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Best Places to Visit in Jamaica

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Most Beautiful Places in Jamaica to Visit

Heading to Jamaica soon and wondering about the best places to visit in Jamaica and the top best things to do? Then read on and find out about where to go in Jamaica and get some important travel tips.

This post was written by Cassandra.

Jamaica was only the 2nd Caribbean island I had visited, and I had no idea what to expect. Still, I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity and beauty the island had to offer. When I first arrived, I was greeted by a warm “Welcome Home,” a greeting almost all Jamaicans give when they hear you are visiting for the first time-  I found this lovely.

The laid-back, relaxed happiness exuded by the locals was contagious, the food was spicy, fresh, and unique, and the nature was stunning. Mountains, rivers, beaches, cliffs, rain forests, coral reef systems, coffee plantations, historic forts, and much more were contained on this island. With something to satiate all travel cravings, whether you love adventure, nature, relaxation, or history, you will definitely find it here!

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Pre-Travel Guide for Jamaica

Here are some quick tips for your trip before we discuss the best places to visit in Jamaica.

Tips and tricks and do´s and don´ts for Jamaica

  • Don’t drink tap water, only bottled water!
  • Bartering is part of shopping locally – be sure to haggle with pricing.
  • Don’t wander around after dark – it’s best to stay on the property or stay with a group tour if out at night.
  • If you venture into the city of Kingston, be particularly aware, as there are high rates of crime here.
  • I myself prefer staying along the island’s coastal areas, which are more laid back and accustomed to travelers.
  • Smoking weed is widespread here, and it will most likely be offered to you at some point. Keep in mind that although most authorities don’t care, it is technically still illegal on the island, so be smart.

Security tips for female travelers

  • Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings – always.
  • A lot of Jamaica is rural, so you wouldn’t want to be wandering around at night. Be careful not to expose your money/valuables. Trust your gut if a person or situation doesn‘t feel right – leave.
  • Don’t go out drinking alone, and don’t share your hotel information with people you don’t trust. Be conscious that every city has good and bad areas – research before you go, so you know your good areas and stay in them.
  • Aim to blend in – don’t wear/ flash designer items and expensive jewelry. For example, although it’s a Caribbean island, Jamaica is also a traditional island, and things like thong swimsuits are frowned upon.
  • Most coastal areas are accustomed to travelers, and I have found most people in Jamaica very friendly. Also, the main language spoken is English, which makes communication easy.
  • Besides, they are still close-minded about same-sex relationships, so it’s recommended to avoid public displays of affection in these situations, so you can avoid any hassle when outside the hotel or resort areas.
  • Lastly, as I always like to recommend, ignore catcalls. It’s better to avoid confrontation when in foreign countries.

How to get around Jamaica

Although an island, Jamaica is a large one! It would take over six hours to cross from one side to the other.

Also, the majority of the island is rural and impoverished. The roads are poorly maintained and usually not lit at night – a car rental is not recommended. The best thing to do is use transfer services. I have used Jamaica Tours Limited for airport pickups and such, and I have used both Island Routes and Viator before for day trips and excursions. If you want to get out for the day, the hotel can always arrange local drivers.

Things to pack for Jamaica

The island is hot, year-round! Pack summer and beach clothes, sandals and sneakers (depending on activities), bug spray, a raincoat (always a good idea if doing rainforest trekking), sunscreen, sunglasses, as well as a basic first aid kit with over-the-counter meds. Check out this summer packing guide for your Jamaica trip.

Where to stay in Jamaica

Below are my favored areas and hotel options. I choose the hotels based on location, mainly, and NOT being all-inclusive to have a more authentic experience. They are all varied in style and level of accommodation, though (some in town, some beachfront, some very basic and simple, and others a bit more high-end), which is why I think it is the best place to vacation in Jamaica.

Just check the location on a map about these hotels, and you can stay in a similar location. I did not include Montego Bay, as that is the current tourist hub, and it’s best to get outside of this area to experience more of Jamaica. However, you will most likely fly into Montego Bay and take a transfer from there for both Negril and Ocho Rios.

  • If you prefer a mega-resort or an all-inclusive stay, though, Montego Bay may be for you. Click here for accommodation in Montego Bay.
  • Negril – Located right on a 7-mile beach, one hour south of Montego Bay, this is the spot to be in if you want to snorkel, relax, or play in the Caribbean Sea. Try the Boardwalk Village as a budget-friendly hotel option in the area, only a 15-minute ride from Rick’s Café.
  • Although Port Antonio was the original tourist destination back in the 1940s, it has been abandoned as the tourist hub for Montego Bay since then. Port Antonio is currently a hidden gem worth exploring, where you can get more of a feel for “real Jamaica.” Pimento Lodge is tucked into the cliff-side, and you can take a walk down the hill to the local beach. For the more famed beaches, like Frenchman’s Cove, you can grab a 15-minute taxi ride.
  • Ocho Rios – Located on the northern coast, this area is about two hours from the Montego Bay airport and is tucked into a lush, tropical rainforest. Hermosa Cove Villa Resort & Suites is a very well-rated resort nestled amid 12 acres of tropical gardens and 500 meters from Mahogany Beach. 

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Best time to visit Jamaica

Almost any time! Note that November and December bring high price points. September is the heart of hurricane season (although this doesn’t mean a guarantee of bad weather! I travel to the Caribbean during these months regularly, and luckily, have never been caught in such a storm). May usually has good pricing and is before the summer months’ heavy heat in this region, so it is a great place to vacation in jamaica


After all the important general info about a trip to Jamaica, here are my places to visit in Jamaica.

Visit the many waterfalls

One of the things to do in Jamaica is to chase waterfalls – but which ones?

Jamaica points of interest
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Jamaica is a unique island, boasting over 120 rivers that run through rainforests and mountains, creating the perfect environment for gorgeous, multi-tiered waterfalls.

  • Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, on the northern coast of the island, is the most popular, but it tends to get overly crowded due to the nearby cruise port. Dunn’s River Falls dumps into the main Ocho Rios bay – it is 55 meters high and 180 meters wide. You can climb the limestone rocks and see the cascading pools along the way. You could also use the staircase up the side – if you do not want to get wet.
  • If you want to get away and see some lesser-known falls, visit YS Falls on the south coast. There are seven waterfalls, several of which cascade into natural pools.
  • Reach Falls are outside Port Antonio on the east coast – definitely some of the best places to visit in Jamaica.   Enjoy the cascading waterfall, have a picnic in the area, and do a guided tour upstream the Driver’s River (which feeds the waterfall) featuring a visit inside our legendary underwater cave. This is the waterfall that was featured in Tom Cruise’s Cocktails and the remake of Lord of the Flies.
  • Konoko Falls: You can climb the 200-foot waterfall to reach the vantage point offering great views over the port town and Ocho Rios. Bring your bathing suit if you go to the natural shower or if you swim to the mini-cave. The Reach Falls are nestled into the hills of St. Ann parish, and you´ll also find a botanical garden, jerk hut, and educational center in the area and Bob Marley.

Go to 7 Mile Beach

One of the best places to go in Jamaica is 7-Mile Beach.

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Located on the island’s west coast, this Seven Mile Beach in Negril is the nicest stretch of beach on the island, and being on the western end is perfect for sunsets as well, and it does not come as a surprise that it is one of the most beautiful places to Jamaica. The water is clear and beautiful, and the sandy beach is perfect for nice strolls or just lying around. 

The best bet is to stay in Negril and have this beach right in your backyard to enjoy! Also, there are security guards who patrol the shores near the resorts for your safety.

Appleton Rum Estate

If in Jamaica, visit the Appleton Rum Estate.

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Rum is one of Jamaica’s largest exports, and Appleton Estate farms the sugarcane and distills the rum. A tour through the grounds is fun and informative. The scenery is beautiful with peacocks strutting about, tastings, and Jamaican rum punch to enjoy, and you can even see a demonstration of the techniques used before modern technology. This is a different place to visit in Jamaica and not like the other places on this list.

The admission fee for Appleton is around $30 US (adult). Here are day tours to Appleton Estate (pssst, check whether the entrance ticket is already included).

Cliff Jump at Rick’s Café

Another great Jamaica vacation spot is Rick´s Cafe. Rick´s Cafe is located in the Negril area on the west coast of the island – the area was long only known for the beautiful 7-Mile Beach until Rick´s Cafe opened in 1974 – the first public bar and restaurant in the area.

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Cliff jumping at Rick’s Café was one of the best experiences in Jamaica I had! Dining while listening to live reggae music and dancing was a blast, but it’s the cliff jumping you come here for!

They have several levels to jump from; I opted for the baby 10-footer, while the more daring jumped from the 20 or even the 35-footer! If you’re lucky, you may even catch professionals doing daring tricks as they leap in. Also, Rick´s Cade is also known as one of the best sunset spots in Jamaica. Click here to find tours – Day trip to Negril and Rick´s Cafe from Montego Bay

Pirate Town of Port Royal

One of the main attractions in Jamaica is the Pirate Town of Port Royal.


The village is located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of Kingston Harbour, in southeastern Jamaica, and was founded in the 15th century by the Spanish. It was once known as the “Wickedest City on Earth” and overrun by pirates. However, at the height of its wealth in the 17the century, a big part of the town sank into the sea because of an earthquake. 

Visit the treasures in the Maritime museum, check out the forts lined with cannons and the Giddy House artillery shop, and if you scuba dive, you can also visit the parts of the town that sunk in the 1692 earthquake!

Black River Safari

Here is another of the best places to visit in Jamaica: the Black River. It is one of the longest rivers in the country (about 33 miles) and a collection of stunning mangroves. Taking a river cruise here, you will see tons of wildlife, including crocodiles! It’s a really cool experience, and you get to see another side of Jamaica, away from the beach scene. Check out Black River Cruises and enjoy this activity yourself.

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Snorkel the Reef Systems in Negril

This is not a typical place to visit in Jamaica but rather a must-do activity: Snorkeling the reef system.

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Where to snorkel in Jamaica? Montego Bay itself has a great, colorful reef for snorkeling, but it can be crowded due to it being a tourist hotspot. I, personally, enjoyed snorkeling in the Negril area, where you can see tons of colorful fish and coral right in Bloody Bay, as well as Rock-house.

Take a ride on a traditional Bamboo River Raft at Rio Grande

Another top place to visit in Jamaica is a ride on a traditional bamboo river raft on Rio Grande.

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With all of the rivers that Jamaica offers, you can’t miss taking a relaxing float down one on a traditional bamboo raft. On the northern coast near Montego Bay, Martha Brae, and the Rio Grande, on the western coast near Port Antonio, are the best spots to enjoy this. A local guide will pole the raft through the river waters, and you can also give it a try yourself.

Bioluminescent Lagoon

One of the best places to visit in Jamaica is the Luminous Lagoon. There are very few places in the world where you can witness the magic of Mother Nature, and Jamaica is one of them! Located in the Trelawny area of Jamaica along the northern coast, you can visit the Luminous Lagoon at night to see the glowing phenomena and even take a dip. The glow comes from small microorganisms that emit a flash of light when touched. The microscopic organisms live and create this natural phenomenon which is known as bioluminescence. Jamaica’s luminous lagoon being the brightest amazes scientists and visitors worldwide.

Try to go during the new moon, if possible, to see the glow as brightly as possible – during a full moon, you may not get to experience the full effect. This is easily accessible from the Runaway Bay or Ocho Rios areas.

Visit the Blue Mountains Coffee Plantations

Looking for more places to go in Jamaica?

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The Blue Mountains are another unique aspect of Jamaica – and very beautiful! The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica, and you will also find the island’s highest point, which is Blue Mountain Peak, at 2256 meters above sea level. 

A hike in the mountains is always enjoyable; starting in the base’s tropical rainforest, you can see the vegetation changing as you reach higher altitudes. Also, this is where Jamaica’s coffee plantations are! You can take tours of a plantation and try out different brews – delicious.

