South America

South America is known for its beautiful landscapes, ranging from its long beaches to the extensive tropical rainforests and beyond.

Guide to the Best Hotels in Coca, Ecuador

Most people might not know this, but Ecuador is home to a small section of the Amazon Rainforest. The best way to explore this natural beauty is in Yasuni National Park in the northeast of the country. Coca is a small city known as being the gateway to the rainforest ...
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Visiting Pashpanchu in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest

The Pashpanchu wilderness experience is a new project of the Kichwa Pompeya community in the heart of the Yusani National Park in Ecuador. Head into the depths of Amazon rainforest for a firsthand experience with the beautiful nature and wildlife. Exploring the rainforest, it is hard to expect what type of ...
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5 Things to do in Yasuni National Park

Yasuni National Park is one of the most biologically diverse spots on Earth. This massive rainforest is located in northern Ecuador as part of the Amazon River Basin. We spent a whole week exploring one of the greenest places on earth! While Yasuni is less than 1% of the Amazon Basin, ...
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Witness the Pink Amazon River Dolphin at Yaku Warmi

The community of Martinica was legally formed in 1997 with a 150 members. The community joined together to start protecting and conserving their land by registering it for personal use and an area specificity for tourism. The Yaku Warmi cabañas are built at the heart of the conservation land for tourists ...
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Glamping in the Yasuni Rainforest National Park

We stayed at the Mandaripanga Yasuni Jungle Expedition in the heart of the Yasuni National Park. They offer a beautiful glamping spot in the middle of the jungle. This new project is located in the river bank of the Tiputini River, a tributary of the Amazon River. There are not other operators or tours ...
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El Coca, Ecuador: The gateway to the Ecuadorian Rainforest

The small city of Coca, officially known as Puerto Francisco de Orellana, is located at the confluence of the Napo, Coca and Payamino rivers in northeastern Ecuador. Just a 5 hour drive or short plane ride from Quito, Coca has become the gateway city to Yasuni National Park. As the last real city ...
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Exploring Santa Fe de Antioquía, Colombia

Santa Fe de Antioquia, was the first capital of Antioquia, Colombia. Santa Fe is known for its colonial buildings and cobbled lanes. It is located an hours drive from Medellin, perfect for a day trip. You can either take a tour or just head to the North Terminal in Medellin (Terminal ...
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Exploring the colorful town of Jardín, Colombia

Jardín is one of the most beautiful and colorful towns in Colombia. Walking the streets will definitely blow your mind. It is only 3 hours south from Medellin making it perfect for either a day trip or a weekend getaway.  As it is located in the Andes, Jardín is famous ...
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Ultimate guide to Tayrona National Park, Colombia

So, you want to visit the beautiful Tayrona National Park in Northern Colombia. The closest city to the park is Santa Marta. If you are not in Santa Marta you can get a shuttle from Barranquilla or Cartagena. The two main ways to get to Tayrona are by land or sea! We ...
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Day trip to the colorful city of Guatapé, Colombia

We took a tour to Guatapé, Colombia for Jazmin’s birthday. You might not recognize the city name, but the photos are some of the most beautiful in the world. Jaz was traveling with her mom so opted for a complete tour rather than utilizing public transportation. You can also get to the ...
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Day trip to the Sacred Valley and its Incas Sites

Cusco, Peru was once the capital of the great Inca Empire. The Inca had great architectural and building knowledge, meaning that many of their sites still scatter the region today. Sacred Valley, or Urubamba Valley, is located just 20km north of Cusco. Its many Inca ruins make for a beautiful day ...
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Santa Elena

Exploring the Coastal Province of Santa Elena, Ecuador

As an Ecuadorian, Jazmin grew up going to the beaches of Santa Elena, Ecuador. Santa Elena is a coastal province just north of Guayaquil, Jaz’s hometown. Its main attractions are of its beaches, of course! It has so many different beaches to enjoy including Punta Carnero, Playa Rosada, Olón and the famous Montañita. We ...
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Top 5 Most Romantic Destinations in South America

South America is known for its love and its show of passion. This is evident in every aspect of life ranging from food, to greetings, to dancing and more. Go explore this culturally and naturally rich place and find your own travel passions. 1.  Buenos Aires What is more romantic ...
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Cartagena, Colombia 12km Walking Guide

