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Category: Backpacking in Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. The Galapagos islands, the coastal areas, Andean mountains & the rainforest combine to make Ecuador truly unforgettable.  It is more expensive than most of its South American neighbours, but if you have the budget , backpacking in Ecuador is worth it!

24 Hours in Guayaquil – My First Taste of Ecuador

24 Hours in Guayaquil – My First Taste of Ecuador

I wasn’t sure what to make of Guayaquill.  I arrived at the bus station a couple of hours later than planned and it was starting to go dark.  Buses never arrive when they say they are going to, I had already learned about bus travel in South America so I wasn’t surprised!  The bus station in Guayaquil is in a huge shopping mall, and I walked through as quickly as I could, following signs for taxis into town. Find accommodation…

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Ziplining in Mindo, Ecuador

Ziplining in Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is a beautiful little town, a couple of hours’ bus ride from Quito.  If you are looking to escape from the city and get back to nature, Mindo is definitely the place for that.  However, don’t expect Mindo to be boring.  There is plenty to do here, not least a ziplining adventure!   I’m not really into extreme sports, but every now and again I feel the urge to do something crazy!  Perfect for adrenaline junkies or those simply…

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Otavalo Market & More: It’s Not Just the Market in Otavalo

Otavalo Market & More: It’s Not Just the Market in Otavalo

The market in Otavalo is what draws tourists here, but this little town has much more to explore, not just a market.  Otavalo market is, of course, wonderful, and is open every day, from around 9am to 5pm during the week.  The real fun is on Saturday when the market spills over onto nearby streets, and locals from across the region come to make their purchases, but even on a Tuesday there is still plenty to see, and buy! Find accommodation…

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How to Get a Replacement Passport While Travelling

How to Get a Replacement Passport While Travelling

Your passport is the most important document you will ever own, as a traveller at least.  If the worst should happen and your passport is stolen, do not worry – this need not mean the end of your trip.  An inconvenience, definitely, and extra expense for sure, but in most cases you can continue travelling with just a few minor adjustments.  After having my passport stolen in Ecuador, here is my story of how I managed to get a replacement…

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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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The Photo That Cost Me $500

The Photo That Cost Me $500

I had already been to Ecuador back in November, and had visited Quito, Mindo, Latacunga, the Quilatoa Lake, Guayaquil, and, of course, the Galapagos Islands.  But I had left Ecuador suddenly, and there was just one thing left on my “must-do” list: The Swing at the End of the World.  I had seen pictures of this swing in the town of Baños that looks like you are swinging into nothingness, and really wanted to see it for myself.  I had the…

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