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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Photo Friday – Cartagena Street Art

Today’s Photo Friday is a shot of some cool graffiti I spotted in Cartagena, Colombia. I like to think it’s a comment on all the tourists who blindly shuffle through the city, camera-first, without really seeing or experiencing anything. That’s exactly what I saw so many tourists doing, especially large tour…

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YQA: How to ‘Do’ Bolivia in Two Weeks

Your Questions Answered: Diana got in touch to ask how much she could feasibly see in Bolivia in two weeks, so we put together a sample itinerary for her, with hostel recommendations and suggestions for how long to stop in each place.

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Hiking the Inca Trail: Tips, Information and Advice

Like many of you out there, hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu had been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The 4-day trek follows ancient trails laid by the Incas, as they snake their way through the Sacred Valley, passing stunning mountain vistas, pre-columbian…

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Photo Friday – Girls Gossiping, Sucre

I snapped this street portrait of two girls gossiping on a bench in Parque Bolivar, Sucre. I love the frame created by their bodies, and the fact that whatever the girl on the left had to share was so secret she hid her face to tell it! If you have…

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Learning Spanish in South America: Bolivia

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. Travelling this continent will be extremely tough if you don’t make at least some effort to learn the local language, and…

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Photo Friday – Machu Picchu

Today’s Photo Friday needs no introduction as it’s probably the most famous destination in South America; the iconic Machu Picchu! If you have a great photo from South America, send it to info@backpacksouthamerica.co.uk to see it featured in Photo Friday. 

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Learning Spanish in South America: Colombia

This is the second post in my new series on learning Spanish in South America – the first was all about learning in Argentina. If you’re travelling long term in South America, learning a little Spanish really will be invaluable: in many South American countries, even in the big cities…

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Photo Friday – Paraty Reflections

I’ve chosen this instagrammed shot of a very rainy Paraty in Brazil for Photo Friday, because it won this week’s #WeRoam instagram competition! Taking part is simple: just tag your best Instagram travel shots with #WeRoam and @WednesdayRoamers, and follow WednesdayRoamers on Instagram. The photo was taken in Paraty, in the…

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Hostel Review: Lima Backpackers

Your home away from home: Lima Backpackers (Lima, Peru)  Lima, the amazing capital of Peru can be an exhausting city. With its 12 million people, constant traffic jams and cars’ horns and its bustling activity, it can easily get overwhelming. There are plenty of hostels one may stay at in town, and most backpackers pick the area of…

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Inca Jungle Trek Guide – What to Expect

Perhaps the most iconic site in all of South America, certainly the most visited and well-known destination in Peru, Machu Picchu is on many backpackers’ Bucket Lists and is, quite simply, a must-see. The ruined Inca City, set amongst the towering green peaks of the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains,…

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