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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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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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Backpacking Bogota: Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Backpacking Bogota: Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Bogota certainly wasn’t my favourite stop in Colombia.  Compared to the rest of this beautiful country, Bogota is busy, dirty, and the traffic is always horrendous,  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find there were more than enough things to do in Bogota keep me occupied for a few days before I took my flight back to Mexico.  For me, to really understand a country, you have to visit its capital.  Backpacking Bogota does have its rewards, so give Bogota…

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Food Tour & Cooking Class in Bogota with 5Bogota

Food Tour & Cooking Class in Bogota with 5Bogota

You must be realising by now that I am a huge food fan.  Everywhere I visit I am trying to take as many cooking classes and food tours as possible, from a tapas tour in Barcelona to a cooking class in Mexico City, and learning how to make chocolate in Belize, I am always on the lookout for food related activities!  When I was trying to decide what to do in Bogota, there weren’t many options for a cooking class or…

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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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Mount Roraima: The Lost World of Venezuela

Mount Roraima: The Lost World of Venezuela

When Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the Lost World, he based his story on Mount Roraima, one of Venezuela’s tallest Tepuy (or Tepui) mountains.  Perched on the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, the majestic flat-topped mountain rises from the horizon.  The trek to Roraima in Venezuela was beautiful, difficult, hot, brutal, and in parts, downright terrifying! Before travelling to Venezuela, please also read “Is Venezuela Safe to Visit” Mount Roraima isn’t the most accessible place you will ever go. …

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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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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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