Tej is travelling again!

Bag is packed. Passport ready. Flight booked. One way ticket to…


South America!

Yes. I am going travelling again! Which means I am going to be blogging again. And there will also be lots of pictures too.


The Plan

I am leaving on the 5th of June and my first destination is Ecuador.


For the first few weeks I will be exploring the Andean Highlands around Quito just before I fly off to the Galapagos Islands. After returning to the mainland I will begin my five weeks of volunteering at Merazonia, a lovely wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Amazon. (If you would like to see more about what they do, click on this link to watch a video!)

From there, I intend on heading south towards Peru. But I will be making plenty of stops along the way. Some of my intended destinations include:


El Cajas National Park




A four-day boat journey along the Marañón river, as I head deeper into the Amazon, towards Iquitos.


Of course, you can’t go to Peru without going to Cuzco, Machu Picchu, or seeing the ancient geoglyphs around Nazca, but I intend upon visiting some of the less-frequented places too, such as the Cordillera Blanca.


And I am also hoping to have time to explore some of the remote villages in the Colca Canyon area near Arequipa.


After Peru, I will likely head into Bolivia via Lake Titicaca. From that point I will be able to travel at a more relaxed pace and see where the wind takes me, as I will no longer need to book excursions in advance. But I do ultimately intend upon heading on down to Chile via the great Bolivian salt flats, Salar de Uyuni.


And then towards Patagonia.


I have also upgraded!

I am much more kitted out for this trip than any of my ones previously. I have invested in a tent, sleeping bag, camping stove, water filtration system, and a few other gadgets. In some ways it will be a burden, as I will be carrying a heavier load, but ultimately it will give me more independence, save me money, and open up more options. There is always a trusty hostel you can leave the majority of your gear while you venture off exploring with a lighter load and, during these times, I hope to go off-grid, wander, and show you paths less trodden.

Watch this space! And don’t forget to sign up. There is a toolbar on the side of this page where you can put your email address to get my latest blog entries sent straight to your inbox.

Published by Tej Turner

Tej Turner is a writer of fantasy and science fiction. His debut novel The Janus Cycle was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and its sequel Dinnusos Rises was released in 2017. Both of them were described as ‘gritty and surreal urban fantasy’. He has also had short stories published in various anthologies. He has since branched off into writing epic fantasy with a novel called Bloodsworn published in early 2021. The first in his ‘Avatars of Ruin’ series. Tej Turner has spent much of his life on the move and does not have any particular place he calls ‘home’. For a large period of his childhood, he dwelt within the Westcountry of England, and he then moved to rural Wales to study Creative Writing and Film at Trinity College in Carmarthen, followed by a master’s degree at The University of Wales Lampeter. After completing his studies, he moved to Cardiff, where he works as a chef by day and writes by moonlight. He is also an intermittent traveller who every now and then straps on a backpack and flies off to another part of the world to go on an adventure. So far, he has clocked two years in Asia and a year in South America. He hopes to go on more and has his sights set on Central America next. When he travels, he takes a particular interest in historic sites, jungles, wildlife, native cultures, and mountains. He also spent some time volunteering at the Merazonia Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Ecuador, a place he hopes to return to someday.

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