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Pucón – The Home of Adventure in Chile (and our new favourite hostel!)

September 2, 2017

Sitting under the shadow of Volcan Villarrica (one of South America’s most active volcanoes) and on the shore of one of many lakes in the area, Pucón is a relatively small town in Chile that packs a massive punch.

This gorgeous spot is known as the adventure capital of Chile and offers the perfect combination of adrenaline and nature.  If you’re not careful, you might just blink and find an action-packed week has passed you by!

The Fun Stuff – Activities in Pucón

Huerquehue National Park

An easy bus ride from Pucon, Huerquehue National Park offers a variety of trails for nature-lovers and based on the photos we’ve seen, is equally gorgeous, whatever the season.

Entrance to the park is 2,500 pesos for tourists and the walk to the first lake inside the park is approximately 7km.  The day we visited, the tracks were overtaken with snow making it a fairly challenging hike but in the summer it would be a walk in the park (sorry, that pun was too good to pass up)!

Though some of our new friends gave us a ride in (thanks Lyle and Jackie!), buses are available from town – just chat with Chili Kiwi and they’ll send you on your way.

Horseback Riding

We’d already been told about the high quality of riding available in the region so when we arrived, this was one of the first things I checked out.

With beautifully cared for horses and an instructor that’s spent all of her life around these beauties, it was an easy decision to ride with Corina… and seriously, with views out over four volcanoes, you’d be hard pressed to find a better spot!


Whatever you call it – riverboarding, white-water sledging, river surfing or hydrospeeding – it’s about as much fun as you’ll ever have in the water!

Though winter well and truly engulfed the day, we climbed into thick wetsuits and took to the river for a serious dose of adrenaline.  With a range of rapids, there were a number of occasions when we found ourselves gasping for air but the sense of accomplishment at the end of the run was amazing. Without doubt,

Without a doubt, it’s the best value extreme sport we’ve ever done.  The river is clear, the staff professional, the scenery gorgeous and the price is beyond good.  Adrenaline junkies, make sure it’s top of your Pucón must-do list!


It’s not every day you get to snowboard or ski on an active volcano but in Pucón, not only is it possible but it’s relatively affordable.

Lift passes will set you back 28,000 pesos each and by the time you arrange gear and transfers, you’ll be looking at around another 25,000 pesos.  The mountain itself has a few different runs and jumps but is really best suited to beginner to intermediate boarders.

Termas Geometricas

One of the surprise highlights of our visit to Pucón, was Termas Geometricas.  These stunning hot pools are dotted along a canyon and as natural stream rushes past, geothermal hot water keeps each of the 17 pools at their own constant temperature.

With the snow falling and steam rising all around you, you’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive place to relax and soak away your worries.

And yes, we have been to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.  Believe it or not, this was much more impressive!

Kayaking/Stand Up Paddle Boarding

When you’re perfectly situated on the shores of a crystal-clear lake, even the chilly winter water can’t deter you from getting out there!

Our accommodation, Chili Kiwi, offers guests the use of their stand up paddle board and kayaks and with the volcano in the background and sun on your back, it’s a pretty magical way to spend an afternoon.  Guests can take them out to the nearby beaches or do as we did and enjoy just zipping around the lake.

In addition to all of these activities, there’s also a volcano to climb (it’s actually one of the main reasons people come to Pucón – on a good day, visitors will even see lava bubbling away in the crater) waterfalls to explore (Chili Kiwi will provide you with a treasure map – it’s well worth the hike), rafting, biking and more.

With all of the activities on offer though, you’ll definitely want a comfortable place to rest your head and prepare for the next days activities.

As luck would have it, Pucón is also home to the winner of the coveted ‘best hostel in Latin America‘ award and speaking from experience, it’s the only place in town we’d want to stay.

Where to Stay: Chili Kiwi – The friendliest hostel around!

Arriving into town we’d heard of the Chili Kiwi and knew we wanted to check it out.  After all, it’s not often you have the chance to stay in a hostel partially run by a fellow Kiwi in Chile!

What we didn’t realise was that our planned three-night stay in Pucón would turn into almost two and a half weeks of fun at the most friendly, social hostel around, resulting in what I imagine will be life-long friends.

There’s something special about this place.

It’s the kind of place you walk into to find someone baking cookies (true story!) and where everyone happily chats away to one another   There you’ll find a view would rival any top hotel and staff happy to share their insider knowledge about the town they love so much.

