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Best restaurants in Taganga, Colombia - Places to eat in Taganga - Fabulous Travel Guide

Best restaurants in Taganga, Colombia

[ 0 ] June 5, 2011

Planning a trip to Taganga in Colombia? Make sure you dine out at the best places in town by following our guide.

Whether it’s cerviche on the beach, freshly-baked brownies or filet mignon, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Read on to see which restaurants made the final cut…

Café Bonsai in Taganga, Colombia - Best restaurants in Taganga - Pictures of Café Bonsai - Fabulous Travel Guide

Café Bonsai in Taganga, Colombia - Best restaurants in Taganga - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Café Bonsai

Need your coffee fix? Café Bonsai is a breath of fresh air in this little town.  It may be a little pricier than its neighbours but the vast array of tea and coffee, stuffed olives and freshly-baked baguettes make it worth while. They also hold nightly barbecues.

* Pacha Mama

Fancy chilling out under the stars with a cocktail or two? Pacha Mama has a great atmosphere with live music, a great menu and cosy tables. Choose from grilled chicken skewers, fich cakes or shrimp. Make sure you get there early or it will take forever to get served!

* TOP PICK: Casa Felipe

You’ll be blown away by the food at Casa Felipe. The chef here is brilliant and goes beyond the call of duty to satisfy his customers. The filet mignon in a rich red wine sauce is to die for – and make sure you try the thai green curry, seafod pasta and delicious chocolate brownie.

* Pizza Rey

Looking for a cheap bite to eat? Pizza Rey isn’t much to look at (just basic tables and chairs with cats and dogs asleep under them) but the pizza here is cooked to perfection. A one-person pizza is just 6,000 (£2) and you can choose your toppings.

Fancy a snack on the beach? Look out for the guy selling cups of shrimp mixed with salsa, mayonaise, lime, salt and onions (from 5,000).

Looking for more things to in Taganga? Get your PADI dive certificate on the cheap or visit Tayrona National Park!

Monkeying around in the Amazon - Pictures of monkeys in the Amazon, Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Monkeying around in the Amazon

[ 1 ] June 3, 2011

Planning a trip to the Amazon basin in Bolivia? Get ready for yellow squirrel monkeys – cheeky little chappies that swing through the jungle looking for fruit and insects.

Monkeying around in the Amazon - Pictures of monkeys in the Amazon, Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Monkeying around in the Amazon - Pictures of yellow-faced squirrelmonkeys in the Amazon, Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Despite the fact they’re super small (some measuring just 25cm!) and ridiculously cute, try and resist the urge to feed or pet them. Insect repellent containing chemicals such as Deet is thought to be harmful.

Yellow squirrel monkeys look for food in the Amazaon, Bolivia - Pictures of Yellow Squirrel monkeys - Fabulous Travel Guide

Yellow squirrel monkeys look for food in the Amazaon, Bolivia - Pictures of Yellow Squirrel monkeys - Fabulous Travel Guide

See more inspirational travel pics and start planning your trip to South America. Love animals? Why not volunteer at Inti Warra Yassi?

SEE PICTURES: Death Road, Bolivia

SEE PICTURES: Death Road, Bolivia

[ 2 ] May 30, 2011

Planning to do Death Road in Bolivia? 36 people have died on this route in the last 15 years – the last just 6 months ago –  so you need to be extremely careful.

Despite the risks, you’ll probably end up booking a bike tour and having the time of your life! Check out our experience of Death Road…

PICTURES Death Road in Bolivia

Thinking about taking on Death Road in Bolivia? See pictures of the world's most dangerous road!

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Death Road complete!" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_img_1675.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Almost at the end!" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180099.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Celebrating as we finish Death Road... alive!" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180100.jpg"]

Looking for more things to do in South America? Check out pictures of the Salt Flats in Uyuni and follow us Twitter for more updates!

Death Road, Bolivia - How to survive Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to survive Death Road

[ 4 ] May 28, 2011

Death Road in Bolivia is considered to be the most dangerous road in the world – and it’s not for the faint hearted. 36 people have died here in the last 15 years – the last just 6 months ago.

Despite the risks, hundreds of backpackers sign up for bike tours every week, eager to experience the hairpin bends, rocky paths and steep cliff edges. Most people love it – some hate it. Either way make sure you understand the dangers before making a decision.

Death Road, Bolivia - How to survive Death Road - Pictures of Death Road in Bolivia -Fabulous Travel Guide
Death Road, Bolivia – How to survive Death Road – Fabulous Travel Guide
Booking your tour

Nearly every hostel in La Paz offers tours but it’s essential that you do your research. Choose an agency that offers double suspension bikes and good equipment (including full helmets, shin pads, knee pads, wind-proof clothes and gloves).

