Ems ๐ŸŒป (@emmatravelsearth) โ€” ๐Ÿก England
๐Ÿ“ท Follow me on my South American trip [๐Ÿ“Œ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท]
๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Visited: 22 countries
โœˆ๏ธ Aiming to see the world one trip at a time
Death Road โ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ. Once named the most dangerous road in the world by Inter-Americ
Death Road โ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ. Once named the most dangerous road in the world by Inter-American Development Bank โš ๏ธ. It is estimated that 200 to 300 drivers were killed yearly with cars falling over the 900m cliff edge once every 2 weeks. The most tragic event occurred when a bus carry +100 passengers veered off the side of the road. The number of crosses and alters lining the road as you cycle past it unsettling. In 2006 a new safer road was opened as a gateway to the Amazon, leaving the old Yungas Road exclusively for locals living along the road and for tourists to venture down on a mountain bike to declare they've survived it ๐Ÿšต. However it is still dangerous with a total of 22 cyclists have been killed since 1998. However this didn't put us off tackling the 64km ride. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Not only can we now say we've survived it, but also cycled it during the worst weather with it raining 80% of the time๐ŸŒง๏ธ. This caused rivers of water to flood the road making it impossible to see where you were steering at times, making it slightly terrifying as you're hurtling down the rocky road ๐Ÿ˜…. Definitely one of the best experiences I've had so far on my trip. Not to mention the epic party bus on the way back to La Paz ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸšŒ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#bolivia#lapaz#deathroad#mountainbike#solotravel#girlswhotravel#grilswhotravel#travelphotography#travelgram#travel
13.12.2018 21:02:46
Missing this bunch of Super Sexy Condors (our Salkantay trek name for anyone ask
Missing this bunch of Super Sexy Condors (our Salkantay trek name for anyone asking...)!! ๐Ÿฆ… Continued our adventures in La Paz with the highlight being partying with some locals in a pizza bar after hearing music next door and assuming it was a nightclub ๐Ÿ•. Turns out it was just some guy closing up for the night who then invited us in ๐Ÿป. Next thing I know it's 5am and there's a knock at the door telling us to keep it down or they'll call the police ๐Ÿ‘ฎ. Only in South America 'ey! * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#bolivia#lapaz#valledelaluna#moonvalley#geology#friends#solotravel#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#wanderlust
11.12.2018 17:22:04
After my less than enjoyable experience to the floating islands I carried on my
After my less than enjoyable experience to the floating islands I carried on my boat tour of Lake Titicaca to reach Amantani Island where I stayed the night with a local family. We area lots of different types of potato, a traditional meal for them due to the abundance of them here in Peru ๐Ÿฅ”, walked to the highest point of the island which is a scared area for them โœ๏ธ, and went to a party in the evening where we all got dressed up in traditional outfits and danced around to local music ๐ŸŽถ. What an experience * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#amantani#island#traditionaldress#view#landscape#solotravel#girlsthatwander#girlswhotravel#wanderlust#travelphotography#travelgram#travel
11.12.2018 12:59:48
Lake Titicaca, the place on everyone's travel itinerary. As cool as it was visit
Lake Titicaca, the place on everyone's travel itinerary. As cool as it was visiting the floating reed islands and learning about their way of life, it's definitely not a place I recommend. ๐Ÿ๏ธ. It felt more like a theme park with hundreds of boats flooding in each morning to cart tourists off to different islands ๐ŸŽก๐ŸŽ . After a short talk from the president of this island we were able to look around but at the same time were heckled by locals trying to sell souvenirs ๐Ÿ’ฒ. Then we paid ยฃ1 for a ride in a reed boat to go only a couple hundred metres down the lake before being hustled this time by singing children. Was definitely happy to goodbye to these islands ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#laketiticaca#reeds#floatingisland#island#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#wanderlust#girlsthatwander#girlswhotravel#solotravel
10.12.2018 22:12:32
Have you even been to the most famous Inca site in the world if you haven't got
Have you even been to the most famous Inca site in the world if you haven't got a photo of you with it? Edgy photo looking off into distance โ˜‘๏ธ. Actually the only reason I'm turned away is that I was so sweaty from running up the humongous hill at 5am so my face is red and my hair is stuck to my face ๐ŸŒก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ˜‚ Being one of the first 10 people to see Machu Picchu that day made it well worth the 4 days of hiking and 1 hour of continuous stairs to capture this view ๐Ÿ˜ And we managed to get the one day of sunshine in over a week! โ˜€๏ธ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#machupicchu#inca#incasite#hike#trek#view#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#wanderlust#girlsthatwander#girlswhotravel#solotravel
10.12.2018 12:43:45
