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And so the sun sets on my South American adventure, and on another year. It wouldn’t take much for this year to be better than 2016 (aka “the year from hell”), but 2017 has been just incredible. For me it’s been about jaw dropping landscapes, the hospitality of strangers and beautiful animals of all shapes and sizes. Roll on 2018 and (hopefully!) more South American adventures! #2017overandout #adios #newyearseve #sunset #horse #horsesofinstagram #horseriding #trailriding #lifebetweentheears #ridingholiday #argentina #southamerica #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #wildlifephotography #landscapephotography #getoutdoors #goexplore #backpackingbadger #homewardbound
And so the sun sets on my South American adventure, and on another year. It wouldn’t take much for this year to be better than 2016 (aka “the year from hell”), but 2017 has been just incredible. For me it’s been about jaw dropping landscapes, the hospitality of strangers and beautiful animals of all shapes and sizes. Roll on 2018 and (hopefully!) more South American adventures! #2017overandout  #adios  #newyearseve  #sunset  #horse  #horsesofinstagram  #horseriding  #trailriding  #lifebetweentheears  #ridingholiday  #argentina  #southamerica  #travel  #travelgram  #travelphotography  #travelblogger  #wildlifephotography  #landscapephotography  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #backpackingbadger  #homewardbound 
Saving the best ‘til last...a place where the hills are golden, the horses are divine, there’s always a dog to keep you company, birdsong fills the air, and sunsets are enjoyed with a G and T and good conversation. My week at Estancia Los Potreros was the perfect end to my horseback adventure in Argentina...riding beautiful Criollos, Polo Ponies and wonderful Peruvian Pasos, cooling off in secluded swimming holes, herding cows and horses across the sierras, watching the gauchos at work in the corral and trying a spot of lassoing, having a crack at polo, learning to make empanadas, eating delicious food and drinking dangerously moreish wine, and enjoying endless laughs with new friends. Thank you to everyone at @estancialospotreros for making my week so special...hasta la proxima!
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“Enjoy yourself, it is later than you think” Louie M. Begg
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#savethebesttillast #alltheprettyhorses #estancialife #lospotreros #sierraschicas #cordoba #argentina #horse #foal #horsesofinstagram #horseriding #ridingholiday #trailriding #polo #bird #swimminghole #sundial #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #getoutdoors #goexplore #backpackingbadger #farandride #hastalaproxima #enjoyyourself @farandride
Saving the best ‘til last...a place where the hills are golden, the horses are divine, there’s always a dog to keep you company, birdsong fills the air, and sunsets are enjoyed with a G and T and good conversation. My week at Estancia Los Potreros was the perfect end to my horseback adventure in Argentina...riding beautiful Criollos, Polo Ponies and wonderful Peruvian Pasos, cooling off in secluded swimming holes, herding cows and horses across the sierras, watching the gauchos at work in the corral and trying a spot of lassoing, having a crack at polo, learning to make empanadas, eating delicious food and drinking dangerously moreish wine, and enjoying endless laughs with new friends. Thank you to everyone at @estancialospotreros for making my week so special...hasta la proxima! • “Enjoy yourself, it is later than you think” Louie M. Begg • #savethebesttillast  #alltheprettyhorses  #estancialife  #lospotreros  #sierraschicas  #cordoba  #argentina  #horse  #foal  #horsesofinstagram  #horseriding  #ridingholiday  #trailriding  #polo  #bird  #swimminghole  #sundial  #travel  #travelgram  #travelphotography  #travelblogger  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #backpackingbadger  #farandride  #hastalaproxima  #enjoyyourself  @farandride
A busy day for the gauchos in the corral...but not for Trumpet, who is waiting patiently for everything to finish so that we can have lunch #buildingupanappetite #hurryupboys #gaucho #corral #cattle #horse #ridingholiday #labrador #labsofinstagram #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #travelblogger #getoutdoors #goexplore #estancialife #lospotreros #backpackingbadger #farandride @estancialospotreros
Stunning photos from Estancia Huechahue - thanks so much for sharing! 😍