When we arrived, James, one of the owners, sat us down and took us personally through all of the activities in the region and his suggestions for the best restaurants, groceries and shops – as they do with everyone.

When a package didn’t arrive for us, Peter,  the other owner, drove me into town and spoke with the courier company to help ensure my gear would make it safely to me.

When Nathan needed a haircut, Jean wrote down word for word (in Spanish of course) a description of the style he wanted.

For all of the funky rooms, toasty fireplaces and activities on offer, this is a place where they care about people to their very core.  A backpackers run by backpackers, for backpackers.  And maybe just the place for someone who’s never stayed in a hostel to give it a shot – I warn you though, it might just ruin you for life.

Pro tip – if your budget will extend to it, we highly recommend booking the hobbit holes – they’re private, warm and have incredibly comfy beds.

The Practical Stuff

Getting to Pucon

Your transport into Pucon will of course depend on where you’re coming from, but Chile being Chile, chances are you’ll arrive on a bus, like we did.

We purchased our tickets online for Pullman Bus through Recorrido and after visiting a copy shop in Santiago (to print a copy of our booking), we exchanged our paperwork for our actual ticket just before boarding at the terminal.

Santiago has two main stations, Terminal Borja and Terminal Sur; we opted for the second to allow ourselves a little more time in Valparaíso but either is fine.

The ride itself is comfortable (especially in Salón Cama seats) and came in at USD31.30 each or 19,600 pesos.  We were given a few snacks and drinks on the journey and drove continually through the night (save a few terminal stops)

Getting Around

Pucon is an easy town to walk around in but should you need to get a lift, you have a few choices.

Collectivos run relatively loose routes and can be flagged down at any stage (or hailed at set points in town).  For a flat rate of only 500 pesos each, they’ll drop you where you want to go, picking up and dropping others off along the way.  It’s an incredibly affordable means of transport and as the town’s quite small, a fast way to get around too.

For activities outside of town, tourist shuttles can be arranged through accommodation providers and booking agents.  These shuttles are fairly comfortable and will collect you either from your accommodation or a pre-designated location in town.

If you’re wanting to go further afield, bus stations are spread throughout the town (each company has their own office) and tickets can be purchased both online and in person.  The buses are comfortable and reliable, making both onward travel and local exploration a straightforward process.

When all is said and done though,

Is Pucón Worth a Visit?

In case you hadn’t figured it out already, absolutely – yes!

The town itself is drop-dead gorgeous whilst avoiding any sense of pretension.  It offers a range of activities to suit everyone, often at prices far superior to other adventure-capitals and plenty of restaurants in town to keep foodies happy.

For us though, the highlight of Pucón really was the people we met and that was made possible through our stay at Chili Kiwi.  It’s the one place in town where you’re practically guaranteed to make great friends and that’s worth a whole lot in our books!

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The best hostel in Latin America can be found in Pucon, Chile's adventure activity capital. This award winning backpackers welcomes travelers from around the world, offering amazing views, great activities and a friendly, inclusive environment. Find out why you should be planning a visit to Pucon to stay here! Pucon, Chile is known for its adventure activities but it's a must see in winter! This vacation destination offers amazing hiking, hot pools, snowboarding, skiing and more. If there's one place you visit, make sure it's Termas Geometricas!Thank you to Chili Kiwi for so kindly welcoming us to stay with them.  As always, all thoughts are our own.  We miss you already!


  • Reply Cindy Collins September 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I have been looking at Chile recently but I have actually never heard of Pucon so thanks for sharing! It looks like a great and fun town. I especially like the sound of those Termas Geometricas pools. The Chili Kiwi hostel sounds like a great place to stay.

  • Reply Mike - The Brew Diaries September 2, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Wow, the place looks amazing! I for one love the combination of adrenaline and nature. Pucón looks like the perfect spot for both. Love the hobbit holes too but I think I’m too tall (like Gandalf) to fit in there 🙂

  • Reply gokulr27 September 3, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Sign me up for horseback riding and kayaking. 😀 Never done horse riding but would love to try out.

  • Reply Maninio September 3, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Oh my God!! That hotel looks great!! Like a hobbit little house. I heard so many things about Chile, I am dying to visit!

