Seven Months on the Road

seven months on the road - zentravellers at machu picchu

This is an exciting time for us here at Zen Travellers as we are now 7 months and half way in to our trip around the world!  When we first left home it was definitely exciting, but also a little bit nerve wracking.  Given that we were leaving our jobs and selling most of our belongings, that’s probably understandable.   Well, this big trip is still as exciting as it was at the beginning but the nerves have faded as we’ve settled nicely into a life on the road. The pages of our passports are a little more cluttered and looking at the map, we’ve certainly covered a lot of ground and seen a hell of a lot, including: amazing mountainous landscapes, deserts, forests, lakes, rivers, oceans, and more.

In addition to being mesmerized by incredible landscapes, we’ve been lucky to see a variety of rare and unique wildlife, and Thea’s lifelist of birds has exploded.  We’ve had some humbling experiences, scary situations, learned about different cultures, and met a tonne of amazing people along the way.  Most recently, we capped off the half way point with a 10 day cruise to Antarctica. This was truly an incredible experience to see a one of a kind place most don’t even dare to dream of visiting, and one that we’ll not soon forget.

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How and Why You Should Travel to Antarctica

Half Moon Island Antarctic Peninsula

When travelling to Antarctica, you will soon learn that it is a place of superlatives. It is the highest, driest, and coldest place on Earth. It is also the world’s most expansive wilderness area and is home to the some of the largest creatures on the planet. It is a mysterious, inhospitable, perilous, and endlessly remote environment that has inspired both incredible exploratory expeditions but also ill-fated attempts that ended in disaster.

At the same time of our visit to the White Continent, two insane brave adventurers, one from the USA and one from Great Britain, are attempting to cross Antarctica to the South Pole while completely unsupported. They face horrendous weather, immeasurable solitude, and a  treacherous, ever-shifting landscape where one  wrong step into a crevasse could end their journey or even their lives. Fortunately for most travellers, a trip to Antarctica will be more pleasure than pain and will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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RTW Update – What to do in Beautiful Bolivia

The Summit of Pico Austria in the Cordillera Real

It’s been a while since our last RTW update about travelling through Peru so here is our post about what to do in Bolivia. The country blew us away with its diversity, amazing natural scenery, and super fun adventurous pursuits. We made friends with parrots and coatis at a wildlife sanctuary, hiked to our highest height yet, played with perspective on the world’s largest salt flats, and survived the famous death road among other exciting things. Bolivia is an incredible place to visit and somewhere we would love to explore again.

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Gifts for Hikers

Summit of Misti Volcano

You probably don’t want to hear this but Christmas is around the corner and with that it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and family.  We love spending time in the great outdoors and the mountains so we figured we’d put together a list of the best gifts for hikers. If your loved one is like us we’ve got you covered with some great gift ideas!

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Trekking the Cordillera Real to Huayna Potosi

Trekking in the Cordillera Real

Bolivia’s Cordillera Real (or royal range) is an unrivalled destination for trekking in South America and exploring this mountain range is one of the best things to do in Bolivia.  We hiked the Cordillera Real for 8 days, finishing by summiting Huayna Potosi

The 125km Andean mountain range rises to the southeast of Lake Titicaca and some of its glaciated peaks can be seen from Bolivia’s exciting capital La Paz. If you’re looking for some high altitude fun without the crowds seen in other parts of South America, the Cordillera Real are for you.

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The Best Things to Do in La Paz Bolivia

La Paz Teleferico

La Paz, Bolivia’s administrative capital is a fascinating place.  Many people use it as the starting point for a trip to the world-reknowned Uyuni Salt Flats or a thrilling trip down the famous “death road”.  The city has a way of doing everything it’s own way and with it’s own unique character. Whether watching the ladies at Cholita’s wrestling fly, getting a bird’s eye view of the city from its one of a kind network of cable cars that soar above, or losing yourself in Mercado Lanza’s winding halls, La Paz is a delight to discover.  Read on for our recommendations on the best things to do in La Paz, Bolivia.

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Travelling with Bolivia Hop from Arequipa to La Paz

Bolivia Hop Bus

When travelling in Peru you will undoubtedly come across  a Peru Hop bus. They are one of the biggest names in the tourist transportation game and one of the most popular ways for travellers to get around the country. Lesser known is Bolivia Hop which is operated by the same group and offers a link between Peru and Bolivia by providing transportation between Arequipa, Puno, Copacabana, and La Paz.

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