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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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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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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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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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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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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Review – Chalten Travel, Argentina

Chalten Travel (Argentina) Can you really say that you have been to Argentina if you don’t go to Patagonia? The obvious answer here is “no”. While some readers will be independent travellers on a budget that have months to explore a place and search for the best deals, some others…

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Review – Salta Rafting, Argentina

Salta Rafting (Argentina) Salta is located in the North West of Argentina, in the spectacular Andean region. The setting is gorgeous and it is a great place to visit for adventure lovers seeking that extra kick. Salta Rafting (www.saltarafting.com) managed to make me live what I still considered one of…

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Review – Colombia Rafting Expediciones, San Gil

If you are into rafting, you should rely on Colombia Rafting Expediciones (colombiarafting.com). Many companies in San Gil organise rafting excursions but this is the most reliable one. Unexperienced rafters may prefer opting for the easier Rio Fonce – with rafts of grades 1 to 3. If you are in the…

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