The port city of Cartagena, Colombia was once the center of colonial Spanish rule. The historic walled city is still full of quaint squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. Get your walking shoes on and your smiles ready for some amazing photo opportunities. Bring along  your bathing suit to ...
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Witness the Guayacanes Blossoms in Colimes, Ecuador

Colimes is a small town located 90km, or an hour and a half drive north of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Once a year the Guayacanes blossom, creating a beautiful sea of yellow flowers. The blossom takes place between the months of December and January, depending on the rainfall and lasts for only one week. In ...
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Top Day Trips from Quito, Ecuador

There is so many things to do and see in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. However, there are some times you just want to get out of the busy city for the day. Luckily, surrounding Quito are many attractions, perfect for a day adventure. Hop in your car and enjoy the ...
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Exploring the rainforest of Puyo, Ecuador

We drove to Puyo, Ecuador, the start of the Amazon Rainforest, seven hours from Guayaquil. Our visit to Puyo was just for the weekend, staying two nights and one day. We took a one day tour called Selva Hola Vida with Patricio of Native Jungle Tours. He was honest with us ...
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Walking exploration of Cusco, Peru in just 8km

The city of Cusco, nestled high in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire, and is known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. If you plan on visiting any sites in the area, like Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail or Rainbow Mountain, you will need ...
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Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru

We took a two days-one night tour to visit Machu Picchu. The tour included the bus from Cusco to Hidroeléctrica, lunch, dinner, a nice hostel room with a private bathroom, the guide at Machu Picchu, the tickets to the National Park and the ride back from Hidroeléctrica to Cusco. The first ...
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Hiking Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca is a colorful sedimentary mountain with a peak of just over 5,000m (16,466 ft). Because of this, we recommend to at least aclimate for three days in Cusco, Peru before going on a day trip to Rainbow Mountain. We were picked up at our hotel in Cusco at 3:30 ...
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Boutique experience in Cusco: El Balcón Hotel

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu can get overwhelming. You can hike, take a train or even trek for several days, making it easier to forget that you need to stay several days in Cusco to acclimate. In preparation for several days of hiking or after the hike it is ...
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10 Best Places to Scuba Dive in Ecuador

Jazmin’s passion is to scuba dive everywhere we travel. We started scuba diving in 2015, when we moved to Ecuador. We took our Padi certification with Tortuga Divers. We have dive in many places in Ecuador including the Galapagos, Cayman Islands, Thailand and Greece. Some of the places mentioned in this list, ...
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Top 13 Places in Ecuador You Can Not Miss

Ecuador is a gorgeous country with a lot to offer its visitors. Everywhere you visit you will find a diversity of customs, biodiversity, language and food. Ecuador is divided in four regions, with a population of almost 16 million people. Jazmin is a native and took us to travel around Ecuador ...
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Dolphin Watching in Playas, Ecuador

When traveling in Ecuador, the most surprising thing is the diversity the small country. Just head to the southern coast and you will even get the chance to see dolphins! The El Morro Port is located near Playas (officially known as General Villamil Playas) or a one hour and a half ...
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Ultimate Bucket list destinations in the Americas

There are so many places you can travel. Each places have their own magic and uniqueness. Therefore, we realized that making one travel bucket list was not enough, so we chose to do one per continent. We have compiled the top destinations to visit in America. We hope to visit all ...
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13km Walking Guide of Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is the fourth largest city in all of South America. The massive city has an endless supply of culture for visitors to spend their time. However, there are several places within Bogota that every tourist must visit, no matter their interests. We have compiled the ...
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Road Trip of the Spondylus Route in Ecuador

The Spondylus route covers all the provinces in Ecuador that are considered part of the coast region, from  Loja, a highland province in the south of Ecuador, to Peru in the north. The amazing thing about this route is that it follows the coast line, so while you drive you can enjoy ...
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18km walking guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina is one of the largest cities in Latin America. Jazmin had the opportunity to visit this beautiful city in 2014 with her mother to visit her cousin. With her insider experience, we have created the best Buenos Aires travel guide possible. We arrived to the airport at ...
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12 km Walking Guide of Santiago de Chile

