Looking for a location in Ecuador that’s peaceful and safe, quiet and tranquil and adorned with undisturbed jungle and Instagram-able vegan cafes? Or are you instead seeking a place to zip-line over death defying heights, canyon down waterfalls and party until 5am in loud salsa bars? Both roads will lead you to Mindo. This town’s […]Read more "ECUADOR – Mindo: The Town with Two Personalities"
Up in the Ecuadorian highlands sits Otavalo, a relatively small and peaceful town that houses one of the largest hand-made markets in the world. While the main stalls of the plaza run every day of the week, Saturday is the day to visit as the market almost quadruples in size, flooding the famous ‘Plaza los […]Read more "ECUADOR – Markets Galore at Otavalo"
Elevated at 2,850 meters (9,350 ft) above sea-level crowns Quito the second highest capital city in the world, and it certainly shows. This beautiful city looks as if it was hand-carved into the mountains, constituting a crater of sprawling pastel-coloured houses and church steeples which bask in the shadows of looming volcanoes and mountain peaks. […]Read more "ECUADOR – Quito: The City in the Sky"
The loss of a passport is every traveller’s worst nightmare. It can be stressful, upsetting, frightening, and almost always no fun whatsoever. However, there are a few precautions you can take to make life easier if you should ever find yourself passport-less on your travels like I did. Here are some things I learnt from […]Read more "The Day My Passport Was Stolen: How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation"
Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose appears as a chaotic and colourful labyrinth of concrete buildings that sprawl unnaturally over the country’s rural landscape. It’s easy to feel disorientated and lost among the city’s contrasting mix of rich and poor and new and old as designer clothing stores neighbour cheap market stalls and illegal […]Read more "COSTA RICA – San Jose: A City of Chaos, Crowds and Concrete"
Hidden amongst the wild costal jungle of Costa Rica, sits Montezuma. In low season, this sleepy seaside town captures the tranquility of traditional Costa Rican life: fishermen tow in their morning catch, fruit sellers are laden with crates of pineapple and papaya and car-less roads lead cyclists down the steep hills to Montezuma’s maritime beauty. […]Read more "COSTA RICA – Mad for Montezuma"
Tucked between rolling green fields and blanketed by sultry clouds, Monteverde is a real hidden beauty. Situated high up in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, this tranquil, agricultural town is abundant in banana trees and fertile farming lands that stretch far beyond the hilly horizon. Aesthetically, it appears as an uncanny mix between pleasant […]Read more "COSTA RICA – Monteverde: Quaint English Countryside Meets Costa Rican jungle"