Author Archives: Sarah - Exploring Kiwis

South America Made Easy – Our Bolivia Hop/Peru Hop Review

We recently used Bolivia Hop and Peru Hop whilst travelling around this part of South America.  Their service made life a heck of a lot easier than the public buses that we’d become used to.  Read on for our honest thoughts on becoming Hopsters. This is a review you need to read if you’re headed […]

Backpacking South America: The Best Hostels – Tried and Tested!

Backpacking in South America was one of our all-time travel highlights. We travelled light, said ‘yes’ to as many adventures as possible, made friends to last a lifetime and saw things that we’d only ever dreamed of.  We did all of this whilst travelling on a budget, often sleeping in rooms filled with bunkbeds. Would […]

Ditch the Cage – Shark Diving with One Ocean Diving, Oahu Hawaii

Imagine yourself, legs hovering tentatively over the surface of the water, knowing exactly what will greet you beneath the surface.  A wave of excitement washing over you as your last remaining nerves begin to slowly melt away.  The chill of the deep ocean splashing up against your flippered foot as you drift in slowly towards […]

Six Months on the Road: Colombia and USA – San Francisco & Hawai’i

After countless night buses, flights, dorm beds, hikes, new friends and once-in-a-lifetime experiences our six month adventure throughout South America is over!  As I sit here, back in New Zealand, it’s hard to believe how many miles we’ve put behind us and just how much we’ve seen. How lucky are we? … but now we’re […]

A Guide to the Cocora Valley – Salento, Colombia – Home to the Tallest Palm Trees in the World!

One of the most recognisable tourist attractions in Colombia, the Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora) is home to the country’s national tree and symbol, the towering Quindío wax palm.  An easy trip from Salento, the region was our favourite and a must-see on any Colombian itinerary. Formed in 1985 (which might I add, was a mighty […]

Ecuador Island Guide – The Best Galápagos Islands to Visit!

Recently, we returned from the most incredible trip through the Galápagos Islands.  Before our cruise though, we considered many different itineraries whilst on the hunt to find the ‘best’ Galápagos Islands to visit.  Which islands were must-sees?  Was a cruise really the best way to get around?  Hand-on-heart, we believe a cruise is absolutely the […]

Five Months on the Road in South America – Ecuador & Colombia

Our penultimate month in South America (that’s right, five down, only one to go!) was a welcome change from the backpacking we’ve been enjoying for the majority of our trip.  We returned to our Abu Dhabi roots and soaked in the more luxurious side of Ecuador – after all, nobody has the budget for five-star hotels […]

Comuna 13: Touring What Was Medellín’s Most Dangerous District

Violence and lawlessness was rife in what was one of the most dangerous barrios (districts) of the most dangerous city in the world.  Citizens were short on money and opportunity and were often left with nowhere to turn. Life was tough in Comuna 13. This was the most dangerous barrio in Medellín.  It was impossible […]

Salento Bus Travel Guide: Bogota to Salento | Salento to Bogota | Medellín to Salento | Salento to Medellín

Getting a bus from Medellín or Bogota to Salento is easy, cheap and relatively comfortable.  With a number of different transport options possible, this guide will talk you through the process of catching either minivans or buses from Medellín to Salento and Bogota to Salento.  And for good measure, we’ve included the journey in reverse […]

How to Get to the Swing at the End of the World: Baños, Ecuador

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen carefree travellers flinging themselves off what appears to be a swing perched precariously on the top of a mountain – feet danging right off the end of the world, so to speak. In reality, the swings are nowhere near as dangerous as they might appear.  […]

Four Months on the Road in South America – Peru & Ecuador

Laguna Churup Huaraz Peru

We’re a little over four months in and a have a little less than two months to go on this massive, diverse continent!  It’s hard to really comprehend just how much we’ve seen but at the same time, the more we speak to other travellers, the more we realise there is to see. With flights […]

Amazon Planet: Your Ticket to the Peruvian Amazon

The Amazon, without doubt, is a real bucket list destination for any nature lover.  With an ecosystem like no other, it’s one of the last true wilds in the world. When we initially planned our visit to South America, we did so with a loose plan and a number of must-see spots in mind – […]

Oh, You Count Countries, Do You?

Like the ongoing debate as to whether you’re a traveller or a tourist, others also debate whether counting countries has value or is a shallow pursuit. For those days do count countries, does stepping foot out of an airport count? Maybe spending a night?  Are you really seeing a country if you fly from point […]

Hiking Laguna Humantay – Cusco: More Than Machu Picchu

Cusco is known across the world as the gateway to Machu Picchu, the most iconic of all the Inca sites.  With so much to see in this region, those skipping through whilst only visiting the Lost City of the Incas are only tapping the surface of what’s on offer.   Join us as we explore many of […]

Three Months on the Road in South America – Brazil, Bolivia, Chile & Peru

Another month in South America is behind us and for the life of me, I don’t know where the time’s going! As we have in previous months, this post is designed to give you a summary of our recent adventures and help those of you considering a similar trip plan your route and budget. We’re […]

EcoCamp Patagonia – Reviewing Torres del Paine’s Bucket-List Glamping

With the Towers piercing the dawning sky and the wild Patagonian winds swirling around, there’s no better place to be curled up in Torres del Paine than at EcoCamp.  Recently we had the pleasure of staying at this incredible property in an equally incredible part of the world.  Having read countless reviews online it was […]