We were desperate to find somewhere that could satisfy our dreams of empty, idyllic beaches and waves that wouldn't swallow us up whole. After wandering along a dusty road we discovered it at Nicawaves - our surf camp for the week.
No trip to Nicaragua is complete without a morning spent chucking yourself, at high speed, down the side of a volcano. It's messy, but bloody hell it's fun.
We didn't do the multi-day tour on the Bolivian Salt Flats, option instead for the one-day option - and it was absolutely perfect for us. Here are some reasons why it may be perfect for you too!
We almost missed the condors of South America. However, Samaipata provided us one final, wonderful opportunity to get truly off the beaten track in search of these magnificent birds.