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Category: Backpacking in South America

I fell in love with South America.  So different from Europe, intoxicating and exciting, I found backpacking in South America to be easier and safer than I had anticipated.  Of course, keep your wits about you, but be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime!

Why Now is the Time to Visit Colombia

Why Now is the Time to Visit Colombia

Colombia is one of my favourite countries I have visited. When Carly from Curly Bird Travel asked if she could write a blog post about Colombia, and her love for it, I couldn’t refuse.  Colombia really has to be experienced first hand, so here is Carly to tell you why now is the time to visit Colombia! I know how you feel. I was also apprehensive about beginning my South America backpacking in Colombia – especially as a solo female…

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Chachapoyas Peru – Gocta Waterfall and Kuelap Pre-Inca Ruins

Chachapoyas Peru – Gocta Waterfall and Kuelap Pre-Inca Ruins

Chachapoyas is the unlikely capital of the Amazonas region in Peru.  Unlikely because it isn’t actually in the Amazon Rainforest, it is located in the Cordillera, and doesn’t feel remotely Amazonic!  Chachapoyas itself is a quaint town, with white painted buildings and colonial architecture.  There isn’t much to ‘do’ in the town, but it is ideally situated to explore the surrounding treasures. Find accommodation in Chachapoyas on Hostelworld Way off the usual tourist route up the Peruvian coast, Chachapoyas isn’t…

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11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is still one of my favourite places I have ever been.  In the last 2 years I have been backpacking South America, Cuba, and Central America, and watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu still sticks in my mind as an incredible experience that I don’t think I’ll ever forget!  I wanted to share with you some of my favourite photos of Machu Picchu that I took during my time there, including a few from the trek to Machu…

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A Galapagos Cruise or Island Hopping?

A Galapagos Cruise or Island Hopping?

Most visitors to the Galapagos Islands choose to take a cruise; and many people believe that this is the only way to visit the islands in Ecuador.  It is, in fact, quite easy to visit the islands independently then ‘hop’ between the islands and take day tours to see more of the incredible nature on offer.  Both options have positives and negatives, but how do you choose which option is best for you?  I’ve summed up some key points to…

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Hostel Nightmares: When Hostel Stays Go Bad

Hostel Nightmares: When Hostel Stays Go Bad

Hostels are wonderful places to stay.  Cheap, sociable, and perfect for backpackers, I have stayed in some amazing hostels all over the world.  However, sometimes hostel stays don’t work out quite as we’d hoped!  After a couple of terrible experiences in hostels, including having all my stuff stolen from a hostel locker, I asked fellow female travellers to share their hostel nightmares.  Read on, if you dare! Hostel Nightmares: Horrible Roommates By Claire from Tales of a Backpacker In Stockholm I…

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What to Pack for La Ciudad Perdida Lost City Trek

What to Pack for La Ciudad Perdida Lost City Trek

The trek to the Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City Trek, in northern Colombia is an incredible hike.  It is not an easy walk though, and involves steep climbs and descents, two river crossings and hoards of mosquitos.  Here is a handy guide of what to pack for La Ciudad Perdida Trek to help you prepare, and handle it like a pro! I recommend Wiwa Tours for the trek, I went with them and had a great time, learning a lot about…

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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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Hostel Etiquette : How to Stay in a Hostel & Not Piss off your Roommates

Hostel Etiquette : How to Stay in a Hostel & Not Piss off your Roommates

Hostels are one of the best accommodation options for backpackers and budget travellers.  However, although sometimes I may complain about #firstworldproblems, I have realised after 18 months of staying in hostel dorms that there are certain unwritten rules that apparently do need to be written down to make sure everyone enjoys their stay.  If we all follow this simple guide to hostel etiquette, we will all get along just fine! Want to book a hostel bed?  I use hostelworld.com or…

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A Favela Tour in Rio – Interesting but Intrusive?

A Favela Tour in Rio – Interesting but Intrusive?

Rio is (in)famous for its maze-like favelas which surround the city, climbing high onto the hills overlooking the bay.  Previously very dangerous and no-go areas for tourists, in recent years the police have made a concerted effort to pacify the favelas, meaning that tours around these fascinating places are now possible.  However, if you decide to take a favela tour in Rio there are several things to consider before you sign up. Need somewhere to stay in Rio?  Check prices…

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Conquering Roraima: The Lost World of Venezuela

Conquering Roraima: The Lost World of Venezuela

When Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the Lost World, he based his story on Roraima, one of Venezuela’s tallest Tepuy mountains.  Perched on the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, the majestic flat-topped mountain rises from the horizon.  The trek to Roraima was beautiful, difficult, hot, brutal, and in parts, downright terrifying! Before travelling to Venezuela, please also read “Is Venezuela Safe to Visit” Roraima isn’t the most accessible place you will ever go.  Located in one of the most…

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