Sheree Hooker

Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind wingingtheworld.com, a travel blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks.

Cusco centre, Peru

COVID-19: Peru Travel Updates

Can you travel to Peru right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Peru.

Unmissable Places to Visit in Ecuador

COVID-19: Ecuador Travel Updates

Can you travel to Ecuador right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Ecuador.

The Port at Valparaíso, Chile

COVID-19: Chile Travel Updates

Can you travel to Chile right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Chile.

COVID-19: Brazil Travel Updates

Can you travel to Brazil right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Brazil.

Colourful houses in La Boca, Buenos Aires

COVID-19: Argentina Travel Updates

Can you travel to Argentina right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Argentina.

Skyscrapers seen across the water, Punta Del Este, Uruguay

COVID-19: Uruguay Travel Updates

Can you travel to Uruguay right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Uruguay.

Ancient ruins, Jesuit Trinidad, Paraguay

COVID-19: Paraguay Travel Updates

Can you travel to Paraguay right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Paraguay.

A colonial house on the corner of a quiet street in Villa de Leyva

COVID-19: Colombia Travel Updates

Can you travel to Colombia right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Colombia.

Market La Paz

COVID-19: Bolivia Travel Updates

Can you travel to Bolivia right now? Get up to date with the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travellers to Bolivia.

Argentinian empanadas

A Guide To Argentinian Empanadas

The Argentinian empanada has long been a staple throughout the country. Each region has its own version of this classic snack and the best thing is that they usually cost under a dollar to buy on the street. Discover more about empanadas in Argentina in our guide….

21 Interesting Facts About Bolivia

21 Mind Blowing Facts About Bolivia

Did you know that La Paz is not Bolivia’s true capital and that Sucre is? This article is full of facts about Bolivia you may not know…

South America money

Cheapest South American Countries to Visit

Knowing the cheapest countries in South America can really help you to plan your trip and work out your budget. In this article, we compare prices of the essentials and catch up with our community to find out the cheapest country in South America to backpack.

13 Unmissable Hikes in Peru

13 Unmissable Hikes in Peru

Peru is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. if you’re looking for trekking inspiration, these hikes in Peru offer world-class scenery and an adventure you’ll never forget.

21 Fun Facts About Argentina

21 Fun Facts About Argentina

Did you know, Argentina’s national sport is not football but pato?! This article is full of facts about Argentina you may not know..

Places to Visit in Peru

15 Amazing Places to Visit in Peru

Looking for places to visit in Peru? Look no further! Our list compiles the top destinations in the country, from world-class attractions to off the beaten track gems!

Hola sign

Which Countries in South America Speak Spanish?

There are nine Spanish speaking countries in South America which is great for backpackers on longer trips. A basic grasp of the language is bound to help you as you backpack your way around the continent!

Unmissable Places to Visit in Ecuador

Unmissable Places to Visit in Ecuador

Heading to Ecuador and looking for the best places to visit? You’re in the right place! From the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands to the varied mainland, Ecuador has something for all travellers!

South American dances

10 Beautiful Dances from South America

South America is alive with dance and each country has its own famous style. Whether you’re a samba fan or prefer to get lost watching the tango, we guarantee that you’ll be captivated by these South American dances.

Peruvian fruit

Delicious Fruits From Peru You Should Try!

When it comes to unique tastes, visitors should not miss sampling a variety of Peruvian fruit. With sweet treats and sour citrus options, you’re bound to find something refreshing!

20 Spectacular National Parks in South America

20 Spectacular National Parks in South America

South America is home to 300 national parks, all beautiful and breathtakingly unique. To help you decide which of these you want to visit first, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites

Bolivian Food: South America’s Overlooked Cuisine

Bolivian Food: 22 Must-Try Dishes!

Whilst Bolivian food is less known than that of its neighbours, there are still plenty of delicious dishes and snacks that you must try!

Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Vine That is Luring Backpackers to Peru

Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Vine That is Luring Backpackers to Peru

There’s a powerful and sacred plant that has been used by shamans in the jungles of South America for thousands of years. Due to its perceived spiritual powers, backpackers from all over the world have been traveling to remote communities to experience special ‘ceremonies’ deep in the heart of the jungle.

11 Mouth-Watering Peruvian Drinks

11 Mouth-Watering Peruvian Drinks

The Pisco Sour might be Peru’s national drink but there is far more to the country’s drink scene than that! Here are our pick of the top Peruvian drinks that you can’t live the country without trying!

Yerba Mate: South America’s Most Social Drink

Yerba Mate: South America’s Most Social Drink

Drinking yerba mate is a social and cultural ritual with a long history throughout South America. With so many rules to remember, it is easy to screw up. Read on for everything you need to know about mate!

Peruvian Foods That You NEED to Try!

Top 23 Peruvian Foods That You NEED to Try!

A foodies paradise! Peru is celebrated as having one of the most exciting gastronomical scenes in the world. And the best news for backpackers is that it’s cheap, not restricted to fancy restaurants and there is a huge variety of healthy, delicious dishes that could having you trying something new every day of your trip!

Top South American Drinks to Try on Your Trip!

Top South American Drinks to Try on Your Trip!

Soda the flavor of bubble gum. Tea made out of the highly controversial coca plant. Strong local spirits flavored with Anise. Find yourself thirsty in South America and you’ve clearly got no need to fret! We give you a list of the TOP 21 DRINKS to guzzle down!

The Origin of Ceviche: The History of Peru’s National Dish 

The Origin of Ceviche – Peru’s National Dish

Ceviche or cebiche is Peru’s most iconic dish. The origin of ceviche is hard to pinpont and regional variations appear all over Latin America. You’ve tried the dish, now learn the history behind it!

