Crossing Borders in South America – Your Guide ?>

Crossing Borders in South America – Your Guide

Crossing an international border in South America is, on the whole, very easy.  A little too easy in fact.  I have crossed 14 international borders in South America since I arrived last August, and once you know how it works the first time, the rest of the crossings should be a doddle.  There are still a few things to bear in mind when you are crossing borders in South America. During my 10 month journey I have crossed the following…

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Guadalupe, Santander: Off the Beaten Track in Colombia ?>

Guadalupe, Santander: Off the Beaten Track in Colombia

Have you ever been to a place so beautiful, so pure and untainted by tourism that you wanted to keep it for yourself?  I have.  It’s called Guadalupe, Santander. Discover Colombia Off the Beaten Track Guadalupe is a tiny town in the Santander region of Colombia.  It is no longer a secret in Colombia though, and at the weekends bus-loads of visitors from Bucaramanga and the surrounding areas arrive – usually just for the day – then disappear as quickly…

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10 Essential Items for your Backpack ?>

10 Essential Items for your Backpack

Packing for a backpacking trip can be difficult.  There are so many things that would be useful, and so many that just take up valuable space, it can be difficult for a backpacker to decide what to pack!  These are the things I couldn’t do without on my ten month backpacking trip to South America, the 10 essential items for your backpack that I guarantee you will be glad you took with you! Essential Items for your Backpack: The Basics Lifestraw…

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Djurönäset – Relax in the Stockholm Archipelago ?>

Djurönäset – Relax in the Stockholm Archipelago

As part of my recent visit to Stockholm, I was invited to Djurönäset to enjoy ‘relaxation the archipelago way’.  I was intrigued, and excited to get a taste of Sweden outside of Stockholm – and who could turn down the chance to spend the night at the 4-star hotel! Djurönäset – A World Away From Stockholm Having arrived in Stockholm the previous day, I had time to do a little research before I was picked up to go to Djurönäset.  I learned that the…

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Five Places to Visit in Brazil After the Olympics ?>

Five Places to Visit in Brazil After the Olympics

Rio de Janeiro is on many a traveller’s bucket list.  Spectacular beaches, the iconic statue of Christ, magnificent views from Sugarloaf Mountain, and who could forget the biggest party on Earth, Carnival!  If you are lucky enough to visit Rio for the Olympics, or at any other time, you are in for a treat!  And while you are in Brazil, why not extend your trip so you can visit other destinations in Brazil?  Here are five ideas for places to…

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Bus Travel in South America: Everything You Need to Know ?>

Bus Travel in South America: Everything You Need to Know

Travelling by bus in South America can be a great way to get around cheaply and easily.  Long distance buses are usually (not always!) fairly comfortable with reclining seats and air con, and some even include drinks, snacks and films to watch.  Others of course are more basic, but all are incredible good value compared with European bus travel.  However, there are some things you need to know before embarking on your journey, to help you navigate the sometimes very…

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Horse Riding in Salento & Colombian Coffee Tasting ?>

Horse Riding in Salento & Colombian Coffee Tasting

Salento is a pretty Colombian town, colourful and friendly, and slap-bang in Colombia’s coffee region.  Horse riding in Salento is the perfect way to explore the area, and there are various options on offer.  My friend Jen and I chose to visit a nearby coffee plantation and waterfall – around five hours in total.   The hostel booked everything for us, and the following morning we were collected from our hostel for our Colombian coffee tasting adventure! Horse Riding in Salento:…

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Is Venezuela Safe to Visit? ?>

Is Venezuela Safe to Visit?

Sadly, Venezuela is no longer on the agenda for most travellers, backpackers and tourists, due to the problems in the country and worries about safety.  Now officially the most dangerous country in the world (that isn’t at war), most people choose to stay away.  Even Venezuelans who can leave are fleeing in their hundreds, but for many, the decimated currency makes it impossible to get out of the country.  When people find out that I went to Venezuela, they always…

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El Santuario de las Lajas – Ipiales ?>

El Santuario de las Lajas – Ipiales

A short drive across the border between Ecuador and Colombia lies the town of Ipiales.  The town itself is no different from a hundred other little towns, except for the nearby church that was built across a river valley.  El Santuario de las Lajas is one of the world’s most beautiful churches, and definitely worth visiting if you are crossing the Ecuador – Colombia border by land, like I did. The Miracle at Las Lajas El Santuario de las Lajas…

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Entering Colombia with an Emergency Passport ?>

Entering Colombia with an Emergency Passport

After having my passport and laptop stolen in Ecuador, I was definitely ready to leave that country, and was eager to continue my journey.  I had been looking forward to Colombia, after hearing so much from friends and fellow travellers, but was nervous to see if I would have any problems entering Colombia with an emergency passport.  I had already experienced crossing borders in most of South America, so hopefully this would be no different! After leaving Quito, I spent…

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