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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!

7 Essential Tips for Backpacking in South America

7 Essential Tips for Backpacking in South America

Ah, South America! The fourth largest continent in the world comprised of twelve sovereign states, replete with ethnic, linguistic and geographical diversity. Whether this be your first backpacking trip, or you are already a seasoned traveller in other parts of the world, it’s always useful to read up on a few tips and tricks to consider before you get out there. See what we have in store for you as you get geared up for an adventure of a lifetime…

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What Would You Do With £5k?

What Would You Do With £5k?

What would you do with £5000 to spend on travel?  Hmmmm what would I do with £5000?  I am thrilled to say that I have been shortlisted in the Affordable Travel category of the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018, and the prize is up to £5000 from Post Office Travel Insurance to spend on adventures abroad!  The only thing I have to do is say what I would spend the money on.  And get you lovely people to vote…

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Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

I travelled to Brazil in 2016 and was in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, which was incredible although we did have a couple of unnerving experiences.  I haven’t written much about Brazil or Rio yet, so I asked Yvonne from Now in Rio to share her thoughts on a question that is often asked about Brazil’s buzzing city – Is Rio safe for tourists? Favelas. Drugs. Violence. Guns. This is the most common image of Rio that the media chooses…

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Backpacking Ecuador Travel Guide

Backpacking Ecuador Travel Guide

Ecuador might be small, but it certainly packs a punch.  As any backpacking Ecuador travel guide will tell you, Ecuador has one of the highest biodiversities for any country in the world and is a mecca for nature lovers who come to visit the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, and the Andean region of Ecuador. Indigenous culture is still strong in several regions of Ecuador too, and the Otavalo market is one of the best in South America.  I’ve brought together…

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Backpacking Peru Travel Guide

Backpacking Peru Travel Guide

Peru is a magical destination, deserving of its place on anyone’s bucket list.  Most people come to see one of the new wonders of the world – Machu Picchu – but Peru is much more than Machu Picchu.  Backpacking Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so prepare yourself for one hell of a ride. Skip ahead to to read articles about specific destinations in Peru Backpacking Peru Travel Guide Vital Information for Peru Currency: Peruvian Sol (check the exchange rate here) Capital…

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Backpacking Colombia: What You Need To Know

Backpacking Colombia: What You Need To Know

Colombia is my favourite country in South America.  After spending nearly three months here I fell in love with the people, food, dramatic scenery and cute colonial towns.  Even twenty years ago, Colombia was a no-go area for most travellers, but since the dark shadow of Pablo Escobar has lifted, Colombia has been recovering, and is now one of the hottest destinations for backpackers and holidaymakers from all over the world.  Backpacking Colombia is a treat for any discerning traveller,…

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La Paz: What to do in La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz: What to do in La Paz, Bolivia

A sprawling city, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world.  At 3640 metres above sea level, it really does take your breath away!  Technically the constitutional capital remains Sucre but holds the seat of government so they still manage to claim the top spot.  I came to spend a day and night in La Paz before starting my overland tour from La Paz to Cusco. After spending a few blissful days of relaxation at Colibri Camping, I…

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Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park was on my list of places to visit in Ecuador, but sadly when I visited the park was closed as Cotopaxi volcano was erupting!  I will have to save it for the next time I visit.  Until then, I asked Eran Hayoun from Gulliver’s Expeditions to share his favourite ways to experience Cotopaxi National Park. Perhaps the most famous volcano in Ecuador, Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Recognizable by its…

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Backpacking Bolivia – Your Ultimate Bolivia Backpacking Guide

Backpacking Bolivia – Your Ultimate Bolivia Backpacking Guide

Bolivia is a sadly underrated country in South America, although that is gradually changing.  Less commercial then neighbouring Peru, and one of the cheapest countries in South America, backpacking Bolivia means you can pack a whole lot of incredible experiences into a small budget.  Bolivia really is one of the best countries to backpack in South America, and I’ve put together this guide with all you need to know about backpacking in Bolivia. Skip ahead to to read articles about specific…

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Angel Falls Venezuela

Angel Falls Venezuela

Venezuela was the one country I didn’t expect to visit in South America.  Back in 2016, I had the chance to go, and despite my fears about safety in Venezuela, I decided to risk it.  I was lucky to spend some time with my friend in Caracas, where I would not have gone had she not been there.  As I was going to ‘brave’ it and travel to Venezuela, I wanted to make sure I made the most of my…

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