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South America, Here We Come

Okay, everyone. We’re one week out. To say things are a little chaotic around our house would be an understatement. We’re squeezing in time to say goodbye to our friends and family, packing up for our new life in Australia, and loading up our packs for fifty days in South America. To kick-off our blog, here’s where we’re traveling over the next seven weeks:

Chileatacama desert

A historic and bustling capital city, funky beach towns, lush wine growing regions, and the driest place in the world – Chile is where we’re starting our South American adventure. I’m most excited to explore the Atacama Desert and Atacama Highlands. The appeal of this region is its total weirdness. There are places in the desert that haven’t seen rainfall since humans have been recording rainfall. The soil and landscape have been compared to Mars. NASA is even testing soil life-detection equipment in the Atacama that might be used on future missions to Mars. Crazy, right?!? This post from A Brit and a Broad beautifully captures the dramatic landscape and the flamingos who inhabit the highland lagoons.

PeruMachu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu is one of those bucket-list places for both Chris and I, but its not the only place we’ll visit. We’re spending a few days in foodie-heaven Lima, where I’m dying to nosh on some amazing ceviche. Chris and I both love to hike and so we’ve carved out time to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Finally, we’ve splurged on a private tour of Manu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out the Crees Foundation for a sneak peek at some of the wildlife we might encounter in the Peruvian Amazon.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islandsgalapagos sea lion

The Galapagos Islands are must-do for both of us and we wanted to take our time visiting one of the most ecologically and geologically unique places in the world. We’re splitting our time between a cruise with Adventure Life as well as hotels on Islas Isabela and Santa Cruz. In total, we’ll set foot on five different islands across the archipelago. I’m geeked out about the idea of swimming with sea lions, finding birds with bright blue feet, and iguanas that swim in the ocean (what?!?!). We have a little bit of time in Quito and Guayaquil, but that’s about it for mainland Ecuador. I wish we had more time and were able to explore all that Ecuador has to offer.

I still doesn’t feel quite real that we’re about to do this, but we’re ready to soak up every minute. If you’ve been to any of the places on our list, we want to hear from you. What restaurants must not be missed? Where should we hike? Tips for taxis or other transport?

Leave a comment below or contact us with your advice and ideas!


  1. Josh Josh

    So freaking jealous! Have fun! Take lots of pictures!

    • Emily Haley Emily Haley

      We absolutely will! Love you, Josh!

  2. Amy Amy

    Wish u both a best time of your life’s together. Peru is amazing…hope u enjoy! Can’t wait to hear what u think 😘

    • Emily Haley Emily Haley

      Thanks so much, Amy! Miss you, lady!

  3. Brent Dunn Brent Dunn

    so jealous but happy for you guys be safe and enjoy can’t wait to catch up.

    • Emily Haley Emily Haley

      We will. We’re so looking forward to being back in your corner of the world soon!

  4. Nicky white Nicky white

    You guys will have the best time! Can’t wait to hear about galapagos it’s on my bucket list!! ☺

    • Emily Haley Emily Haley

      We will definitely fill you in on the experiences! Thanks Nicky.

  5. Joey Joey

    I still think your aunt should go with you😜 Have great adventures!! Love you! Joey

    • Emily Haley Emily Haley

      I’ll send you our itinerary! Come meet us along the way, anytime.

  6. Becky Montgomery & Dave Haley Becky Montgomery & Dave Haley

    Wait until you see your first blue footed boobie – they really are a fun bird and the feet are sky blue, a beautiful shade.

    • Emily Haley Emily Haley

      We can’t wait!

  7. Megan Megan

    So proud and so excited for you! Can’t wait to follow your adventure!

    • Emily Haley Emily Haley

      Thanks, Megan 🙂

  8. Laura Erchul Laura Erchul

    What an adventure! I am really looking forward to hearing all about it. Love you two!

  9. Pat O'Connor Pat O'Connor

    I will follow your blog between nappy changes! Hooray! Don’t forget about in Napier!

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