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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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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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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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Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek Colombia

Ciudad Perdida: The Lost City Trek Colombia

The trek to La Ciudad Perdida or Lost City trek 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: READ MORE: WHAT TO PACK FOR THE LOST CITY TREK The Best Company for the Lost City Trek to Ciudad Perdida Several different companies have…

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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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Sao Paulo Street Art

Sao Paulo Street Art

One of the (many) things I love about South America is the abundance of awesome street art.  Beautiful murals brighten up the dullest of days, as street artists express themselves on blank surfaces all over the cities.  This isn’t graffiti, far from it, this is art.  More skilled with a spray can than I could ever be with a brush, I am continuously awed by street artists and their creations.  Sao Paulo street art is an example of the best….

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Tayrona National Park: Much More Than Beautiful Beaches

Tayrona National Park: Much More Than Beautiful Beaches

Tayrona National Park, or Parque Nacional Tayrona as its called in Spanish, should be on any Colombian itinerary.  The protected area on Colombia’s northern coast spans 150 km2 of land, and 30km2 of ocean, providing lush forest, glorious coastline and pre-Hispanic history to explore.  Obviously, the beaches are stunning, but there is more to Tayrona than just the beaches, and I’d recommend at least a two-night stay to make the most of your time here.  And definitely stay overnight, to see…

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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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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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