Final Thoughts on Stunning Places in Jamaica

I hope you have enjoyed the post and you have a better idea about the best places to visit in Jamaica.  It is surely a unique country and has so much to offer that not all beautiful places in Jamaica are mentioned here. However, the above-mentioned places are some of the best the country has to offer.

About the Author:

Cassandra is a US-female travel addict that loves traveling the world. She has made traveling her priority, and so she has traveled for the last few years.Safe Travels, Arzo



Peru is an amazing country filled with a variety of deserts, cities, mountains, and rainforests. Peru is so rich in stunning places that it is almost impossible to see them all – so here is a list of the best places to visit in Peru + some important travel information.

A mixture of ancient Incan history and modern cities await – you will see ruins in the mountains that date back thousands of years, pink river dolphins in the Amazon that exist nowhere else in the world, and oases in the desert that seem to pop up out of nowhere.

This post was written by Cassandra.

Important Travel Information for Peru

Find a quick pre-travel guide with the most important travel information before talking about the most unique places in Peru.

Tips and Tricks for Peru

  • Do not drink tap water- drink bottled water only!
  • Although coca tea and leaves are common here (and do help with altitude sickness), remember you cannot bring any home with you, and if drug tested shortly after, you will show positive for cocaine.
  • There is a good chance of you getting altitude sickness and you should be prepared. I personally developed very severe altitude sickness, which escalated to altitude poisoning, and was violently ill for about 24 hours. My suggestions are to take altitude sickness pills ahead of time if you have access to them. If not, be sure to take a few days in Cuzco to adjust. Take it easy with resting and early nights.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for the first 24 hours at a high altitude and aim for large lunch and small dinner since digestion can be affected. Bringing over-the-counter meds like Pepto and Dramamine can help a bit, as can local remedies of coca tea if needed.
  • Be sure to get any necessary travel vaccinations especially if you plan to visit the Amazon jungle, requiring anti-malarial pills.
  • Carry a hidden money belt and be aware of pickpocketing, especially in urban areas.
  • When shopping, always haggle! Like most places in the USA, tipping is expected (I generally go with a 10% rule).

Safety as a Female in Peru

  • Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings– always.
  • Don’t walk around alone late at night, be careful not to expose your money/valuables, trust your gut if a person or situation doesn‘t feel right- leave.
  • Don’t go out drinking alone and don’t share your hotel information with people you don’t trust.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable walking, grab a taxi and establish the price before getting in.
  • Be conscious that every city has good and bad areas- research before you go so you know your good areas and stay in them.
  • Knowing some Spanish (even just the basics) is also beneficial. I do not speak Spanish fluently, but over the years have gained enough to ask for directions, have basic conversations and understanding, which can be incredibly helpful, pick up a phrasebook, and practice before going. If you are staying mainly in coastal areas where tourism is more common, English is more widely spoken.
  • Aim to blend in – don’t wear/ flash designer items and expensive jewelry, for example, and don’t dress too revealing. The Incan culture is more conservative.
  • Be sure to wear a bra (this will help avoid unwanted sexual attention in Latin America). Catcalling is common, but always ignore it and continue walking. It’s best to avoid confrontation.

How to Get Around in Peru

In the cities, you would mainly walk or can use taxi services.

  • Making your way between regions depends. Getting from Lima to Iquitos to see the Amazon requires a flight.
  • If you make your way to Machu Picchu, you will want to fly from Lima to Cuzco, then make your way to Ollantaytambo – the easiest way to do so is to take a collectivo taxi service and then from Ollantaytambo take the train to Aguas Calientes and then the bus goes daily up to Machu Picchu (round trip).
  • The smaller side trips like Ballestas islands or Maras salt flats are best done with a small tour group via Peru Hop or Viator.

Things to Pack

  • Be sure to pack a variety of clothing. I found layering to be best to adjust to temperature as needed.
  • In Cuzco, I found myself wearing a sweater and scarf but wearing a summer dress in Agua Calientes, for example. Of course, comfortable walking shoes and hiking shoes for Machu Picchu.
  • Bug spray, sunblock, sunglasses, and a basic first aid kit with over-the-counter meds. Cities here can be loud, so be sure to grab some earplugs for sleeping.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I might earn a small commission when you buy a product/service via my link (at no extra cost to you). More about it here.

Where to Stay in Peru

  • Lima: Miraflores is the best area of Lima to stay and I recommend the Hotel Antigua Miraflores. It’s a classic South American-style hotel, cozy and in a good location.
  • Cusco: Taypikala Hotel Cusco, this hotel is a nice spot to be in, only about a 10-minute walk from Plaza de Armas so you get some quiet at night but can easily explore and access restaurants and town center on foot.
  • Agua Calientes: This is “Machu Picchu Town” this is a cute town with no cars – although very hilly, so be prepared to do a lot of walking on steep slopes. A great option here is Taypikala Boutique Machu Picchu
  • Puno: This is the town you’ll stay in to access Lake Titicaca. I would recommend Casona Plaza Hotel Puno.

Best Time to Visit Peru

Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere, and they have a wet and dry season.

The dry season ranges June-August, with the wet season ranging December-February. I recommend avoiding the wet season. The dry season brings much less rain and brings big crowds, so I found the best time to go is during March-May or September-November.


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Okay, let´s get started with the places to visit in Peru.

Visit Machu Picchu

The best thing to do in Peru is to visit Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu best places to see in Peru

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high – at 7,000 feet above sea level, in the Andes Mountains. It was built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it is not very clear what exactly it was used for. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007

In the 16th century, the Spanish army and its allies started to gain ground over the Inca Empire, and Manco Inca abandoned Machu Picchu, fleeing to safer retreats. Today it has become the main tourist attraction in Peru.

Machu Picchu was always a major bucket list trip for me, and seeing it in person was absolutely awe-inspiring! It is one of the most beautiful sights I have seen in all my travels.

You can either hike the Inca trail (which takes 4 days), or you can take the bus from Agua Calientes (Machu Picchu town), which is what I did.

Being fairly fit myself, I personally found the amount of hiking during my trip and my altitude sickness quite exhausting and couldn’t imagine doing the 4-day trail, but if you are fit and want to do it, I have heard it is amazing!