We arrived in Santiago airport with a day long  layover. We said to ourselves, well we have never been to Chile before, so what a better way to kill time than go out and enjoy the city. With limited time, we chose to visit the main attractions the city has to offer. Santiago Walking ...
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Walking Guide of Baños, Ecuador

Baños de Agua Santa is located in central Ecuador, and is known for being the “Gateway to the Amazon,” as it is the last major city before the jungle begins. The vast mountainous area is prime for natural beauty and waterfalls, as well as many adventure sports. Banos Tourism Map: Top Attractions ...
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Mitad El Mundo Monument

Exploring Quito, Ecuador

Quito is the capital of Ecuador, and the second largest city. Established during the 16th century on Inca ruins, Quito became the first city in the world to be declared by UNESCO a cultural heritage for the humanity in 1978. The city has more history than buildings. There are more ...
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Complete Road Trip Guide of Northern Ecuador

I just got back from a road trip of northern Ecuador. Northern Ecuador is full of mountains, forests, rivers and everything green. Two places that were not on our trip route, but still made it into this travel guide are Quito and Cotopaxi. That is because we have already visited both ...
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Exploring Quilotoa, Ecuador

Our trip to Quilotoa was a stop on a longer Northern Ecuador roadtrip. See our complete Northern Ecuador travel guide. We headed back towards Guayaquil in a less than direct way to visit the town of Quilotoa, known for the famous Quilotoa lake, with clear blue waters. Along the route, we spotted a pull ...
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Exploring Otavalo, Ecuador

Our trip to Otavalo was a stop on a longer Northern Ecuador road trip. See our complete Northern Ecuador travel guide. Otavalo is located 3 hours from Mindo and 90 minutes north of Quito. One thing we learned is that if your are not starting your northern Ecuador road trip in Quito, that ...
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Explore Calacalí, Ecuador

Calacalí was the second stop on a longer Northern Ecuador road trip. See our complete Northern Ecuador travel guide. Between Mindo and Otavalo, you must pass just north of Quito along with the small town of Calacalí. In the center of town Calacalí has a smaller version of the Mitad del Mundo, only 10 km ...
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Exploring Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is well known for, as locals call it, “extreme sports.” This includes rafting, tubing, trekking, zip lines, mountain biking, and canyoning. We on the other hand went to enjoy its rich biodiversity. Mindo was the first stop on a longer Northern Ecuador roadtrip. See our complete Northern Ecuador travel guide. Jardín de Mariposas ...
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Cascada El Progreso, Waterfalls of Bucay, Ecuador

Waterfalls of Bucay, Ecuador in under 10 Km walking

The city of Bucay is a relatively young and small city, right on the edge of the Guayas and Bolivar Provinces, just 100km East of Guayaquil. Tourism to the waterfalls of Bucay and and its many rivers has been growing drastically over the last decade, as the city tries to ...
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The Nature Guide to Guayaquil, Ecuador

We have lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador for ten months now. Jazmin, a native Ecuadorian, has taken us around the city to see everything it has to offer. Or so we thought. We had completed everything on the online tourist guides to Guayaquil. A quick trip to the Ministerio de Turismo left ...
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16km Walking Tour of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil, Ecuador is a bustling city with an endless array of things to do and experience for both tourists and locals alike. If you only have a short time in the city, I would stick to the downtown areas. The city of Guayaquil was founded by Spanish Conquistadors in 1538 ...
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Ultimate Galapagos Travel Guide

My wife and I recently went on a trip to the Galapagos. The trip was from April 12 to April 19, 2015. Our flights from Guayaquil, Ecuador to San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador cost only $20 each thanks cashing in 18,000 kilometers on LAN Airlines. In that time we visited the ...
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Working and Living in Ecuador

For those of you who do not know, I have been living in Ecuador since September of last year, over six months ago! Boy does time fly when you are having fun. I have done my fair share of traveling around the country over the last few months, including getting ...
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First trip in Ecuador: Parque Nacional Cajas

Hello all, this is my first update from Ecuador! Since arriving in Ecuador almost a month ago, things have been rather busy for me. Lots of things to get done, all while finishing up the last two classes of my college career online. Hence, I have not had the opportunity ...
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