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Amy & Matt Cosgrave

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We waved goodbye to the 9-5 and started a year long transcontinental adventure in Sept โ€˜18. ๐Ÿ“: Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € ๐Ÿก: U.K ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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Antonia - Aymara woman, La Paz ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I don’t usually like taking candid shots of people and children as we travel. Whilst we love seeing the different faces and outfits of local people as we travel I feel it puts up more of a barrier between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and emphasises the differentness we see around the world (there’s still some old sociology chat in here ๐Ÿง ) I also downright hated people taking my photo without making some effort to talk first when we were in India. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € But whilst exploring La Paz on the Telefericos ๐Ÿšก we got chatting to three Aymara people in traditional dress. They laughed at our bad Spanish as we told them where we were from, where we had been in Bolivia and that we liked their city. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € So I asked Antonia if I could take her photo, she smiled and said yes and was happy when I showed her this picture. I loved seeing the women in their traditional dress - the iconic bowler hats, shawls and big skirts often with some sparkle or bling thrown in for good measure. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #bolivia #lapaz #aymarapeople #teleferico #travel #travelling #backpacking #backpackerlife #lonelyplanet
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ #throwbackthursday it’s almost 3 months since we first arrived in Chile but only 2 weeks since we left for the third time... And we’ve written up our thoughts on this beautiful and diverse country on our blog (link in our bio as usual!) โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € From the endless fjords of Patagonia to the one of the driest places on earth... Chile has such a huge variety of things to see and do! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #chile #southamerica #travel #travelblog #backpacking #backpackerlife #transcontinentalhustle #lonelyplanet #theconstantlycurious #ichoosetowander
Dinosaur footprints ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿ‘ฃ ๐Ÿฆ• ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ดโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € In the cliff towering above the local cement works just outside Sucre are over 5000 dinosaur footprints from 68 million years ago. What was flat lakeside back then was pushed upwards by tectonic activity and is now a 1200m high almost vertical cliff making the dinosaurs footprints tower above you! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € It felt surreal and unreal to be stood in front of real dinosaur footprints especially in as unglamorous surroundings as the edge of an operational cement works... ๐Ÿ˜ #onlyinbolivia! One of us was massively geeking out and the other enjoyed pretending to be a t-Rex... โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #bolivia #sucre #parquecretario #dinosaurs #dinosaurfootprints #southamerica #elsur
Convento de San Felipe Neri, Sucre ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The best place for city views in Sucre has to be the Convento de San Felipe Neri. A working convent and school but after school is finished for the day you can head up to the roof and enjoyed beautiful views of the city from the church and convent roof. Unadulterated views with no railings just your own common sense to keep you from wandering off the edge! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #bolivia #sucre #nofilter #nofilterneeded #travel #southamerica #elsur #bolivianhistory #thewhitecity #architecture
Casa de la Libertad, Sucre ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ดโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The Bolivian history museum in Sucre is beautiful! Whilst the old portraits, exhibits and historical dates on the walls are interesting the building looked like a dreamy place you could while away relaxing for a few hours if only they’d put out some comfy chairs ๐Ÿคท‍โ™€๏ธโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #bolivia #sucre #casadelalivertad #travel #southamerica #elsur #bolivianhistory #thewhitecity #architecture
“Kid, the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia” ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ‡โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Riding horses through the landscape that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid found themselves in, luckily we didn’t meet such a desperate and grizzly end!
We had heard that your group can make or break your Salar de Uyuni experience... being cooped up in a jeep and freezing cold accommodation for 3 days with 5 other strangers means you’re pretty keen to get some good travel mates... โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Luckily these guys were awesome. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Thank you Thiago, Juliane, Katie and Nicolas along with Juan, our legend of a driver and his 500 greatest rock songs. Led Zep never sounded so good as it did cruising across the Bolivian altiplano ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ดโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #bolivia #salardeuyuni #roadtrippin #roadtripping #travel #southamerica #elsur #experiencesnotthings #passionpassport #ichoosetowander #theconstantlycurious
Got my friends in my backpack, my @lonelyplanet Bolivia guide in my hand and I’m ready to explore! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Because after a beautiful sunrise on the Bolivian salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni you’ve got to go play with perspective, shrink your friends, or yourself and supersize your stuff! The Salar de Uyuni is over 10,000sq km’s and we had this little part of it to play with all to ourselves!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Tell us what your favourite of our silly pics is! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #mylpguide #lonelyplanet #bolivia #salardeuyuni #uyuni #southamerica #elsur #backpacking #travel #backpackerlife
Salar de Uyuni ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € It’s hard to express how amazing the Salar de Uyuni was to visit. 3 days of amazing landscapes that were unbelievably beautiful as well as unbelievably cold! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € You know when you see epic photos of a place and you assume it’s someone with a pro camera... but nope, that morning these were taken on an iPhone6. It was pretty much impossible to take a bad photo as the sun rose (think how good they could be if we did use a fancy camera ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ˜†) โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #bolivia #salardeuyuni #saltflats #sunrise #travel #shadow #reflection #experiencesnotthings #optoutside #lobelyplanet #ichoosetowander #theconstantlycurious