Regardless of how you plan to get to Machu Picchu, make sure you get there and see it! It will be the highlight of any trip to Peru.


One of the best places to visit in Peru is actually Lima.

Lima is one of the best places to see in Peru

The city is right on the coast, and most people tend to skip it to get to the more “exciting” parts of their trip, but Lima actually has a lot to offer! I only spent 2 days here and wished I had had more time.

Miraflores is the best district in Lima to stay in. Still, for exploring, I recommend visiting the historic downtown to see some amazing architecture as well as the Saint Francisco Monastery and catacombs.

I also recommend visiting Barranco (one of my favorite areas) to try some great cuisine, experience the arts, and see amazing street art murals.

In addition to seeing the historic downtown and Barranco, I also recommend doing a food and or wine tour – there are some delicious things to try here! Ceviche, Pisco Sour, South American wine, and some amazing traditional dishes.  You can also use Lima as a base to visit the Pachcamac pyramids.


Cusco is another place for your Peru bucket list!

Cusco is one of the most beautiful places in Peru

Cusco, also spelled Cuzco, is a city in the Andes – it was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Now, it is known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Cusco was one of my favorite spots! Although it is most people’s first spot in the country with quite a high altitude (at about 3,399 meters – more than 11000 feet), be prepared.

The scenery is beautiful: cobblestone streets, the Andes mountains, Incan women walking llamas, and the Plaza de Armas featuring the gorgeous Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption.

It’s important to stay here a few days – explore the markets and soak everything in but also adjust to the altitude.

Ballestas Islands

The Ballestas Islands are also a beautiful place to see in Peru.

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The Ballestas Islands are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas in the Ica Region, on the south coast of Peru.

The “poor man Galapagos”- the Ballestas Islands – makes an amazing day trip from Lima. The islands are full of wildlife, including pelicans, the Peruvian booby, and several other bird species. Also, colonies of sea lions inhabit the islands, and if you are lucky, you may see some whales, dolphins, and even penguins! Check out different tours to Ballestas Island.

Huacachina Desert Oasis

A must-see place in Peru is the Huacachina Desert Oasis.

Peru attractions - Hucachina oasis and sand dunes near Ica, Peru

Did you know that about 10% of the country is actually made up of sandy coastal deserts? Huacachina is in the Atacama desert and in the middle of the desert are a magical lagoon and a small-town forming Huacachina.

You can go sandboarding, dune buggying, or relax and explore this amazing spot. You can do the 1-day excursion from Lima that combines Ballestas Islands and Huacachina oasis – add 1-2 overnight stays to catch more sights like a Pisco vineyard, Paracas National Reserve, and more.

Floating Villages of Lake Titicaca

One of the most fun things to do in Peru is to visit the floating islands.

Peru points of interest - Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru

The Uros Islands are a group of 70 man-made woven totora reed islands floating on Lake Titicaca. It is inhabited by the Uros tribe which is a pre-date Incan civilization. About 4,000 people live in the floating houses on the lake.

The Uros people created these floating villages to escape aggressive tribes on the mainland. When visiting, you can see the people continuously weaving to maintain the villages and reed islands. It’s a fascinating sight in Peru!

The Nazca Lines

When in Peru… the Nazca Lines are a must-see!

Peru vacation - see the Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines, in Southern Peru, are giant pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands. How they were created is a mystery! There are about 300 different figures and they stretch more than 9 kilometers.

Some people even believe aliens created them – however, they were created between 500 BC and AD 500.  These fascinating designs are so large they can only be seen by air as a whole.

Booking a flight over the lines is an amazing experience and 100% worth it. Just be sure to take motion sickness pills just if the turns of the plane circling over the lines can upset some travelers’ stomachs.

The Sacred Valley (Between Lima and Cuzco)

Another great place to visit in Peru is the Sacred Valley.

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The Sacred Valley is an “in between” spot in the Andean Highlands filled with treasures of its own.

You can spot small villages, ancient ruins like Pisac, Moray, and Ollantaytambo, and weaving co-ops where you can visit local Incan communities weaving and selling their goods (which was one of my favorite stops). Here we learned the women’s traditional techniques today and watched as white wools were turned bright yellow by their dyes made from seeped flower petals. It was lovely.

Cruise Down the Amazon River (From Iquitos)

Although most of the treasures lay in the mountains, you won’t want to miss the Amazon jungle teeming with wildlife.

Peru what to do? See Iquitos Amazon River in Peru

Flying into Iquitos and taking a short cruise down parts of the river is the best and easiest way to see this region.

You also have the option of staying in jungle lodges in Iquitos and doing daily excursions, but there’s nothing more magical than floating down the river itself.

You’ll get to witness the pink river dolphins found nowhere else in the world. Also, you take land trips from the boat to explore the jungle and local villages’ wildlife. Just be sure to properly prepare yourself for the Amazon with necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial pills.

You can find some great options for both Iquitos lodges and Amazon river cruises.

Maras Salt Flats

Make sure to add the Maras Salt Flats to your itinerary.

Attractions in Peru Maras salt ponds located at the Urubamba, Peru

The salt mines here were terraced on the mountain slopes and created an amazing effect and surreal scenery -the salt pans are still used exactly as they were at the time of the Incas

You can do this as a day trip from Cuzco most easily via Viator and can combine it with a visit to the Moray Incan site. Depending on the time of year, sometimes the terraces catch water and create a mirror effect, which is quite beautiful. It’s a nice “off the beaten path” stop during any Peru itinerary.


PERU – don´t you think it is an amazing country with so many beautiful spots to visit?



“I hope to inspire you to see the world and not wait any longer.” Cassandra Londono  

Cassandra is a US-female travel addict that loves traveling the world. She has made traveling her priority, and so she has traveled for the last few years.


Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Places to Visit in Chile


This post was written by Alya & Campbell from Stingy Nomads

Find out about the best places to visit in Chile – here are the most beautiful, the most unique spots in Chile.

