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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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Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek in Colombia

Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek in Colombia

The trek to La Ciudad Perdida or Lost City in Colombia is a challenging but fascinating journey that I highly recommend.  Trekking through the Colombian jungle for 4 or 5 days is beautiful, sometimes strenuous, always sweaty and at times very wet!  See how I got on when I did the Lost City Trek: The Best Company for the Lost City Trek to Ciudad Perdida Several different companies have permits to lead the Lost City Trek, and the price is…

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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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Why Cienfuegos Should be on your Cuba Itinerary

Why Cienfuegos Should be on your Cuba Itinerary

Cienfuegos is a seriously underrated city.  Much slower paced than Havana, Cienfuegos is in fact a delightful break from the craziness there.  You will still be plagued with shouts of ‘Taxi?’ from the car and bicycle taxis (apparently tourists never walk anywhere) but that is a small price to pay.  There is plenty to do around the city to fill a few days of your itinerary, whether your visiting Cuba on a budget or are splashing the cash, so stay for a…

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Food Tour in Mexico City: Sabores Mexico Review

Food Tour in Mexico City: Sabores Mexico Review

Let’s be honest here, it’s no secret that I love food!  From cooking classes to hunting out the best brunch spots and sampling street food, there is nothing better to me than eating my way through each destination I visit.  One thing I was dying to do in Mexico City was a food tour, to really dig down into the delicious corners of the city.  When Sabores Mexico offered me the chance to review their food tour in Mexico City…

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WIN A FREE PASS ON PERU HOP WORTH $199 USD

WIN A FREE PASS ON PERU HOP WORTH $199 USD

COMPETITION TIME!   I am very excited to announce that Tales of a Backpacker has teamed up with Peru Hop to give one of you lucky people a free pass to travel through Peru, worth up to $199 USD!  About the Prize The lucky winner will receive a free pass on Peru Hop worth up to $199 USD.  They can choose their route from the options available from Lima to Cusco, or Cusco to Lima, or a Short Tour (subject…

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Cooking Class in Mexico City: Casa Jacaranda Review

Cooking Class in Mexico City: Casa Jacaranda Review

I’d wanted to do a cooking class since I arrived in Mexico City.  With Mexican food being one of the only cuisines in the world to be UNESCO certified, a cooking class was the perfect way to learn more about the incredible food, whilst cooking & eating everything I made!  Everywhere I looked for recommendations there was one class that stood out: Casa Jacaranda.  If you’re looking for a cooking class in Mexico City, it has to be this one!…

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You Know You’re a Seasoned Backpacker When….

You Know You’re a Seasoned Backpacker When….

Backpacking or travelling for a long period of time is an incredible experience – rewarding, exhilarating and life-changing.  However, when travelling for a long time, there are some things that start to affect your daily life, and that people recognise in you even if you don’t see it for yourself! Here are just a few things I realised I have started doing after spending a long time on the road! Planning a trip?  These Travel Planning Resources can help! You…

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