South America


Updated on: 05/30/18Did you know it’s really easy to score free accommodation when you travel to Colombia? The single best way to make this happen is through hospitality exchange methods. The most obvious one is couch surfing. Many Colombians are friendly, and will offer to let you stay on their couch for free. Just make sure to fill out your couch surfing profile, and send out as many requests as possible. It seems like women have...

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Updated on: 05/30/18Normally, it takes 14 days to process your visa application to enter Brazil. But did you know there is a way to bypass it? For me, it started back in Bogota, Colombia. As you know, Venezuela is not a safe country to visit at al. If you fly or take the bus into Caracas, you risk getting robbed, shot or even stabbed. Needless to say, there’s no way I am taking those routes. However, after reading many blogger...

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Updated on: 01/8/19The towns of Villa del Leyva and Barichara, Colombia, are well worth a visit. Both cities are well preserved colonial towns, each with its own unique features. Villa de Leyva is the smaller of the two, and can be explored in a day. The cobblestone streets are more prominent during times of rain, so prominent that the streets can get flooded during the rain. Nearby places to visit include an excavation site full of...

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Updated on: 01/15/19Most people who travel in South America will overland their way from one country to the next. While I was in Ecuador, I decided I wanted to go to Colombia next, since both countries are next to each other. It turns out there are several steps required to complete this long journey from Quito to Bogota. Step 1: Go to the Quito Bus Terminal From your accommodation in Ecuador, take a taxi to the bus terminal in Quito....

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Updated on: 01/8/19There is nothing worse than feeling disappointed when you discover what you saw online is not the same in real life. No, I’m not talking online dating. I’m talking about going to Salar de Uyuni only to find out there is no mirror effect! The Mirror Effect at the Bolivia Salt Flats – Only in the Rainy Season Why does this happen? In order to see the famous mirror effect in the Bolivian Salt Flats, a thin layer...

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Updated on: 03/4/19Ecuador Purelife is a company based in Quito, that specializes in providing fun yet educational programs customized to suit the needs of all clients. A huge chunk of our tour involves trekking various landscapes that Ecuador had to offer. Each destination had its own share of challenges, and wonder. We were grateful for the opportunity to experience all of it. Cotopaxi National Park After a brief introduction to our...

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