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 to understand what is there to do in Santa Cruz and added it to our Bolivia itinerary right after Sucre. Read more: A Complete Travel Guide to Sucre, Bolivia On this blog post, I share…
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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 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 unspoilt 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, we…
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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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Best Things to Do in Tilcara on a Day Trip | Northwest Argentina

Tilcara is one of the most popular hubs for travelers exploring Quebrada de Humahuaca. Compared with Humahuaca and Purmamarca, Tilcara is the “cool cousin”: definitely the most lively and hipster out of these three towns. Tilcara offers a myriad of boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars, while preserving the feel of a typical Andean town with its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Considering it provides easy access to the attractions in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, there’s no doubt it will continue…
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7 reasons to visit Salinas Grandes Salt Flats in Argentina

Most people know about Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, but did you know that Argentina has its own salt flats too? The vast Salinas Grandes (Great Salt Flats) is the 3rd largest salt flat in the world, stretching over Salta and Jujuy in northwest Argentina. During our stay in Quebrada de Humahuaca, we went on a full day trip to Salinas Grandes from Purmamarca and we absolutely loved it! Whether you’ve already been to a salt flat or you’re planning…
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5 awesome things to do during a layover in Quito, Ecuador

Wondering how to spend a day in Quito before or after you continue your Ecuador travels? On this guide, I share some unique things to do during your stopover. From well-preserved colonial architecture, to world-class art museums and awe-inspiring views, this city is full of surprises. We certainly didn’t expect to love it as much as we did! Here’s what to do when you only have 24 hours in Quito, Ecuador. 7am – 10am: Treat yourself to a microstay at…
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