Video: Star Jumping South America

This amazing video was made by Wade and Sarah, the lovely travelling couple behind wadeandsarah.com. Check it out for some serious South America travel inspiration, and comment here to let us know what you think! People often ask us… “Why would you quit your jobs and pack up your life,…

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Top Five Things To Do in Ecuador

Ecuador is home to many things including active volcanoes, cool animals, beautiful weather due to the equator location, planetariums and much more. Thanks to being the home of the center of the world, you’ll be able to experience warm weather, hot sun all topped off with a tropical breeze. Take…

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Where To Be, When: Top South American Events

Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia

Planning a trip to South America this year? Wherever and whenever you go, you’re sure to come across at least one festival or national holiday: this is a continent that loves a party, and the bigger the better! Here at Backpack South America, we’ve put together a list of fourteen of…

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YQA – Is Colombia Safe?

Your Questions Answered: Melody got in touch to ask “Is Colombia Safe?” and we gave her a pretty long answer – with crime figures and official government advice, plus input from fellow travellers based on real-life experiences.

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Destination Guide: National Park El Cajas, Ecuador

National Park El Cajas, Ecuador

Hello there, I’m Olga! I was born and raised in post-soviet Latvia and now I live in Ecuador as an expat. In my blog The Russian Abroad I write about my travel experiences around Ecuador and the whole world. Let me tell you about this one time I went to…

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Off the beaten path: Uruguay Gaucho Stay

Uruguay is little often visited by backpackers on their trips around South America and that’s a shame. Perhaps it’s because Uruguay is a little bit overlooked sitting in between the gigantic countries of Argentina and Brazil, or perhaps people fear there’s a hungry Suarez on the loose. Although its South…

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Photo Friday – Cholitas, La Paz

This week’s Photo Friday was taken in La Paz, Bolivia, on 1st May – which was labour day. The whole plaza was overrun with people, flags, banners, and food stalls – and around the edge of the plaza huge groups of workers had gathered to demonstrate. There were also huge groups…

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And the winner is!

Two weeks ago, Backpack South America launched it’s first ever give away competition in conjunction with Travelon Bags. The competition closed on Friday, and over the weekend a winner was randomly selected… Huge congratulations go to Phoebe Chen, @phochen, the blogger behind www.threeteaspoonsaday.com, who will be receiving a fabulous new anti-theft…

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YQA: Hostel Recommendations for Bogota, Colombia

Your Questions Answered is a new feature on Backpack South America which aims to answer specific questions from fellow travellers, with as much detail as possible. Read more about this feature here and get in touch if you have your own question – we have a team of South America…

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