Traveling through Chile is like visiting a dozen of different countries, and it’s not an exaggeration – the diversity of Chile comes from its geographical location. The country stretches from the famous mountains of Torres del Paine park in the South to the Atacama, the driest desert in the world in the North, so Chile has so much to explore and discover for any traveler.

After 3 months of traveling through this amazing country, we fell in love with it and even named our dog Chile.

Chile has an amazing and diverse nature: Atacama-  the driest desert in the world, more than 100 volcanoes some of them are still active, with massive glaciers, hundreds of waterfalls, and mountain rivers.

Adventure lovers will find plenty of activities here, from cycling along the Carretera Austral to paragliding in the desert and surfing in the Pacific Ocean.

If you search for peace, there are some great in-nature places in Chile for you; be it a cozy guesthouse in the Andes with a stunning mountain view or a fancy apartment by the beach.

For a cultural experience, get to know locals their way of living, traditional food, music, and history. Chileans are very talkative. After a couple of weeks in the country, you’ll get a complete idea about it.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I might earn a small commission when you buy a product/service via my link (at no extra cost to you). More about it here.

Important Travel Information for Chile

Before naming the best places in Chile, here are some important travel information for Chile.

General Tips for Chile

  • Local currency CLP (Chilean peso) 1$ = 794 CLP (March 2022)
  • Tourists from most countries can get 90 days visa-free on arrival
  • Driving is on the right side of the road (like the USA and Europe)
  • Power outlets – majority Type C (European standard), 220V.
  • Public transport – easy to get around in the cities and long distances, the average price for a 6-hour bus ride is 20$.
  • Accommodation – hostels are very common all through the country. Prices start at 11USD per bed. In the Southern part, camping is the most budget option, from 6USD per person, you can find campsites almost everywhere.
  • For traveling and hiking in Patagonia, you’ll need warm clothes, a sleeping bag for 5C-0C, good water, and windproof tent (if planning hiking and camping), proper hiking boots, rain jacket. There are gear rental places in bigger towns, but the prices are quite high.

Best Time to Visit Chile

  • As Chile is in the Northern hemisphere, the best time to travel is between October and April, local summer.
  • If you consider going south to Patagonia and doing some hiking there, the best time for that specific area is November – the beginning of December and the end of February – March. Not because of the weather but due to the holiday season from the end of December to mid. February university students have a holiday, and many of them head to Patagonia. If you’re a budget traveler, it can be a problem. Many people compete for a hitch-hike ride or budget accommodation.
  • For the Northern areas like San Pedro de Atacama, December is the peak season, but most tourists here are foreigners. You still face the same problem lack of budget accommodation and higher prices.
  • Valparaiso is the most popular New Year´s Eve destination in the country. If you don’t book a place beforehand, you risk paying four times more or not finding a place at all.

Security Tips for Chile (Solo Female Traveler)

  • Chile is one of the safest and wealthiest countries in South America and one of the few I’d venture to hitchhike on my own as a girl (though we did it together with my husband).
  • The only place you need to take precautions is the capital Santiago de Chile. Like in any other big city, don’t walk late at night in dodgy areas and don’t leave your belongings unattended.

Chilean People

People in Chile were a highlight of our trip. They are great, hospitable, generous, and extremely helpful.

You’re not a foreigner in this country. You’re a guest. Even if you get into trouble, you won’t be left without help. Hitch-hiking and couch surfing in Chile are amazing. We never spend more than an hour waiting for a ride and always got a place, even on New Year’s Eve when we started looking just two days before.

Book Tours in Chile

Book Tours in Chile: If you like to book tours in advance, you can use GetYourGuide – I (Arzo, the blog owner), use them regularly, and totally love the booking system. Click here to find Chile tours.

They always have my back and a generous cancellation fee – so GYG is my site to book.


Here are the best places to visit in Chile (I am sure you will not be disappointed!).

Torres del Paine in Patagonia

Torres del Paine is probably one of the most famous hikes in the world. Many tourists come to Chile just to do this hike, thus it can be overcrowded and too busy in the season. It’s an amazing place with stunning nature and fantastic landscape – Patagonia is a place you must visit.


The best way to see it is to do an O circuit route, a week hike. The trail goes around the park the way you see all its sights. The highlights of Torres del Paine; Las Torres (The Towers) three sharp peaks at Mirador Las Torres, a famous sunrise spot with “towers” turning orange-red when the sun goes up.

Grey Glacier, a huge glacier, 270km² starts on the top of the Patagonian Andes and “slides” down to Grey lake – you get the best view from John Gardner Pass.

Pehoe Lake is a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by ice-peak mountains.

If you like to start your day very early, you even have a chance to spot a puma here.

  • The nearest town is Puerto Natales from where you can take a shuttle to the park.

The Atacama Desert on the Pacific Coast

The Atacama Desert is known as the driest place on Earth, with a different planet’s landscape.


The Atacama is more than just a lot of sand here. You can find lagoons with hundreds of flamingos, geysers, salt flats, wired rock formations, a natural labyrinth, and an incredible night sky… by the way, Atacama is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

Carretera Austral

Carretera Austral is a road that goes through Chilean Patagonia, starting at Puerto Montt and finishing at Villa O’Higgins.


Carretera Austral has a total length of 1240 km. There are different ways of traveling – from renting a car (the most expensive though the easiest way) or moving by bus to hitch-hiking or the most adventurous cycling.

Whichever way you choose, take your time, stop on the way, and explore some of the parks. Chilean Patagonia will surprise you with its incredible beauty and wilderness. One of the few places in the world where you can see so many turquoise lakes, hanging glaciers, waterfalls, and mountain rivers.


Easter Island

A trip to Easter Island is the most expensive trip you can do in Chile – yet it is a must-see.


The island is located 3500 km away from the mainland. The nearest inhabitant place is Pitcairn island, more than 2000 km away.

Just to get here is an expensive mission, especially in the season between December and February. The island got its world fame because of the stone statues moai built by Rapa Nui people back in 700 – 1100AD.

First Europeans arrived here on 5th April 1722 on Easter Sunday. That’s why Easter Island got this name.

