• 3 months in Brazil best experiences and worst things about Brazil | travel blog | Cuppa to Copa Travels South America Guides couple travel

    The Highs and Lows of 3 Months in Brazil

    Our 3 months in Brazil has shown us what an incredible part of the world this is – it’s truly a country like no other. Nowhere else have we experienced such vibrance and energy. Here are our highlights are low…

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    Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso’s waterfall capital

    Chapada dos Guimarães, a town nestled in a national park, is not yet popular with international tourists – or even with tourists from other Brazilian states – and instead is mostly a weekend retreat for people who live and work…

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    Curitiba, Paraná: Brazil’s most sustainable green city

    European architecture and modern street art blend perfectly together, and the centre of the city has lush parks from which to watch the world go by. Curitiba, Brazil ’s first ‘green city’, continues to be its most sustainable.

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    Arraial do Cabo; Brazil’s answer to the Caribbean?

    Known as the Brazilian Caribbean, this fantastic little town is surrounded by white sands and turquoise waters in every direction. Arraial do Cabo beaches are famed for their beauty, and we completely, utterly, unequivocally understand why.

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    Mompóx, Colombia, a pueblo frozen in time

    Though it’s been on people’s travel radars for a while, there aren’t many tourists in the town still. When you read on to the "How to get to Mompox" section, you’ll understand why. There isn't that much to do in…

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    An honest review: Crab Cay Boutique Lodge, Isla de Providencia

    A review of Crab Cay Boutique Lodge on Isla de Providencia, Colombia. Providencia is a Caribbean island owned by Colombia but closer geographically to Nicaragua, so you can expect those turquoise waters and white sands that so much of Central…

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    Isla de Providencia, Colombia’s Unspoilt Paradise Island

    The lesser-visited sister of San Andrés, Isla de Providencia sits around 80 miles North-West of SA. It’s strongly Caribbean culture has the slightest of Colombian twists, and local life there appears laid-back and full of happy moments.

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    Bogotá | Colombia’s highly under-rated capital

    Bogotá totally took us by surprise during our travels. From other travellers’ reviews, we expected to hate this orange-bricked metropolis, but after spending over 2 weeks in Bogotá, using it as a base to have a normal working life during…

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    Villa de Leyva: Colombia’s stunning white pueblo

    The jewel of Boyacá! Just 3-4 hours from Bogotá, Villa de Leyva is a well-preserved step back in time. It's a popular city break from Bogotá, and whilst being a chilled place with fresh air it's also packed with things…

  • Guide to Tequendama Falls | Bogotá day trips: Salta de Tequendama | Colombia travel guides by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    Salto del Tequendama, Bogotá’s haunted waterfall

    The beauty of Tequendama Falls is that it's only actually a half day trip from Bogotá. This place drips in legend as the site from which the indigenous Muisca people jumped to their deaths to escape Spanish slavery, and its…

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    Selina: a brand set to take over the world

    As you may already know, we earn our keep by running a brand strategy consultancy business. Sometimes, our consultancy & travel content cross-over, so why not share it with you lovely people? Selina is a brand that's swept across Latin…

  • Our travel plans for 2019: itinerary Latin America | South America, Central America | Travel route Colombia Ecuador Galapagos Brazil Mexico Belize Lauren McCormick Photography

    Our travel plans for 2019

    Looking for inspiration? Just curious? Stalking us around the world? Whichever your motive, we thought we’d let you know our travel plans for 2019. Although we may be home in Blighty for now, our feet are itching and we intend…

  • Best Craft Breweries in South America | 3 Cordilleras Cerveza | The Beer Guide | Travel guides by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    The best craft breweries in South America

    Welcome to the list of Top Craft Breweries in South America! Spanning a variety of countries, each brand that has made the list offers a combination of great beer as well as something a little unique versus your typical craft…

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    The best bars in Antigua, Guatemala

    For a relatively small place, Antigua Guatemala is bursting with great bars, restaurants & cafés. We’ve collated a list of the best bars in Antigua for just a few drinks or a night of partying.

