Category archives: South America

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[...]

Sandboarding in the Desert

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I'm super passionate about all sports that involve a board, so it comes at no surprise that I regularly find myself standing on a surf-, skate- or snowboard. So when I heard about the possibility of sandboarding in Peru, I was more than excited to try it out. Without any second thoughts I found myself in the desert oasis of Huacachinas, in South-West Peru, j[...]

Girl's guide to falling in love - in Chile!

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There are lots of reasons to visit Chile. A stunning and one of the most diversified landscapes is one of them. In about 4000km of coast offering the driest desert of the earth (the Atacama desert), a region called Lake District with volcanos, deep blue lakes and silent green forests and awe-inspiring Patagonia with its rain forests, fjords and glaciers, you[...]

Machu Picchu, Peru - Visiting One of the New Seven World Wonders

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Once upon a time there were some Incas whose stronghold was a great, hidden village in the mountains of Peru. Peacefully they lived their life up in the mountains, while enemies tried to conquer the area around without ever finding the hidden village. This is not just a fairy tale; the hidden village, Machu Picchu, still exists and was declared one of the N[...]

Top 10 neighbourhood bars in Rio de Janeiro

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Dear Travelettes, Ever so often I come across something on the internet that immediately sparks my desire to escape everyday life and travel far, far away. This morning, while I was having coffee and reading the online papers, the headline "Top 10 neighbourhood bars in Rio" caught my eye. I've never been to Brazil, and I was sure that the next time my tra[...]

The dog who could surf

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Surfing, bodyboarding and skateboarding? No problem for surfer-dog Osso. Two years ago I had the pleasure to meet this dog and the person, who taught Osso everything- his proud owner Christiano. During my travels in Peru I heard of the small surfer town Máncora, which is situated close to the border of Equador- that seemed like the perfect getaway from my ex[...]

Bolivia – a visual journey

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When you think of Bolivia you might think of a third-world country with run-down places and cities, but what I experienced there was pure beauty and absolutely stunning nature: endless salt flats, colorful lakes, hot springs, dynamite explosions and the most dangerous road in the world. Bolivia really got me, that´s why  I want to provide you with a little b[...]

My Brazilian dream

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I used to dream about Brazil long before I went there, I thought about samba, carnival, the huge Jesus statue, but most of all about snakes, scary dogs and pirates. My grandfather, who was a captain, moved to Brazil long before I was born, and the few times I met him he told stories about his huge killer dogs and the snakes on his farm. After visiting the[...]

The ABC of preparing Ceviches

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Ceviches is a fish dish typically found in the coastal regions of South America. Whilst I was volunteering in Peru it became a staple part of my diet and a dish I love to prepare when I want to eat something a little more exotic. Ceviches can be prepared in many ways but this recipe is how my Peruvian host family taught me to cook it so it’s the one I stick [...]