Category Archives: South America

Vibrant, varied and exciting, the South American continent offers travellers so much to travellers.

Having spent six months travelling throughout Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, we’re lucky to have experienced much of these incredible countries first-hand and are pleased to be able to share our thoughts with you!

The Only Peru 2 Week Itinerary You’ll Ever Need: Peruvian Highlights Galore!

Machu Picchu Peru

Organise and plan an amazing adventure with this descriptive Peru 2 week itinerary.  From sand dunes to rain forests, wild oceans to ancient Incan citadels, modern cities to indigenous villages; Peru has more than enough to create an incredible jam-packed 2 week itinerary. Peru was a massive highlight of our six months in South America […]

Machu Picchu: The New Rules You Need to Know When Planning Your Visit

Machu Picchu, one of the most iconic sites in South America was subject to a number of rule changes in mid-2017, all in a bid to reduce visitor numbers and to safeguard this important historical Peruvian citadel. With these new rules in place, it’s more important ever that you head up to Machu Picchu prepared […]

The Ultimate Guide to the Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Perfectly positioned, just off radar of many tourists, Guyana is an authentic, quiet achiever.  With the relaxed feel of the Caribbean, the tallest waterfall in the world (the Kaieteur Falls) and the raw, untouched beauty that the Amazon Rainforest delivers, this intriguing country offers so much to so many. And the best thing?  You’ll practically […]

Mashpi Lodge: Luxury in Ecuador’s Cloud Forest

Deep in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, a little over three hours from Quito, lays Masphi Lodge.  Recognised as one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and uncovered by the BBC in Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, this is not your standard lodge – far from it. Set on 3,200 acres of […]

Laguna Churup: A Guide to Some of the Best Day Hiking in Peru

Laguna Churup lake

Huaraz in Northern Peru attracts adventurous travelers for one reason; it is home to Cordillera Blanca and some of the most incredible hiking in the country. Though Laguna Churup was unknown to us before arriving in Huaraz, it quickly became a favourite of ours.  In fact, we’d go as far as to say it’s one […]

The Best 7 Day Galapagos Cruise – Life in the Lap of Luxury Onboard the Ecoventura Origin

When we first started planning out our South American adventure, we knew the Galapagos Islands were at the very top of our wishlist, along with other key highlights like Patagonia, Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Flats.  What we weren’t expecting though was for the Galapagos to take out not only the top spot amongst […]

How to Pack Light for South America

Jungle trek Peru

Having spent six months travelling throughout South and North America with only a 40L pack and day bag each, we’ve learnt exactly what’s essential and what’s better left at home.  This no-fuss guide will help you to pack light for your South America travels too! The truth is, in my day-to-day life, I’m a bit […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]