Six adventurous ways to crank up the adrenaline on the Gringo Trail in Peru (and something famous you should probably give a miss)

We're normally pretty lazy human beings, opting for a lie in than any morning exercise. Untrue to form - in our final week in Peru we decided to cram as much action in as possible, mainly because this adventure junkie's paradise is so cheap!

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Machu Picchu is unmissable, but it’s also a massive rip off. So was it worth it?

This may be controversial... but from start to finish, we felt milked by Machu Picchu. It cost us the best part of ยฃ800 over 2 days. Are the Peruvians ripping everyone off? Can you really blame them? Or could there be a cheaper way of doing it?

When altitude sickness (aka man-flu) took Chris down & all we needed was a little luxury!

After nearly 3 and a half months of non stop travelling and 2 weeks in Bolivia at high altitude, it was only a matter of time before one of us came a cropper, and despite his smugness about โ€˜having done all this before in 2007โ€™ it was Chris who bit the dust first!

Semana Santa in Bolivia: What two atheists made of South America’s biggest religious festival

We knew being in South America for Easter would be a spectacle, but some of the traditions & processions we saw were just downright weird!

San Pedro de Atacama: What we got up to in the desert!

San Pedro de Atacama is peak Gringo Trail. The town itself feels like Disney World Does The Desert. But there's a reason we - and so many others - make this an unmissable stop on their South American journey....

Buying your Bolivian Salt Flats adventure from an operator in San Pedro de Atacama? Make sure you read this first!

We spent three days in San Pedro obsessing over which Salt flats tour to choose, and which operator seemed to be offering the best deal. We were promised the world from many of the tour operators, even though essentially every tour is the same. To save you those three days, here are our top tips on how to choose and how to avoid being ripped off!

From Dusk Til Dawn; our Santiago all nighter & huge row (which Chris lost!)

It started as an innocent pub crawl. It ended at 9am after three clubs, getting stuck in the Santiago Marathon, a blazing row on which direction to go, then a three-hour drunken stumble home!

What we learned from the Americans we met in Mendoza on our Malbec wine tour

Our love of red wine is so absolute that our South American trip wouldn't have been complete without a visit to Malbec country. But it was two sets of Americans, for better and for worse, which made for the more memorable moments of the day!

Steak, that time we almost checked in another girl’s bag in Buenos Aires, and other stories!

Buenos Aires is a remarkable city, unique in South America. But its abiding memory for us is the time we narrowly averted disaster after picking up someone else's backpack from our hostel and nearly flying off with it!

The day the Iguazu Falls took our breath away

We're not exaggerating - yes it's a tourist trap but not in the same gawdy way as Niagara. The Brasilians and Argentines are rightly proud of their 'cataratas', and for good reason...