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Last week I discovered one of those places that you never want to leave....Estancia Huechahue, in northern Patagonia. I spent my days riding the wonderful Austral and Espina though canyons and meadows, to the top of mountains and across the Patagonian steppe, went in search of ancient Indian cave paintings, spotted guanacos, deer, wild boar, Patagonian foxes, hares, eagles, hawks, parrots and condors, ate delicious home grown food, and helped to herd cattle and horses across the hills. And it was every bit as wonderful as it sounds! #paradise #holidaygoals #estancialife #huechahue #patagonia #andes #mountains #steppe #meadow #canyon #wildlife #cavepaintings #cattledrive #horse #horsesofinstagram #horseriding #trailriding #ridingholiday #lifebetweentheears #farandride #lifesbetteronhorseback #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #getoutdoors #goexplore #takemeback #backpackingbadger #nextstopbariloche
Stunning photos from Estancia Huechahue - thanks so much for sharing! 😍 Repost @saffronrice (@get_repost) ・・・ Last week I discovered one of those places that you never want to leave....Estancia Huechahue, in northern Patagonia. I spent my days riding the wonderful Austral and Espina though canyons and meadows, to the top of mountains and across the Patagonian steppe, went in search of ancient Indian cave paintings, spotted guanacos, deer, wild boar, Patagonian foxes, hares, eagles, hawks, parrots and condors, ate delicious home grown food, and helped to herd cattle and horses across the hills. And it was every bit as wonderful as it sounds! #paradise  #holidaygoals  #estancialife  #huechahue  #patagonia  #andes  #mountains  #steppe  #meadow  #canyon  #wildlife  #cavepaintings  #cattledrive  #horse  #horsesofinstagram  #horseriding  #trailriding  #ridingholiday  #lifebetweentheears  #farandride  #lifesbetteronhorseback  #travel  #travelgram  #travelphotography  #travelblogger  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #takemeback  #backpackingbadger  #nextstopbariloche 
Last week I discovered one of those places that you never want to leave....Estancia Huechahue, in northern Patagonia. I spent my days riding the wonderful Austral and Espina though canyons and meadows, to the top of mountains and across the Patagonian steppe, went in search of ancient Indian cave paintings, spotted guanacos, deer, wild boar, Patagonian foxes, hares, eagles, hawks, parrots and condors, ate delicious home grown food, and helped to herd cattle and horses across the hills. And it was every bit as wonderful as it sounds! #paradise #holidaygoals #estancialife #huechahue #patagonia #andes #mountains #steppe #meadow #canyon #wildlife #cavepaintings #cattledrive #horse #horsesofinstagram #horseriding #trailriding #ridingholiday #lifebetweentheears #farandride #lifesbetteronhorseback #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #getoutdoors #goexplore #takemeback #backpackingbadger #nextstopbariloche
Last week I discovered one of those places that you never want to leave....Estancia Huechahue, in northern Patagonia. I spent my days riding the wonderful Austral and Espina though canyons and meadows, to the top of mountains and across the Patagonian steppe, went in search of ancient Indian cave paintings, spotted guanacos, deer, wild boar, Patagonian foxes, hares, eagles, hawks, parrots and condors, ate delicious home grown food, and helped to herd cattle and horses across the hills. And it was every bit as wonderful as it sounds! #paradise  #holidaygoals  #estancialife  #huechahue  #patagonia  #andes  #mountains  #steppe  #meadow  #canyon  #wildlife  #cavepaintings  #cattledrive  #horse  #horsesofinstagram  #horseriding  #trailriding  #ridingholiday  #lifebetweentheears  #farandride  #lifesbetteronhorseback  #travel  #travelgram  #travelphotography  #travelblogger  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #takemeback  #backpackingbadger  #nextstopbariloche 
Up until a few days ago I more of less thought being a cowboy was all about wearing a Stetson and shouting yeehaaa all the time. Then I helped some gauchos search a 15,000 acre estancia for cows, and drive them across fields and roads into the corrals so they could be vaccinated. Nine hours later, covered in dust, cuts and scrapes, and with every bit of me aching, I am full of the upmost respect for cowboys worldwide. I may work long hours in the office, but long days in the saddle are something else altogether. And when you think the day is done, and you’re riding up the hill to check a fence...you see a stray calf that’s somehow escaped the herd. And so it all begins again...except chasing one calf is harder than herding 500! Despite the hard work and the resulting aches and pains, it’s bloody good fun...and you do get to shout yehaaa a lot 🤠 #respect #toughdayattheoffice 
#realwork #yehaaa #gaucho #gaucha #vaquero #vaquera #cowboy #cowgirl #cattledrive #cattle #cow #herd #estancialife #huechahue #horse #horsesofinstagram #horseriding #lifebetweentheears #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #getoutdoors #goexplore #trysomethingnew #backpackingbadger #farandride
