Galàpagos on a Budget

  Swimming off the beach with turtles and sea lion pups, hanging out with 100 year old land tortoises or dodging penguin missiles shooting through the water; the Galàpagos is a wild aquarium… Continue reading

Censorship of the white Grim Reaper, Cotopaxi

I stand on a rooftop in Latacunga, Ecuador, this morning watching as dark smoke billows from the summit of Cotopaxi, a great cloud of ash extends west over the town of Santa Rita… Continue reading

Big markets and big heart in Otavalo, Ecuador

Gorgeous Otavalo is a town most travellers visit for one of South America’s largest artisans craft markets, but it has so much more to offer. I stayed here for two weeks to study… Continue reading

Cocaine, Churches and Crossing Borders, Colombia

San Agustin Rolling hills, deep canyons, waterfalls and 3500 year old archaeology make San Agustìn in southern Colombia a must visit town on any backpacker’s list. The UNESCO listed archaeological park is impressive… Continue reading

Art, grit and beauty collide in Bogota

Gritty, dirty, beautiful, ugly Bogota is a city of contrasts. It is a love it or hate it city but with its art, culture, stunning mountain views, history and energy, Bogota was a… Continue reading

Adventure sports in the shadow of an erupting volcano, Baños

Tungurahua Volcano erupted this morning spewing plumes of gas, above the stunning town of Baños in Ecuador. I had a chance to get up close, visiting Casa del Arbol (Tree House) near the… Continue reading

Salsa and adrenaline in Cali and San Cipriano, Colombia

By night it is salsa in Cali that gets the heart racing. By day it is travelling to nearby San Cipriano via a heart stopping, lightning speed ride through the jungle on a modified… Continue reading

Guerrilla warfare under the Liquid Rainbow, Caño Cristales

Caño Cristales is a river unlike any other in the world with its display of reds, pinks, whites and greens making this a natural wonder. Between June and November each year, the aquatic… Continue reading

Music, history and fertility in Villa de Leyva

The beautiful whitewashed town of Villa de Leyva is a gorgeous place to spend a few days visiting its ancient fertility and calendar site, waterfalls and mountains and mixing with the locals. A… Continue reading

Under the World’s tallest palm trees, Salento

Surrounded by coffee farms and mountains, the cute colonial village of Salento is home to the world’s tallest palm trees and the gateway to hiking the towering peaks and glaciers of Los Nevados… Continue reading