  • Reply carrieemann September 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I’ve never even heard of this town, but now it’s definitely on my list! You know it’s pretty great when the volcano hike with lava is something of an afterthought. Those hot springs sound amazing. Do you think it’s better to visit in the summer or winter?

  • Reply Red Nomad OZ September 4, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I’m a BIG fan of thermal pools – but I’ve never experienced hot springs in the snow! That sounds like a total must – and a perfect match with staying in a hobbit hole, haha! Seriously, Pucon looks like it’s got something for everyone and such a variety of activities I’m not surprised you ended up staying for so much longer than you’d planned!

  • Reply travellingslacker September 5, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Pucon is just the kind of place I need. The ultimate destination on the edge of the world with all one can ask for! I have a feeling that every season can offer different delights in this region but I do like the snow clad landscapes. I also loved the first image, the aerial view.

  • Reply Megan Claire (@mappingmegan) September 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    As adventure enthusiasts, thanks for the introduction to the adventure capital of Chile! We particularly enjoy hiking and horseback riding, so would love to visit Huerquehue National Park. I had never heard of Hydrospeeding though so that’s a new one. Looks fun! Thanks for the tip on Chili Kiwi – sounds like the perfect base 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer September 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    The hydrospeeding looks and sounds pretty awesome! That’s a new one I haven’t seen before and I’d love to give it a try, even though I hate wiggling and squeezing myself in to dry suits. The hot springs also look amazing, and I agree that the Blue Lagoon isn’t all that. I much prefer Iceland’s natural hot pots and this one in Chile looks right up my alley!

  • Reply AllGudThings September 7, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Your post has beautiful pictures and videos.Those snow clad mountains are breathtaking. Hydro speeding looks like fun and hiking to the Huerquehue National Park will be thrilling. Your accommodation too is great. Will love to visit this place some day for sure.

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    Kex: A Funky, Affordable Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland

    March 19, 2017
    Kex Hostel review Reykjavik Iceland

    Iceland is has a well-deserved reputation for being drop-dead-gorgeous.  It is.

    It also has a reputation for being fairly expensive.  For the most part, that’s true too.

    Though we tend to stay in more private, comfortable accommodation options these days, our desired locations and activities always drive our decisions.  If there’s only basic accommodation in the area we’re headed, we go regardless.  If we want to travel long term, we tend to favour hostels and Airbnbs apartments to help cut down on our spending (with the added bonus of meeting other travellers and locals).  If we’re headed to an expensive area, you can be sure we’ll reduce the amount we spend on accommodation, putting our savings towards amazing activities, as opposed to missing out on those.

    So when we found ourselves looking at accommodation in Iceland, we knew we’d have to look at alternatives.  We were there to see the country, not blow our budget on hotels – after all, nobody goes to Iceland just to sit inside their fancy room (though if you are looking for one, we know just the place where you can treat yourself!)

    Recommended by a blogger friend (thanks Diana – check her out at MVMT!), we knew off the bat that Kex was anything but a fall-back option.

    Located in an old biscuit factory and decorated with salvaged materials, this hostel has a distinctively eclectic, industrial feel – one that’s impossible to miss.  It’s also known locally for hosting the best musicians in town – one of our tour guides even recommended it as the place to be come evening.

    Funky, quirky and certainly memorable, Kex provided us with everything we needed in a comfortable base.

    What We Loved About Kex:

    • Kex is well located, a comfortable walk from the centre of the city.  As far as position goes, the hostel is spot on.
    • Breakfast is hearty, filling and plentiful.  It’s reasonably rustic – don’t come expecting pancakes and eggs cooked to order – but for a hostel, it’s easily the best we’ve ever seen.
    • Earplugs are on offer at the front desk free of charge – take some!  Though our roommates (we were in a four person co-ed room) were incredibly respectful, there was a fair bit of noise coming from outside on the first night of our stay.  I made the mistake of passing on the earplug and regretted my decision for a number of hours as I lay there, wishing the noise away.  Learn from my mistake a grab a few packets!  We used them the next few nights and slept really well – no complaints from us.
    • The quirky vibe of the place was awesome.  Kex has a unique feel to it – it makes you take yourself a little less seriously (which is never a bad thing).
    • There’s a room configuration (and quality) to suit a range of travellers.  Sure, it’s not a high-end, boutique offering, but with a range of rooms from industrial mixed dorms right through to private hotel-style rooms (which come with private bathrooms – yes!), there are plenty of options on offer.
    • If you’re travelling by yourself or would just like someone else to take care of your activities, they offer a selection of day trips from Reykjavik – too easy.
    • There’s free WiFi and a fully equipped kitchen (another great way to save money in Iceland – we found eating in to be significantly cheaper than eating out).

