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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!

Awesome Budget Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Awesome Budget Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Bogota certainly isn’t my favourite place in Colombia.  Compared to the rest of this beautiful country, it is dirty, the traffic is always horrendous, and there are much better places to spend a week in Colombia, like Tayrona National Park, or the Cocora Valley for example.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find there were more than enough things to keep me occupied for a few days before I took my flight back to Mexico.  For me, to really understand…

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Food Tour & Cooking Class in Bogota with 5Bogota

Food Tour & Cooking Class in Bogota with 5Bogota

You must be realising by now that I am a huge food fan.  Everywhere I visit I am trying to take as many cooking classes and food tours as possible, from a tapas tour in Barcelona to a cooking class in Mexico City, and learning how to make chocolate in Belize, I am always on the lookout for food related activities!  When I was trying to decide what to do in Bogota, there weren’t many options for a cooking class or…

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Las Gachas and Guadalupe Colombia: The Ultimate Guide

Las Gachas and Guadalupe Colombia: The Ultimate Guide

I first came to Guadalupe Colombia in June 2016.  It was one of the last places I visited in South America before I flew home, and was one of my favourites.  This tiny town in the Santander region of Colombia was barely on the map back then, I’d read one blog article about Las Gachas, the natural plunge pools nearby, and my hostel in Bucaramanga recommended that I come here.  So, I came.  There was one hostel, one decent restaurant,…

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Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

The Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are truly incredible.  One of the highlights of my time in South America as a whole, and an experience not to be missed in Bolivia.  Actually, the first time I went to Bolivia, I decided to skip el Salar de Uyuni.  That was a mistake, although I still had a great time exploring Sucre, Samaipata & La Paz!  Luckily, I had the time, and the flexibility to be able to return to Bolivia later…

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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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