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Rebecca’s Bucket List is a captivating collection of wonderful places around Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. These countries entice travelers with boundless possibilities. Even so, the South America bucket list includes the best countries to visit because of the boundless possibilities that lie ahead. Whether you dream about climbing up volcanoes, learning how to cook exotic food, or diving in one of the best places on Earth, a bucket list propels you forward on a life-affirming journey. 

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Top 5 Rebecca’s Bucket List Tours

If you’re seeking the most extraordinary travel experiences, check Rebecca’s Bucket List top 5 tours. These journeys are created as unforgettable adventures, including natural wonders, rich cultural encounters, and the perfect combination of excitement, immersion, and lasting memories

11-Day Hidden Treasures Ecuador

Unravel Ecuador’s hidden treasures where adventure and exploration await at every turn. Prepare to be enthralled as you uncover the country’s best-kept secrets while discovering at your own pace with walking routes and useful tips. 

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ADVENTURE 8 Day Machu Picchu & Galapagos Travel

8-Day Machu Picchu & Galapagos Classic

This classic tour is created for travelers seeking the ultimate South American highlights without compromising on time. Peru and the Galapagos Islands make a combination of extraordinary bucket list travel destinations. 

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8 Day Galapagos Multisport Best Choice

8-Day Galapagos Multisport 

If you crave an action-packed journey, the Galapagos Multisport Adventure is the perfect trip for you! It’s filled with water and land activities, allowing you to discover Ecuadorian natural wonders while snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding. 

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17 Day Hidden Treasures Ecuador & Galapagos

17-Day Hidden Treasures Ecuador & Galapagos

The tour is an unparalleled blend of organized day tours and the freedom to explore at your own pace. Get ready to unravel the wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands! 

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11 Day Hidden Treasures Colombia

11-Day Hidden Treasures Colombia

Colombia has a kaleidoscope of colors, nature’s abundance, and breathtaking beaches. In 11 days, you’ll be able to immerse in vibrant cities, lush landscapes, and encounters with warm-hearted locals. 

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How to Make a Travel Bucket List? 

Rebecca, the founder of Rebecca Adventure Travel, understands that crafting a travel bucket list goes beyond a mere checklist. To her, it’s a profound source of inspiration that fuels her wanderlust. Whenever she envisions a new destination, she meticulously jots down her desires, allowing them to take shape and form on paper. These dreams become the foundation of her extraordinary adventures, creating a roadmap that guides her every journey.

With passion and dedication, Rebecca curates her travel experiences, ensuring each destination is a reflection of her deepest desires. From the captivating Galapagos Islands to the vibrant streets of Cartagena, and the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu, her bucket list leads her to places that stir her soul.

Step by Step

Each of Rebecca’s bucket lists is a spark of her journey. Then, how’s the process of creating a bucket list of the top travel destinations in South America? 

  1. Defining the Bucket List: A bucket list is a catalog of experiences, achievements, and places that a traveler wants to accomplish within their lifetime. Even so, the term “bucket list” comes from the urgency of pursuing one’s dreams before “kicking the bucket.” Each list is personalized by one’s passions, curiosities, and life goals
  2. A Source of Inspiration: A travel bucket list serves as a collection of challenges and aspirations. It reminds every traveler that there’s a new adventure waiting to be experienced. Also, it helps you visualize a vacation beyond the ordinary!
  3. Embracing Adventure: Every entry on a travel destination’s bucket list holds the promise of incredible adventures. From multisport activities, like biking around an active volcano, canyoning in the Ecuadorian Amazon, or kayaking in the Galapagos Islands. Also, you may want to spend more time with your creative side by learning how to make ceramics or embroidery with a local artisan. The adventures, big or small, contribute to your personal growth and your adventurous spirit. 
  4. A Journey of Self-Discovery: Curating your bucket list is an introspective process that reveals your deepest dreams and desires. As you tick off items from the list, a profound sense of accomplishment and self-empowerment takes root within you. After your dream trip, you’ll feel as if the sky is the limit!
  5. Flexibility and Emotion: The beauty of crafting a travel bucket list lies in the ability to evolve alongside you as you grow and change. As your interests change, you may add or delete aspirations. Moreover, embracing the fluidity of the list allows you to adapt to life’s unfolding journey. 

Rebecca’s Bucket List Top Picks

All tours at Rebecca Adventure Travel are extraordinary journeys that capture the essence of Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. However, Rebecca’s Bucket List tour is hand-picked that promises to leave unforgettable memories. 



14-Day Self-Drive Ecuador

Be amazed by the inspiring highlights of mainland Ecuador. On this tour, you’ll have the freedom to travel at your own pace through the country’s four regions, from the majestic Andes mountains to the lush Amazon jungle and the Pacific coast. Hotels and some activities are arranged, leaving you to simply drive and relax! 

