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    Review: The Secret Garden in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    When most people think of Ecuador, they think of the Galapagos Islands (and maybe that 90s club classic by Sash). But, let’s not forget about the rest of this captivating country!

    Yes, the Galapagos Islands are a great reason to visit Ecuador however, there is also SO much more on offer in this country. Sacred snow peaked volcanoes, opalescent blue lagoons and intriguing indigenous communities, are just a few of the things that this tiny country boasts.

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    The Real Masaya, Nicaragua

    You may recognise the name of the town ‘Masaya’ from the turmoil, which hit the Central American country of Nicaragua in April this year.

    From January to April, I lived in Masaya working for the charity Raleigh International as their Communications Officer. On 19th April, as we were going about our usual manic day-to-day lives at the Raleigh office, riots broke out in Masaya and the capital, Managua, due to policy changes made by the government.

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    A Budget Backpacker’s Guide to Visiting Machu Picchu

    One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a deserted citadel once occupied by the Incas (pre-colonial Peruvians). Nestled high up amongst mystic clouds and towering rock formations, a trip to Peru would not be complete without ticking off Machu Picchu. 

    However, planning a trip to Machu Picchu can be somewhat overwhelming. There are so many different options for so many different budgets that it’s hard to know, which option is best for you. 

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    A Two Week Itinerary to the Caribbean Coast of Colombia

    One of the biggest draws to Colombia is its diversity.

    From the humid, colourful colonial city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast to the cold coffee region of Quindío in the South, Colombia is hugged by two oceans, making the country’s weather, food, culture and people different from place to place.

    This diversity alongside Colombia’s tragic history, makes a visit to this country an overwhelming treat for all the senses and is why it’s at the top of most gringos’ South American to-do lists.

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