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You know you’ve become a hippy when…

[ 27 ] November 19, 2011

Going travelling? There’s a high possibility that you’ll turn into a fun-loving hippy. Read on to see what happens:

1) You deliberately grow a dreadlock

Sometimes it’s just easier NOT to brush your hair.

2) Suddenly, hippy pants and Alpaca clothes are cool

Been to Bolivia? You’ll know exactly what we mean. Anything with a llama on it is as good as sold.

3) Shoes are no longer necessary

It just feels so good…

4) Fire dancing becomes an art form (NOT dangerous)

The first time you see it you’re worried, the second time you’re amazed; the third time you’re doing it.

5) There’s no such thing as TOO many bracelets

If you don’t have at least 8 bits of string and a few beads tied round your wrists then you may as well stop reading.

6) You say ‘aura’ at least once a day

Travelling is all about ‘finding yourself’, right? Well auras are just taking it to the next level.

7) You become vegetarian and drink herbal tea but STILL smoke

Any of this happening to you? Enjoy it while it lasts! As soon as you’re back home (or maybe 6 months after) you’ll cut out the braid, ditch the bracelets and be back in the office. And as for meditating, you won’t even have time to sleep let alone ‘find the real you’.

So guys, ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF BEING A HIPPY. Sadly, it may not last.

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Colombia’s best-kept secrets (well, 7 of them)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2011

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in South America – but it still has a reputation for being dangerous.

Yes, you have to be careful but this rule applies everywhere. Click on the links below to see what you MUST do before you leave this incredible country.

1) Hike up to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

2) Sleep in hammocks at Tayrona National Park

3) Sail from Colombia to Panama

4) Get your PADI diving certificate in Taganga

5) Visit Pablo Escobar’s grave

6) Sip cocktails from a coconut on Playa Blanca

7) Explore the walled city of Cartagena

Looking for more things to do in South America? Get travel advice for Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail

What to pack for the Inca Trail

[ 0 ] November 3, 2011

Planning to hike the Inca Trail in Peru? Make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities by consulting our checklist.

From First Aid kits to flashlights, our essential guide will ensure you’re well equipped for Machu Picchu!

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Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail


Girls – if you need the toilet during the night you’ll want your hands free. Go for a head torch so you can keep your dignity. A wind-up torch is also useful as there won’t be many power points along the way.

*Wet wipes and hand sanitiser

There’s nowhere to have a shower after a tough day’s climb so be sure to pack wet wipes. Hand sanitiser is great, too – and a necessity if you wear contact lenses – as no water is required.

* First Aid kit

It’s always worth having a First Aid kit with you as you never know when you’ll need Asprin, Imodium or re-hydration powder. It’s also worth noting that tour guides aren’t allowed to administeri any type of drug including headache pills, antibiotics and altitude sickness pills. Make sure you pack blister plasters and bandages. We can’t stress this enough!

* Waterproof cover for backpacks and a poncho!

Make sure your backpack stays nice and dry in a waterproof case. There are usually rain showers along the way so a poncho is a good idea, too. However you can buy these from locals on the way.

* Sleeping bag and liner

You can hire sleeping bags for around $10USD. If you bing your own, make sure it’s waterproof with a thermal lining.

* Purification tablets

Clean water is limited so take purification tablets or a filter so you can drink fresh water on the trek. The last thing you need is a dodgy stomach.

* Watch or alarm clock

Tour guides usually wake you in the morning for breakfast but on the last day, when you race up up to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn, you’ll set your own alarm.

*Camera and spare memory card

Every day of the Inca Trail is awesome so you’ll be snapping away left, right and centre. Make sure you take a spare memory card – and battery – if you have it so you don’t have to be stingy!

* Plastic bags

Keep your clothes wrapped up in plastic bags – it will keep them nice and dry.

Next: What to wear for the Inca Trail>>

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Where to travel in Bolivia

[ 0 ] October 6, 2011

Bolivia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in South America. Not only is it home to the Amazon Basin and the beautiful salt flats, it’s by far the cheapest country to explore.

Read on to see which are the best places to visit in Bolivia – and don’t forget to let us know your plans on Twitter or Facebook!

