South America

A First Timer's Guide to Cartagena

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During the day, the colors of the sea set against the rich color palette of the surrounding buildings in Cartagena are stunning; like the imagination come to life. At night, lively music plays from every corner lending the night an energy and promise of a memorable evening ahead. Cartagena is an ongoing festival where people are whipped into a frenzy of [...]

8 Must-do's in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio is one of my favourite places in Brazil - a city which has fascinated me since my first visit in 2010. Back then I had booked for two weeks and stayed six. The next time I came back for four months to teach English and live the enviable life of a carioca, a native inhabitant of Rio. It is a city where beautiful, lush green mountains clash dramatic[...]

In Colombia without a Bed

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Looking over at my fiancé I could see his face reflecting the same mix of nerves and excitement bubbling within my chest as the reality of our situation began to dawn on us–we were in Colombia heading to an island with no idea of where we’d be spending that night. It wasn’t for lack of planning that we found ourselves in Colombia without a bed; rather we let[...]

10 things to do in Manaus, heart of the Amazon

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Long ago, the Amazon Rainforest has put me under a spell from far away; the endless luscious green fields of canopy, the impenetrable brush of the jungle, colorful orchids and tropical birds, the howls of a monkey flock in the distance. In admiration I watched the nature documentaries on TV with my dad. The wild animals of Jumanji made me cringe and dream at[...]

7 Ways to Experience Mendoza

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Argentina's wine capital offers much in the way of sensorial experiences. While enjoying its 320+ days of sun a year, stark mountain landscapes, vineyard-striped countryside and bustling downtown, try some of these suggestions for fully enjoying this wonderful land. 1) Meander Mendoza's wide, tree-lined streets make excellent strolling territory. It's pede[...]

World's Best Beaches - Punta del Este, Uruguay

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If you've been following this website you will know that we love beaches. During my travels I am almost analytical about how good a beach is. Is the sand nice and soft? Are the waves smooth? Is the water not too salty? Bonus points are given for hammocks and beach bars serving chilled pina coladas. Some of our favorite beaches we've written about is the o[...]

Great Eats in Buenos Aires: Cafe Hierbabuena

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When arriving in a city you've never been to before, you probably like to wander around, stop to marvel at cute shops, sample a delectable ice-cream and take as many photos as possible of everything you see. In a matter of a few days you try to get the best all-round picture a tourist could get of a city but even with all the walking and the most in-depth st[...]

World changing street art

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A couple years ago, I was walking along the Seine in Paris, and noticed that a bridge and the stonewalls by the riverbank were covered by huge eyes in black and white. I found it fascinating, but I unfortunately forgot about it. Big mistake, since the artist behind it is one of the most inspiring street artists of our time. Yes, I've heard about Banksy, but [...]

Brasilia - a futuristic utopia

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Did you know that Rio de Janeiro isn't the capital of Brazil? Mistaking the capital of Samba for still being the capital of Brazil is a common mistake.  Ever since I read Jaclyn's post on abandoned futuristic monuments from former Yugoslavia, I've been thinking about Brasilia, Brazil's capital since the 1960, which in itself is one of the most monumental and[...]