One of the best off-the-beaten-path activities you can do in the Cusco region is the hike around Kinsa Cocha. About 45 minutes outside of Pisac in the Sacred Valley are the stunning three lakes of Kinsa Cocha, which in Quechua literally means “three lakes”. A winding taxi ride up into the mountains will take you… Read More The Complete Guide to Hiking Kinsa Cocha Three Lakes | Pisac, Peru
For international and local travelers alike, Paracas is one of the top destinations in Peru. The relaxing beach vibes, otherworldly scenery, and exciting wildlife make it a must-see destination for all sorts of travelers. However, it is a particularly popular place among backpackers. If you are backpacking your way through Peru, then Paracas is a… Read More The Backpacker’s Complete Guide to Paracas, Peru
It was about to be my third time in Peru and I was beyond excited. Adventures off the beaten path, immersion in foreign cultures, and we got a dope whip to ride in on the journey down from Vilcabamba, Ecuador to Chachapoyas, Peru. I was about to embark on the adventure that dreams are made… Read More Budgeting For Northern Peru: What To Expect
Oh, Ecuador. Some people say they’ll never leave a country. I actually might never leave. I initially planned for about 20 days in Ecuador before bouncing off to Peru. I took me 43 days to finally pry myself away from this incredible country. For some reason, Ecuador has not been on my radar until recently.… Read More What Is The Best Way To Travel Around Ecuador?
For travelers going to and from Ecuador and Peru, the most popular border-crossing by far would be the one at Piura. Backpackers in Ecuador will typically be wanting to go to Mancora to start their Peruvian adventures. Likewise, backpackers in Peru will be heading through Piura to reach places like Guayaquil, Cuenca, or Montañita. That… Read More Guide To Crossing The Ecuador – Peru Border at La Balsa
The surf village of Montañita is a sleepy little town by day and then a raucous display of debauchery at night. For a town with a population of only 4,500, the booming nightclubs rival those of much larger party cities. The beach parties felt like a smaller-scale version of Thailand’s belligerent Full Moon Party. Life… Read More The Backpacker’s Complete Guide to Montañita, Ecuador
While I advocate for traveling solo whenever I can, I have to admit, I was a bit nervous going into South America. It was my first ever solo backpacking trip and I decided to kick it off in the country of cocaine and cartels: Colombia. While decades of improvement and progress have passed since the… Read More What’s It Like To Travel Solo In South America?
When someone asks me what to expect going into Peru, the answer is everything. You literally do not know what can happen in Peru or what you’ll see. Machu Picchu? Yeah. Rainbow-colored mountains? That too. A desert oasis? Why not. Gigantic drawing carved into the ground? Would you expect anything less? Backpacking through Peru remains… Read More New Video: Backpacking Through Peru
Man, I really struggled in Bolivia. Being sick the entire time, terrifying transportation experiences, and more rude locals than I’d met in all of South America up to that point certainly didn’t help. After having a glorious fairy-tale time in Peru, I decided to cross the border and give Bolivia a try. It can’t be… Read More In Hindsight, Maybe La Paz Wasn’t As Terrible As I Thought
10. Bogota, Colombia The bustling capital of Colombia is a city full of excitement and wonder. The city has many diverse neighborhoods, many of which feel like entirely new cities. The ubiquitous street art adds some spice to the already colorful city. While I did not like Bogota as much as the other cities in… Read More My 10 Favorite Cities In South America