Category Archives: South America

Amazing graffiti street art in Valparaiso

Valparaiso graffiti street art Valparaiso is a small town with a big feel about two hours outside of Santiago, Chile.  Valparaiso graffiti street art is abundant and incredible.  I spent three days exploring Valparaiso.  Here are some of my favourite

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Places to go in Peru that aren’t Machu Picchu

Things to do in Peru

Places to go in Peru that aren’t Machu Picchu When most people arrive in Peru its usually in Lima and then they make their way to Cusco to go to Machu Picchu.  Well I spent two weeks in Peru and

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Best places to visit in Colombia

Best Places to visit in Colombia Oh Colombia you sure are a jewel in South America. Maybe an esmeralda? If you have seen the Romancing the Stone you will know what I am talking about. Colombia has so much to

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The Untouched Beauty of Suriname country

Suriname country

Suriname country in South America I’m excited to share my experience with you from spending four days in Suriname country, the smallest country in South America.  Located just north of Brazil and above the equator, Suriname has a lot to

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Is Lima Peru worth a stop?

Is Lima Peru worth a trip? The short answer is YES! I know a lot of people only stop in Lima because that’s where their international flight arrives and then it is onto Cusco. As I have said before there

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Peru Hop – The best way to see Peru

Everyone comes to Peru to see Machu Picchu but did you know that Peru has a lot more to offer? I was looking for a way to explore all of Peru while still heading from La Paz to Lima as

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Paracas my favourite little city in Peru

There is so much more to Peru than Lima and Cusco Paracas is the second biggest tourist attraction in Peru after Cusco and with good reason. It is a cute town a few hours outside of Lima and the main

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Huacachina – dune buggy and sand boarding in Peru

Huacachina is the cutest little oasis town in Peru. This small city has between 100-200 residents but its main attraction is the sand dunes surrounding the lake. We set out at 4pm to ride a dune buggy up and down

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Colca Canyon – a day trip from Arequipa Peru

When I arrived in Arequipa there was one things I wanted to do – visit the Colca Canyon and see Condors. Its an early start today the day with pickups between 3-3.30am and then a three hour drive to Chivay

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Three year blogaversary

Today marks three years of my Travelgal Nicole blog. Happy blogaversary! May is my blogaversary and I started my blog in 2014 about a year before I headed to Africa for six months. I wanted a way to showcase my

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Machu Picchu – my 6th new wonder of the world

How to get to Machu Picchu Oh Cusco, you were the little break that I needed after having travelled non stop for 7 weeks. Four days at the Tierra Viva San Blas was just what I needed as I explored

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Top Things to do in Rio

Rio de Janeiro

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro I knew when I booked my flight to Rio that I wanted to have plenty of time to explore the city and get a good feel for it.  I was so jealous during

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Visiting Asuncion Paraguay

When most people plan a trip to South America they usually plan on visiting Colombia or Argentina or Brazil but as I was planning this trip it felt wrong to leave out Paraguay an often overlooked country.  I decided I

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Valparaiso a three day itinerary


What to do and see in Valparaiso Most people go to Valparaiso on a day trip from Santiago or as a cruise stop. But I think Valparaiso is worth a couple day visit and I wanted to slow down my

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