In our Slow Travel Manifesto we said that one of our most enjoyable ways to explore a new place is to wander aimlessly and be open to what we might come across. In a big city this can be overwhelming and the best way to focus your exploration is to choose a specific neighbourhood. Our favourite cities have distinct diverse neighbourhoods with their own characters, and we gravitate towards areas with independent businesses and restaurants, good food, an artistic creative vibe, beautiful architecture, or a village-like feel.
One of our favourite destinations in Colombia was the quiet mountain village of Salento in the coffee region. We trekked for hours along muddy paths up steep trails and on our way back were rewarded with an up close look of the giant wax palms in the Valle de Cocora. It was a cloudy, rainy day but somehow that added to the mystery.
To celebrate the launch of our free ebook South America Highlights this week’s Photo of the Week is back from our time in Peru. The presence of llamas at the ancient Incan citadel Machu Picchu is a classic South American image.
To celebrate the launch of our free ebook South America Highlightswe asked other travel bloggers to share their favourite places and experiences on the continent. In Part 1 we heard their top tips for Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil and now in Part 2 we move on to Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. For exhilarating adventures, colourful festivals, remote treks, hidden surfing beaches, and wildlife encounters read on…