Ginger Beer Odyssey Posts

October 1, 2018 /

Visiting the Amazonian jungle has been one of the absolute highlights of our South American travels so far.We think a trip to the continent just wouldn’t be complete without some type of visit to the Amazon. Unfortunately we lost our camera the day after leaving the region, but thanks to the generosity of Kai, one of the members our great group, we still have some photos to share the splendour. When many people think of…

July 9, 2018 /

If you ask someone to name the best canyons they’ve heard of, chances are Itaimbezinho and Fortaleza canyons probably won’t make the list. Outside of Brazil, and to a lesser extent Argentina, these canyons in the south-east of Brazil are almost unknown. Information about them, especially in English, was lacking to say the least. The Grand Canyon is probably the most famous canyon in the world, although even at 1800m and 450km it isn’t the…

June 20, 2018 /

Famous for churches, superstition and rainy weather, Chiloé is the biggest island in Chile. The island is located off the West coast of the mainland about two thirds of the way down the long country, and also lends its name to the surrounding archipelago. Images of the colourful houses and tales of the island’s myths and legends caught the imagination of Jacinta, so we had to work out if we could get there. The island…

June 6, 2018 /

Mendoza is the premier wine region in Argentina, and indeed South America. It is the region that put Malbec on the world wine map about 20 years ago, for which we thank them greatly. We both love Malbec wines so we were very excited to arrive in wine country and submerge our palates in some deliciousness. We knew we wanted to sample the wines of Mendoza, but we didn’t have the budget to fork out…

May 24, 2018 /

The Story of Rapa Nui Easter Island is a destination shrouded in mystery, an island isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of kilometres away from anywhere else. It’s the type of place you see on travel brochures or TV programs, a Polynesian island with enigmatic massive stone figures that were somehow moved across the island with only primitive technologies. The names “Easter Island”, and the equivalent “Isla De Pascua” in Spanish, commemorate…

May 10, 2018 /

Patagonia is one of the craft beer centres of South America, a fact largely unbeknownst to us before we visited. It was very common to come across a bar with a micro-brewing operation supplying 2-5 varieties of beer solely for its clientele. This meant that the only way to try most of the beer on offer was to go to each bar, something we didn’t mind at all. The most popular beer types seemed to…

April 18, 2018 /

A multi-day hike in the Torres Del Paine National Park was one of the first things to make our bucket list for our whole year long trip after Jacinta fell in love with the pictures and travel stories online. Soaring mountains with beautiful scenery, yet accessible hiking, made for an irresistible mix, and pushed South America right up the destination list for us. The National Park Torres Del Paine is a national park in Chile, in…

April 11, 2018 /

Santiago is a city of great contrasts and variation, a mix of old Spanish colonial architecture, modern wealth and the slowly crumbling reminants of the military dictatorship that ended in 1990. Arriving from the airport on the bus took us through areas that were closer to third world than first, reminiscent of a brief experience of Tijuana, Mexico. As we got to the centre though it gradually became more and more like home, until you…

March 24, 2018 /

  “Where are you going?” – that has to be the numero uno question we have received since we told everyone we are taking off for 12 months. So here’s the overview of our itinerary for South, Central and North America. The grand premise of this trip was to explore some of the parts of the great wide world that we hadn’t been to yet, before we considered settling down and starting a family. Our…

March 24, 2018 /

We had always committed to each other we wouldn’t spend our whole lives living in Perth, even though we both thought it was a terrific place to grow up. When it became clear it was unlikely a work opportunity was going to arise in line with our sort of timeline we decided there was no other time in our lives we’d likely get the chance to do something like this. In true engineering fashion we…