  • You can only get there via plane – there are daily flights from Santiago. 


Valparaiso is the art capital of Chile and the best place in the country to spend New Year´s Eve.


The city sits between on the hills by the ocean. To get to some barrios (neighborhoods), you need to take a cable car. Colorful and vibrant with endless stairs and houses climbing uphill, Valparaiso is an amazing place to explore on foot.

Best art areas of the city; Cerro Santo Domingo, Cerro Concepcion, Cerro Bellavista, Cerro Baron.

Not to miss in Valparaiso Museo a Cielo Abierto (Open Air Museum) with 20 murals by famous Chilean artists. There are several daily buses to Valparaiso from Santiago and other cities.

Of course, you have to eat your weigh in yummy food – and here you can find out about the best places to eat in Valparaiso.

  • It’s a very popular destination for the end of the year and you must book accommodation far in advance.

Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile is the capital of Chile. Santiago de Chile may lose to Buenos Aires (so-called Paris of South America) in its architectural beauty but it definitely, wins in the landscape – surrounded by the snow-peak mountains with several viewpoints from where you can observe the entire city.


Must see sights in Santiago are: La Moneda Palace, San Cristobal hill, Plaza de Armas, Pre-Columbian art museum, Metropolitan park, La Chascona (Pablo Neruda museum).

Do not miss the Central Market there is always fresh stuff for good prices. Santiago has a good public transport system and is easy to navigate.

From here you can take a flight or bus to any other place in Chile.



Pucon is a town in central Chile’s Lake District.


Pucon is a beautiful town with a stunning location at Villarrica Lake with the volcano in the background, a popular weekend/holiday place for Chileans. In summer you can enjoy swimming in the lake, kayaking or water skiing.

If you like hiking, there are many day hikes to the impressive waterfalls. More adventurous can do a climb to the top of the Villarrica Volcano, but you’ll need proper gear for walking in snow and ice. In winter, it’s a popular place for skiing/snowboarding.

  • It is easy to get by bus from Santiago, but it takes between 9-10 hours.

Visit Some Hidden Gems in Chile

For a perfect mix, here are also some of the hidden places for your Chile itinerary.

Siete Tazas

Siete Tazas is a national park located in Curicó Province in central Chile.


Siete Tazas is an amazing surprise for foreign tourists. Locals know about it and often go there for weekends from Santiago.

Its name Siete Tazas (Seven Cups) comes from seven natural pools connected with each other with the ice-cold turquoise river passing through.

Not to miss Salto de Leona (Lioness’s waterfall) with a beautiful small sandy beach. There are several short hikes in the park that take you through the indigenous forest of stunning lookouts.

The best way to explore Siete Tazas is to stay here for a couple of days there are campsite and cabins, if you stay there, you don’t pay an entrance fee.

  • To get here first take a bus from Santiago to Molina (a small town) from there take another bus to Parque Ingels.

Chiloe Island

Chiloe Island is located in Southern Chile and is another hidden gem of Chile.


Chiloe has a unique culture, cuisine, and UNESCO churches. There are two main towns Castro and Ancud. We liked the second more.

The best things on the island are nature-related; go to see penguin colony, hike in Chiloe National park where you can spot dolphins in the water, seals chilling on the beach, or even pygmy blue whales.

  • There is a ferry connecting the island with the mainland. They leave Pargua every day from 6.30 am to 11 pm.

O’Higgins Glacier

O’Higgins Glacier is located in Southern Patagonia – at the far end of Carretera Austral.


The only options to see it are to take a boat cruise from Villa O’Higgins or to do a 4-day hike.

Be one of the very few people who see the O’Higgins Glacier. If you decide to do a hike, you won’t regret it though sometimes it can be tough due to unpredictable Patagonian weather. As a reward, you get stunning views from the trail over turquoise O’Higgins lake and the blue-grey glacier.

Unlike famous Torres del Paine, very few people do this hike every year, though the trail is marked quite well, and there are no dangerous animals in the area.

Due to its remote location, you can get here by cruise boat or ferry both leave from Villa O’Higgins.


What do you think? Which are the best places to visit in Chile in your opinion? Have we missed some beautiful places in Chile on the list? Let us know!

About the Authors

We’re Campbell and Alya, an adventurous travel couple that met surfing in the Philippines. Four years later, married and still traveling. We’re based somewhere between Cape Town, South Africa, and St.Petersburg, Russia, chasing summer and nice weather on both continents. We’re camping addicts and road trippers and like exploring the world’s best hiking and diving destinations and, of course doing all the above on a tight budget.

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Best things to do in Sucre, Bolivia

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This guide was written by CJ Haughey, author of The Digital Crusader, a blog for slow-traveling introverts and digital nomad wannabes.Supreme Court Of Bolivia In Sucre is located in Sucre, capital of Bolivia

Often left in the shadow of her popular neighbors, Bolivia has much more than the famous Salt Flats and the terrifying Death Road. If you visit Sucre, you’re sure to uncover quite a few gems in the most beautiful city in Bolivia. The capital certainly has its charms, and many people stay much longer than intended.

Are you ready to discover Sucre and to find out about the best things to do in Sucre?

Find out about:

  • Best Places to visit in Sucre
  • Best things to do in Sucre 
  • How to get to Sucre
  • How to get around in Sucre
  • Best places to stay in Sucre
  • Best places to at and drink in Sucre
  • Best time to visit Sucre
  • Things to pack for Sucre
  • Security tips for female travelers in Sucre

Best places to visit in Sucre

Let start with the best places to visit in Sucre!

Plaza 25 de Mayo

Sucre’s colonial architecture has earned it the nickname of ‘The White City.

Things to do in Sucre Bolivia

Its ever-vibrant park is the perfect centerpiece, nestled between fantastic buildings such as the Cathedral and Casa de la Libertad. Boasting beautiful shrubbery and a large statue of Antonio José de Sucre, the Plaza is always full of life.

While the child beggars can tug on your heartstrings, this is a nice place to chill with a coffee and people-watch, particularly if you arrive in time for one of the sporadic musical performances.

Parque Bolivar

Simon Bolivar led Bolivia to independence from Spain in 1825.