What a dream team ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ Completed the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with this fabu
What a dream team ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ Completed the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with this fabulous bunch. 5 days of jokes, pain, drinking rum and laughing at the beautiful views we were meant to be seeing ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ”๏ธ * * * #southamerica#latinamerica#peru#salkantay#trek#hike#salkantaytrek#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander#wanderlust#solotravel
10.12.2018 12:02:37
I have so much to look forward to in the next couple months! I've bagged myself
I have so much to look forward to in the next couple months! I've bagged myself a volunteering position and confirmed where I'll be for Christmas ๐ŸŽ„, I'm visiting my dream destination Patagonia in January ๐Ÿž๏ธ, I have plans to go to Carnival ๐ŸŽ‰ and potentially even coming home (maybe, sorry mum!). Learning to look forward and focus on the present ๐Ÿ’ซโฉ. Can't get bogged down when I'm living my best life traveling ๐ŸŒŽ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#humantaylake#laguna#trek#salkantay#outdoors#nature#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#girlsthatwander#girlswhotravel#wanderlust
09.12.2018 22:12:40
Pisac is a small town located in Sacred Valley known for its Incan ruins and lar
Pisac is a small town located in Sacred Valley known for its Incan ruins and large market held on Thursday and Sundays. After a tour of the Scared Valley the day before to visit the ruins which look down over the village, I decided to return to explore the artisanal market and pick up some goodies on a cold and rainy day โ˜”. After dropping my phone in a puddle ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿšฑ and having to run to the food market to buy a bag of rice I treated myself to yet another fake alpaca jumper to cheer myself up๐Ÿ›๏ธ I could have. Spent so much money here, everything was so beautiful ๐Ÿ‘›๐Ÿ˜ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru# #pisac#sacredvalley#market#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#grilswhotravel#girlsthatwander#solotravel#wanderlust
09.12.2018 16:09:23
The salt ponds of Moras are a famous tourist spot in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
The salt ponds of Moras are a famous tourist spot in the Sacred Valley of Peru. These terraces were built in pre-Incan times and continue to be maintained and used today using the same practises. Underground springs, fed from surroundings mountains, carries heavy silts and salt to the ponds. โ›ฐ๏ธ. Rapid evaporation leads to the water becoming supersaturated and salt precipitates as various size crystals ๐Ÿ’ง. The workers then scrape the surface to collect the salt. Three colours of salt are produced, from white to a light reddish/pink or brownish tan which is then sold. The site is traditionally community led and anyone wishing to harvest salt may do so. The size of the salt pond assigned to a family depends on the family's size ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ. It was certainly an impressive sight despite the non-stop drizzle! * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru# #moras#sacredvalley#saltmine#saltpond#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#grilswhotravel#girlsthatwander#solotravel#wanderlust
09.12.2018 15:45:37
A year ago today I started my internship in Costa Rica. Little did I know back t
A year ago today I started my internship in Costa Rica. Little did I know back then that it would turn out to be the best 2 months of my travels๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒŽ. I came away with memories of sitting on the bumpy collectivo into town excited to indulge ourselves in pizza ๐Ÿšš๐Ÿ•, waking up at 4am to walk 10km to complete bird surveys ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜ด, the magical night I saw a green turtle for the first time under the night sky of a blue moon ๐Ÿข๐ŸŒš, Christmas with our homemade xmas dinner and drinking mulled wine by the fire ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿท, jungle explorations with the machete ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ, Monday nights with warm and fuzzies ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ“ and so so many more. But the best thing that I came away with was my jungle family ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ โ€ข โ€ข Sitting on the back of cramped the collectivo making the 2 hour journey into town for a weekend treat * * * #latinamerica#centralamerica#costarica#friendship#solotravel#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander#travelgram#travel#wanderlust
04.12.2018 19:46:16
Somehow ended up spending more time than planned in Cusco despite it being one o
Somehow ended up spending more time than planned in Cusco despite it being one of my least favourite cities ๐Ÿค”. The sheer amount of tourists and the accompanying higher prices instantly made me dislike this place compared to others, as well as the constant 'taxi senorita', 'massage?' and 'are you looking for food my restaurant is nice' as you tried to walk down the street. However it wasn't all bad or else I wouldn't have spend 3 weeks here exploring the nearby Inca ruins, completing multi-day hikes and resting in the cute coffee shops in the beautiful cobbled stone streets of San Blas โ˜• * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#cusco#city#sanblas#street#streetphotography#cobbledstreet#wanderlust#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#solotravel
