5 reasons to book a hotel microstay in South America

Travelling in South America is a true adventure and sometimes not a comfortable one – there are many long-distance bus rides involved, the quality of hotels is inconsistent, there are language barriers and more. For us, after a couple of weeks, the constant checking-in and out of cheap hotels (almost on a daily basis) started to take its toll. Even more challenging was arriving into a new city at 6am and having to wait until hotel’s 2pm check-in time or needing…
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A Unique Homestay on Peru’s Lake Titicaca

Uros Islands are one of the most popular attractions on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Most travelers choose to go on a full-day boat tour to Uros, Amantani and Taquile islands, but did you know that you can also book a homestay with a local family through Airbnb? On this post, we share our 2-day homestay experience in Uros – our honest thoughts and what to expect in terms of activities, interaction with the host family, accommodation facilities and…
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9 things to know before hiking Peru’s Colca Canyon without a tour

Hiking the Colca Canyon was definitely not on our original itinerary in Peru. Frankly, because we had never heard of it! But as we got to planning our Arequipa stay, the prospect of dramatic scenery, Andean condors and a physical challenge became quite appealing. We completed a self-guided 3 day trip and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (minus the muscle pain in the days that followed). If you enjoy hiking and beautiful countryside then coming to Colca Canyon should not disappoint! Here…
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How to plan a day trip to El Hornocal in Quebrada de Humahuaca

The mountains of El Hornocal are slowly but steadily becoming the major attraction in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, overshadowing the widely popular Mountain of Seven Colours (Cerro de Siete Colores) in Purmamarca. You would be surprised to know that this geological wonder has only risen in popularity in the last 10 years or so. Before that, not even the locals in Jujuy knew about it! On my last visit to Humahuaca, my friends told me that the local community near…
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Uquia Travel Guide: Why it deserves more than a quick stop (Argentina)

Uquía is a small town in the Quebrada de Humahuaca located just off RN 9 between Tilcara and Humahuaca. Tour buses usually drop off tourists here for an hour or so, just enough time to let them see the handicraft market and take a few pictures of the colonial church in the main plaza. But Uquía has so much more to offer. Behind this sleepy town lies one of the most enjoyable hiking trails amongst impressive red rock formations. If…
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A complete guide to Humahuaca – Northwest Argentina

Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca gorge) in Jujuy province is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions Argentina has to offer, with a rich blend of inspiring natural wonders and pre-Incan cultural heritage. Declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2003, Quebrada de Humahuaca is a must see stop on any South America itinerary. One of the most important towns in this area is Humahuaca, which has risen in popularity among backpackers that choose it as a base to explore Jujuy. Humahuaca…
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How to plan the perfect day trip to Bristol, UK

Bristol is an artsy, characterful and exciting city that you’ll fall in love with after you discover its rich history, eclectic architecture and trendy restaurants. We recently drove to Bristol from Oxford and we were overwhelmed by the number of places to see and things to do. On this post, I will be sharing our itinerary and top recommendations to help you plan your day trip to Bristol. Related post: Easy day trips from Oxford Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the…
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What to pack for your Sri Lanka trip

Packing for Sri Lanka can be overwhelming, I know! Depending on which region and what time of the year you visit, your travel essentials will be different. The first time we went to the tea plantation region of Nuwara Eliya years ago, I remember it was quite chilly and found myself having to wear the same jacket every day because that’s all I had taken with me, thinking it was going to be tropical weather! #facepalm This year we visited…
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Bundala National Park in Sri Lanka – is it worth it?

When it comes to wildfire safaris in Sri Lanka, Bundala National Park is not as famous as Udawalawe or Yala, but it can be a rewarding experience to those who decide to give it a go despite not being a popular choice. Keep on reading to find out if this park would be a good option for you. About the park Bundala National Park is home of 197 species of migratory water birds in Sri Lanka and was designated as a biosphere reserve by…
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Tangalle (Sri Lanka) as a digital nomad destination

After a few months living in the USA, my husband and I decided to take one month off as digital nomads to work on our personal projects. After considering a few options, we quickly narrowed it down to Sri Lanka. We had visited back in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the beautiful landscapes, food and friendly people. We considered several towns but ultimately chose Tangalle, a fishing town in the south of Sri Lanka, to be our base…
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