Review – Biking Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s beautiful capital city, is a fabulously metropolitan with such varied districts and so much history that you could explore it for days and still not see everything. With loads of incredible architecture, awesome street art, markets and plenty of green space, one of the best ways to…

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Photo Friday – La Boca

This week’s Photo Friday comes from the very cool district La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We visited with the Biking Buenos Aires bike tour, which I’ll review another day, and I loved it. Many of the buildings in the old port district were put together by newly arrived immigrants…

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Learning Spanish in South America: Argentina

When it comes to long term travel in South America, I honestly can’t stress enough how much easier your life will be if you learn a little Spanish. Many popular travel destinations, like Europe and Asia, tend to spoil us by having very good English as a second language, but in…

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Five More Awesome Things to do in The Amazon

If the first two posts in this series already had you hungering for a trip to The Amazon, read on for even more reasons to visit the world’s largest ecosystem. The Amazon rainforest is six million square kilometres in size, takes up about a third of South America, and is home to…

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Photo Friday – Llama

Llama, Bolivia

Photo Friday this week is a South American classic, a lovely portrait of a llama I took in Bolivia whilst I was taking the four day tour from Tupiza to Uyuni. Anyone whose been to South America, especially Peru or Bolivia, is bound to have at least one (and probably nearer hundreds) of photos of the various camelids that can be spotted absolutely everywhere –  they’re just so iconic and they make really easy portraits given that they like nothing more than to stand completely still!

Challenge time – who can spot the difference between a llama and an alpaca?

If you have a great photo from South America, send it to info@backpacksouthamerica.co.uk to see it featured in Photo Friday. 

Photo Friday – Hike to Aguas Calientes

The hike along the railway tracks from the Hydro Electrico to Aguas Calientes is an iconic part of the journey to Machu Picchu. Whether you’re making your own way there by train and bus to the plant and finishing the journey on foot, or whether you’re completing the third day…

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Best Apps for Learning Spanish

For long term travel in South America, I can stress enough how helpful it will be to know at least a little bit of the language before you go. On the whole, the locals speak little or no English – even in big cities and popular tourist destinations – and…

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Inca Jungle Trek Packing List

For those of us that maybe aren’t quite fit enough to take on the most popular of the treks to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, or who simply didn’t book it early enough (the trek is now so popular that you need to book at least five months in advance),…

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Five More Things to do in The Amazon

Following on from last week’s post all about The Amazon, here are five more incredible things you can do in the world’s largest ecosystem. The six million square kilometre rainforest, which takes up over a third of South America, is worth a visit in it’s own right as a place to see an…

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Photo Friday – Salento

This week, my Photo Friday comes from the incredible Valle de Cocora in Salento, my favourite stop in Colombia. The scenery was a bizarre contrast between English countryside and a Caribbean coastline, with fields of cows, rolling green hills and valleys, and these towering, spindly palm trees lost in the…

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Hostel Review: Mama Waldy

Mama Waldy, Getsemani, Cartagena (Colombia) First the good news: the hostel is conveniently located in the heart of Getsemani, a cool area of Cartagena that is undergoing constant restoration, where you can meet many locals and other fellow travellers. This is about the only positive thing I can think of…

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