Renting a Car in South Africa – Advice!

Ocean View while Driving to Cape Point from Cape Town

South Africa is a stunningly beautiful country that is on most travellers bucket lists. Its sprawling picturesque coastlines, dramatic mountain scenery, and

Despite affordable airfare and long distance bus services like Baz Bus, renting a car is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to see the most of the country.  Renting a car is almost required for popular trips like the Garden Route/Whale Route, Panorama Route, or visiting Kruger National Park without a guided tour.  Unfortunately, some South African rental companies are notoriously shady so it’s best to go in eyes open.  We had both great and miserable experiences while renting vehicles in South Africa and have some advice for renting a car in South Africa to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible! Continue reading “Renting a Car in South Africa – Advice!”

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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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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The Best Things to do in Arequipa Peru

Sunset on Volcan Misty

Many people blast past Arequipa while travelling from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and miss out on the White City’s immeasurable charms. Indeed there are lots of things to do in Arequipa as it is a place where old meets new, where classics are reinvented and traditions are upheld at the same time. It is as much a modern city as a walk back in time. It is as cosmopolitan as it remains steeped with tradition.  Outdoor pursuits and urban adventures are equally possible. It short, it’s a city of exciting contradictions and should not be missed.

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