There should be a guide leading the group and a van following at all times, carrying spare tyres, oxygen tanks, a stretcher and all of your backpacks.

Death Road van - Staying safe on Death Road - Pictures of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide
Death Road van – Staying safe on Death Road – Fabulous Travel Guide

Reliable agencies include Gravity and Altitude (book through Wild Rover hostel). We went with the latter and had a great time with the instructors. Not only were they great fun (and provided beers, t-shirts and a free DVD at the end!), they took their jobs seriously and gave us plenty of advice.

Day tours cost from 500 Bolivianos (£45) and include hostel pickup, snacks, water, coke, and buffet lunch. If you book with Altitude they take you to a hostel with a swimming pool where you can cool off and celebrate!

Love adrenaline-pumping adventures? See what else there is do in South America – from zip lining to sandboarding.

PICTURES Death Road in Bolivia

Thinking about taking on Death Road in Bolivia? See pictures of the world's most dangerous road!

[img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Getting ready for Death Road..." src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_img_1625.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Travellers celebrate as they survive Death Road" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_img_1672.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="What to wear for Death Road, Bolivia" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180004.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Pictures of Death Road, Bolivia" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180039.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_death-road-pics.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Waiting for the mist to clear on Death Road, Bolivia" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180059.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_speeding-down-death-road.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_view-from-death-road.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_death-road-la-paz.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_group-photo-on-death-road.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_death-road-snaps.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Traveller Adrian Watson stretching it out on Death Road" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180089.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_snow-capped-mountain-on-death-road.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_death-road-pics2.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_death-road.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_death-road3.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Taking a quick break half way down Death Road" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180075.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt=" Death Road in pictures - Photos of Death Road, Bolivia" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_img_1629.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180041.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Having fun on Death Road..." src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180090.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Phew! Death Road complete!" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_img_1675.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Almost at the end!" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180099.jpg"][img title="PICTURES Death Road, Bolivia - Photos of Death Road - Fabulous Travel Guide" alt="Celebrating as we finish Death Road... alive!" src="http://fabuloustravelguide.com/wp-content/flagallery/death-road-in-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_p5180100.jpg"]
Having fun in the Salt Flats - Pictures of the Salt Flats in Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Having fun in the Salt Flats

[ 5 ] May 26, 2011

Planning a trip to Bolivia? Visit the world’s largest Salt Flats and explore the 12,106 sq km playground that attracts backpackers from all over the world.

Having fun in the Salt Flats - Pictures of the Salt Flats in Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Having fun in the Salt Flats - Pictures of the Salt Flats in Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

See more inspirational photos and start booking those cheap flights to South America now!

Sand dunes in Huacachina, Ica, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Huacachina – travel advice and hostels

[ 1 ] May 8, 2011

Travelling in Peru? Don’t miss Huacachina, a tiny Peruvian village famous for its world-class sandboarding.

Built around a beautiful palm-fringed lagoon, and only 5km from Ica, it’s the perfect stop-off point for backpackers on their way to Lima or Arequipa.

Sand dunes in Huacachina, Ica, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sand dunes in Huacachina, Ica, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to get there

Buses from/to Lima (5 hours), Arequipa (12 hours) and Nazca (2 hours) all go through Ica. From here take a taxi to Huacachina for around 5 soles (£1)

Good bus companies are Cruz Del Sur and Soyuz. Check out the map below to see where Ica is.

Where to stay

Desert Nights is cheap and cheerful hostel with great views of the lagoon. The restaurant offers decent meals and delicious icecream milkshakes.
Casa de Arena, Huacachina, Peru - Hostels in Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide
Casa de Arena, Huacachina, Peru – Hostels in Huacachina – Fabulous Travel Guide
Casa de Arena (pictured above) is getting a makeover so it’s a little rough around the edges (think disused nightclubs, cold showers and no internet) but it does have a pool, nightly barbecues and friendly staff.<p>
Its sister hostel Casa de Arena II is just down the road and has a decent restaurant and bar for those looking for a more lively atmosphere.
See pictures of sandboarding and get more advice for travelling around Peru! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates.
Huacachina sand dunes, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina, Ica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru

[ 9 ] April 23, 2011

Travelling through Peru? Sandboarding in Huacachina is a dream come true for adrenaline junkies with a need for speed.

Over the course of 3 hours you’ll race through the desert in sand buggies, bomb headfirst down some of the steepest slopes in the region and watch a spectacular sunset sink beneath the horizon.

Sandboardin in Peru - Sherryll Catindig gets ready for her first slope in Huacachina, Peru - Pictures of sandboarding

Sherryll Catindig gets ready for her first slope in Huacachina, Peru

Tours cost from 40 soles (£10) and include transportation – which is just as fun as the sandboarding itself – equipment, hostel pick-up and guides. The instructors at Desert Adventures are great, going beyond the call of duty to show you a good time.

Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru - Sandbuggies in Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru - Sandbuggies in Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Fancy skipping the buggy rides? Hire your own board and hike up to the top on foot. See more pictures of sandboarding and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more travel updates.

Huacachina sand dunes, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina, Ica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Huacachina sand dunes, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina, Ica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Montanita Cabanas, Ecuador - Where to stay in Montanita, Ecuador - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to stay in Montañita, Ecuador

[ 0 ] April 19, 2011

Looking for hostels in Montañita, Ecuador? This little party town is packed full of good places to stay, from  luxury cabanas to budget dorms on the beach.

Most travellers choose to stay in town but if you want some peace and quiet – or any sleep at all – you’re best off staying further afield.

Montanita Cabanas, Ecuador - Where to stay in Montanita, Ecuador - Fabulous Travel Guide

Montanita Cabanas, Ecuador - Where to stay in Montanita, Ecuador - Fabulous Travel Guide

  • TOP PICK! Montañita Cabanas

Set in beautiful grounds, Montañita Cabanas, a 5 minute walk from town, are by far the best value for money. For just $10 per person you can get you a thatched cabana (pictured above) with swimming pool, jacuzzi and communal kitchen.

  • Tikilimbo Backpackers

We love this hostel for its spacious dorms,  airy balconies, pool tables and hammocks overlooking the strip. Breakfast is pretty good, too. Dorms cost from $10.

Mochica-Sumpa hostal in Montanita, Ecuador - Hostels in Montanita, Ecuadors - Fabulous Travel Guide

Mochica-Sumpa hostal in Montanita, Ecuador - Hostels in Montanita, Ecuadors - Fabulous Travel Guide

  • Mochica-Sumpa hostel

This bamboo-style hostel (pictured above) is right on the beach and has double hammocks hanging out front. The dorms themselves are basic and bathrooms fairly cramped for the price ($15).

  • El Centro del Mundo

Some love it, some hate it. If you don’t mind dark dorms and creeky floors, this hostel is ideal for those on a tight budget. Good views of the ocean, stumbling distance from Cocktail Alley and just $4.

Love partying? Taganga in Colombia is another great party town – and it’s a great base for exploring Tayrona National Park.

Aquantis Dive School in Taganga - Scuba diving in Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Learn to scuba dive in Taganga, Colombia

[ 5 ] April 17, 2011

Want to learn to scuba dive? Taganga, a tiny fishing village on the north coast of Colombia, is home to some of the cheapest dive schools in South America and travellers flock here in their droves.

It costs from just 580,000 cops (£198) to do your PADI and if you’ve already got your certificate you can enjoy fun dives from as little as 120,000 cops (£40). This includes equipment, guides, transportation and snacks on the boat.

Aquantis Dive School in Taganga - Scuba diving in Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Aquantis Dive School in Taganga - Scuba diving in Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

We loved Aquantis Dive School (pictured above) for its friendly staff and professional attitude. It may cost a little more than other companies in Taganga but it prides itself on small groups and good instructors.

TOP TIP If you haven’t dived in a while you’ll need to take a refresher course. This usually involves watching a video, reading up on relevant material and having an instructor present when you dive.

Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Sleep in hammocks at Tayrona National Park or go snorkelling in Playa Blanca.

Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Go snorkelling in Playa Blanca, Cartagena

[ 2 ] April 11, 2011

Planning a trip to Cartagena in Colombia? Dedicate a couple of days to Playa Blanca – a beautiful stretch of sand on Isla de Baru.

The crystal clear water and coral reef is great for snorkelling so make sure you take your own equipment. Most travellers end up staying overnight in hammocks for just 7,000 cops (£2.35) and spending lazy evenings in one of the few candlelit restaurants.

Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

Locals will try and sell you everything, from full body massages to handwoven hammocks. You will be constantly pestered – and prodded! – so be firm and politely decline.

When you’re not splashing around, try the fresh cerviche for 8,000 cops (£2.70) or treat yourself to a pinacolada  (10,000 cops). It may be a little overpriced but you can’t get much more Caribbean than drinking out of a coconut shell…

Locals selling cerviche on Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Locals selling cerviche on Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to get there

Get down to the port for around 8am. Tickets to Playa Blanca cost from 30,000 cops (£10) and include transport both ways.  You’ll also need to pay 12,000 cops in tax.

Make sure you arrange a time and place of pickup and if you’re travelling in a group try and get a discount. Boats usually leave at 9am so hang around until you hear your name called out so you get on the correct boat!

Looking for more places to visit in Colombia? If you like beaches you’ll love Tayrona National Park and Taganga.

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