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top 5 -12 Day Galapagos Expedition

12-Day Galapagos Expedition

The Galapagos Islands Expedition tour uncovers the wonders of the Archipelago through a combination of organized day tours, and the opportunity to explore the islands with self-guided packages. 

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top 7 Day Galapagos Luxury Safari

7-Day Galapagos Luxury Safari

The Luxury Safari blissful journey is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Renowned and featured in prestigious publications like the National Geographic Luxury Collection, the tour showcases the uniqueness of the Galapagos’ endemic animal species. 

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Rebecca’s Bucket List Ideas

Ecuador is a country of incredible diversity, offering a wide range of experiences that can easily find their way onto your bucket list. Here are six bucket list ideas that will make your trip to Ecuador truly unforgettable: 

1. Galapagos Islands

A trip to the Galapagos Islands is a legendary adventure. Exploring the Archipelago is part of Rebecca’s bucket list. When planning a trip to the Galapagos, take your time to dive or snorkel in pristine waters surrounded by a variety of marine life and hike through volcanic landscapes. The Galapagos Islands promise an experience like no other, where every moment is a testament to the wonders of the natural world and the enriching power of travel.

Galapagos is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its diverse and breathtaking landscapes. Here are some essential Galapagos experiences to include on your bucket list:

  • Encounter Unique Wildlife: The Galapagos is renowned for its incredible wildlife encounters. The adventure includes witnessing unique wildlife up close, from playful sea lions and giant tortoises to marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. 
  • Islands Hopping Adventures: Embark on island-hopping adventures is the best way to discover the diverse landscapes and unique ecosystems of each island. From the volcanic landscapes to the lush highlands, each island boasts its own distinct charm and wildlife encounters.
  • Witness Unique Geological Wonders: Galapagos offer geological marvels such as the iconic Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island, the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island, or the vibrant lava formations on Sullivan Bay
  • Snorkeling and diving at Kicker Rock: Kicker Rock, also known as León Dormido, is a stunning rock formation rising from the sea. Snorkel alongside graceful sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, and schools of vibrant fish. 

2. Hiking the Avenue of the Volcanoes 

Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes is a stretch of the Andes Mountains dotted with towering volcanoes and scenic landscapes. Explore the Cotopaxi Volcano while horseback riding or biking on epic trails in the Cotopaxi National Park. Also, you can discover the stunning Quilotoa Crater Lake on a day tour. 

3. Explore the Amazon Rainforest 

Venture into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. While visiting Amazon, your travel bucket list must include: 

  • Cuyabeno Tours: The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is located far into the Amazon. It’s only reachable by boat, making it one of the most pristine places on Earth. A visit to Cuyabeno is an opportunity to explore the jungle and see an extensive variety of animals, from pink dolphins, to manatees, monkeys, and many more.
  • Napo Tours: Located in Napo province, Tena is a town near Cuyabeno. A Napo tour organized by Rebecca Adventure Travel offers incredible adventures, such as rafting, tubing, waterfalls hikes, and chocolate making, among others. 
  • Yasuni Tours: Yasuni National Park is a treasure of biodiversity and natural wonders. It’s a heaven for wildlife encounters and wildlife photographers. Guided excursions include colorful birds, playful monkeys, elusive jaguars, and fascinating insects. 
  • Baños Hot Springs: Baños is a charming town, surrounded by lush forests and waterfalls. Adventurers love their stay because of the many options for adrenaline-pumping activities like rafting, canyoning, and ziplining. 
Rebecca's Bucket List, the Amazon.

Rebecca in La Selva Lodge.

4. Visit Machu Picchu 

Machu Picchu is a legendary Incan citadel located in Peru. This iconic marvel is an ancient archaeological site and a must-visit destination that deserves to be at the top of your travel bucket list. A journey to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience: 

  • Explore Ancient Mysteries: Machu Picchu is a mysterious place, giving a mystical air to your visit. You can wander through stone pathways, ancient temples, and terraces, as well as contemplate the fascinating theories of why it was constructed in that specific place. Travelers from around the world feel a deep connection to the past while standing amidst the ruins. 
  • Breathtaking Andean Landscapes: The journey to Machu Picchu has one of the most breathtaking views in the world. Whether you’re trekking the Inca Trail or taking the scenic train through the Sacred Valley, you’ll be surrounded by awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, and rivers. 
  • Spiritual and Cultural Significance: The Inca citadel is more than just an archaeological site. It holds a deep spiritual and cultural significance for Peru. 
  • Unforgettable Sunrises: Witnessing the sunrise over Machu Picchu is a magical moment in every traveler’s life. When the rays of sunlight touch the ancient stones, the citadel is bathed in a golden glow. The peaceful serenity enhances the sense of wonder and reverence of this ancient place. 

