South America

A Quick Guide to the Peruvian Seaside Town of Paracas

The small seaside town of Paracas is just four hours south of Lima and is definitely worth the detour. This small fishing village, now turned tourist destination, is one of Peru’s best wildlife-watching destinations.  The Paracas Peninsula is home to the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve, both swarming with wildlife such as sea lions, penguins...

A Three-Week Itinerary for First Time Visitors to Colombia

After being deemed too dangerous to travel to for many years, Colombia is now safe to visit and in the last few years, it’s become a favourite destination for travellers to South America. Colombia has a lot to offer for all kind of travellers and is a must-go destination if you love nature, rich culture, street art, music, sunshine and beautiful beaches. There...

Colombia

Should You Visit Villa De Leyva on a Day Trip?

A visit to the charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva is like stepping back in time into Colombia’s past. With its 400-year-old Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and all-white buildings, it’s a stunning looking town, so it definitely should be on your Colombian itinerary. However, many people visit Villa de Leyva as a day trip from Bogota...

Easter Island, Breathtaking Scenery and a Broken Leg!

Easter Island or Isla de Pasqua is a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Well known for its famous Moai statues, Easter Island’s location makes it one of the most remote islands in the world. It’s a place that many people dream of visiting and I’d always wanted to go there myself. Since we were already going to be in Chile, there was no better time to...

A Fun Day of Cycling in the Elqui Valley, Chile

As soon as we jumped off the bus in Vicuña, we began to relax. Looking around, we straight away knew that we’d made the right choice to head to the Elqui Valley. We’d had a rather stressful time in Chile so far, crossing the border from Bolivia and arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, just days after the largest political unrests since Pinochet had begun.  We’d had...

Our Stressful Time in San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama was our first stop in Chile, a country I had dreamed about visiting for years. I was especially looking forward to visiting this little desert town, packed with fun tours and activities. I’d allocated six full days there, to let us make the most of it. However, little did we know that when we crossed the border from Bolivia into Chile, our time...

The Salar de Uyuni Through My Lens: A Photo Essay

We knew our tour of the Salar de Uyuni would be nothing short of spectacular but really, nothing could prepare us for just how incredible it is. So many people that we met raved about it. However, as much as we thought we were prepared for its awesomeness, the Salar de Uyuni exceeded our expectations. The Salar de Uyuni was like nothing we’d seen before. It’s the...

Why You Should Visit the Sajama National Park

When in Bolivia, a lot of people head straight to the Uyuni Salt Flats and miss a very beautiful part of the country, the Sajama National Park. That’s a real shame because the Sajama National Park certainly shouldn’t be missed. With its magnificent Andean landscapes, this park is heaven for photographers and adventurers alike. There are many reasons why you should...

A Quick Guide to La Paz Bolivia

At 3640 metres above sea level, La Paz is one of the highest cities in the world. Surrounded by beautiful mountain views, the administrative capital of Bolivia is certainly one of a kind. With Aymara ladies strolling the streets dressed in their traditional outfits, street vendors galore and its weird witch markets, La Paz is a great place for observing and exploring...