want and driving the 75 Mile Beach is so exiting and peaceful at the same time. This road is the spine of the island and it’s consider a proper highway. Enjoy the drive but drive safe!

Top Sites: Lake Mckenzie, Indian Head, Maheno Shipwreck, Champagne Pool, 75 Mile Beach, Eli Creek, Lake Wabby.

DAY 15: Returning in the afternoon from the tour, we drove to Agnes Water, where we spent the night at the Horizons Kangaroos Sanctuary where you can feed and meet kangaroos.

DAY 16: Arlie Beach

DAY 17-18: WHITSUNDAYS

The Whitsunday Islands, off the Queensland coast are a real tropical paradise. Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, there are no crashing waves and the waters are incredible and perfect for sailing. Of the numerous breath-taking beaches, Whitehaven Beach stands out for its pure white silica sand and crystal clear water. It is for sure the top beach in the Whitsundays and possibly on of the finest in the world. There are plenty of sailing tours that allow you to visit the islands but if you are concerned about seasickness and you prefer to spend the night on land and why not – relax at a stunning resort – Ride to Paradise is the perfect tour for you. We booked this tour with Peterpans Adventure Travel and we are glad we did it. For 2 days and nights you’ll get to see all the beauty of the islands, enjoying your evenings at Paradise Cove Resort, while spending your days on board the fast boat. Two beautiful days relaxing at the resort, swimming at Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling the world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef. This tour is called Ride to Paradise and actually it is. It’s a hidden gem, it’s beauty and tranquility has to be seen to be believed.  We were lucky enough to be upgraded to the Dream Villa package. If you have the chance to book this, do it, you will never forget this experience.  You still don’t believe it? Enjoy the video: Ride to Paradise Whitsundays

P.S. An extra bonus to this tour? The food! It’s simply delicious, and you know that we don’t play with food.

DAY 19: Arlie Beach

DAY 20: Skydive, Billabong Sanctuary (where you can hold a Koala). Overnight: Townsville

SKYDIVING AT 14,000FT OVER THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS. There had to be some way to go out with a bang, to finish this amazing travel around Australia, and to say goodbye to a country which is incredibly beautiful and we deeply loved…So what better way than to spend our last hours in Australia jumping out of a plane? Yes, we did it! We actually jumped at 14,000ft over the Whitsunday Islands. We were in Airlie Beach, probably the most beautiful location where to skydive in Australia and one of the most beautiful in the world, so we didn’t have choice. I must admit that I’m (Veronica) anxious of heights and not a fan of small planes at all, but I felt pretty safe there.  Once you reach altitude at 14,000ft it’s jump time! And honestly you don’t have much time to realise or change your mind before the jump. Three, two…and then free fall! This is the big buzz as you reach speeds over 200km/h before the parachute is deployed! Now is when you are able to really appreciate the stunning view.

It was incredible, definitely an experience of a lifetime. After the jump we have been asked if we would do it again. Our answer: other ten times! Thanks to Skydive Australia

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Sadly all good things come to an end and it was time to say goodbye to Australia, with the promise to come back very soon.

DAY 21: Driving to Cairns. Drop off the campervan. Flight in the evening.

Bye bye Australia, it’s been a real pleasure to meet you!

BEST BEACHES TO SWIM:

Jervis Bay (NSW), White’s Beach (Broken Head, NSW), Coolangatta Beach (Gold Coast, Queensland), Noosa National Park (Queensland), Whitehaven Beach (Queensland)

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