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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Photo Friday – Abandoned Bus, Sucre

I took this landscape photo just outside of Sucre, on the way to the Siete Cascadas. It was a gorgeous afternoon, with this perfect blue sky spread above the fields of yellow-green quinoa and corn stalks. When I spotted this abandoned, rusting bus in the distance outside a farmhouse, it seemed…

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Destination Guide – Bogotá For Every Budget

Colombia has been getting a lot of attention lately in the travel sphere, popping up on numerous must visit lists for next year and even being named as one of Afar magazine’s most provocative destinations for 2015. With it’s incredible people, ridiculously impressive scenery and stunning coastline, Colombia makes a fantastic destination…

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Photo Friday – San Telmo Musicians

The weekly antiques market in the San Telmo district in Buenos Aires is a great place to watch street performers and musicians, like this cool band who had set up right in the middle of the street. It was great to watch them play, especially the bandoneon, which is very popular…

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Video: Backpack the Galapagos

This amazing video all about the Galapagos was made by awesome travelling duo Travel Bugs, who run a really cool You Tube channel with videos about all their adventures. Check it out for some brilliant wildlife footage and exciting underwater shots which have really got us thinking about a trip to…

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Win a Backpack!

Sorry guys, this competition has now closed! The winner will be announced very shortly.  Yesterday, I published a review of my awesome new Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Backpack on my main travel blog, which you can read here. Today, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win their very own Anti-Theft…

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Photo Friday – Potosí

Today’s Photo Friday was taken in Potosí, a mining town in Southern Bolivia which, at a nominal 4,090m above sea level, is one of the highest cities in the world. It was also once one of the wealthiest cities in the world, thanks to a booming silver mine, but since the mine ran…

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Photo Friday – Little Girl in Cabanaconde

I met this highly suspicious little girl in Cabanaconde, Peru, whilst trekking to Colca Canyon. I shared some Skittles with her, in exchange for a quick photo, but I couldn’t convince her to smile or speak to me! I liked her cute, angry glare though. If you have a great photo from…

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How to Get Off the Beaten Track in Peru

When we planned our trip to Peru, hiking the Inca Trail was on our itinerary, as well as exploring the cities of Cusco and Arequipa, a foray into the Amazon Jungle, some sand boarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina, and a bit of island hopping on Lake Titicaca.  These…

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Photo Friday – Bolivia Chile Border

Today’s Photo Friday comes from the Bolivia/Chile border. As we crossed over from Bolivia to Chile, we stopped to swap buses in between the two borders, which are actually a few minute’s drive apart. We stopped right by this sign next to the train track, in a rubble-strewn desert which…

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South America Packing List: Walking Shoes

If there’s one thing I couldn’t have lived without in South America, it’s my hiking shoes. They were definitely the most useful item I packed. If I’m honest, I wasn’t really planning on doing much hiking, so I really only took the shoes for the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. But, as…

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Learning Spanish in South America: Ecuador

A little bit of Spanish goes a very long way in South America – where in most countries almost no one speaks English, even in hotels and at tourist attractions. Fortunately, classes in South America tend to be much cheaper and more immersive than in the UK, so I’ve started this series…

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