Huanchaco, Peru

It’s hard for me to start talking about the days in Huanchaco without giving an honorable mention to the day spent in Loki Del Mar Hostel, Mancora. Our bus arrived in very early in the morning, from Ecuador, and our bus to Huanchaco was not until that night so the staff at Loki were good…

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Baltra island airport (GPS) is located just north of Sata Cruz island. We flew into here (like most people), got a bus to the port and a short boat across before getting another bus to Porti Ayora. It might sound like a hassle but everyone has to do it so it’s pretty straightforward. On visiting…

Quito, Ecuador 

Quito is the highest capital city in the world at 2,850m above sea level. Again, a bit like Cartagena, I was using this as stepping stone to the Galapocos Islands but we timed our flights so that we would still get some time to explore the place. We arrived at about 4:30pm and got a…

Cartagena, Colombia

I was only using Cartagena as a stepping point to get my ass to Ecuador, so the trip was only for one day. I have a few friends that would say I’m in idiot for spending so little time here and after my day here I might just have to agree.  After arriving at the…

Santa Marta, Taganga and Tayrona National Park, Northern Colombia

Another fortunate encounter with some more backpackers, allowed some savings on the taxi to the airport and the taxi from the airport to our hostel in Santa Marta. This hostel may have been the best yet (La Villana). Aircon (needed at the northern coast towns!), bunk beds with stairs instead of shakey ladders, high ceilings…

Medellin, Colombia

A late (but very short) flight from Bogota and a 40 minute drive from the airport on a road that would be perfect for fast and furious 8 meant that we didn’t get to the hostel until around midnight. As we were checking in, the patio area was buzzing and a familiar face caught my…

Bogota, Colombia

Arriving in Bogota at 7pm the sun had set and we grabbed a taxi to our friends apartment (Barry and Laura, who we met on the border between Uruguay and Brazil). Our taxi for airport cost 50,000 colombian pesos. But we later learned that it should have been about half this. Ripped off already, I…

Rio de Janerio, Brazil

There are some cities you will visit in the world that just have an aura about them. A vibe that makes you think, ‘ya I like it here, I like it here a lot’. Rio is one of those places. Arriving at the air B&B apartment we rented in Ipenama for our time in Rio…

Ihla Grande, Brazil

Ihla grande ( pronounced: ee-le gran-jay) is a beautiful island just off the coast of Brazil, about 2 hours south of Rio. The weather was pretty good when we arrived so we headed for the beach. It was a small beach just a little outside the town. Little did I know at the time that…