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Trip: The South American Dream.

There are [22] stories from my trip: The South American Dream.


Photos: Cornwall

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 | Photo Gallery

Way out Westival Festival in Cornwall
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Baños, a spa to remember and the last stop before home!

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | Views [3814]

I arrived tired and looking forward to a good rest in the hostel I'd booked about a week before. Colin, my new Irish friend, and I walked to the place I was recommended and I asked to check in.  However, something was amiss, they didn't have my reservation ... Read more >

Tags: banos, ecuador, massage, spa


Quilotoa Loop - volcano in the sun!

ECUADOR | Saturday, 4 Jun 2011 | Views [2496]

I jumped on a bus leaving Quito for Latacunga, the main point of departure for the Quilotoa Loop, straight away.  I was pretty excited about doing the loop as I´d heard lots of good things about it, and its one of the top things to do in Ecuador, ... Read more >

Tags: ecuador, isilivi, latacunga, quilotoa, quilotoa loop, volcano


Quito....the centre of the earth!

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | Views [2037]

The bus ride was pretty unexpected,the usual journey from Cañoa to Quito takes 10 hours... this one took 5 hours!  The driver was a maniac and drove like a loony, I was nearly throwing up withing 10 mins of the journey, the coach was flying off the ... Read more >

Tags: bus rides, centre of the earth, crazy bus rides, ecuador, mitad al mundo, quito


Farmer Carolyn...Rio Muchacho!!

ECUADOR | Saturday, 28 May 2011 | Views [2422]

So I arrived in Cañoa in order to be picked up and taken to the farm with half an hour to spare...great timing on the buses and a crazy ride with copious amounts of coconut water to keep me company! There was time for a quick cerviche before heading ... Read more >

Tags: cañoa, ecuador, farm, rio muchacho, volunteer, volunteering


Motañita...learning spanish in a surf town!

ECUADOR | Sunday, 15 May 2011 | Views [2276]

I arrived at about mid-day in Montañita, having taken a bus from Puerto Lopez, it only took an hour which was great, an unusually short journey for South America!  However on arrival I was still in search of a cab to take me to my final destination! ... Read more >

Tags: drinking, ecuador, montanita, partying, spanish, spanish school, sunset


Photos: Ecuador

ECUADOR | Saturday, 14 May 2011 | Photo Gallery

Photos from my travels in Ecuador
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Puerto Lopez...small, smelly and a bit fishy

ECUADOR | Sunday, 1 May 2011 | Views [1173]

Despite getting a bus straight away from Guayaquil we arrived to Puerto Lopez in the dark.  The journey was only about 3 hours although we were on one of my craziest bus rides yet. For example, there was a blind guy walking up and down the bus for ... Read more >

Tags: blue footed boobies, ecuador, electricity outage, fish, isla de la plata, puerto lopez, turtle


Galapagos...after the cruise

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | Views [1586] | Comments [1]

After the cruise we headed back to Purto Ayora, taking a private car instead of the bus, living it up again.  We negotiated with our driver to take us to see the Giant tortoises in the wild and to go to the lava tunnels in the highlands. The giant ... Read more >

Tags: galapagos islands, giant tortoise, lava tunnel, tortoises


The Galapagos islands...The Cruise

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | Views [2267] | Comments [2]

Welcome to Ecuador!! Arriving in Quito it was way too cold to stay for any length of time! So, we headed straight to the Galapagos islands!  We booked flights for the following day at 9.15am which was fantastic! I had been so cold for about 2 weeks ... Read more >

Tags: galagagps cruise, galapagos, galapagos islands, isabella, millenium cruise, quito, santa cruz


Salsa capital of the world...Cali

COLOMBIA | Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | Views [1955] | Comments [1]

Cali is my last stop in Colombia before I head to the border and in to Ecuador...it was also due to be one of the craziest as it has the reputation of Salsa capital of the world.  I arrived late at night with a friendly welcome...nearly ending up in ... Read more >

Tags: bad food, border, cali, colombia, ecuador, quito, salsa


Solento...coffee, pineapples, bamboo and really tall palm trees

COLOMBIA | Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | Views [2003]

I arrived in Solento late, much later than planned.  The taxi to the bus station in Quito took a while and when I eventually arrived, I was promptly sold a ticket going to a different destination.  I had said I didn´t mind paying the 3 pounds more ... Read more >

Tags: 60m palm trees, bamboo, coffee, palm trees, pineapples, solento


One or two days in Bogota

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | Views [2170]

So I arrived early at 6am and after another night bus and a very long queue for the taxis and went to my hostel before going back to bed for more sleep!!  I eventually got up at 10am only to bump into a friend I had been hanging out with in Taganga, ... Read more >

Tags: bogota, cable car, mugging, plaza bolivar, rain


Adventure capital of Colombia...San Gil

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 10 Apr 2011 | Views [4465]

I arrived here rather unamused after a 17 hour bus journey....I always knew it would be a killer as I'd gone such a strange route across the coast and back.  The road was bumpy and the suspension squeaky....goodness knows how I got any sleep at all! ... Read more >

Tags: adventure sports, barichara, big arsed ants, colore hormigas, poker, rain, rappelling, san gil


Will I ever leave Cartegena?

COLOMBIA | Saturday, 2 Apr 2011 | Views [1702]

Feeling the need for more beach time, I decided to head back to Cartegena and go to Playa Blanca again...white sand, blue water...what more could a girl want?! I arrived in Cartegena 45 mins before the `party bus` was going to leave...good timing ... Read more >

Tags: beach, cartegena, cocktails, playa blanca


Photos: Colombia

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Photo Gallery


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Tags: barranquilla, cartegena, medellin, miami, taganga


Taganga... sleepy little hippy village

COLOMBIA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [3030]

I´d heard great things about Taganga so my expectations were high, I was also meeting up with friends from home on holiday so it was always going to be good. When I arrived, it took me a while to find my friends, but it did give me a chance to ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cocktails, taganga


Cartegena....Shakira, Shakira!!

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | Views [1651]

So I arrived to Cartegena feeling like I´m starting my trip again, not knowing anyone and looking to find out what this romantic city has to offer.  Cartegena is a walled city, with tiny streets, with lots of pretty flowers and a fort.  Its on the ... Read more >

Tags: beach, boats, cartegena, mud volcano, shakira, sunset


Barranquilla Carnival

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | Views [2595] | Comments [1]

The carnival has been amazing...four days of crazy Colombian mayhem.  I have been very fortunate to have spent it staying at a real Colombian family´s house (thanks Ruiz family)and with hang out with Colombians and a couple of very lovely German boys.... Read more >

Tags: barranquilla carnival, colombia


Medellin

COLOMBIA | Friday, 4 Mar 2011 | Views [1315]

I arrived at about 1am, got my baggage quickly but when I went to tried to get money the ATM didn´t work (this is normal apparently) and I was uncertain my hostel kept my reservation from the day before and turning up so late tonight.  I was unable ... Read more >

Tags: city, colombia, medellin


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