La Valle de Marte ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Named the ‘Mars Valley’ for its apparent resemblance to the red planet. Another day of desert biking, a much smaller distance than the Luna Valley but much tougher terrain... Luckily there was a biscuit reward at the top and an amazing view making it worth while! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € But as the video shows... Cycling through sand ain’t easy or pretty ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿœ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝ‍โ™€๏ธ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #chile #sanpedro #sanpedrodeatacama #valledelamuerte #marsvalley #biking #offroad #altitude #elsur #southamerica #travel #experiencesnotthings
La Valle de la Luna ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € We cycled 38km and hiked 10km in one day through the Valley of the Moon in the desert heat at an altitude of 2400m. It was a tough day by it was totally worth it. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #ranscontinentalhustle #chile #sanpedro #sanpedrodeatacama #geyser #valledelaluna #lunavalley #valleyofthemoon #altitude #elsur #southamerica #travel #experiencesnotthings
El Tatio Geyser field ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € It was -10c when we arrived at the geyser field. Unsurprising as sun hadn’t yet risen and it sits at 4320m above sea level! This is the highest geyser field in the world and the third biggest (beaten only by Yellowstone and Iceland).โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € We had a fun couple of hours walking around the geysers, having breakfast with an epic views and even taking a dip in a thermal pool nearby to thaw out our toes... although it wasn’t quite as hot as we’d hoped! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #ranscontinentalhustle #chile #eltatio #sanpedro #sanpedrodeatacama #geyser #geyserfield #altitude #elsur #southamerica
San Pedro de Atacama โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € In the middle of the Atacama Desert ๐Ÿœ at 2408m (8000ft) above sea level and one of the driest places on earth sits this little tourist town. A collection of dusty streets with red adobe walls and unbelievably bright blue skies. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € We didn’t expect to love this town as much as we did. We slowed down and chilled out, planning an extended stay here around a couple of football fixtures (the second of which totally worth hanging around for!) โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € And after a couple of chilled days we got our butts into gear and started exploring the insane landscapes of the surrounding desert. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #chile #northernchile #sanpedro #sanpedrodeatacama #atacamadesert #desert #deserttown #blueskies #adobewalls #alongdustyroads #lonelyplanet #ichoosetowander #theconstantlycurious #travel #travelblog #worldtravels #southamerica #elsur
Vicuñaโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Small town, big cacti... and even bigger views of the stars. Our reason for visiting Vincuña was to go to one of the observatories this region is famous for (apparently the best place in the Southern Hemisphere for looking at the sky!) It didn’t disappoint and in the process it blew our tiny minds ๐Ÿคฏ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € No photos of the Milky Way and all the galaxies we saw because our camera skills aren’t that good!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #chile #northernchile #vicuna #cacti #smalltown
'The Pacific Ocean was spreading right off the map. There was nowhere to put it. It was so big, untidy and blue that it wouldn't fit anywhere. So they left it outside my window." โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Pablo Neruda โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € We loved our visit to La Sebastiana, one of Pablo Neruda’s houses. Listening and reading his poetry and quotes about his philosophy for life was inspirational. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #chile #valparaiso #valpo #lasebastiana #pabloneruda #neruda #poetry #chileanpoetry #nofilter #pacificocean
Valparaíso โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € It’s gritty, dirty and full of stray dogs.  But it’s the grit that inevitably comes with a port city that’s still redefining its industry. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € It’s the dirt that comes with mindless tagging alongside beautiful works of graffiti art. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € And the dogs... well, the 100,000 or so stray dogs are well fed and looked after by the 300,000 or so residents. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #valparaiso #chile #valpo #graffiti #art #delsur #southamerica #transcontinentalhustle #travel #travelblog #nofilter
Carne, vino y the great outdoors! ๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅพ๐Ÿ” โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € We loved our time in Argentina, it’s a huge and beautiful country that deserves a lot of time to be explored, even more than the 5 weeks we gave it! But we’ve collated our thoughts on our favourite aspects of our time there... Link to our blog in our bio as usual! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #transcontinentalhustle #argentina #travel #travelblog #southamerica #delsur #sudamerica #steak #carne #patagonia #elchalten #peritomoreno #parquenacionallosglaciers #siesta #iguazu #maipu #mendoza #parilla
Bariloche ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € We spent the whole of Easter week in Bariloche, an incredibly touristy town but the hikes we did each day from there were amazing. What’s better than arriving at the halfway point of your hike to find a perfectly still mirror lake and a refugio selling fresh beer. It was perfect timing to see some beautiful autumn colours in the trees too! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Oh and we rewarded ourselves with some amazing chocolate ice cream after a couple of hikes, because it was Easter after all. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #nofilter #nofilterneeded #argentina #bariloche #argentinelakedistrict #lakedistrict #bariloche #hiking #refugiofrey #mirrorlake #nature #optoutside #experiencesnotthings

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