South America

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[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Brazil

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Of all the places in South America I was willing to fly to, Brazil was definitely on the top of the list.  I had always been attracted to its original vibe and very keen to learn more about its strong identity and diversity. The idea of hopping on a plane to reach a nation which size is almost 15 times bigger than my home-country sounded extremely exciting t[...]

How to get the most out of Isla Baru in Cartagena

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Turquoise waters lap lazily on the shore as the warm Caribbean sun starts to lower in the sky. Sun-kissed beach vendors push carts of fresh fruit, fried red snapper and ceviche while backpackers-turned-beach bums sell handwoven bracelets (which I am admittedly a sucker for and quickly buy) to beach goers draped languidly across white plastic chairs and towel[...]

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[...]