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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!

Hiking in Peru – The Ultimate Guide

Hiking in Peru – The Ultimate Guide

Peru is an incredibly diverse country which has some of the best hiking and trekking routes in the world.  In this post you’ll find everything you need to know about hiking in Peru, from where to find awe-inspiring multi-day Peru treks, top tips for hikes in Peru, what hiking equipment you might need, the best time to go hiking in Peru and vital information for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  Get ready for hiking in Peru!! Where to…

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Ciudad Perdida Tour: The Lost City Trek Colombia

Ciudad Perdida Tour: The Lost City Trek Colombia

The Ciudad Perdida Tour and 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 Colombia: READ MORE: What to Pack for the Lost City Trek to Ciudad Perdida How Much does the Ciudad Perdida Tour Cost? It is not possible to…

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Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Many people plan a trip to Cusco in Peru just for Machu Picchu, but there is so much to explore here!  As well of plenty of things to do in Cusco, there is also a lot to do in the Sacred Valley.  While you are in Cusco you could (and should!) take several day trips from Cusco to explore the different towns, landscapes and archaeological sites that surround the city.  Some Cusco tours are ideal to help you acclimatize to…

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What is the Boleto Turistico Cusco Tourist Ticket & Why Do you Need It?

What is the Boleto Turistico Cusco Tourist Ticket & Why Do you Need It?

If you are coming to Peru to visit Machu Picchu, it is a good idea to spend a few days in Cusco to explore the city and acclimatize to the altitude before taking on any treks or more strenuous activities.  If you want to visit the archaeological sites around Cusco, you will need the Boleto Turistico or Cusco Tourist Ticket.  The Boleto Turistico Cusco ticket gives you access to several key sites in and around Cusco, so you can explore…

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Backpacking South America: A Backpacker’s Guide to South America on a Budget

Backpacking South America: A Backpacker’s Guide to South America on a Budget

Backpacking South America was my dream trip.  So many beautiful places, delicious cuisines, friendly people and some of the best parties in the world.  It was my first proper backpacking adventure, and I jumped right in at the deep end when my plane landed in Bolivia.  It took me a few days to find my feet, then it didn’t take long at all for me to fall in love with this incredible continent.  What began as a once-in-a-lifetime journey triggered…

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The Best Hikes in Peru – Hikes & Treks in Peru You Will Love

The Best Hikes in Peru – Hikes & Treks in Peru You Will Love

Peru is one of the best countries in the world for hiking and trekking.  Hiking in Peru you will discover vast mountain ranges and deep canyons, stunning snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes as well as the ruins of ancient civilisations.  There aren’t many countries in the world which can match the variety and beauty of trekking in Peru!  I asked fellow travel bloggers to share their favourite hikes and multi-day treks in Peru to come up with this epic list…

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Things to do in Cusco Peru: Your Ultimate Cusco Guide

Things to do in Cusco Peru: Your Ultimate Cusco Guide

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and was also known as the bellybutton of the World. Evidence of Inca culture is everywhere, but tourism is big business here and can be overwhelming!  I’ve put together this Cusco guide to help you to figure out what to do in Cusco to experience the culture, food and history, so read on for the top things to do in Cusco Peru, whether you’re backpacking in Cusco on a budget or here…

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Trekking to Laguna 69 Huaraz Peru

Trekking to Laguna 69 Huaraz Peru

I was excited about my Laguna 69 trek from Huaraz Peru.  Laguna 69 may seem like an odd name but there are so many lakes and lagoons around Huaraz that they ran out of names and resorted to numbers instead.  The name Laguna 69 may raise an eyebrow among the smutty minded, but this stunning lake is worth the smirks!  Read on to see more about trekking Laguna 69 Huaraz and how to get to this beautiful lagoon in Peru….

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How to Get from Cusco to Ollantaytambo & Why You Should Go!

How to Get from Cusco to Ollantaytambo & Why You Should Go!

Ollantaytambo is a fascinating place to visit, and should certainly be on your Peru travel itinerary.  Often overlooked, be sure to give Ollantaytambo, or Ollanta as it’s also known, a chance to show you just why it is so special.  Here I’ve listed my reasons to hopefully persuade you why you should go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo before heading to Machu Picchu, as well as all the details on how to get to Ollantaytambo from Cusco and on to Machu…

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Discovering the Best Hikes in Patagonia

Discovering the Best Hikes in Patagonia

I didn’t make it to Patagonia when I briefly visited Argentina, so it is still firmly on my bucket list!  Hiking in Patagonia is an incredible adventure which I definitely want to do one day, so I asked Mila from Travel Belles to share her tips and advice for some of the best hikes in Patagonia. Patagonia offers trekkers a wonderfully diverse landscape to explore, which is why it has become such a popular hiking destination.  Offering a variety of day…

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