    Things to Note:

    • In true European fashion, showering is a communal affair at Kex.  I remember the feeling that washed over me when I first walked into the woman’s bathroom to find all of the shower heads grouped in the one big cubical – I must admit, my first thought certainly wasn’t “oh yea!”.  With that said, there are a few unisex single showers so as long as you’ve got time on your side, you are able to have a private shower if you prefer.  One morning we had to race out the door and the single showers weren’t available so I braved the communal one – it turns out I shouldn’t have been worried at all – not a single soul walked in whilst I was in there (but I still get kudos for being brave so it’s win-win).
    • Being right by the city, Kex doesn’t have any private parking.  This means that, if you’re driving, you’ll either need to figure out the pay and display machines out front, use the carpark building a few hundred meters down the road or do as we did – check out the spots around town and then come back once the free parking begins (which, from memory was at 6pm – just don’t overstay your welcome the next morning as we did see a car get ticketed).

    Though Kex houses 215 guests, we never once felt crowded or like we saw even a portion of those guests.  Granted it wasn’t absolute peak season whilst we were there but the private rooms were fully booked, leading us to believe they were running at a fairly high level of occupancy.

    If you’re looking for a polished, luxury hotel, there’s no doubt this isn’t the place for you.  However, if you’re looking for a bit of fun and a hostel you won’t soon forget, Kex could be right on the money!

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    Iceland's funkiest hostel! Accommodation in Reykjavik is expensive at the best of times but Kex Hostel is a great way to stay in the centre of the city without breaking the bank. It's quirky, comfortable and social - what more could you need? Iceland's funkiest hostel! Accommodation in Reykjavik is expensive at the best of times but Kex Hostel is a great way to stay in the centre of the city without breaking the bank. It's quirky, comfortable and social - what more could you need? Iceland's funkiest hostel! Accommodation in Reykjavik is expensive at the best of times but Kex Hostel is a great way to stay in the centre of the city without breaking the bank. It's quirky, comfortable and social - what more could you need?

    Thank you to Kex Hostel for so kindly hosting us for the purpose of this review.  As always, all thoughts are our own.

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  • Reply Janie April 22, 2017 at 3:01 am

    What a cute place!! I will definitely have to look into this for my stay. I’ve heard about it often, but your beautiful photos have sold me on it! 🙂

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    Sleeping in a Pod in Iceland – Galaxy Pod Hostel

    December 28, 2016
    Galaxy Pod Hostel Reykjavik Iceland review

    Iceland is known for many things, but a budget destination it is not. Being relatively isolated, the cost of living is fairly high and of course these prices are often reflected in the price of accommodation.  So, what is one to do if travelling to Iceland without an endless budget?  There are a number of ways to help save money whilst travelling – one of which is to stay in a hostel.

    We found the Galaxy Pod Hostel to be a quiet haven after a day of travel in Iceland and with a range of options available, it will suit most travellers in Reykjavík.

    We spotted their ‘pods’ online and knew instantly it was a place we wanted to check out.  Long story short, they’re awesome!

    Each pod is equipped with a little air-conditioning unit, a range of power points and USB chargers, a mirror, independent lighting options and many of them had their own little TVs.  When you’re ready to escape the rest of the world, you just pull down on the screen to create your own private sanctuary.

    What are the Shared Spaces Like at the Galaxy Pod Hostel?

    The communal spaces at Galaxy are well-maintained and tidy with plenty of room for everyone.

    The uni-sex bathrooms were clean and there were plenty of showers for the number of people staying.  The water smelt a little of sulphur but that’s to be expected when it’s sourced from the naturally heated wells in the ground.

    Though we didn’t cook, there were basic facilities for preparing meals and a supermarket across the road which was particularly useful!  The area doesn’t have a great deal of restaurants but with the town an easy walk down the road, there are plenty of options within reach if you would like a meal out.

    We relaxed in the lounge for a while after check-out, watching the first real snow of the winter season fall over Reykjavík – the sofas were comfy, the view was pretty and the wifi strong – everything we look for really!

