Tag Archives : South America

Top 5 Travel Scams in Latin America

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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

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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

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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

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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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Guatapé And The Rock

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Guatapé is just a short 2 hour bus from Medellín, a small town in the countryside famous for a giant rock, beautiful lake and houses decorated with zocalos.

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Medellín – The Former Most Dangerous City In The World

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Medellín is an example of progress. It has gone from being the most dangerous city in the world in the late 80s-90s at the height of the drug cartel’s reign of terror and subsequent paramilitary takeover, to being crowned the world’s most innovative city in 2012.

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Salento And The Coffee Region

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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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Bogota And The Start Of Our Colombian Adventure

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We don’t think we really gave Bogota enough time, after a 17 hour delay on our 6 hour flight from Chile, we wanted to get away from the city and into the countryside. We were staying in La Candelaria which is the gritty historical centre, famous for its street art.

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Moai at the Easter Island quarry

The Magic and Mystery of Easter Island

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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

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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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