South America

We begin our world travels in South America, exploring Colombia and Chile, with plans to see the rest. We travel on our own time and with no rush, immersing ourselves in the cultures we visit.

Carnaval de Negros y Blancos de Pasto, Colombia

by Stephanie Walsh February 11, 2013
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Attending the craziness of the Carnaval de Negros y Blancos (Blacks and Whites’ Carnival) in Pasto, Colombia has been one of the best experiences I’ve had here. I’m going to make a completely uninformed statement and say that this annual Colombian carnival would blow the Tomato Throwing Festival (La Tomatina) in Spain, Holi Festival in […]

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How To Survive A Long Distance Bus Journey In Colombia

by Stephanie Walsh February 5, 2013
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I’ve been on my fair share of long distance bus journeys in Colombia and beyond, over the past couple of months, but only recently on a trip to Pasto, in the south of Colombia, did I really feel like I was in some sort of battle for my safety! This article could easily have been […]

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2012; A Year Of Growing Through Travel

by Stephanie Walsh January 29, 2013
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This past year has been, without doubt, one of the best years of my life. There was, of course, many difficult times and times I wished for nothing more than to be back in Ireland, in the safety and familiarity of my home with family and friends. But those hard times always passed, and overall, […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia

by Stephanie Walsh August 11, 2012
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Top Tips for Getting There, Saving Money, Camping and Making the Most of a Trip to Tayrona National Natural Park, Santa Marta, Colombia.   Welcome to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Tayrona National Natural Park‘. This is a fairly extensive and detailed post designed for those people who are planning a trip to Tayrona National Natural […]

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6 Lessons Learned From 6 Months of Travel – The Best Long Term Travel Tips

by Stephanie Walsh July 6, 2012
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Today is our 6-month Travel-versary! This day 6 months ago we set out on our South American adventure and began our life of long term travel. Time has flown and I can’t believe we’ve already been living a location independent lifestyle and travelling for 6 months now. The last 6 months have been amazing, and […]

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Is This Paradise? Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia’s Must-See Travel Destination

by Stephanie Walsh June 20, 2012
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The word ‘Paradise’ is over-used today. It is thrown around too lightly. A quick Google search gives over 95 million results for the word paradise…over-used much? Wikipedia describes paradise as a “place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless….in paradise there is only peace, prosperity and happiness…paradise is a place of contentment, but it […]

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Photo Essay | Colombia’s Psychedelic Underground Salt Cathedral

by Stephanie Walsh June 10, 2012
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Yes, you read correctly. A Salt Cathedral…and a very psychedelic one at that! The Salt Cathedral, about an hour outside of Bogotá in the lovely small town of Zipaquirá, is the most popular tourist destination in Colombia. People come from far and wide to visit the holy Catholic Cathedral; located 200 metres underground in a […]

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Photo of the Week | Small Girl Holds Candle During Easter Processions in Popayán

by Stephanie Walsh May 18, 2012
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This weeks Photo of the Week is again combined with #FriFotos theme of HOLY PLACES.   A small girl holds a candle during the Easter processions in Popayán, Colombia. Popayán holds Colombia’s biggest celebration of Easter Week (Semana Santa) with daily processions through the historical centre of the town during Holy Week. UNESCO has declared […]

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Parque Del Café – Coffee, Culture and Roller-Coasters

by Stephanie Walsh May 16, 2012
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You really can’t visit Colombia, the home of some of the worlds best coffee, without visiting the Coffee Triangle, called so because of the axis formed between the regions of Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda which are the main coffee producing zones in Colombia. Within the Coffee Triangle is the famous Colombian National Coffee Park (Parque […]

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Photo of the Week | Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia

by Stephanie Walsh May 11, 2012
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My first ‘Photo of the Week‘ combines the #FriFotos theme of #Paradise.   Cabo San Juan Beach in Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia Parque Tayrona is one of the most spectacular places I have been. The unspoilt beaches, overlooked by the snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, in this gigantic nature park are incredible. […]

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