5. Haciendas on your Bucket List

Ecuadorian haciendas are traditional estates that offer a glimpse into the country’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty. If you’re planning your travel and want to follow Rebecca’s bucket list or create your own, you should definitely include a hacienda in your must-visit destination: 

  • Immersion in Cultural Heritage: Ecuadorian haciendas have preserved their architectural beauty and cultural traditions, offering visitors an immersive experience of the country’s history and colonial past. Walk through the centuries-old corridors, admire ornate colonial details, and discover the stories that have shaped these historical gems
  • Spectacular Natural Settings: Haciendas are nestled in breathtaking landscapes, from picturesque Andean valleys to lush cloud forests and serene countryside. 
  • Adventure and Outdoor Activities: Many haciendas offer a range of outdoor activities. An immersive experience includes horseback riding adventures through the Andean highlands, hiking to hidden waterfalls, or engaging in bird-watching excursions in the forest. 
  • Warm Hospitality: Experience the warm and genuine hospitality of the hacienda owners and staff. They have personalized attention and create a welcoming atmosphere for you to enjoy your stay. 
Rebecca in Hacienda la Jimenita.

Rebecca in Hacienda la Jimenita.

6. Cartagena in your Bucket List

Cartegena is the captivating jewel on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The city is steeped in history, culture, and energy. Discover the walled city through its cobbled streets, colonial architecture, and lively atmosphere. Check here why you must add Cartagena to your bucket list: 

  • Wander the Walled City: Cartagena’s well-preserved colonial walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage. Admire the colorful colonial buildings adorned with bougainvillea and explore the charming plazas. 
  • Delight in the Caribbean Cuisine: Caribbean cuisine has mouthwatering options like arepas, ceviche, and fried plantain. It’s a fusion of African, Spanish, and Indigenous influences. 
  • Dance to the Rhythms of Champeta: Colombia is a country full of culture. Therefore, the Caribbean has a vibrant music scene and dance. Some of the most captivating rhythms are champeta, genre-blending African beats, and Caribbean melodies.

How to Plan an Amazing Bucket List with Rebecca Adventure Travel

Creating a travel bucket list is a personalized process that ensures you have unforgettable experiences tailored to your interests and preferences. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plan your dream adventure following a travel bucket list

  1. Explore Destinations and Tours: Start by exploring the destinations and tours offered by Rebecca Adventure Travel. Consider the types of experiences you’d like to have, whether is trekking, wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, or a combination of activities.
  2. Define your Travel Goals: Think about what you want to achieve with your bucket list adventure. Do you want adrenaline-fueled activities, cultural immersion, or simply to relax? When you know what your goals are, then you can match the trip to your expectations. 
  3. Customize Your Itineraries: Destination Experts at Rebecca Adventure Travel are experts in crafting personalized itineraries and provide insights and recommendations based on your preferences and needs. 
  4. Plan Logistics: Once your itinerary is finalized, the Destination Experts take care of the logistics, including accommodation, transportation, and reservations. 
  5. Prepare For Your Trip: As your travel dates approach, make sure you have all the necessary travel documents, vaccinations (if required), and appropriate gear for the activities planned. 
Happy Guest horseback riding in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Happy Guest horseback riding in the Ecuadorian Andes.

A Guide to Crafting The Ultimate Bucket List 

Creating Rebecca’s bucket list serves as a powerful compass to guide travelers through adventure. These types of lists are a collection of dreams and aspirations, that transcend the boundaries of everyday life. If you want to make your very own bucket list, check this step-by-step guide: 

1. Reflect on Your Passions and Interests

The first step in crafting a meaningful bucket list is to determine your innermost passions and interests. Consider the activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Remember that a bucket list is very personal, so embrace your uniqueness and allow your heart to guide you. 

2. Dream Big, But Be Realistic

Even though you may aim for the stars, striking a balance with realism is crucial. A travel bucket list needs to have achievable items within the realm of possibility. This doesn’t mean you have to limit your dreams. Instead, set realistic goals that motivate and inspire you! 

3. Diversity of Experiences

A well-rounded bucket list includes a diverse range of experiences. Include a mix of short and long-term goals, from adventurous activities to cultural experiences. 

Rebecca with a local artisan in Otavalo.

4. Explore Your Inner Wanderlust

Travel is a universal desire for many bucket listers. If wanderlust is calling your name, list down the destinations that ignite your curiosity and inspire your imagination. Do you want to explore ancient ruins, experience diverse cultures, or discover natural wonders? 

5. Step out of Your Comfort Zone

A travel bucket list should challenge you to step outside your comfort zone. Whether it’s trying an extreme sport or learning from ancient cultures, growth and self-discovery lie in embracing the unknown. 

6. Celebrate the Small Victories 

More than achieving grand moments, a bucket list is about cherishing the journey! Moreover, every checkmark on your list signifies an accomplishment, whether big or small, and each contributes to your personal growth.

Rebecca's bucket list snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Rebecca snorkeling in the Galapagos

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