7 Things We Loved About Arequipa, The Most Underrated City in Peru

While we were planning our Peru itinerary, we thought of Arequipa as merely a base before and after our hiking trip to Colca Canyon (one of the deepest canyons in the world). How wrong we were! After spending 5 days in Arequipa, we were stunned by its beauty, energy and cultural heritage, and it quickly became one of our most favorite cities in South America. Here are some things we loved about Arequipa, the most underrated city in Peru. Volcano…
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How to Spend Two Incredible Days in Copacabana and Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Visiting Isla del Sol in Bolivia was certainly one of our most unforgettable travel experiences in South America. This place is special for two reasons: First, Isla del Sol is believed to be the birthplace of the Incas so there’s an undescribable mystique in the air. Secondly, from here you can enjoy stunning, serene and less crowded views of Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. If you’re backpacking in South America, you’ll probably come across the…
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5 Reasons Why We Loved La Paz + Best Things to Do

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would love La Paz, especially after having already visited Uyuni Salt Flats and Sucre earlier on our trip in Bolivia. My assumption was that La Paz was a huge and crowded city and not particularly a relaxed one (actually quite the opposite). However, after spending 4 full days there, I can honestly say La Paz is a unique and fascinating city that is definitely worth the time. It is quite chaotic but at…
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5 Things You’ll Actually Want to Do in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

When planning a Bolivia trip, you may come across traveler comments like “there’s not much to see and do in Santa Cruz” or  “Santa Cruz is not the real Bolivia”. We read those comments too, but rather than deter us from going, we grew curious and decided to add it to our Bolivia itinerary right after Sucre. Read more: A Complete Travel Guide to Sucre, Bolivia On this blog post, I share the highlights of our 4-day stay – hopefully…
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5 Reasons to Visit Potosi in Bolivia

Nowhere else in South America have we felt more emotional than in Potosi. A source of immense wealth for the Spanish has resulted in an equally immense pain for the indigenous population. This mixed legacy remains clearly on display in this unique Bolivian city and undoubtedly, no understanding of South American history can be complete without visiting Potosi. And only to imagine that we would have skipped the city altogether if not for it being conveniently located on our way…
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Most Romantic Destinations for Couples Backpacking in South America

South America has some of the most romantic destinations in the world, especially for those adventure & nature lovers. During our 4-month backpacking trip in Chile, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia, we visited a few places that really stood out as the perfect getaway for couples – whether it’s for the breathtaking views, the stunning architecture or the laid-back atmosphere. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are my top 5 most romantic destinations for those backpacking as a couple in South…
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Our Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats Tour from Atacama with Cruz Andina

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia is a major destination for any traveler visiting South America and deciding the best way to see it is probably one of the most common struggles (we’ve been there!). For us, we had already planned to stay in Atacama Desert (Chile) and chose to take a one-way tour from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Salt Flats. It turned out to be the best way to see the salt flats and also explore the…
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9 Useful Tips for Driving around Atacama Desert, Chile

Driving around Atacama Desert was one of the highlights of our 6 months South America trip. Besides the out-worldly landscape, volcanoes and wildlife , Chile has some of the best roads in South America. Navigating them is an adventure like no other, and we would encourage you to try it if you can.   Take a peek at these 9 useful tips for driving around Atacama Desert. Managing petrol You may have already read elsewhere that there is only one…
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A Self-Driving Guide to Atacama Desert in Chile: Itinerary & Must See Spots

During our four months of travel across South America, one place that we kept reminiscing about was our road trip to Atacama desert in Northern Chile. Despite all of the stunning places we have visited during our travels, nothing matched the experience of driving through the vast and unspoiled expanses of this unique part of the continent. We spent a total of 5 days in San Pedro de Atacama, traveling in all directions to see as much as possible. Still,…
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A Complete Road Trip Guide to Salta, Argentina: Itinerary & Driving Tips

This Salta road trip itinerary is a sample of the many amazing experiences to be had in Salta province in Northwest Argentina, which include dramatic landscapes, deep colorful canyons and wine producing valleys. Even though I visited the neighbor province of Jujuy many times (I’m from Buenos Aires but my father is jujeño), I had never had a chance to visit Salta. I was naturally intrigued to see what “Salta La Linda” (Salta the beautiful one) as they call it,…
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