Up until a few days ago I more of less thought being a cowboy was all about wearing a Stetson and shouting yeehaaa all the time. Then I helped some gauchos search a 15,000 acre estancia for cows, and drive them across fields and roads into the corrals so they could be vaccinated. Nine hours later, covered in dust, cuts and scrapes, and with every bit of me aching, I am full of the upmost respect for cowboys worldwide. I may work long hours in the office, but long days in the saddle are something else altogether. And when you think the day is done, and you’re riding up the hill to check a fence...you see a stray calf that’s somehow escaped the herd. And so it all begins again...except chasing one calf is harder than herding 500! Despite the hard work and the resulting aches and pains, it’s bloody good fun...and you do get to shout yehaaa a lot 🤠 #respect  #toughdayattheoffice  #realwork  #yehaaa  #gaucho  #gaucha  #vaquero  #vaquera  #cowboy  #cowgirl  #cattledrive  #cattle  #cow  #herd  #estancialife  #huechahue  #horse  #horsesofinstagram  #horseriding  #lifebetweentheears  #travel  #travelgram  #travelphotography  #travelblogger  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #trysomethingnew  #backpackingbadger  #farandride 
Many of you know how much I love dogs and horses...so imagine the state I was in when I met a horse sized dog called Tegan 😍😍😍! I even forgave her for eating my boots and throwing them in the river... #loveatfirstsight #mansbestfriend #amigos #tegan #dog #areyousureshesnotahorse #herlegsarelongerthanmine #irishwolfhound #dogsofinstagram #estancialife #huechahue #argentina #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #backpackingbadger
Fancy a gallop? When you’re riding the estancia owner’s incredible endurance race horse, the sun is setting and the Patagonian steppe is stretching out in front of you...the answer is always YES!! 🐎🐎🐎 #vamos #gogogo #gallop #blowawaythecobwebs #espinathewonderhorse #horse #criollo #horseriding #horsesofinstagram #sunset #steppe #patagonia #huechahue #argentina #estancialife #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #getoutdoors #goexplore #backpackingbadger #farandride #lifebetweentheears @lifebetweentheears
Fancy a gallop? When you’re riding the estancia owner’s incredible endurance race horse, the sun is setting and the Patagonian steppe is stretching out in front of you...the answer is always YES!! 🐎🐎🐎 #vamos  #gogogo  #gallop  #blowawaythecobwebs  #espinathewonderhorse  #horse  #criollo  #horseriding  #horsesofinstagram  #sunset  #steppe  #patagonia  #huechahue  #argentina  #estancialife  #travel  #travelgram  #travelphotography  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #backpackingbadger  #farandride  #lifebetweentheears  @lifebetweentheears
Aconcagua at sunset...at 6,962m she’s the highest point in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. Believe it of not, this was taken from a bus 🚌 ! #aconcagua #sevensummits #andes #mountains #peak #roofoftheamericas #sunset #mendoza #argentina #bus #bustravel #viewfrommyseat #travel #travelgram #travelblogger #travelphotography #getoutdoors #goexplore #backpackingbadger #nextstoppatagonia
On safari in the Argentine Altiplano • Guanaco • Condor • Llama • Llamas grazing • Guanacos practicing the art of camouflage • Rhea #safari #bigfour #guanaco #condor #llama #rhea #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #camouflage #altiplano #andes #argentina #salta #desert #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #travelblogger #getoutdoors #goexplore #backpackingbadger #nextstopmendoza
On the trail with the gauchos and the wonderful Tornado 🌪 in the Andes, Northwest Argentina. Thank you to @farandride for making it happen! #tornado #wonderhorse #horse #criollo #horsesofinstagram #andes #mountains #desert #forest #river #gaucho #trail #trailriding #lifebetweentheears #lifesbetteronhorseback #travel #travelgram #travelblogger #travelphotography #getoutdoors #goexplore #itsagauchothing #backpackingbadger #farandride
I'm a birdwatcher...and proud 🕵🏻‍♀️ Hummingbird • Scarlet Ibis • Owl • Hyacinth Macaw • Detail of a Scarlet Macaw's feathers #birdwatching #birdsofinstagram #tropicalradness #bird #hummingbird #ibis #owl #macaw #feathers #coloursoftherainbow #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #fozdoiguacu #brazil #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #getoutdoors #goexplore #birdwatchingiscool #twitcher #birdsofafeather #backpackingbadger
I've waited a long long time to see one of these dudes...and it was every bit as magical as I hoped it would be 🎉😍🎉 #dreamcometrue #magicmoment #meetingmrright #toucan #beak #bird #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #fozdoiguassu #brazil #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #getoutdoors #goexplore #backpackingbadger #twitchingiscool #allaboutthebeak
