Hostel Review – Hi Patagonia

Hi Patagonia  –  Puerto Madryn, Argentina  –  By Claudia Tavani I can easily say this is the place that changed my life, for the best. I had read good things about this hostel before arriving, but nothing prepared me for such a fantastic time. I arrived after a long day of travelling,…

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Hostel Review: America del Sur

America del Sur   –  Buenos Aires and El Calafate, Argentina  –  By Claudia Tavani America del Sur hostels are, possibly, the best ones I have ever been in South America. There are two: one located in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires, and one in El Calafate, in the Patagonia…

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The Ultimate Inca Trail Packing List

Hiking the Inca Trail was something I’d wanted to do since I was a kid. Now that I’ve actually hiked and camped one of the best trails in the world, I can safely say it was one of my top five travel highlights ever. Before I left the UK, I…

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Five Things to do in The Amazon

With an area of six million square kilometres (1.4 billion acres), the Amazon rainforest spans nine countries and takes up about one third of South America. No trip to that part of the world is complete without a visit to the largest ecosystem on earth, home to more than half…

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Photo Friday – Sea Lion

I snapped this shot of a gorgeous female sea lion whilst on a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands in Paracas. Peru’s “answer to the Galapagos”, the islands are home to over 4000 sea lions, as well as huge flocks of various sea birds including pelicans. Thanks to the choppy…

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Five (Alcoholic) Drinks to Try in South America

For better or worse, one of the most popular activities among backpackers in South America is drinking. With Irish bars and traveller dives springing up across the continent, it seems impossible to avoid. But instead of paying extra for imported beer at the hostel bar, why not drink like a local and get to…

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Five of the Best Websites for Learning Spanish

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer to anyone headed to South America is to learn at least a bit of the language before you go. Don’t under estimate how helpful this can be. While other popular traveller destinations, like Asia and Europe, tend to spoil us…

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What Kind of Travel Plug do I Need for South America

If you’re heading to more than one South American country, you may need more than one travel adaptor as each country is different. There’s a full list below of the exact requirements for each country, but if you’re travelling throughout the continent I recommend the fantastic World Wide Travel Adaptor. It’s…

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Photo Friday – Window in Rio

  This week’s Photo Friday is a street portrait I snapped in Rio de Janeiro one morning. We were visiting the Selaron Staircase at about 8am, before it was full of tourists, and I glanced up to spot this elderly lady peeping out between the shutters. The faded pastel colours and…

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Nine Drinks You Have to try in South America

There are plenty of articles out there about the best foods and meals in South American countries, but what about the drinks? Of course, you have to try the fruit juices and smoothies, the coffee, the wine, the pisco… but don’t miss some of these popular soft drinks as well! Inca Kola…

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Photo Friday… Jaguar

Jaguar, Quistococha

I took this shot of a jaguar in captivity in a zoo which was, somewhat bizarrely, right in the middle of the Amazon. Quistococha is a small zoo on the outskirts of Amazonia city Iquitos, skirting a beautiful lake, which was almost completely empty when I visited. I hovered outside the jaguar cage with my camera for ages, waiting for the right moment, and finally this gorgeous cat looked up and made eye contact with me for a moment, giving me the perfect portrait.

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

How To Get from Colombia to Peru on the Amazon

Most people travelling overland from Colombia will probably take the very long-winded bus route into Ecuador, and travel into Peru from there. But for those looking for something a bit more adventurous, or who simply want to head straight into Peru, there is another option. It is possible to sail from…

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