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Villazon-Market-Street
NOVEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I was working my way up through north west Argentina into south west Bolivia. Cafayate is definitely worth a visit. I wasn’t so keen on Mendoza, Salta, nor Tilcara. Anyway, I planned to cross into Bolivia on Route 9 at La Quiaca / Villazon. I researched the internet for information and read some ‘horror stories’ about it being disorganised with multi-hour delays. Readers may find my experience useful for their own planning purposes … GETTING THERE: I started my journey in Tilcara. You may start from another location. TILCARA: I walked down […]

La Quiaca, Argentina – to – Villazon, Bolivia – Journey


OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. The Galapagos Islands were on my ‘Bucket List’. SUGGESTION: I strongly suggest that, if you can, you should bring your own snorkelling equipment. This will give you the freedom to explore on your own … as well as bring down the cost of some of your day trips. Before we continue, let me be clear: The Galapagos Islands are one of the 7 wonders of the modern world They know it They make you pay for it You are a captive market They have you […]

Galapagos – Ecuador – (How To Do) A Cheap Two Week Tour


JULY / AUGUST 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I had already been to Banos and Tena. From Tena, I had hoped to get into the Amazon and, perhaps, go even further north to Coca to get even deeper into the Amazon. I didn’t like Tena much. As a town, it is ‘drab’ and lacks ‘character’. And, alas, the weather was also too miserable (for us ‘wrinklies’ anyway) to get the best out of the day trips that Tena does offer … So, I turned my head south (to better weather) and […]

Central Highlands – Ecuador – A One Week Tour



JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,875 (Colombian Peso / COP); for simplicity, I use US$1 = C$3k. Ecuador uses the US$. Our journey starts in Medellin (where I stayed 15 nights in the Posada Casa Santa Fe). I paid under C$24k / US$8 per night for a small Fan Double Room that included Cable TV (no English Speaking channels), wardrobe, fridge, and (small) hot water ensuite. I enjoyed my 2 weeks in Medellin. City-loving GRANDPAckers should definitely come and have a look. … It was time […]

Medellin Colombia – to – Quito Ecuador – Journey


JUNE / JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP; I use C$3k = US$1 for simplicity). Previously, I spent 1 month on San Andres Island and Providencia Island. In San Andres I paid C$50k / US$18 per night for a Double Room in a Cabana with cold-water Private Bathroom, Cable TV and Shared Kitchen. In Providencia I paid C$64k / US$24 per night for a small 2 Bedroom Apartment. Both islands were very disappointing. Both of my hotel locations were […]

Medellin – Colombia – Information


JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP). To keep things simple, I use C$3k = US$1. I stayed in El Centro, San Andres Island a couple of weeks earlier. I stayed 3 nights in the Posada Nativa Tristan Centro. I paid C$72k / US$26 per night for a large Double room with Cable TV (2 English Speaking channels) and an annex that had a dining table and a small fridge. I made a mistake. The hostel was too far from the beach, it […]

San Andres – Colombia – Information



JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP). I came from El Centro, San Andres Island. I stayed 3 nights in the Posada Nativa Tristan Centro. I paid C$72k / US$26 per night for a large Double room with Cable TV (2 English Speaking channels) and an annex that had a dining table and a small fridge. I made a mistake. The hostel was too far from the beach and the area had no nice restaurants nor bars. … It was time to […]

Providencia – Colombia – Information


JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP). I came from Rodadero near Santa Marta on the Caribbean Coast of the Colombian mainland.I stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment for 5 nights at US$32 / night … Rodadero was a pleasant surprise. The beach was good and there were plenty of budget restaurants where you could get a reasonable meal for as little as C$10k / US$3.35 (but, C$15k / US$5 was more ‘normal’). And, you find cafe-marts overlooking the beach […]

San Andres – Colombia – A Beginner’s Guide & Where To Stay


MAY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP). Previously, I stayed a total of 3 nights in Riohacha. I stayed in an hostel 1 block from the beach (the Mi Cassona). I paid C$60k / US$20 per night for a small Double Room with cold-water Private Bathroom and Cable TV. The price excluded Breakfast. Riohacha is a drab, non-touristy town. It has a beach but no-one seems to really use it. Riohacha is really just a ‘transit point’ for adventurous, young […]

Rodadero – Colombia – Information



MAY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,898 (Colombian Peso / COP). I stayed a total of 3 nights in Palomino. I stayed in a hostel about 800 metres from the beach (the Hostel El Bohio) for US$21 / night including Breakfast. In Palomino you can do lots of beach time. You can hang around in the bars and restaurants around main street. Or, you can take a tour. … It was time to move on to Riohacha (the last bastion of civilisation on Colombia’s […]

Riohacha – Colombia – Information