Colombia Itinerary: the Caribbean Coast

With mountains, deserts, jungles, and beaches, Colombia takes the cake for landscape diversity. The craziest thing is that you can find all of these geographical features right along the Caribbean coast, along with an impeccable amount of heart, soul, and delicious street food that will mysteriously nab most of your spare pesos. The landscape itself […]

29 of the Best Things To Do in Colombia

Swaying in a colorful hammock to nature’s tune of a gentle Caribbean breeze is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Colombian treasures. Amazonian greenery, misty mountains, and arid deserts give this country (nearly) all of South America’s land diversity right within its borders. Before my fist visit, fellow travelers emphatically shared […]

High in the Sky on Salta’s Train to the Clouds

The province of Salta boasts some of Argentina’s most dramatic scenery, and the Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes) is a delightful way to take in all of it. It’s the third-highest, high-altitude train in the world and an adventure through the depths of the Lerma valley on a railroad with a century […]

Can Tourists Still Party in San Pedro: Bolivia’s Most Famous Prison?

Go to prison of your own free will. Have a massive party. Leave the next morning. Or stay. No one really cares. A couple of years back, I spent 12 months wandering around South America, and from the day I landed, I quickly learned about the South American backpacker’s bible, and that it was basically […]

Is Colombia Safe for Travel in 2020?

“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 that visiting this lively desert oasis is one of the best things to do in Peru. If sipping on a pisco sour […]

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 […]