Emily Luxton is an award-winning travel blogger and writer with a special love for South America - her favourite continent and second home. A lover of slow, deep travel and really interacting with new cultures, she travels as often as possible on the hunt for new adventures.

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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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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Study Spanish in South America: Learning Spanish in 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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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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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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15 Fun Things to do in The Amazon in South America

Looking for the best things to do in the Amazon? While you’re in South America, a trip to the rainforest is an absolute MUST! 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.…

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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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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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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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