Where to go in Sucre
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You can check out a portrait of him in the Casa de Libertad and even see the declaration of independence preserved in a glass case. To really have a good time in Simon’s honor, head north a few blocks from the Plaza, and you’ll find the biggest public park in the city.

It’s usually busy with young families, amorous couples, and cute puppies, as well as plenty of decent fast-food options adjacent to the park grounds. The park many benches and open green space for picnics or simply chilling under a tree with a good book. Not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon!

La Recoleta

Perched high on the south side of the city is the picturesque area of La Recoleta.

La Recoleta in Sucre - things to do in sucre bolivia

The name itself belongs to the 17th-century Franciscan monastery that attracts tourists and locals every day. Local kids play football in the plaza, and tourists enjoy the city’s great views from the arched tunnel or nearby Café Mirador. The sight of the terracotta rooftops at sunset is definitely worth tackling the steep hills.

Museo de Arte Indigena

You’ll see a sign for this museum just a little stroll down the cobbled streets from La Recoleta.

Museo de Arte Indigena in Sucre - what to do in Sucre

Greeted by a pretty garden full of cacti, visitors can explore the wealth of artifacts, tools, textiles, and costumes. This provides a fascinating insight into the indigenous culture and many tribes of Bolivia. There are also some spooky cavemen skulls complete with intact hair braids.

The entrance is 22 Bs. It’s another 10 Bs to take photos.

Parque Cretácico

Sucre is home to one of the largest collections of dinosaur footprints ever discovered.


Found in 1985 on the grounds of the surrounding cement factory, the prints are set into a cliff-face. You can explore it all in an hour and get pretty close to the prints, but don’t touch them!


A taxi from the city center is 30 Bs. Entrance plus a guided tour costs 30 Bs. It’s another 10 Bs to take photos.

La Glorieta Castle

The only prince and princess in Bolivia’s history had no children, but they did leave behind a fascinating pink fairytale castle, El Castillo de la Glorieta.

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While the building is largely empty, a look around it and up the gothic tower’s spiral staircase is certainly worth doing during your visit to Sucre.

A taxi from the city center is 30 Bs. Entrance costs 20 Bs. It’s another 10 Bs to take photos.

El Cementerio

This may seem a little grim, but I promise you it’s worth a look.

Best places to visit in Sucre
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All I can say is that Sucre’s cemetery is by far the prettiest graveyard I have ever visited. Impressive pathways and well-tended gardens blend in with incredible stone tombs and glass shrines. There is a serene calm about the place, and it is definitely an interesting walk should you find yourself at the end of Calle Loa, about 7 blocks from the central Plaza.

Best Things to Do in Sucre

Here are a few great tips on fun things to do in Sucre.

Explore Tarabuco Market

Mercado Central has basically most of your grocery needs, but if you have a little more time on hand, a trip to Tarabuco is a great way to spend a Sunday.

Peruse the many stalls, practice your Spanish with fruit vendors and try the local fare. Soak up the Yampara culture and buy some trinkets before catching the bus back to Sucre after lunch.

The market is only on Sundays and is best in the morning. Get up early and catch the #14 bus outside Mercado Central. It’ll cost 1.50Bs and take you to Avenida de las Americas and Avenida German Mendoza crossroads. You can get a minibus to Tarabuco from here. It’ll take another 10Bs and close to two hours, but once you get there, you’ll be glad you made it.

Hike Maragua Crater

If you seek outdoor adventure, then this is the ultimate hiking trip in Sucre.

Crater of volcano Maragua in Bolivia

The trek requires a little effort, but the mountains and valleys views are worth the walk. Visit Condor Café to check out trip options from 1 day to 4 days. Most include visits to ancient cave paintings, dinosaur footprints, and home-stays in mountain villages.

Enjoy a Night at Espacio Cultural Origenes

For a truly cultural experience, don’t miss this! While the food is not mind-blowing, the show itself is a spectacle not to be missed as a team of enthusiastic dancers don fabulous traditional costumes and put on an elaborate performance of folk dances for the better part of two hours.

Shows are on every night except Sunday. The restaurant opens at 7.30 pm, and the show begins just after 8 pm. The location is on Azurday, a few blocks from the Plaza. Entrance plus the meal costs 160 Bs. Photography is free, but it’s another 10 Bs to take videos (Unless you’re sneaky!)

Learn Spanish

Bolivia is reputed to have the most neutral accent on the continent, plus it is one of the cheapest countries in South America. As a result, you’ll struggle to find a better place to take some Spanish lessons. The city has a bunch of good schools around. Personally, I recommend Sucre Spanish School on Calle Calvo. They offer group lessons as well as one-to-one classes with a focus on total language immersion. The school can also help you find accommodation and offer weekly events, including salsa and cooking nights.

Address: Calle Calvo, Cost: From 35 Bs per hour. 

Important travel information for Sucre

Here are some important travel tips for Sucre.

Best places to stay in Sucre

Now, it is about the important aspect of where to stay in Sucre.

Best places to stay in Sucre Bolivia

It’s not hard to find great accommodation for a bargain price in Bolivia. The best places in Sucre are generally close to the city center, with many just a block or two away from the Plaza. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

Villa Oropeza: Located on Calle Loa, this large hostel has a mix of private rooms and dorm options. All rooms are equipped with large lockers, and WiFi is decent throughout. There are a nice back garden area and roof patio and two kitchens, and a cheap laundry service. This is a nice hostel to stay in and meet some fellow backpackers.

Dorm beds start around 50 Bs per night, and a double room with ensuite is about 160 Bs.

Casa Verde: This tranquil B&B is a short walk from the Plaza. Guests can enjoy a peaceful stay in comfortable rooms equipped with WiFi, hot showers, and a TV. There’s also a great breakfast and a nice courtyard. Single rooms start at 150 Bs per night.

La Recoleta Apartments: If you’re planning on a longer stay in Sucre, it is great value to get an apartment. We got a fabulous place in a gated community, with large living areas, a beautiful back garden, and easily the best view in the entire city. As a digital nomad, I can think of no better place to stay in Sucre.

