South America


If you visit Ecuador, you will likely pass through Guayaquil. All flights to Galapagos leave from the Guayaquil airport. And if you arrive from Peru, it is a convenient stop to break up what would otherwise be an endless bus ride.

So if you have to come here anyway, why not turn this into a sightseeing stop?

With its colonial buildings, the Malecon, the hillside neighbourhoods and a mangrove island just off its coast, Ecuador’s biggest city is a great place for tourists. There are plenty of things to do in Guayaquil. If you are wondering what you shouldn’t miss, here are five of Guayaquil’s highlights:…


This year, when travelling through Colombia, I was lucky and got to see the Cocora Valley. Located close to Salento, in the south of the country, it is a valley of green pastures, cows, hummingbirds and wax palm trees. Those palm trees are the national tree of Colombia and the tallest ones in the world. Walking in between them makes you realise how beautiful nature can be and also how small we are.

The Valle de Cocora is not just worth a visit because of the palm trees. Along the way, you will get great views of lush green valleys and you have the chance to spot hummingbirds and other wildlife at the Casa de las Colibris. Plus, the Cocora Valley is easily accessible from Salento.…


Most travellers who visit Galapagos end up on Santa Cruz sooner or later, and I was no exception. I came here twice – once voluntarily and once involuntarily.

My first involuntary stay, unavoidable due to all boat connections from San Cristobal to Isabela going via Santa Cruz, lasted only a couple of hours. I used that time to eat a giant cup of ice cream – a decision which I regretted later that afternoon when I took a boat to Isabela and desperately tried not to empty my stomach into the sea.

My second encounter with Santa Cruz Island was more fortunate. I stayed for three days, so I had a chance to properly get to know the island beyond the ice cream parlour.…


When talk comes to food in South America, people mention steaks and ceviche. Argentina is praised for its excellent beef and Peru for its huge variety of dishes. You might even know a few Brazilian or Colombian dishes. But have you ever heard of Bolivian food?

As I found out while visiting this Andean nation, the food in Bolivia is delicious. From market stalls to fancy restaurants, you will never run out of possibilities to try yet another dish. I’ve put together my favourite ones below, so you know what to ask for.

Also, if you want to learn more about Bolivian food, I recommend joining a foodie tour. We went with Red Cap Tours in La Paz, which was lots of fun and also very tasty.…


Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed Bogota.

It didn’t look like it at first. When I arrive in a new city, I use a combination of my guidebook and google to find out what things to do there and it didn’t look like there was much in Bogota. But then, the city ended up surprising me. Maybe it was the young and uplifting vibe. Or it was all the amazing things we ended up doing.

Even if it might look like there are not many attractions in Bogota, you can find lots of sights worth visiting. We have gathered the best things to do in Bogota and compressed them into this list, so you can also have a fantastic time in the city.…


There is no city in South America that I have visited as often as Lima. With good flight connections to Europe and other destinations in South America, it made sense for us to come here multiple times.

But it wasn’t just a destination we visited out of necessity. We enjoyed coming to Lima and discovering everything the capital has to offer. You can explore historic neighbourhoods, discover pre-Inca ruins, admire street art and, of course, try lots of Peruvian dishes. While many tourists will only spend one day in Lima, the city has enough attractions to keep you occupied for three or four days.

Here are twelve highlights of Lima that you should not miss when visiting Peru’s capital:…


Most travellers who visit Peru will not have much time in Lima. In a country with many highlights, including Macchu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon, it doesn’t come as a surprise that people often spend as little time as possible in the capital.

Nevertheless, Lima has a lot to offer, and if you want to see Lima in one day, you’ll have to make clever choices about what to see and what to skip.

With only 24 hours, you can still see a mixture of culture and history while sampling typical Peruvian dishes. Follow our one day itinerary and find out about the best that Peru’s capital has to offer.…


If you visit Ecuador, you will sooner or later end up in Quito. International flights arrive either here in Quito or in Guayaquil, this is a great place to fly onward to Galapagos, and you can also cross the border to Colombia from here.

After a bit of research, I found out that it’s the perfect city to base ourselves for a couple of days. There are lots of things to do in Quito, both in the city as well as in the surroundings. You can easily spend a week or more here without getting bored.

Quito is the second-highest capital in the world (if you want to go higher, you have to go to La Paz) and the one closest to the equator.…


Packing for Peru is complex. With three major climate zones and more microclimates than you could ever count, the country requires you to take clothing for many different scenarios.

You need to be prepared for the cold of the Andes, the humidity of the jungle and the desert coast in Lima. At the same time, you don’t want to take multiple suitcases that you will have to drag around the country.

We believe that packing light is possible, no matter where you go. Yes, that means that you can pack light even for a country like Peru. To help you, we have put together this Peru packing list. It will help you pack everything you need without taking too much.

Therefore, keep reading to find out exactly what to pack for Peru!…


The Galapagos Islands are known for being one of the most expensive destinations in the world.

If you google them, you will find beautiful cruise ships that take you around the archipelago for thousands and thousands of dollars. You will see luxury resorts and tours promising you the best experience – if only you pay enough. The islands have the reputation of being expensive, and it is possible to spend a small fortune coming here.

Yet, it is also possible to experience the beautiful nature and wildlife without blowing your budget. While the Galapagos Islands will never be the cheapest destination in the world, I have travelled here for less than 60$ a day. This budget included a double room with a private bathroom, two excursions and lots of awesome wildlife encounters that I wouldn’t want to miss.…

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