South America

7 Reasons to travel Chilean Patagonia by Bike

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“Vos sos Holandesa?” asked the 89-year-old Chilean caballero over and over again during our stay. My partner and I just passed his house when we realized that we weren’t going to make it to our planned destination, Hornopirén. We felt like we had walked to Mecca and back (in reality we had cycled 40 kilometres, in the mountains, on an unpaved road), [...]

25 Photos that will make you want to fly to Bolivia

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A few years ago, I undertook my first solo backpacking trip in South America. This adventure still represents the beginning of my love for solo travel and also one of the most exciting experiences of  my life. Over the course of a few months, I fell in love all over again with Brazil, enjoyed coffees and walks in Argentina, was amazed by Chile and got to hik[...]

20 Paulo Coelho Quotes to Set your Wandering Soul on Fire

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Brazil has given us many gifts - caipirinhas on the beach, the insane yearly carnival, the samba, and Paulo Coelho, author of the best-selling novel the Alchemist. Coelho was born in the Brazilian sunshine of Rio de Janiero and brings all the sultry zest of Brazil to the ideas he spills onto his pages. I will never forget the first time a fellow traveler han[...]

The Best of Paraty: Pirates, Rainforest & a Bottle of Rum

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The bus is an hour late. That in is nothing unusual in Brazil. Neither is the fact that the bus driver later on tries to make up for it by speeding through the rain which has washed away any view over the road or the other cars. I was told that the trip from Arraial do Cabo to Paraty would take about four hours, the perfect amount of time to spend traveli[...]

How to Get the Most out of the Galapagos Islands

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Ever since I was a little girl, watching nature programmes on the telly with my dad, holding my little Greek land tortoise in my lap and pointing at the giant tortoises on the screen, I dreamt of going there myself - the Galapagos Islands. They have always been a mysterious place: so far away, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; inhabited by bizarre anim[...]

9 Books to Read Before Going to Ecuador & Galapagos

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For me, there is little in life I like better than travel, but books come damn close. If you combine the two the world becomes your oyster. How wonderful is it to escape to faraway countries, meet foreign people, and walk paths you have never walked before? Whether in reality or through a story? I don't think I am the only one because otherwise books like[...]

Hotels We Love: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

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It doesn't matter how stressed I am from travelling, from missed busses, delayed flights, lost luggage or inevitable language barriers, I know exactly where to go to calm down and relax for a few days: the forest. It could be any forest really, as long as there is plenty of green and I can hear the birds sing; but the rain forest in particular has an instant[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Quito

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When in doubt about where to begin when travelling South America, always go for the underdog. Quito might not be as famous for nightlife and music as Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires; it is not as well-known a UNESCO Heritage Site as Cusco in the Peruvian Andes or as infamous among beach-lovers like Cartagena. It is an underdog, yes, but it was also selected a[...]

10 Essential Experiences in Ecuador

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With a total of twelve countries spread across the continent, spanning from the tropical Caribbean Sea to the rough ocean at the southernmost 'end of the world', loads of mountains, forests and deserts in-between, South America is an incredibly diverse place to visit, and choosing where to begin is hard. One of the continent's smallest and way too often over[...]