My 3 week Ecuador itinerary

If I’m honest, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by Ecuador and really didn’t know much about it at all prior to commencing the South American leg of my trip. As I write this, I realise what an underrated, exceptional country it is!

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Banos, Cuenca and the never ending journey to Peru

I spent the last week odd in Banos and Cuenca in Ecuador before heading across the border to Peru. The towns themselves didn’t really do much for me but I feel like the EPIC bus ride to Huaraz in Peru is worthy of a post on its own!

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Whale Watching in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

I wasn’t planning on going anywhere near the coast in Ecuador. That’s until I met a few travellers on the Quilotoa Loop that had just been there and told me it was whale season and it was an experience of a lifetime.

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The Quilotoa Loop – photo blog

The Quilotoa Loop is a 3 day trek in Ecuador that will take you through some beautiful countryside, eventually depositing you at the crater lake of the Quilotoa Volcano. Here’s a photo blog of my recent trek.

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Yes, South Africans need a visa for Bolivia !

I was a little caught off guard about this as we don’t need visa’s for virtually all of the East and most of South America. I presumed Bolivia would be the same but I was wrong. There’s a lot of bad information out there about this visa – I hope this post will clear it up.

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Climbing Mount Fuya Fuya in Ecuador – a photo blog

Mount Fuya Fuya is a volcano located just outside Otavalo and is a must see if you’re in the region. Climbing up it to take in the incredible view is an incredible thing to do but be warned – the climb isn’t easy! Here’s a post on how we did it and what you need to know.

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How to hike around Laguna de Cuicocha in Ecuador

Cuicocha is a 3km wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano. If you’re in Otavalo in Ecuador, the hike around the crater lake is a must do, but the info out there isn’t so fresh. With a bit of luck, this post will help someone out.

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How to spend 3 and a half weeks in Colombia

Colombia is one of the first countries I’ve come across where everyone has very unique itineraries. I was expecting many people to be following the well trodden Gringo trail north or south around South America, but it turns out this doesn’t really apply to Colombia.

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Hiking in the Valle de Cocora from Salento

My last stop in Colombia before an epic 17 hour bus trip to the Ecuador border was Salento – the coffee region of Colombia. The area is situated high up in the mountains and the cool temperatures are perfect for growing coffee. The mountainous landscape makes it a great place to hike too.

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