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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 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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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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Is Venezuela Safe to Visit?

Is Venezuela Safe to Visit?

Sadly, Venezuela is no longer on the agenda for most travellers, backpackers and tourists, due to the problems in the country and worries about safety.  Now officially the most dangerous country in the world (that isn’t at war), most people choose to stay away.  Even Venezuelans who can leave are fleeing in their hundreds, but for many, the decimated currency makes it impossible to get out of the country.  When people find out that I went to Venezuela, they always…

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Nazca Lines: The Mysterious Markings in the Peruvian Desert

Nazca Lines: The Mysterious Markings in the Peruvian Desert

Or how I paid $85 to vomit over a UNESCO World Heritage site! I was excited about Nazca. I didn’t know much about the ancient civilization that gave the town its name, except that they had left the famous ‘Nazca Lines’ in the desert, deep in Southern Peru.  I was hoping to learn more about them, and understand why they drew the lines in the sand that could only be appreciated from the air. There was a group of 4…

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Arequipa – Peru’s White City

Arequipa – Peru’s White City

Also known as Peru’s White City; Arequipa is filled with beautiful architecture & surrounded by spectacular scenery. White volcanic rock called sillar was used to construct most of the buildings here, and so earned Arequipa its nickname. Peru’s second largest city is also the base for treks to Colca Canyon & surrounding volcanoes including El Misti and Chachani, and is a great stop off between Cusco and Lima.  I spent a couple of days here either side of my Colca…

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