  • If we only had 2 weeks: Guatemala Itinerary | Semuc Champey waterfalls | Guatemala Travel Guide by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    If we only had 2 weeks: Guatemala itinerary

    We are often asked by people who only have a 2 week holiday from their jobs where we would prioritise in the given time. So behold! Here is our 2 weeks Guatemala itinerary for anyone who is tight on time…

  • If we only had 2 weeks: Ecuador Itinerary | Luna Runtun viewpoint Baños Ecuador | Ecuador Travel Guide by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    If we only had 2 weeks: Ecuador itinerary

    As this is a 2 week trip, we assume that you are beginning and ending your 2 weeks Ecuador itinerary in Quito. Please note that if you want to visit the incredible Galapagos Islands, we would recommend a bare minimum…

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    If we only had 2 weeks: Peru itinerary

    Here's our ideal 2 weeks Peru itinerary for anyone who is tight on time but still wants to soak up the best that this incredible country has to offer. As this is a 2 week trip, we assume that you…

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    A guide to the best barrios of Bogotá, Colombia

    There is a huge number of barrios of Bogotá, so we’ve provided a brief guide to the vibes of each one we spent a lot of time in. Hopefully this will help you decide where to stay in Bogotá and…

  • Best cafés in Antigua | El Estudio cafe | coffee shops Guatemala | Latin America travel guides by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    The best cafés in Antigua, Guatemala

    Guatemala is one of the world’s finest producers of coffee, and if you find yourself in Antigua, you’re in a great spot to learn more about the local production, get involved in workshops and try some of the locally-produced goods.…

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    Guatapé, Colombia: Medellín’s must-do day trip

    Guatapé town itself is colourful, quaint and quiet. All around, you’ll see houses with murals on the outside like skirting boards, each with their own vibrant depictions of llamas, horses and old men at the bar.

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    Coolest surfer towns in South and Central America

    Throughout our travels, we alternate between busy city life, stunning natural landscapes and relaxing beaches. We’ve put our heads together and come up with what we think are the top 5 coolest surfer towns across South and Central America.

  • The Beer in Colombia Guide: Colombia | Bar in Zipaquirá: Club Colombia, Aguila, Cerveza Roja | Beer in Colombia by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    The Beer Guide: Colombia

    Beer in Colombia is interesting compared with the rest of the continent, I’ve selected my key take-outs and ideas that might be replicable in other markets.

  • The Beer in Colombia Guide: Colombia | Bar in Zipaquirá: Club Colombia, Aguila, Cerveza Roja | Beer in Colombia by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    The Beer Guide: Colombia

    Beer in Colombia is interesting compared with the rest of the continent, I’ve selected my key take-outs and ideas that might be replicable in other markets.

  • Mistake on the Cocora Valley Hike - Do not hike up the wrong mountain! | Valle de Cocora palm trees hiking routes | Salento Colo,bia travel guide by Cuppa to Copa Travels

    Cocora Valley: How to not hike the wrong mountain!

    It’s still very hard for us to talk about the Cocora Valley Hike. There are several routes to hike the valley, all incredibly vague, so we took screenshots of a blog that seemed to know it all, and off we…

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    Cali, Colombia: The home of Salsa dancing

    Cali, Colombia: the home of salsa! The climate is hot-hot-hot here, but during rainy season the weather can change to thunderstorms in an instant. Overall, we’d say Cali is pretty under-rated. Not many people put Cali in Colombian travel itineraries,…

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    10 things to know before you travel to Colombia

    We’ve honestly never met anyone who didn’t rave about Colombia. We came for 4 weeks, ended up spending 9 months there. We used Bogotá as a homebase to have a more settled-feeling life in between stints of active travel. After…

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    What to pack for travel photography

    Want to make the most out of your camera on your next trip but not sure what you pack for travel photography? Aside from being quality, travel photography equipment needs to be as light and versatile as possible.

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    Six Spanish mistakes to avoid in Latin America

    As you may know, Spanish can be a very dangerous language for slips of the tongue. In order to help you avoid some common and humiliating pitfalls, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 embarrassing Spanish mistakes to avoid…

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    Weird & wonderful drinks from Latin America

    Every region has its fair share of concoctions that seem alien to the average foreigner. South & Central America are no different, with an eclectic mix of drinks ranging from warm & homely to absolutely lethal. Here is a collection…

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    How easy is it to eat gluten-free in South America?

    If you're gluten intolerant or coeliac, it can be difficult to maintain a GF diet in South America. Here's a brief breakdown of what to expect from typical foods in each country, & useful Spanish phrases.

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    The best hostels and AirBnBs of South America

    While most people groan at the thought of hostel living, there has been many an occasion where we’ve found hostels in South America so bloody good that we’ve not wanted to leave. If you’re heading to any of the below…