    How Staying in a Hostel in Iceland Can Help You Save Money

    • By sharing a room and bathroom facilities with others you’ll instantly save some hard-earned dosh over the price of a hotel.  Also, if you’re travelling as a single traveller, you’ll avoid having to pay for a room by yourself.
    • Having a kitchen onsite allows you to shop locally (or bring some basics from home, should you have room in your bags) and prepare your own meals and snacks.  Though we didn’t find Iceland to be as expensive as we expected, meals out were a significant jump up in price from supermarket prices (which were surprisingly affordable all things considered).
    • Further money is saved by having you bring your own toiletries and sometimes your own towel (check with where you’re staying to see if they supply them – if you do need your own, we recommend a Turkish towel.  They’re so much more absorbent than the ‘quick-dry’ travel towels, lovely and soft and don’t take up much space).  It’s worth noting that most hostels won’t let you use your own sleeping bag anymore, so there’s no need to carry about your own bedding.

    Is it worth shelling out the extra money for a pod over a normal dorm bed?  

    The answer to that question largely depends on your budget but if you’ve got access to the spare money, absolutely.  It normally takes me a night or so to re-adjust to having other people sleeping in a room with me, but with my own pod, I fell asleep right away and stayed snoozing all night – that’s never happened for me in the past!

    The pods themselves are reasonably well-sized.  They’re not huge but give you enough room to move about in bed without feeling confined and would be suitable for the majority of people.  If you suffer from claustrophobia then you may find the space to be a little enclosed for your liking but we were both more than happy in our little homes for the night.

    If you’d prefer, they do have more traditional bunk beds available too at a lower price point and all rooms come with the use of digitally secured lockers.

    When you’re in Reykjavík and are looking for a relaxed and comfortable place to stay that provides a good level of privacy without breaking the bank then Galaxy Hostel may be the perfect option for your visit to Iceland!

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    An affordable accommodation option in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Our favourite hostel in the city, offering privacy, comfort and a way to meet others whilst keeping to your budget. An affordable accommodation option in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Our favourite hostel in the city, offering privacy, comfort and a way to meet others whilst keeping to your budget. An affordable accommodation option in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Our favourite hostel in the city, offering privacy, comfort and a way to meet others whilst keeping to your budget.

    Thank you to Galaxy Pod Hostel for hosting us for the evening to review their pods.  All thoughts, as always, are our own.


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  • Reply MARIA LAURA LORENZO May 11, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Hi! I´m going to Iceland on September and already booked Galaxy Pod before reading these note. I´m not sure what you meant with “It’s worth noting that most hostels won’t let you use your own sleeping bag anymore, so there’s no need to carry about your own bedding.”
    Did they charge you extra for the bedding? Will they let me use my own sleeping bag? I´m going on a long tour after Iceland where I won´t be needing a sleeping bag. thank you!

    • Reply Sarah - Exploring Kiwis May 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Hey Maria, lovely to hear from you. Most places won’t let you use a sleeping bag incase they bring bed bugs in from other hostels. They won’t let you use your bag but do provide bedding at no charge 🙂

      • Reply MARIA LAURA LORENZO May 11, 2017 at 7:21 am

        I´m asking them by mail and Tripadvisor about this. Because in the pods the bedding is free but I booked a bunk bed and at Booking it says (aditional cost) but it doesn´t say how much

        • Reply Sarah - Exploring Kiwis May 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

          Oh I see – there may be a cost for the bunks, I’m not sure about that. Most places won’t allow a sleeping bag though so I don’t think you’ll have much choice. Great place though – you’ll have a ball!

          • MARIA LAURA LORENZO May 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm

            They answer me and said that the linens were free of charge. The towel has a cost but i’m bringing my own.

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    A Life-Changing Visit to the Slums of Delhi

    November 9, 2016
    Delhi Slum Tour PETE review

    It’s funny how something as simple as walking through a city can change your perspective so significantly.  India was amazing, eye-opening and at times confronting, but I’ve never experienced anything quite like our visit to the Slums of Delhi.

    Initially we were hesitant to visit the slums – the idea of walking though peoples homes felt very intrusive, especially when we considered the level of poverty that so many of these people experience.  The last thing we wanted to do was to take advantage of them or to seek entertainment by sitting in on their daily lives.

