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When backpacking Peru, there are certain cities and landmarks you simply shouldn't miss. Huacachina is definitely one of them. Located at the beginning of the Ica desert, this beautiful small town looks like it came straight out from a fantasy movie. Famous f...
While you are planning your trip, it's really likely that you will find yourself hesitating about one particular item. Should you get travel insurance? Is that really necessary? And I get why you are wondering! Getting insurance for your trip is something tha...
Are you traveling to Peru? That's a great decision! Peru is one of the most visited countries in South America, and there is a reason why. From its various landscapes to its incredible cultural wealth, Peru has everything a backpacker might appreciate. But le...
During your traveling adventures, you will find many problems you will have to solve. You might face difficulties considering how to move or have some trouble communicating with locals. Perhaps, you will have doubts about the local currency or encounter many...
Peru is one of my favorites countries in the world. I have visited it on 3 different occasions and spent a total of 8 months there. And I'm sure I will be back again. It has so many things to offer! So if you are planning a backpacking adventure through Peru,...
For everything in life, there is a first time. But there aren't many things as exciting as planning your first travel adventure. So if this is your case, congratulations! Having decided to travel with your backpack for the first time is something that will su...
We are Andres and Ashita, a backpacker couple that has been together since September 2018. But our traveler's adventures started separately. Andres was a web developer working and living in Italy. He was doing great when he decided that he wanted to see the world. I started my journey when I got the opportunity to work on a cruise ship as a children's animator. We met during our time in Colombia. Since then, we have been to Ecuador, and spent 6 months in Peru nearly for free! We crossed the border to Bolivia, and we have been briefly in Argentina and Uruguay. Now we are writing Maps and Words from our Brazilian home.
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| This is the last photo in the Huacachina series. 🤗We spent 2 weeks in this paradise, volunteering at the best party hostel ever, enjoying the warm days, watching incredible sunsets and getting lost among the dunes. 🏜This photo is from one of the best days we had. We hired the Buggy tour and we felt pure adrenaline rushing through our veins, while we jumped through the desert at maximum speed. 🏁 We also tried some sandboarding and had a lot of fun! 🤸♂️🤸♀️If you go to Peru after covid, be sure to check out our complete guide to Huacachina, so you don't miss the most famous oasis in South America. 🌎 LINK IN OUR BIO 👍
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| Dreaming about coming back to central america (me, Andres) and bringing my girl with me. 🏖It's kind of funny. When we met, I was going south, from Mexico towards Argentina, and Ashita was going north, from Argentina towards Mexico. 🧭We run into each other in Colombia, and Ashita gave a 180 degrees turn on her itinerary to go with me to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. 🌎It's incredible to look back and see how many places we saw together, how many awesome people we met, and how many magical experiences we shared. 💫Once this is over (and we are finally seing the light at the end of the tunel 🙏), maybe we will be able to finally go back north.Panama is beautiful, don't you think? What are your plans after covid? Let us know in the comments 👇
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| Traveling makes you confident. Especially solo travel. 😎When you travel alone, you experience total freedom. You are in charge of everything, including your itinerary, your time, your decisions, and solving any problem that might appear. 💪Solo travel gives you the opportunity of getting to know yourself, your true self. 🙏 You discover what you are capable of, and therefore, you develop your self-esteem.We are about to celebrate our second anniversary as a backpacking couple. And we are really happy with our relationship. 💑We think that's because we both had the opportunity to experience solo travel before. And that gave us stability and confidence... So, together, we are part of a team, but we are still our selves. 💚What about you? Have you found your adventures partner? Let us know in the comments 👇
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| Anyone here loves sunsets? 🙋🏻♂️🙋🏽♀️This one is from the beautiful Manuel Antonio, a stunning Natural Park in Costa Rica. The sky looks like it's on fire 🔥We have been chasing sunsets since we started traveling, and our favorites are the ones where the sun meets the sea 😍Do you prefer sunsets or sunrises? Let us know in the comments below 👇
Follow @mapsandwordsblog for more travel content. 📸| Have you ever went to a place and completely felt in love with it? For me, that place was Baru Island. 😍Back then, I was traveling alone. It was just about the time I met Andres, while we were both solo backpackers in Colombia. 🇨🇴 We actually met in Cartagena, but since I couldn't find any volunteer opportunity there, I grabbed my backpack and took a bus to Baru. I found a volunteer opportunity at the Wizzard hostel, one of the most colorful and magical places on the Island. 💫 That's where this pic was taken. I spent a month working by the most beautiful sea, in a white sanded beach, with the starriest sky and enjoying luminous plankton at night.Andres and I visited each other a few times during that month, as he was volunteering in Cartagena. It was a great start for our love story... And for my love story with Baru as well. 😍
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| Mi Buenos Aires querido 🇦🇷The "Puente de la Mujer", Women's Brigde, is one of the most emblematic spots in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.It's located in Puerto Madero, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city.When visiting Buenos Aires, it's something you shouldn't miss. All around the quarter, you will find professional dancers performing Tango, the iconic Argentinian dance. 💃🕺There's also a Natural Reserve in the surroundings, which makes this a great place for spending a nice afternoon in contact with nature. 🌊Don't forget to walk around the "Costanera" and enjoy the view, and try one of the typical dishes in the city, the delicious "Bondiolita" 🤤Have you been in Argentina?