Birds flying high, you know how l feel...it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, and I'm feeling gooooooooood 😎 #birds #flying #newdawn #newday #newlife #feelinggood #ninasimone #islandlife #beachingit #sky #clouds #ilhagrande #brazil #getoutdoors #goexplore #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #backpackingbadger #newstopthecoconutshack
I've been so lucky to spend the last month falling in love with Nepal all over again. As much as the breathtaking scenery and serenity, I once again fell in love with the faces of Nepal. Their spirit, good humour, kindness, and resilience, not to mention their uncanny ability to make you feel like Nepal is your adopted home, make the people of Nepal stand out as some of the best in the world. Of the many faces I met over the last month, here are some of my favourites...Nepali children, who win your heart with a smile and usually a cheeky comment or two • Pilgrims at Bouddanath • Mr Kancha Sherpa, the last remaining surviver of the 1953 Hillary/Tenzing successful Everest expedition, and perhaps the most incredible man I've ever met • Sherpa women, who are always so elegantly turned out even in sub-zero temperatures • Yaks, very much the life blood of the mountains and absolute heroes when it comes to making high altitude trekking possible • Mingma, my trek sidar (head guide), a summitter of 8,000m peaks, a total card shark and cheat, and an absolute legend • A little Sherpa boy I met on his 3 hour walk to the local hospital, who still had time to laugh, joke and take selfies • Mountain horses, who ferry unwell trekkers back down to lower altitudes • Doctor Hasta, one of the assistant guides on my trek who self styled himself as the expedition "doctor" as it was his job to carry the first aid kit. His smile has to be one of the best ever • Trekking guides and porters, who have a cheeky and playful way that makes you forget you're walking for days on end. When they see you struggling they rush to take your bag from you, and in short there's nothing they wouldn't do to keep you safe, healthy and happy in the mountains #faces #facesofnepal #people #nepal #himalayas #mountains #kathmandu #bouddanath #khumbu #everest #everestbasecamp #sherpa #kanchasherpa #yak #mountainhorse #horse #trekking #getoutdoors #goexplore #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #backpackingbadger #nextstoprio #untilnexttimenepal #nepaloverandout
I've been so lucky to spend the last month falling in love with Nepal all over again. As much as the breathtaking scenery and serenity, I once again fell in love with the faces of Nepal. Their spirit, good humour, kindness, and resilience, not to mention their uncanny ability to make you feel like Nepal is your adopted home, make the people of Nepal stand out as some of the best in the world. Of the many faces I met over the last month, here are some of my favourites...Nepali children, who win your heart with a smile and usually a cheeky comment or two • Pilgrims at Bouddanath • Mr Kancha Sherpa, the last remaining surviver of the 1953 Hillary/Tenzing successful Everest expedition, and perhaps the most incredible man I've ever met • Sherpa women, who are always so elegantly turned out even in sub-zero temperatures • Yaks, very much the life blood of the mountains and absolute heroes when it comes to making high altitude trekking possible • Mingma, my trek sidar (head guide), a summitter of 8,000m peaks, a total card shark and cheat, and an absolute legend • A little Sherpa boy I met on his 3 hour walk to the local hospital, who still had time to laugh, joke and take selfies • Mountain horses, who ferry unwell trekkers back down to lower altitudes • Doctor Hasta, one of the assistant guides on my trek who self styled himself as the expedition "doctor" as it was his job to carry the first aid kit. His smile has to be one of the best ever • Trekking guides and porters, who have a cheeky and playful way that makes you forget you're walking for days on end. When they see you struggling they rush to take your bag from you, and in short there's nothing they wouldn't do to keep you safe, healthy and happy in the mountains #faces  #facesofnepal  #people  #nepal  #himalayas  #mountains  #kathmandu  #bouddanath  #khumbu  #everest  #everestbasecamp  #sherpa  #kanchasherpa  #yak  #mountainhorse  #horse  #trekking  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #travel  #travelgram  #travelphotography  #backpackingbadger  #nextstoprio  #untilnexttimenepal  #nepaloverandout 
En route to Everest Base Camp I was lucky enough to spot this rare Himalayan mountain goat. What a beauty 🐐 #goat #mountaingoat #tahr #poser #whatabeauty #himalayas #mountains #everest #everestbasecamp #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #getoutdoors #goexplore #backpackingbadger #baa
Here she is, in all 8,848m of her glory...Sagarmatha (Goddess of the Sky) as she's know in Nepal, Chomolungma (Mother Goddess of the Universe) as she's known in Tibet, or Everest as she's known to the Western world.

