Setfree Sarah in South America

Me, my canon and trusty rucksack spent a year exploring Central and South America. Check out my travel blog and instagram for snapshots of my Latin American experiences, from seeking out the best hot chocolate in the highlands of Mexico, to experiencing Navidad (Christmas) Guatemalan-style!

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April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014

I embarked on a day trip from the city of Salta to Humahuaca, in the far north of Argentina (only about 150km from the Bolivian border), which follows the line of the Camino Inca, a major cultural route, along the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande. Enroute to Humahu...

April 11, 2014

Valparaiso, or 'Valpo' as affectionately referred to by the locals, is challenging Buenos Aires for the top spot in my favourite Latin American cities. The cultural capital of Chile has a bohemian vibe about it, and also a freneticness that takes some getting used to....

April 3, 2014

Like a good (chilean!) wine, Santiago just gets better with time. Despite the dramatic backdrop of snow-tipped Andean peaks, it's not the prettiest of cities at first glance. But by day two I discover the quirky neighbourhoods of Lastilla, Paris Londres & Bellavista (t...

March 21, 2014

Bs As, the city of 'good airs'; my most anticipated city to hit up in SA, and (cue drumroll!)... could just be my favourite, yet! I love the sophisticated European feel of neighbourhoods like leafy Recoleta and Palermo, contrasted with the rough but characterful Latin...

March 5, 2014

True paradise can't be that accessible right? Well in the case of Ilha do Mel, which translates as 'Honey Island' that is certainly true. Seven hours and three modes of transport later, including one of the most exciting train journeys in Brazil, from Curitiba to the p...

March 1, 2014

To visit Rio during carnivaaaaal you have to be a little bit crazy or 'loco' as locals would say, and be prepared to part with your precious reaia. My visit during one of the world's biggest fiestas is in fact unintentional, but I decide to embrace this travel curvebal...

January 26, 2014

Rio Dulce, which translates as 'sweet river' runs from Lake Izabel in the eastern part of Guatemala, to the Caribbean. The river meanders for 10km in a spectacular gorge and either side is covered with teak, mahogany and palms. I took an unforgettable boat trip, starti...

January 24, 2014

One mile west of the Belize Barrier Reef and a rather choppy 45 minute boat ride from Belize City (Belize), is the very chilled, very Caribbean island of Caye Caulker. The motto here is 'go slow' and I can see why. There are no cars, only locally-owned businesses and n...

January 20, 2014

Tulum, located in the Quintana Roo state of Mexico, on the Caribbean coast, is the last place I had expected to find retro design, but I was proven very wrong. Hungry, and in need of a substanial breakfast, I discovered 'Teetotum' - a retro-hip boutique hotel and resta...

January 19, 2014

When it comes to a picture perfect setting, the pre-columbian Maya walled city of Tulum scores pretty highly. Located on the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, it is the only Mayan site to be built overlooking the ocean. Its ancient name was 'Zuma' meaning 'place of the da...

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