Follow @mapsandwordsblog for more travel content. -- What do you think of these amazing colors?Paracas is a must when backpacking Peru. 🇵🇪Located between Ica and Lima, you should definitely make a stop there to visit the stunning Ballestas Island and the National Natural Reserve.Good news is you can visit both in just one day. But even if you want to extend your stay, Paracas has great accommodations ready to welcome you. 🏨You will be able to enjoy the beach, learn about the Paracas indigenous culture and appreciatte its fantastic nature. 💚Will you visit Peru when the covid restrictions are over? If so, make sure you read our complete guide to visit Peru. Link in our bio. 👍
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| Have you ever been in the middle of the world? We have...While backpacking in the beautiful Ecuador! 🇪🇨The middle of the world is a spot in Quito, where you are literally standed on both hemispheres at the same time.The equatorial line is marked by this huge landmark, the Monumento de la Mitad del Mundo. It's a must when you are in Quito 🙃So, have you been there? Did you like it?
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| The Huacachina Desert, in Peru 🇵🇪In 2019, we spent 6 months backpacking around Peru. Back then, we volunteer in Máncora, Lima, Arequipa and Huacachina, which allowed us to get to know really well all those places, and save a huge amount of money at the same time. 👍Huacachina is one of our favourite spots. Located in Ica, a few hours away from Lima, Huacachina is famous for its beautiful Oasis lagoon, in the middle of the desert.This pic reminds me of one of my best birthdays! To celebrate my new year, we took the day off at the hostel and we went sandboarding and buggy riding in the desert. 🏜 It was a magical day! 💫Have you ever been in Huacachina? Or maybe... Are you still waiting to go on your first adventure? Check out our new blog post to find the ultimate guide to #planyourfirsttravel. Link in bio. ✈
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| The outstanding Bacalar Lagoon, in Mexico. 🇲🇽Bacalar is known as the "Pueblo Mágico", meaning the Magical Town. And it's easy to see why! 💫It's located on the Mayan Riviera, and it's famous for its 7 colours Lagoon, its amazing natural landscapes and its cenotes.Mexico was my first destination when I left Italy to travel with no time limit (@andres.viviani )... And I loved every second of the 3 months I spent there. 👍What was your first destination ever?Are you still waiting to go on your first adventure? Check out our new blog post to find the ultimate guide to #planyourfirsttravel. Link at bio!
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| Paris, the city of love! ❤As one of the most visited capital cities in Europe and in the whole world, Paris has a lot to offer! Art, culture, gastronomy, entertainment, history... 🎨I've been living in Europe since I was 10 years old (@andres.viviani ) but, as incredible as it might sound, I only went to Paris once! 🤭Now, while we are still stranded in Brazil, we are considering Europe as our next destination... Europe is almost back to normality, right? And Paris can't be left out of our itinerary! 🇫🇷And you? Where are you going once you can travel again?
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.| Tikal is the ruin of an ancient Mayan city. In fact, it's one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.It is located in Guatemala, in the Petén department. 🇬🇹Tikal is currently part of the Tikal National Park, a site declared by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage sites.It's a popular tourist destination in Guatemala. And no wonder why! It is truly a magical place! 💫I -Andres @andres.viviani - had the chance to visit this place in 2018 during my trip through Guatemala. Have you been there already?
