Author Archives: Sarah - Exploring Kiwis

Huacachina Tours – Sandboarding, Dune Buggies & More

A small village in south-western Peru, Huacachina is home to the only natural desert oasis in all of South America.  Just west of the city of Ica, this area draws tourists in for its many bars, unique outlook and of course, for a good blat on the sand dunes. What Does a Huacachina Tour Include? Heaps of […]

The Most Overrated Country in South America – It Might Surprise You!

Sometimes a place really takes you by surprise.  Sometimes it’s amazing – filled with unexpected highlights and memories that will stay with you forever. And sometimes you get to Colombia and just don’t understand what the fuss is all about! Having travelled from Chile and Argentina, heading North over five months, it felt like all […]

Plan the Perfect South America Travel Route – We Don’t Mind if You Pinch Ours!

After months of planning, talking to countless travellers, researching our hearts out and finally spending six months on the road, we’re pleased to be able to share our very own South American travel route. We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to! If you’re headed to South America (specifically Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, […]

The Best of the Best in South America – 12 Experiences You Can’t Miss!

Cusco Peru llama

With a landmass of 17.84 million km², there’s no denying that South America is a big place; in all honesty, the continent is massive!  With so much to explore and so much land to cover, itinerary planning can very quickly start to feel more than a little overwhelming. After six months spent covering a great deal of South […]

Into the Deep in Hawaii: Reviewing Fair Wind Snorkeling Cruises

If there’s one thing that both Nathan and I enjoy, it’s snorkeling and if there’s one place we never get sick of, it’s Hawai’i. Unsurprisingly then, when we finally made it over to the Big Island, getting into the water was the top of our to-do list!  Aside from a night swim with the incredible […]

Buses in South America: The Ultimate Coach Transport Travel Guide

Buses are a great means of transport throughout South America.  With many benefits and only a few shortcomings, they’re an affordable and reliable option to get you from A to B on this massive continent.  Navigating the bus system isn’t without its share of challenges for foreigners though.  This guide sums up everything we learnt […]

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

Huacachina Peru sandboarding

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.  […]