At over 3km deep the Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world. There’s plenty of tours available from Arequipa which will happily take you into the Canyon, but a self-guided Colca Canyon hike is much more of an adventure.
The Salkantay trek is one of the most popular alternatives to the Inca trail. Each day over 100 people make the journey over the Salkantay pass, the majority of whom are in tour groups. In search of a bit more independence and flexibility however we decided to skip the tours and hike the Salkantay Trek without a guide.
The Santa Cruz Trek Huaraz is one of the most popular hikes in Northern Peru for good reason. The trail is one of the best and most accessible ways to see the incredible Cordilla Blancas. For 3-5 days you hike through the valleys created between these 6000m+ snow capped mountains, hopping between stunning campsites and
With sharks, sealions, giant turtles and crystal waters these iconic islands are high on many traveller’s bucket lists. Backpacking Galapagos on a tight budget however is a challenge. All inclusive cruises are way out of most backpackers’ price ranges and even day tours can quickly add up to a small fortune.
Los Tuneles are a series of lava tunnels just off the coast of Isla Isabella in the Galapagos. These incredibly geological formations, made thousands of year ago, where formed when hot lava flowed down from the volcano. The top layer of lava cooled and turned solid whilst the bottom layer continue to flow forming ‘tunnels’.
El Cajas is a national park in the southern highlands of Ecuador. In contrast to the green valleys of the Quilotoa Loop the scenery in El Cajas is much more marshy, barren and almost slightly haunting.
Banos, Ecuador, is an adrenaline junkies heaven! It’s position in a valley at the base of Volcan Tungurahua couldn’t be better for opening up a world of outdoor opportunities. Competition is high amongst tour operators which has driven prices down to a very reasonable level. We have summarised our favourite outdoor activities in Banos in
Banos is the Mecca for outdoor activities in Ecuador. Situated high up in the Mountains though the weather cannot be relied upon. Fortunately or unfortunately we had many a rainy day in Banos so we had to come up with some alternative activities.
The Quilotoa Loop is without doubt one of the most beautiful hikes we have done in South America. It is cheap, accessible and easy to do without a guide. We have written a comprehensive overview about the hike here which includes advice about packing, budgeting and accomodation. This post is designed to give hikers a detailed
Colombia’s recent history is only too well known about, but it is quickly packing that way and emerging from the shadows as one of South America’s top backpacker destinations. With it’s huge range of scenery and activities; jungle, desert, mountains, cities and beaches; Colombia has something for everyone. New hostels, new tours and new ideas