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Test your nerve on Death Road, Bolivia

1) La Paz

Travelling from Peru? Most backpackers bus it straight to the capital, La Paz.  Here you can test your nerve on Death Road, book the salt flats tour and party hard 24/7.

2) Rurrenabaque

Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon! Book the Pampas Tour from La Paz and head north up to Rurrenabaque for a 3-day canoe trip. Highly recommended.

3) Sucre

Sucre is a pretty city to explore if you’re heading south. Fancy a giggle? Hop onboard the dinosaur bus for an unusual afternoon at Parque Cretacico. Afterwards sip coffee in one of the many sun-drenched cafes…

4) Potosi

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Don't miss the 3-day salt flats tour in Bolivia

Many travellers head to Potosi to visit the cooperative mines and experience the terrible working conditions that hundreds of men are forced to endure. There’s little else to see here so if you’re not keen on claustrophobic tunnels then you might want to give this one a miss.

5) Salar de Uyuni

Unmissable! You can book the salt flats tour from La Paz, Tupiza or Uyuni itself. See pictures of the salt flats here and start planning your trip today.

6) Tupiza

If you like horse riding and want to see some beautiful scenery then Tupiza certainly delivers. Check out our photo gallery here to see why we fell in love…

Looking for more things to do in South America? Check out what Peru has to offer and don’t forget to read our advice section for top tips on staying safe.

PICTURES Baños, Ecuador

PICTURES Baños, Ecuador

[ 0 ] September 18, 2011

Planning a trip to Ecuador? Don’t miss the beautiful town of Baños. Bike through the mountains, relax in the thermal springs or test your nerve white-water rafting.

Check out our photo gallery of Baños and start planning your South American adventure now!

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Looking for more places to visit in Ecuador? Hit up Montanita and party on the beach!

History of Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

History of Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

[ 1 ] September 16, 2011

Ciudad Perdida (literally translated as ‘The Lost City’ ), was founded in about 800A.D – some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.

It consists of around 169 terraces, a net of tiled roads and several small circular plazas that are carved into the mountainside. It may not be as magnificant as Machu Picchu but it has a magical atmosphere that can’t fail to excite you.

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

It was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest and only discovered in 1972 when a group of local treasure looters found a series of stone steps rising up the mountainside and followed them to an ancient city which they referred to as Green Hell or Wide Set.

It was later named Teyuna and locals believed it was the heart of a network of villages inhabited by their ancestors. Despite tribes keeping quiet about the discovery, it was finally revealed by authorities in 1975.

Now it’s a popular hiking route and you can book 4,5 or 6 day tours to Ciudad Perdida from Taganga in Colombia. Check out our photo gallery for more pictures of The Lost City and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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Visit Evita’s grave at Cementerio de la Recoleta

[ 0 ] September 14, 2011

Planning a trip to Argentina? Visit the beautiful Cementerio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires and search for Evita’s grave.

The graveyard, which was built 1822, is the final resting place for many presitigious and powerful families – and it’s well worth a visit.

Among the beautiful marble facades and towering statues lies Eva Peron’s grave, the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952.

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Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires

History of the cemetery

Following the epidemic of yellow fever in the 1870s, many upper-class neighbourhoods fled San Telmo and moved to Recoleta.

Therefore it became a graveyard for the elite – and many famous personalities, military heroes and presidents were buried here.

Entry is free and the cemetery is open Monday-Sunday. See more things to do in Argentina and don’f forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates.

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PICTURES Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru

[ 1 ] September 3, 2011

Love adventures? Get yourself down to Huacachina in Peru for a hair-raising ride you won’t forget!

Sandboarding is taking South America by storm and it’s not difficult to see why. Check out our amazing photo gallery of sandboarding in Huacachina and book your trip!

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See where to stay in Huacachina and see what else there is to do in Peru. Follow us on Twitter for more updates!

PICTURES: Tupiza, Bolivia

[ 0 ] August 5, 2011

Planning a trip to Bolivia? Tupiza is a great stop-off point for those who like galloping through the Wild West on horseback. Who doesn’t, eh?

Check out our photo gallery of Tupiza to get you in the mood…

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See what else Bolivia has to offer, from Death Road to swimming with pink dolphins, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

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