Backpackers’ guide to South America – 7 destinations you don’t want to miss

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Canoa, Ecuador:

The beachside town of Canoa, Ecuador, has earned a reputation as a hotspot for surfers, paddle boarders and paragliders, or just relaxing after touring through South America. Between December and February, surfers descend upon the town to try and find the best waves of the year, while nature lovers should also head down to Isla Corazon – just off the coast of San Vicente – to go bird watching.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador:

The Galápagos Islands may not be the first place that spring to mind when you think of backpacking on a budget, but it is possible to visit this amazing archipelago off the coast of Ecuador without booking an expensive cruise. You can get around the main islands via ferry, taking in San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, which are all home to pristine beaches and a vast array of wildlife (it’s no wonder several scenes from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II were filmed here).

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