    One blog turned everything around for us though – if you’ve not read it, I highly recommend you have a nosey at Andrew Roams.  The decision was made and we booked ourselves in, still a little unsure of what to expect but hopeful.

    Organised by PETE (Providing Education To Everyone), local guides escort small groups through the slums of Delhi – in particular the Kathputli Colony of street performers in one of the poorest parts of Delhi, near the Shadipur Depot.  To be shown around by someone who lives in this remarkable community was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that we won’t easily forget.

    For the past 60 years, this colony has been home to families of magicians, singers, painters, puppeteers, dancers, acrobats and storytellers and it is now estimated to house over 20,000 people in close quarters.

    My initial trepidation quickly melted away as I found myself incredibly surprised by the slums in the very best of ways.  We were amazed by the positive outlook that each and every person we encountered shared with us – how is it possible that people with so little can appreciate life so much?

    With that said, I am mindful of over-romanticising the slums.  Cramped alley ways weave their way in between the small shacks that house entire families.  The buzzing televisions and charging cellphones sit in stark contrast to the rest of the environment.  Women sit outside washing clothes and cooking meals whilst children bathe in buckets.  Goats are scattered throughout the colony and cats stalk rooftops.  Water gushes in between shacks and all manner of smells drift up and over the community.

    I do not doubt that life in the slums is challenging…

    But it is also clearly rewarding for its many citizens.  I’ve never met a group of people as warm and welcoming as I did that day and all for no reason other than to welcome us into their lives for a brief point in time.  Colours, beauty and kindness abound, turning any doubt I had into a distant memory.

    Mothers greeted us with warm smiles, men treated us with the upmost of respect but, what will stick with me forever, were the beautiful Indian children.

    Racing around, following us through the maze of alleyways, these gorgeous kids wanted nothing more than to shake our hands, high five us and, to their great delight, have their photos taken.  We took with us some snacks to hand out and though they were graciously accepted, the kids really did just seem excited to see us – even now, a month on our trip, thinking about my morning with them brings a massive smile to my face.

    Some experiences affect you at your very core and our visit to the slums of Delhi did exactly that.  Humbling, eye opening and enlightening, I can’t imagine anyone walking away unchanged.

    The biggest question for me is how those of us fortunate enough to have everything we need in life and more can hang onto lessons like the one I learnt that day.  It’s all too easy to slip back into old ways of thinking… to forget how fortunate we are.

    I don’t have any answers but I do know that the more I travel the more I feel fortunate for what I have in every sense.  I have shelter over my head, food in my belly, all the personal possessions I could ever need, my personal safety and the ability to explore other parts of the world.

    Without doubt, I am lucky, but my visit to the slums reminded me that although I’m fortunate, there’s plenty I can learn from others… there is so much more to life than what we all-too-often place importance on.

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    Delhi Slum Tour PETE

    A visit to the Slums of Delhi (the Kathputli Colony specifically) can be organised through PETE for a minimum donation of 750 rupees each.  The funds raised from these ‘slum walks’ gets put directly back into the community through the schools and programmes that they run – money well spent in my books.   Throughout the ‘tour’ you’ll have the opportunity to visit different artists in the community but the decision is entirely yours.  Our group of five elected to enjoy a traditional puppet show (for a small additional fee) but to be honest, the highlight of the day for all of us was simply walking through the community, interacting with the locals and gaining a small insight into their lives.  There’s no right or wrong way to go about your visit, as long as you do so in a respectful way.

    For more information or to secure your spot on a tour in Delhi, get in touch with PETE.  We cannot recommend it enough – don’t leave India without connecting with its amazing people.


  • Reply erikastravels November 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I’ve felt the same conflicts when visiting slums in the past–specifically in Katatura, Namibia, Cape Town and the streets of Hebron. It can feel uncomfortable and intrusive to wander around the living quarters of others for your own entertainment. And yet it can also be such a powerful experience–so humbling and eye-opening. I’m happy to hear that proceeds from the tour get reinvested in the community too!

  • Reply shy November 10, 2016 at 12:14 am

    It’s always rewarding to go to the off-beaten paths as opposed to the tourist landmarks. I’m sure you came out of your experience, humbled and grateful.

  • Reply Carolina Colborn November 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Such beautiful people. Thanks for taking me on this tour with you.

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