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Piranha Fishing in the Amazon

Before my trip to South America I'd have told you I had no interest whatsoever in fishing. Who wants to sit at the bank of a river all day, come rain or shine, waiting and waiting for something, anything, to bite your line? Not me that's for sure. I'd rather be out doing something. It's fair to say I wasn't exactly that enthusiastic about going piranha fishing in the Amazon. Especially given that we'd failed miserably ...
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5 things you should know about Brazil

Now that the Olympics is under way, Brazil is in everyone's mind and there's plenty of stunning shots of Ipanema beach during the Olympics coverage. Combined, this is making me think back to my time travelling in Brazil two years ago. Despite Brazil getting bad rep almost daily, it's a pretty great country. Here's some things you should know… They don't speak Spanish Given that the vast majority of South America speaks Spanish you'd think ...
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Galapagos Wildlife

The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are pretty mystical. In total there are 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. They're famed for their abundant wildlife with species you won't see anywhere else in the wild. For most visitors to the Galapagos wildlife is the reason for making the journey. Here's a few snapshots of what you're likely to see... Galapagos Penguin Giant Tortoise Iguanas - Marine and Land ...
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Galapagos Islands on a Budget

If you know one thing about the Galapagos (aside from the fact there's a tonne of cool animals) it's probably that it's really, really expensive. Well, what if I told you it didn't have to cost you an arm, a leg, three fingers and a toe? Galapagos Island cruises cost upwards of £2000, but more realistically £3000/$4980 (and that's for a "cheap" one), which meant when I thought about going to the Galapagos as part of ...
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Peru is so much more than Machu Picchu

If you think of Peru chances are the first thing that springs to mind is Machu Picchu and the Inca trek. Yes, Machu Picchu is an incredible and awe-inspiring experience, but when a country with as much to offer as Peru only seems to be celebrated for one attraction, it's a massive shame. I was guilty of this a bit myself before I visited Peru earlier this year on my South America adventures. I did ...
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5 Of The Best South American Beaches

South America has some beautiful beaches think perfect white sand, turquoisey waters and the perfect blend of sun and wind. Brazil tends to get the most attention for its beaches, considering it's got some 7,491m of coastline I guess there's more to choose from. And whilst the following list of my favourite beaches in South America does include some from Brazil, there's also beaches from other South American countries. 5) Playa Bonete, Ilhabela, Brazil Image ...
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Mitad Del Mundo, Quito

On our second day we headd to the centre of the Earth, or El Mitad del Mundo, 26km North of Quito. The cheapest way to get there is by visiting El Panecillo (meaning small bit of bread as the hill looks a bit like one.) first. El Panecillo is a hill with a massive angel statue on top, it's Quito's answer to Rio's Christ the Redeemer.  Pick up a taxi from the centre if Quito and ...
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Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador's capital city, was our last stop. It's said to be the second highest capital city in the world, after La Paz in Bolivia. However, given that La Paz isn't officially a capital city, I guess that makes Quito the highest at 2,800m above sea level. We stayed in Quito's old town or, the area with a fancy church on every street. Quito's old town was declared one of the first World Cultural Heritage ...
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Cycling Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

Our final day in the Galapagos Islands was an active one. We hired bikes for $15 for the day complete with helmets and a tool kit (I'm still impressed with being given a tool kit!). Our destination was El Garrapatero beach on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz, 21km away. There were some steep hills in the mix too; a bit harsh for someone who hasn't really done any exercise in three months!   On the ...
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