Village in the Amazon near Iquitos, PEru

“Put on your rain jacket,” the Kiwi guy said. I looked up at the blue sky, with no cloud in sight. “It protects you against mosquitos,” he added. “Trust me, I’ve been here for a couple of days already.” Have you ever ended up in the middle of nowhere and realised that you forgot, Read More

Libertad Jungle Lodge in the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru

If you want to go to the Amazon in Peru (and you totally should), chances are high that you’ll pass through Iquitos. Iquitos is the biggest city in the world that cannot be reached by car. You can go by boat down the Amazon, but most travellers arrive here by plane. While many jungle, Read More

Amazon near Iquitos, Peru

“There!” I pointed towards the place where the fin had just disappeared. “Did you see it? Was that one of the pink dolphins?” I can’t remember the first time I had heard of those creatures. Probably when I was researching my trip to South America. Or when I was in Peru almost two years, Read More

Last week, I got the chance to visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. While the weather was rainy and cloudy (I guess that’s why it’s called a cloud forest) and we did not get to see many animals, we walked through a beautiful forest. And I had the opportunity of meeting Ricardo. He was, Read More

Fruit on a market, Peru

One of the things I love about travelling is eating foreign food. And there is nothing more fascinating than the amount of foreign fruit and vegetables that exists in the world and that I have never heard of. Peru was no exception when it came to exotic fruits. On markets, I found huge piles, Read More

“I was born and raised in Iquitos,” Osmar told us. “People from the communities often say that city people can’t be good jungle guides, but that is not true.” We were sitting in a tiny restaurant in Iquitos, in Northeastern Peru, sipping tree tomato smoothies. The orange drink tasted fruity and slightly acid at, Read More

Jungla de Panama, Boquete, Panama

The best part about travelling are the amazing people I meet along the way. One of them is Dorothy, an American expat living near Boquete in Panama with her family. She runs Jungla de Panama, a wildlife refuge where she helps injured and abandoned animals, and she agreed to do an interview with me, Read More

Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru

There is no city in South America that I have visited as often as Lima. With good flight connections both to Europe and other destinations in South America, it made sense for us to come here multiple times. We based ourselves in a hostel in the middle of Miraflores, 151 Backpackers, which I can, Read More

Penguins on Isla Magdalena, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

With its decent-sized airport, Punta Arenas is an entry point into Southern Patagonia for many travellers. The city might not be the most interesting place in the area (it is far nicer to go out and see the Patagonian nature than to stay here for too long), but it is pleasant enough and a, Read More

View over Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina

Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, often calls itself the ‘end of the world’. Yet, when we arrived here, the city had anything but an end-of-the-world feeling. It was big and lively, with shops selling everything you could possibly need. And since residents have tax advantages over the rest of Argentina, the city has grown, Read More