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Travelling as a solo female in South America

Travelling as a solo female in South America

Alison Payne travelled in South America for three months. Half the time she was on her own. She shares her solo travel tips with us. I was actually surprised by how easy it was to travel by myself in South America. In fact, I never felt unsafe. I wasn`t really lonely for I followed suggested itineraries and ran into other travellers. I also took local tours and would meet other travellers then. You tend to meet … Read entire article »

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Latacunga, Ecuador photo gallery

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Climbing a volcano in Ecuador

Climbing a volcano in Ecuador

Alison Payne spent three months backpacking from Quito, Ecuador to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a side trip to the Galapagos Islands.  She often travelled alone and off the beaten path.  Latacunga is a plateau town 89km south of Quito on the Pan-American Highway. It is 2,760 metres above sea level and the climate is cold and windy. I went there to climb the Cotopaxi volcano, which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world … Read entire article »

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Special moments on the road

Special moments on the road

When you travel in countries unlike home there will be many special moments and memories of them enrich an ordinary life. Like sitting on the top of a pyramid in the middle of the jungle watching the sun set with zillions of stars lighting up the sky. Sometimes the unexpected can be memorable. Like the sign in a wildlife sanctuary that said: “Elephant zone. Do not park your car. Do not have a picnic.” Or the … Read entire article »

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Taking care of your valuables

Taking care of your valuables

Travellers who are careless about their valuables are most annoying because theft casts such a negative aura. If a tourist walks around with his camera strung loosely over his shoulder he shouldn’t be surprised if it’s snatched. If he keeps money in a back pocket or fanny belt he should be prepared to lose it. If she drops her purse on a nearby chair in a restaurant or leaves her baggage unattended in a bus … Read entire article »

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Ecuador photo gallery

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Ecuador itinerary

Ecuador itinerary

Ecuador is a great country for riding the local buses and observing people and culture up close. Unlike the chicken buses in Guatemala, you can usually reserve a seat on a bus in Ecuador and there is no expectation that three people should share the seat. This is a country where climate is determined by altitude rather than latitude for while it lies on the equator it is bisected by the Andes Mountains and the temperature … Read entire article »

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Worried about travel warnings?

Worried about travel warnings?

If you listen to all the chatter about what could possibly happen when you travel to foreign destinations then you’ll never leave home. Travel books devote pages to health and safety issues. U.S. government travel advisories are particularly discouraging. You really need to put these warnings into perspective. There are travel snobs who see themselves as intrepid and don’t want ‘just anyone’ to follow in their footsteps. A co-worker of mine kept saying I was a … Read entire article »

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