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content.|Raise your hand if you have been in this paradise before! 🙋♀️Tayrona National Natural Park is one of the highlights in Colombia. Some of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches are located there. 🌴🌊This pic is from Cabo San Juan, the most iconic beach inside the park. What do you think?I had the pleasure of spending 3 nights there, but unfortunately, Andres hadn't. Why? Because we started our traveling journeys alone, and we wandered separated paths before running into each other.Are you thinking about solo traveling after the pandemic is over?Check out our new post and consider the pros and cons of solo adventures before starting. The link is at our bio. 🖇
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 for more travel content. 🌎 The Lost City is one of the must-sees in Colombia. It's an ancient complex of indigenous ruins in the heart of the Sierra Nevada tropical forest.The only way to get there is by hiring a tour with one of the 7 authorized agencies in the country.This tour costs around 1 million Colombian pesos and includes the guide service, accommodation, and all meals during the hiking, which lasts 4 or 5 days depending on the package you choose.1 million Colombian pesos was equivalent to almost 300 dollars at the time I went. And 300 dollars is an important sum for a backpacker traveling on a budget!Luckily, I was able to take the tour for free and even earn money while doing it, as I worked as a translator for the guide, who only spoke Spanish, to help him communicate with a group of English-speaking tourists.It was definitively one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. And you? Have you gone to the Lost City?
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸 This pic was taken at the Titicaca Lake. The Titicaca is a large, deep lake in the Andes, on the border of Bolivia and Peru. It's often called the "highest navigable lake" in the world.We spent 6 months in Peru and 2 in Bolivia. They went by so fast... And it was such a cheap adventure!If there is something we learned along the way, is that you don't have to be rich to travel well.Do you want to know how we save large amounts of money whilst backpacking? Check out today's featured post at our bio: Travel on a budget, a backpacker's guide.
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸.Comuna 13 is a neighborhood in Medellín, known for its fantastic graffiti art. It's one of the most colorful places in Colombia. 🎨I remember we skipped the tour to save some money and took a bus to see it ourselves.Back then, we were both volunteering in different hostels in the city We had just started dating, so it was one of the first days we spent as boyfriend and girlfriend.That day is one of our favorite memories as a couple. ♥️Have you ever worked as a volunteer at a hostel abroad? We do it all the time!If you want to know how to do it, or maybe share your experience with us, check out today's featured article at our bio. 🔗
Follow @mapsandwordsblog 📸📸. Morro de São Paulo is a Brazilian small town located in the Tinharé island, almost in front of Salvador de Bahía, the capital city of the Bahia State.It is one of the 5 villages on the island, and it’s by far the most touristic one. In fact, it's one of the most visited places in Brazil.Warm ocean water and dreamy palm trees decorate perfectly its beautiful beaches.If you are planning on visiting Brazilian’s North, this place is definitively a must.Morro de São Paulo is a youth destination by excellence. So, beside its amazing beaches, there is a lot to do at night.Read more about this #beautifuldestination at today's article on our site.
This period of confinement is getting way too long.As we remain stranded in Brazil and dream of continuing our travel, we remember the best places we have visited. Pipa is undoubtedly one of them!The 6 months in this town were amazing, and I can't seem to get over its magic.With beautiful beaches full of dolphins, incredible sunsets and overflowing nature all around, Pipa is one of the best destinations in Brazil. And I'm constantly thinking about getting back!How about you? Have you been to Praia da Pipa?Travel with us from home, our new article is ready for you to read it.
This colorful photo was taken at Guatapé, a small touristic town near Medellín.Guatapé is a great place to try the well-known "Bandeja Paisa", the most emblematic typical dish in the area. It contains meat, eggs, beans, rice, chorizo, pork rind, patacones, and arepas. It's so good!Have you ever been to Colombia? We spent 6 months there, and we loved it! That's why we decided to write an article about the top Colombian destinations for backpackers.Give it a look at our bio, and start planning your trip, so you will be ready to go once the pandemic is over!
Who doesn't love palm trees? 🌴 We found this amazing landscape at Aracajú, Brazil. 🇧🇷 Are you ready to discover beautiful destinations? Follow us for the best #travelcontent and visit https://www.mapsandwords.com. . . . . . #travelblog #travelcouple #backpacking #backpackers #brazil #nomadlife #backpackingsouthamerica #southamerica #palmtrees #beautifuldestinations #beachlife #summerforever #destinations #backpackersblog #mapsandwords #nature #travelphotograpy #wanderlust #travellers #aroundtheworld #landscape
Anyone else can't wait to travel or is it just us? 🤞 Has #lockdown finished in your country? We are still at home! And we are using this confinement time to work on Maps and Words. We will be online soon! ✈🌎 #backpackersblog #backpackers #travelblog #traveling #backpacking #aroundtheworld #nomadlifestyleblog #nomadlife #titikakalake #peru