Top Five Things To Do in Ecuador

Ecuador is home to many things including active volcanoes, cool animals, beautiful weather due to the equator location, planetariums and much more. Thanks to being the home of the center of the world, you’ll be able to experience warm weather, hot sun all topped off with a tropical breeze. Take…

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Where To Be, When: Top South American Events

Planning a trip to South America this year? Wherever and whenever you go, you’re sure to come across at least one festival or national holiday: this is a continent that loves a party, and the bigger the better! Here at Backpack South America, we’ve put together a list of fourteen of…

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Your Questions Answered – Is Colombia Safe?

Your Questions Answered: Melody got in touch to ask “Is Colombia Safe?” and we gave her a pretty long answer – with crime figures and official government advice, plus input from fellow travellers based on real-life experiences.

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Destination Guide: National Park El Cajas, Ecuador

National Park El Cajas, Ecuador

Hello there, I’m Olga! I was born and raised in post-soviet Latvia and now I live in Ecuador as an expat. In my blog The Russian Abroad I write about my travel experiences around Ecuador and the whole world. Let me tell you about this one time I went to…

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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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Win a Backpack!

Sorry guys, this competition has now closed! The winner will be announced very shortly.  Yesterday, I published a review of my awesome new Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Backpack on my main travel blog, which you can read here. Today, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win their very own Anti-Theft…

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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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South America Packing List: Walking Shoes

If there’s one thing I couldn’t have lived without in South America, it’s my hiking shoes. They were definitely the most useful item I packed. If I’m honest, I wasn’t really planning on doing much hiking, so I really only took the shoes for the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. But, as…

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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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