Is Colombia Safe?

“You’re going where?” – my mum. When a parent hears the news that their child is going to Colombia, they are typically…less than thrilled. And to be fair, if you had ingested the last four to six decades of Colombian news, you’d probably be a little hesitant to send a loved one there, too. From […]

6 of the Best Places to See Sloths in Central and South America

The cute face, the doting eyes, the hilariously long time to get from A to B. Sloths are the loveable idiots of the animal world and it seems like their purpose in this world is to make people go awwww. A lot of folks don’t know this, but sloths actually exist outside of the internet […]

How to Guide: The Galapagos on a Backpacker’s Budget

In 1835, the HMS Beagle dropped in on a chain of Islands off the coast of Ecuador. “You guys think these finches look weird?” muttered Charles Darwin, a young naturalist on board. “Yeah, a bit,” said the crew. And thus our understanding of the natural world changed forever. Anyone who has ever watched a David […]

6 Activities For an Unreal Day in Huacachina, Peru

Ample sand boarding ops and surprisingly hopping nightlife are the tip of the iceberg (sand-berg?) when it comes to what makes Huacachina oh-so special. In fact, I’d go so far as to say you’d be remiss to visit Peru without a day trip to this lively desert oasis. If sipping on a pisco sour in […]

5 Things To Do in Bolivia to Experience the Real South America

In Bolivia, progress is more an abstract concept than a reality. That isn’t an insult. It’s a compliment. Arriving in Bolivia from almost any other part of South America, whether Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, or Peru, you can feel as though you’ve Marty McFlown back 50 years or more. Everything you’ve been force fed about South […]

Festivals in Latin America: The Region’s Finest Fiestas

It’s no secret that Latin Americans love themselves a good paaartay, with the continent’s yearly calendar filled with more events than days. Their love of a good time is, indeed, the stuff of legends, yet what’s even more endearing is their fervent desire to drag even the most reluctant of spectators to come along for […]