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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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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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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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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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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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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Study Spanish in South America: Learning Spanish in 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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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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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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