Best Street Food to Try in South America

The Best Street Food to Try in South America

Empanadas! Ceviche! Sopapillas! We all know that eating is one of the best parts of travel. Better yet when the food is delicious and cheap! We present our top 21 South American street food treats to sink your teeth into! Que delicioso!

The Number One Backpacker’s Question: Is South America Safe?

It seems that the question of safety when traveling to South America is quite common, probably due to the numerous media articles discussing the precarious safety situation within the region. If one looks purely at statistics, the numbers tend to corroborate the media reports. The problem is, numbers can lie. South America is a wonderful place to travel and with typical precautions you can stay safe. Here are our top safety tips to make sure that your trip is amazing!

A Taste of Bolivia with La Boca del Sapo Cooking Class

A Taste of Bolivia with La Boca del Sapo Cooking Class

Bolivia is not generally known for its gastronomy but that is something that is sure to change. During our time in Sucre, we headed out to cooking school La Boca del Sapo to create the famous Mondongo Chuquisaqueno dish.

The yard of Geko Hostal, Máncora, Peru

A Rustic Escape from the Party – Geko Hostal in Máncora, Peru

Backpackers heading to the party town of Máncora can be overwhelmed when it comes to accommodation choices. If you’re partial to a tipple but still want to get out on the waves first thing (not to mention save your pennies), head to Geko Hostal. Check out our review, here.

Your Definitive Guide to South America Visas: What Do You Need For Your Trip?

Your Definitive Guide to South America Visas: What Do You Need For Your Trip?

Every country in South America has a different rule of entry and some countries will require you to apply for a visa before you travel. Visa requirements alter regularly which can make planning for your backpacking trip hard work! To help you out, we’ve done our utmost to find out exactly what you need to know to take the stress out of planning your trip!

Le Foyer Hostel is set inside a beautiful colonial style building.

A room with a view at Le Foyer Hostel, Arequipa

For a central stay in the city of Arequipa, look no further than Le Foyer Hostel. It certainly brings in good reviews from travellers but does it live up to the hype? South America Ambassadors Sheree and Tim went to check it out!

Vaccinations for South America: Make Sure You’re Prepared!

Vaccinations for South America: Make Sure You’re Prepared!

Prepare for your next trip by researching the mandatory and recommended vaccinations for South America travel. You should allow at least a month to get your required jabs in your home country prior to jetting off. This guide will help you to work out which vaccinations you need for your adventure!

Backpackers in South America

South America Packing List – Everything You Need To Take!

With so many seasons and climates to consider, a backpacking trip around South America can be super difficult to plan for! We know this and we’ve compiled the ultimate packing list to make preparing for your backpacking trip that little bit easier!

Kayak Ecuador - transport

Kayaking Ecuador – There’s No Place Better Than Tena!

Tena is Ecuador’s hotspot for experienced and beginner kayakers alike! Keen to experience life on the river, South America Ambassadors Sheree and Tim headed to the city and arranged a taster kayak lesson with reputable company Kayak Ecuador. Read about their experience.

A Trip into the Potosí Mines, Bolivia – An Ethical Dilemma

The Bolivian city of Potosí is most known for its mining industry and the silver mines of Cerro Rico overlook the city as an ever present reminder of how this city is financed. Travellers can get a closer look at the mines on a guided tour but there are debates about whether this is ethical. Writers Sheree and Tim went to see whether this is a cause that helps or harms the industry.

Hotel Quality for Backpacker Budgets - A Review of 360 Grados Hostel, Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Review | 360 Grados Hostel, Santa Cruz

Located in the popular market street of Los Pozos, Santa Cruz, 360 Grados is a great choice for backpackers looking to explore the city. This huge hostel has all the facilities a traveller could need, including a clean, communal kitchen and hammocks on the rooftop! If you’re looking for hotel quality without the price tag then head to 360 Grados! 

A Mural Seen on the Cochabamba Bike Art Tour, Bolivia

Discover the Cochabamba Street Art Scene, Bolivia

The street art in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is truly a sight to behold. We took a bike tour around the city to learn the stories behind the incredible works that decorate the walls of Bolivia’s food capital.

A Cosy Cottage Stay at Casa Lynda, Samaipata

A Cosy Cottage Stay at Casa Lynda, Samaipata

Samaipata is a hidden gem just outside Santa Cruz. There are numerous accommodation options around but not all of them that suit a backpacker budget boast cleanliness and comfort. Backpacker Sheree went to see how Casa Lynda measured up.

Tantalise your tastebuds with Cusco Culinary! 

A Taste of Peru with Cusco Culinary Cooking Class!

Peru may well be the foodie capital of South America. With so much of the continent being known for stodgy carbs and deep fried food, Peru offers a much-needed change for the traveller looking to expand their palate! This country boasts 3000 species of potato and 55 varieties of corn, surely there is no better place to do a cooking class!?

Casa Nomade, Máncora.

Casa Nomade, Máncora, Peru – The Ideal Chill Spot!

An oasis of paradise located just minutes from the sea in Peru’s beach town, Mancora, Casa Nomade is the perfect escape from the tooting of tuk tuks of town and the overzealous beach vendors. Both quiet and peaceful with beautiful green spaces, this is the ultimate home away from home!

THostal Tena Naui Ecuador

Review: Hostal Tena Ñaui, Ecuador

With great private rooms for as low as $7 US, Hostal Tena Ñaui is one of the best budget options in Tena, Ecuador. Spectacular views of the city come free!

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