Category : South America

5 Things You Should Know If You’re Coming To Ecuador

There were many things that I both loved about Ecuador as well as many things that I wholeheartedly disliked about the country. For such a relatively small geographical space on this planet it is certainly a country of great variety in terms of both its landscapes and the local people that you will meet along the way. I thought it would […]

First Impressions of Guayaquil (Ecuador)

I visited the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador (around 3 weeks ago now) before my venture into the Amazon Jungle and up into Colombia (where I am now.) As with all of these first impression-style posts it’s impossible to really get an in-depth view of a city in just 3 days, but what you can do is […]

Why has Ecuador marked a fake Equator line 240 metres out?

Some background info; Back in 1982 a huge monument was erected in Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World City) in what was then thought to be the line of the Equator. It was to replace the smaller monument that had previously been in its place for many years. However, some years later when military GPS came along it actually […]

10 Of My Most Awesome Moments From 2013!

There are some years where you feel like you’ve done nothing with your life and others where you feel like you’ve packed so much into them, that all the incredible moments and milestones compacted within are sometimes hard to believe. For me 2013 has fortunately been a case of the latter. Here’s why; (Please note; whilst this is a […]

That time I trekked for 3 days solo in the Amazon Jungle with just a tribesman as my guide and his machete!

So you know, just the usual. Trekking for 3 days in the Amazon Jungle with no-one except my Amazonian guide (a local tribesman) who just happened to be carrying a large machete with him throughout the entirety of our trek. Ok, so obviously I’m joking about the whole ‘just the usual’ part, but I have […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Máncora (Peru)!

I fell in love with the Peruvian beach town of Máncora last week after spending 6 nights there. In fact, if I’m being honest I’ve had to resist the urge greatly to go back, but alas my travels must go on! So with that in mind I thought I’d give you 5 reasons why you should visit […]

5 Things You Should Know About Peru (Before Coming)

I recently spent just over 2 weeks in Peru before moving onto Ecuador (where I am now), and like Bolivia previously, I was met by many surprises – mostly good I’m pleased to say. With that in mind I thought I’d share with you 5 things you should know about Peru before coming here. I […]

First Impressions of Lima (Peru)

Lima grew on me. If I was to be totally honest about my first day here I remember being driven into the city on the bus and thinking this may not be my cup of tea. On my 2nd and 3rd day though I changed my mind entirely and actually wished I had an extra day to see […]

The Cheapest Way to Get to Machu Picchu

I’m not going to lie, Machu Picchu is cool but it’s also really expensive (and I’m not just talking by Peruvian standards.) Even for those with an exchange rate coming from the Euro or British Pound, you will still find this place extortionate to get to. However, there’s a reason why Machu Picchu is so expensive and that’s because this […]

Top 5 Things to do in Arequipa (Peru)

Arequipa was not somewhere I had planned to go originally on my tour of South America, nor indeed did I even know how to locate it on a map of Peru until about 2 weeks ago! Regardless, I was quite taken by the city when I arrived and wanted to highlight some cool things about it here. […]