24.11.2018 15:40:45
Equally the most demanding and beautiful hike I have ever done. A supposed 6 day
Equally the most demanding and beautiful hike I have ever done. A supposed 6 day trek turned into 4 due to a mixture of fast walking compared to organised hikes and sketchy weather conditions after waking up to snow on our fourth day, forcing us to walk for 12 hours and hike over two +5000m passes in one day. As the weakest hiker in the group I questioned at times if I could do it, but teamwork and encouragement to believe in myself got me through. The views were out of this world and I'm proud to be able to say I've completed the highest hike in Peru ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผโ˜‘๏ธ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#ausangate#trek#hike#adventure#getoutdoors#nature#landscape#lake#rainbowmountain#llama#snow#camping#snowcapped#wanderlust#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander#travelphotography#travelgram#travel
23.11.2018 21:29:19
We decided to embark upon the 3 day Colca Canyon trek only to find out it was th
We decided to embark upon the 3 day Colca Canyon trek only to find out it was the easiest hike known to man and it could have been completed in half the time๐Ÿ‘ฃ The hardest part was walking in the blistering hot sun โ˜€๏ธ and having to pay for overpriced food and accommodation ๐Ÿ’ธ. Damn you tourist attractions ๐Ÿ˜ค. On the positive side, with only 4 hours of walking a day meant afternoons of relaxing in hot springs and reading by the poolside in the shade ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’† โ€ข โ€ข Fun fact: Colca Canyon is said to be the world's third deepest canton and it twice the depth of the Grand Canyon. However we were skeptical... * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#colca#colcacanyon#canyon#hike#outdoors#nature#trek#girlsthatwander#girlswhotravel#travelphotography#travelgram.#travel#wanderlust
21.11.2018 12:57:25
Trained @ewanquayle well at being a good Instagram boyfriend ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ‘ซ Spent our days r
Trained @ewanquayle well at being a good Instagram boyfriend ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ‘ซ Spent our days relaxing and eating all the yummy vegetarian food Cusco has to offer ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#cusco#cathedral#architecture#girlsthatwander#girlswhotravel#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#wanderlust
20.11.2018 13:30:23
I absolutely adore Latin America markets  and the chaos of colour, smells and so
I absolutely adore Latin America markets and the chaos of colour, smells and sounds you encounter when you visit ๐Ÿ‘›. I love walking around photographing the goings on and trying out all the foods, especially the juices from the fruit ladies๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ“. As soon as you walk past they also thrust menus in your faces and call you to their stand which can be overwhelming but is part of the experience. * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#arequipa#sancamilo#market#mercado#fruit#smoothie#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander#wanderlust#travelphotography#travelgram#travel
19.11.2018 19:52:33
Taxi driver looking at Ewan thinking: 'what's your weird gringa girlfriend doing
Taxi driver looking at Ewan thinking: 'what's your weird gringa girlfriend doing' ๐Ÿค” Ewan looking at me: 'why must she alwaaays take photos, its so annoying and embarrassing sometimes' ๐Ÿ™ƒ Me: 'wow this is going to be such a cool and edgy shot' ๐Ÿ˜Ž * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#arequipa#taxi#mirror#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#streetphotography#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander#wanderlust
19.11.2018 12:38:36
When in Arequipa things kept not going our way. First an alcohol ban due to the
When in Arequipa things kept not going our way. First an alcohol ban due to the elections meaning our evening of drinking cocktails and watching the sunset was squished, then our walking tour was painfully bad, then I couldn't get into the convent leading to an argument with the ticket guy and THEN Ewan got ill. All in 2 days ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. But the city itself is beautiful and full of old buildings and despite all that going wrong, I did finally get to try Chupe de Camarones ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿ˜ * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#arequipa#city#cathedral#oldbuildings#architecture#streetphotography#travelphotography#travel#travelgram#wanderlust#girlsthatwander#girlswhotravel
18.11.2018 17:53:02
The day we arrived and set off sandboarding down these awesome dunes was incredi
The day we arrived and set off sandboarding down these awesome dunes was incredible. We spent a couple hours whizzing down before taking a sandbuggy back to town whilst watching the beautiful sunset as it fell behind the dunes ๐ŸŒ… It is a memory I will cherish forever ๐Ÿ’• Take me back to this little desert oasis!! * * * #latinamerica#southamerica#peru#huacachina#sanddunes#dunes#wanderlust#travelphotography#travelgram#travel#girlswhotravel#girlsthatwander
17.11.2018 12:08:46
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