Amber the peace corps 2

Those of you who know my blog probably know that volunteering is a big part of my life. On my travels I always try to include a volunteer placement as I believe it is important to give something back to the communities I am lucky enough to visit. For that reason I am excited to launch Volunteering Abroad. Read More →

machu picchu altitude postcard shot

The alarm went off at 4am but I wasn’t tired or grumpy. On the contrary, I was full of excitement and emotions. Today would be the day I would finally fulfill a lifelong dream, today would be the day to test my physical limits, and today would be the day to marvel at the ancient Read More →

yura arequipa river

If there is one thing I love then it is travelling off the beaten path to places that usually only locals know about. The black waterfall of Yura Arequipa is such a place and it is so remote that the only way to reach it is by trekking through a river bed. When my Peruvian friends Read More →

chachani volcano

Ever since my gentleman of a husband carried my kit and his 4,500m up Misti volcano (5,822m elevation in total), only to have to CasEvac me back down again following yet another bout of Acute Mountain Sickness kicking my butt, he has (not very secretly) harboured a smouldering grudge. So when he decided he was Read More →

white water rafting arequipa category 4 vertical 2

“Man overboard, quickly grab the rope”, said our white water rafting guide Roberto to one of our crew who had just fallen into category four strong rapids in the Chili river and was in danger of being dragged under, hitting one of the many big boulders on the way. I have tried white water rafting before in Brazil and although Read More →

travel and business south america packing list

A lot of people loath packing, but I actually love it. Before each trip I carefully draft a packing list and tick it off one by one to ensure I don`t forget anything. Yes, I may be a bit OCD and an overly organized German, but at least I can now provide you guys with Read More →

huaca de la luna Trujillo plaza de armas 2

Floodings, draughts and the melting of the ice caps; some think that climate change is a problem only facing our generation, but it is actually thought to have affected ancient civilizations as well (albeit for different reasons). On my recent visit to Trujillo I was surprised to find out how climate change may have even wiped Read More →

colca canyon trek condor

I don`t think I have ever felt so much pain in my life. Every step I took up the steep incline in the dark was like torture and I knew that it would be a very long morning before I would be relieved and finally reach the summit. The Colca Canyon trek in Peru was Read More →