Contact: Marcelo through Airbnb (if you are an Airbnb first-time use, you can save money with my link by clicking here).

Rent starts about 140 Bs per night, negotiable depending on the length of stay. 

Travel Tips for Using Airbnb Safely as a Female Traveler

Best Places to Eat and Drink in Sucre

Joy Ride

Billing itself is not just for gringos. Joy Ride is the most popular spot in town for tourists. Great food, good vibe, lively salsa nights make it worth checking out.

Address: Calle Nicolas Ortiz 14 

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am – 2.30am; Sun 7am-12am; closed Sat.


This little Venezuelan gem is a personal favorite. The menu offers tasty veggie or meat fillings for either cachpas or arepas, served up fast with a smile and a delicious fruit smoothy. This place is an absolute bargain for lunch or dinner.

Address: Calle Grau 

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-1.30pm; Mon, Wed, Fri 4.30pm-8pm; closed weekends

El Germen

If you want a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan grub that caters for breakfast and lunch, you’ll be spoilt for choice here! The service can be a little slow, but you’ll struggle to find a better purely veggie restaurant in Sucre.

Address: Calle Audencia 92 

Opening Hours: Everyday, 8 am-11 pm

La Quimba

If you want a real, local dining experience, come here. The food menu may be limited, but throw in some live music from a Latin jazz band and a few craft beers, and you’re guaranteed a good night.

Address: Calle Grau 238

Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 7 pm-1 am; closed Sun, Mon.

Café Florin

Florin is one for the football fans. But even if you’re not into soccer, the busy game-day atmosphere is a fun place to be while enjoying some of the best Pique a lo Macho in Sucre.

Address: Calle Bolivar 567

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2am; Sat 8.30am-3am; Sun 8.30am-12am

How to get to Sucre

By bus

Located in the south-central part of Bolivia, Sucre is accessible by several major bus routes from around the country. However, as many roads in Bolivia are in a poor state, bus journeys can be long. It’s best to pay a few extra bucks to get a cama or at least semi-cama ticket so you can recline your seat and travel in comfort. Another tip is to buy your ticket a day or two in advance as popular routes often sell out.

Sucre bus terminal is on the rural outskirts of the city. A short taxi ride into the city center will take 15 minutes and cost 10 Bs.

By train

If you’re in no rush, the slow train between Potosi and Sucre is a cheap option at 25 Bs. This eight-hour journey departs at 8 am, alternating directions each day. The journey to Sucre can be done Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. While it may be slow, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Chuiquisaca countryside along the way.

The El Tejar train station in Sucre is about 10 minutes and 10 Bs away in a taxi.

By plane

It’s possible for those coming from afar to fly into Alcantari International, which is about 25km outside of the city. BoA operates direct flights from Madrid, Buenos Aires, Salta and Sau Paulo as well as domestic routes to and from La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.

A taxi into the city center will take about 45 minutes and cost around 50 Bs.

How to get around in Sucre

Sucre may be the capital city, but it is relatively small and easy to get around on foot. Its grid-like pattern is a throwback to Spanish rule and easy to navigate. If you want to explore the many sites and buildings, grab yourself a good map and go! I recommend the one from Joy Ride.

One drawback is the many steep hills, particularly on the way to La Recoleta. Luckily, taxis are cheap, with 10 Bs, usually enough to get you anywhere within the city center and surrounding 4-5 blocks.

Best time to visit Sucre

Sucre enjoys a temperate climate year-round, with cool, dry winters and occasional rainy spells in the summer. Recent years have seen prolonged droughts in the city during November-February, making things a little difficult.

Some zones even have their water restricted for days at a time, so this is something to keep an eye out for when planning your trip. April and May are great times to visit as the summer heat dies down and autumn colors arrive. This is a great time to explore hiking trails such as Las Siete Cascadas or Maragua.

Things to pack for Sucre

Generally speaking, the backpacking rule of thumb is to look at what you’re about to take with you before deciding to bring twice as much cash and half as many possessions. It’s always good to travel light, particularly in hotter weather. An extensive list is not required here, but there are some important considerations you should be aware of.

Sucre is not quite as high as La Paz; however, the altitude should not be underestimated. The sun’s glare is strong, even through the clouds. Plus, the altitude can trouble some people, particularly if you eat late in the evenings. As such, the following are essentials for your visit to Sucre, especially if you are there in hot weather or going hiking:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • A hat or bandana
  • Headache tablets like Panadol or Advil
  • T-shirts and shorts for the daytime
  • Light sweater or jacket for the evenings
  • One pair of jeans for colder nights
  • Hiking boots

Security Tips (for Females)

Generally speaking, Sucre is a very safe city. Locals here may not speak a lot of English, but they are welcome and genuine. That being said, petty theft does occur, and so it’s always wise to keep your belongings close and valuables concealed.

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Traveling with hidden purses such as a bra-wallet or only carrying small cash instead of a wallet full of cards is wise, particularly when visiting crowded places like Tarabuco Market.

When walking with male friends, women don’t seem to get into any trouble. However, my girlfriend received some cat-calls and stares from local men when exploring the city without me.

When traveling at night, women should avoid the city’s darker outskirts, especially if they are alone. Taxis are generally trustworthy but should you have any concerns, get a hostel or restaurant staff member to call a reputable service.

Sucre has a lot of street dogs, many of which have been through the wars. As a result, some can be a little skittish or defensive so take care if you decide to pet or feed any of them.

Are you ready to discover Sucre?

With its great climate and cheap cost of living, Sucre is undoubtedly one of the best places to start your trip to the continent by staying a while to learn Spanish. It is small-town feel, and safe atmosphere makes it very easy to get comfortable and stay for a while.

With improving WiFi and many great little cafés and restaurants, Sucre is a great spot for both backpacker visits and long-term digital nomads to stop by on a trip through South America.

Author Bio

CJ Haughey is whispering tips and tales on creating a digital nomad life on his blog, The Digital Crusader. Follow him and The Travelling Tortoise on their adventures around South America on Facebook.

Safe Travels, Arzo
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