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Seth’s Sausages of South America


Since it’s been exactly a year that we were stood on the roadside at a Colombian-style trucker stop, boasting an elderly man adorned in a hat with a sausage attached by a spring, I thought it was about time we shared a few of the sausages that we indulged in on the trip. The first sausage we enjoyed was at…

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Moai at the Easter Island quarry

How to travel to Easter Island on a budget


The mysterious Easter Island lies 3,600 km off the coast of Chile. Covered in hundreds of Moai statues, it still holds the secrets of a lost civilisation. Many people dream of travelling there, but being so remote the cost of visiting is high. Luckily we managed to include it on our trip backpacking through South America and with a few simple tricks…

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Top 5 Travel Scams in Latin America


We wrote before about our top 10 travel scams in South-East Asia and although many of them weren’t particularly dangerous, they were all quite annoying and had the potential to lose you some money. Some of these occur worldwide and also applied to our trip in Latin America, but there were also other scams we’d heard of or experienced and…

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Colombia to Panama With Sailing Koala


Travelling North from Colombia the next place to visit is Panama, but the two countries are separated by what is known as the Darien Gap. This is an area of dense jungle controlled by guerillas and drug cartels, the only way around it to avoid a potential kidnapping is to fly or go by boat.

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Colourful Cartagena and Adios Colombia


Cartagena is beautiful port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, with stunning colourful colonial buildings and cobblestone streets within the walls of the Old Town, dating back to the 16th century. It’s super touristy and a big cruise ship destination but it is indeed very pretty.

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From the Mountains of Minca to the Caribbean Coast


Minca is a small town up in the mountains of North Colombia and just forty five minutes from Santa Marta city. There are lots of hikes and waterfalls in the area but we headed to La Candelaria, a coffee and chocolate farm. It’s a bit of a mission to get to, a 4WD (or moto-taxi if you’re brave!) for about…

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Salento And The Coffee Region


Salento is the dream. A cute colourful town, cobblestone streets, with a pretty plaza and bars filled with cowboys, situated right in the middle of Colombia’s coffee region. We fell in love as soon as we got there and by the end of our stay it was one of our favourite places in South America.

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Moai at the Easter Island quarry

The Magic and Mystery of Easter Island


Easter Island remains a mystery. Officially part of Chile and over 2000 km from its nearest neighbour, this remote island still holds the secrets of a lost civilisation, covered in hundreds of Moai statues and the ruins of a village perched on a volcano crater that was home to a strange ancient ritual.

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San Pedro De Atacama


San Pedro De Atacama is a dusty little town in Chile’s Atacama desert. After 3 freezing days at super high altitude, the lower elevation and warmer weather were a welcome relief.

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Salt Flats, Volcanoes, Geysers and Flamingos


Uyuni is a strange Bolivian town, a desert-like landscape in the middle of nowhere and at 3656m. The main reason people come here is to visit the Salar De Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat. And it’s cold, it’s very very cold. We booked up on a 3 day 2 night tour that would take us through the salt…

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Sucre And Walking With Dinosaurs


Sucre is a beautiful city, filled with white-washed colonial buildings and pretty tree-lined parks. It has a lower altitude than other nearby cities and lovely weather, we felt like we were in Spain rather than Bolivia.

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Caiman, Monkeys And Anaconda In The Amazon


We’ve always wanted to go to the Amazon and Bolivia is one of the cheapest places to do this kind of tour in South America. We skipped the jungle (we’ve done this many times and only ever seen insects and a few monkeys) and booked a three day two night tour of the Pampas wetlands on the River Yacuma.

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