Category Archives: South America

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

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 Travel Guide: Buses to/from Medellín and Bogota (Bogota to Salento | Salento to Bogota | Medellín to Salento | Salento to Medellín)

If you’re travelling to Medellín or Bogota and have a little extra time up your sleeve, you’ll want to include a visit to the incredible palm trees of Salento – the only question is how you’ll get there. Whether you’re travelling from Medellín or Bogota to Salento, this guide will help ensure you make it […]

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 – […]

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 […]

The Best of the Falkland Islands – A Guide to the Outer Islands

The Falkland Islands are home to some of the rarest beauty in the world. This Southern archipelago, also known simply as the Falklands, is made up of over 700 islands in total, most of which remain untouched by human presence. However, the few that are inhabited welcome visitors with open arms.  There, you’ll find locals that are […]

Pedra de Gavea – Just How Difficult Is Rio’s Highest Hike?

Just how challenging is the hike to the summit of Pedra de Gavea? On a humid summers day in Rio de Janeiro, we found out firsthand. By now you’d think we were slowly adjusting to all the hiking – we’ve certainly done our fair share of challenging walks in South America. Between making it through […]

Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day 1 – So Much More than a Salt Flat

Uyuni, a remote part of Bolivia, draws tourists into Salar de Uyuni to take all manner of creative, perspective-bending photos of its seemingly never-ending horizon.  Whether in the dry season, when the salt flats crack and splinter, or the wet season, when reflections make it difficult to tell land from sky, there’s much more to […]

The Complete Guide to Paraty, Brazil – Paradise is Only a Bus Ride from Rio!

Perched on the shore of Ponta Grossa, skimming its own privately-accessed beach, Happy Hammock is the perfect spot to forget all of your worries. Here, we spent two nights (which wasn’t nearly enough) checking out what Paraty has to offer and falling asleep in their name-sake hammocks… An easy 25-minute boat ride from the colonial […]

Two Months on the Road in South America – Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Another month has been and gone here in South America and with lots of new experiences under our belts, it’s hard to imagine wanting to be anywhere else. If you haven’t been following our travels, here’s a run-down on our route, key expenses and highlights of the last month or so… You’ll find our previous […]

The Base of the Towers – The Jewel in Torres Del Paine’s Crown

Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia offers a number of world-class hikes to travellers keen to brave the elements. The most famous (and challenging) walk in the national park, the Base de las Torres (Base of the Towers) offers spectacular views amongst some of the most incredible natural scenery in the world. We took up the challenge […]

Day Two of the W Trek – Conquering the French Valley

With our first full day hike in Torres del Paine behind us we slowly rolled out of ‘bed’ (if you can call a sleeping bag, ground mat and a lumpy jumper-come-pillow a bed) and psyched ourselves up for day two out on the trails. Being our first experience of multi-day hikes, the need to pour […]