The Ultimate Guide to the Ciudad Perdida Trek

What is the Ciudad Perdida? The Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City, is the site of an ancient citadel set deep in the jungle-covered Sierra Nevada mountains in northern Colombia. Said to have been built 800AD by the Tayrona people, the city was looted by grave-diggers in the 1970s, when it was ‘re-discovered’. What remains today are ruins, foundations of circular buildings that were built from mud … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to the Ciudad Perdida Trek

 Everything you need to know about Laboratorio, Quito´s coolest restaurant

Last week I started working at awesome pop up restaurant Laboratorio. It is called a pop up restaurant because every few months the menu and the chefs change. Laboratorio recently opened its doors with its latest concept: La Hueca. A hueca is an informal Ecuadorian restaurant serving traditional food, and the idea behind Laboratorio´s Hueca is to give well-known typical dishes a new lease of life; delicious food made from … Continue reading  Everything you need to know about Laboratorio, Quito´s coolest restaurant

Bolivar Ecuador

Ecuador’s secret paradise

The only way to get to the town of Bolivar, Ecuador is by boat or by swimming. I make it my mission to get off the beaten path while travelling, and this remote little beach town certainly met that criteria. The journey  Off the main road from Atacames to Esmeraladas in northern Ecuador, leads a narrow lane. Pick up trucks await the passing buses at this junction, … Continue reading Ecuador’s secret paradise

At one with nature in Mindo Ecuador

Mindo, just a two hour bus ride from Ecuador’s capital, is situated on the tropical western side of the Andes and makes a popular weekend destination for Quiteños. I went because we had been invited to the fantastic El Monte Ecolodge and I had a brilliant weekend. Rafting, kayaking and all sorts of activities are on offer in the town, but being on a budget we chose … Continue reading At one with nature in Mindo Ecuador

A Snapshot of Cuba

“We trudged through the streets of sleepy Remedios, Cuba, our rucksacks feeling heavier under the midday sun. In search of a Casa Particular, we stumbled onto the main plaza, where the town’s band was playing a slow march under the dappled shade of the band stand. The loud brass felt like a regal welcome, as though we were being rewarded for making it to this tiny place … Continue reading A Snapshot of Cuba

Peaceful Mompiche

‘Where the hell am I!?’ I said to myself as I clambered down off the bus onto the pitch black street of Atacames, ignoring the typical South American bus station chorus of ‘Taxi? Hotel? Taxi?’ that greeted us from the crowd of local men awaiting the arriving visitors. The Journey. To get to Mompiche from Quito (where I live), you have to go via Atacames, and our overnight … Continue reading Peaceful Mompiche

Working for TripAdvisor

TripBod, part of TripAdvisor, recently contacted me and commisioned me to write two guides about Cuba. I went to Cuba for a week in September 2014, and then for 6 weeks in January and February this year. I started this TravellerHannah blog after I left the country, so have not yet written any blog posts about my time there (but I will eventually I promise!) TripAdvisor … Continue reading Working for TripAdvisor