Trekking through the Khumbu and Gokyo valleys for the last 16 days has been mind blowing, with jaw dropping scenery at every turn. It's been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life, and one that I'd do again in a heartbeat. It's also been incredibly humbling to share the trail with (to name but a few) Sherpas who risk their lives to ensure paying clients summit Himalayan peaks, porters who carry up to 100kg and enable tourism to exist in these remote valleys, yaks who bravely and tirelessly plod up and down mountain passes, a little 3 year old Sherpa boy walking for 3 hours to the nearest medical clinic, and an army veteran whose leg is held together by metal plates following a bomb attack in Afghanistan and who is seeking serenity and purpose in the mountains as he battles PTSD.

Getting to the top of Kala Pathar (5,643m) and Gokyo Ri (5,357m) in the middle of the night, with no sleep and in temperatures of -15 nearly got the better of me...but I think you'll agree that the views were worth it 👊🏻 If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with the world's highest peaks, all I can say is book your flight, book your trek and get into thin air!

#everest #8848 #everestbasecamp #kalapathar #gokyori #khumbuvalley #gokyovalley #himalaya #mountains #view #sunrise #trekking #nepal #getoutdoors #goexplore #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #backpackingbadger #mothernature #topoftheworld #intothinair
Here she is, in all 8,848m of her glory...Sagarmatha (Goddess of the Sky) as she's know in Nepal, Chomolungma (Mother Goddess of the Universe) as she's known in Tibet, or Everest as she's known to the Western world. Trekking through the Khumbu and Gokyo valleys for the last 16 days has been mind blowing, with jaw dropping scenery at every turn. It's been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life, and one that I'd do again in a heartbeat. It's also been incredibly humbling to share the trail with (to name but a few) Sherpas who risk their lives to ensure paying clients summit Himalayan peaks, porters who carry up to 100kg and enable tourism to exist in these remote valleys, yaks who bravely and tirelessly plod up and down mountain passes, a little 3 year old Sherpa boy walking for 3 hours to the nearest medical clinic, and an army veteran whose leg is held together by metal plates following a bomb attack in Afghanistan and who is seeking serenity and purpose in the mountains as he battles PTSD. Getting to the top of Kala Pathar (5,643m) and Gokyo Ri (5,357m) in the middle of the night, with no sleep and in temperatures of -15 nearly got the better of me...but I think you'll agree that the views were worth it 👊🏻 If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with the world's highest peaks, all I can say is book your flight, book your trek and get into thin air! #everest  #8848  #everestbasecamp  #kalapathar  #gokyori  #khumbuvalley  #gokyovalley  #himalaya  #mountains  #view  #sunrise  #trekking  #nepal  #getoutdoors  #goexplore  #travel  #travelphotography  #travelgram  #backpackingbadger  #mothernature  #topoftheworld  #intothinair 
Yoga with a view, Himalayan salt foot baths, swing chairs, sunsets and chilllllllllll 🙏🏼 #chill #randr #reboot #yoga #yogaretreat #yogagram #detox #view #sunset #footbath #swingchair #nepal #pokhara #himalayas #purnayoga #goexplore #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #backpackingbadger #nextstopeverest