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Initially intending to just pass through Ecuador on his year-long sojourn across the world, Tom Raven Scroft decided to set up camp in Quito as an intern in the V!VA office... at least for the time being. From Venezuela to Brazil, around Argentina, Paraguay, Uraguay and Colombia, Tom's wanderlust has brought him backpacking through South America and soon on to New Zealand, Asian places, other pretentious countries, and Russia. The bus-riding, map-reading, hostel-staying skills Tom brings to V!VA are unmatched, as he has guidebooked around the globe, spending six months in Australia, six months in Central America, one in Eastern Europe, and made multiple trips to the States and Western Europe. Tom has a Master's degree in History of Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. He is English. Thus he says words like "knackered" and "rubbish" and drinks so much black tea it's unreal.

  • Hometown

    Bristol England

  • Location now

    Quito Ecuador

  • Work published

    Ecuador Reporter......

  • Travel philosophy

    Try to have fun where ever I am!!

  • Craziest place

    Alter do Chão, but its a long story.........

  • Bizarre experience

    See above

  • Advice

    Don't get too bogged down in trying to see everthing. Just make sure you enjoy yourself whatever you're seeing and doing.

  • Dream destination

    To hard......so many places!!

  • Traveled before

    Europe, Central America and now South America......

  • Going next

    New Zealand and then onward to SE Asia

Tom Ravenscroft's Guide Book Entries


  • Cine Eden

    May 30, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    Replacing the old cinema that was housed in a vintage theater, Oruro is now home to a brand new, clean ......

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  • Villazón / La Quiaca Border Crossing

    May 30, 2009 - Villazón, Bolivia

    The border crossing at Villazón, open between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., is well organized and efficient. If you have ......

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  • Getting To and Away From Villazón

    May 30, 2009 - Villazón, Bolivia

    Villazón is well connected to towns and cities all over Bolivia. As well as the buses that regularly head north, ......

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  • Villazón

    May 30, 2009 - Villazón, Bolivia

    The only reason you are likely to visit Villazón is if you intend on leaving Bolivia, or have just arrived ......

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  • Alter Do Chão

    Jan 14, 2009 - Alter Do Chão, Brazil

    One of most beautiful places in the whole of the Amazon Basin, the town of Alter do Chão is well ......

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  • Jericoacoara

    Jan 14, 2009 - Jericoacoara, Brazil

    Until recently Jericoacoara, affectionately known as Jeri, was a sleepy fishing village, with no electricity and nowhere near the backpacker ......

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  • Residencial Real

    Jun 04, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    Within easy reach of both the train station and the city's restaurants and attractions, Residencial Real is a cheap and ......

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  • Residencial San Miguel

    Jun 04, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    Ideally located on a quiet street half way between the city center and train station, Residencial San Miguel is one ......

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  • Grand Hotel Sucre

    May 31, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    While the much anticipated Hotel Eden remains incomplete and unopen, the long established Gran Hotel Sucre remains the best place ......

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  • El Diablo Tranquilo Bar

    Jan 24, 2011 - Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

    Located in the beachfront Playa Suites branch of this pair of infamous hostels, El Diablo Tranquilo bar offers nothing less ......

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  • Bravo's Pizza

    May 30, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    One thing is for sure, you'll have no problem finding Bravo's Pizza; once you get within half a block the ......

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  • Vida Sana

    May 30, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    Vida Sana is an extremely welcoming, somewhat haphazardly run, small restaurant right in the bustling heart of Oruru. Although the ......

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  • Cine Eden

    May 30, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    Replacing the old cinema that was housed in a vintage theater, Oruro is now home to a brand new, clean ......

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  • Volcan Tungurahua

    Mar 06, 2009 - Baños, Ecuador

    Volcan Tungurahua (5,023 m / 16,479 ft), situated in the Sangay Nacional Park, is one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes. ......

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  • Hike to the Virgen del Agua Santa

    Mar 03, 2009 - Baños, Ecuador

    The journey up to the Virgin del Agua Santa is similar to the Bellavista hike in that it\'s an uphill ......

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  • Rainforestur

    Mar 19, 2009 - Baños, Ecuador

    RainForestur has been operating in Baños for over 15 years. The agency specializes in jungle, mountain climbing and adventure exhibitions. ......

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  • Geotours

    Mar 19, 2009 - Baños, Ecuador

    Although Geotours is not the cheapest agency in town, it has a good reputation for safety and only employs fully ......

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  • Cazhuma Tours Travel Agency

    Mar 18, 2009 - Cuenca, Ecuador

    Cazhuma is a reputable Cuenca-based travel agency that offers trips around the southern Andes, all across Ecuador and even to ......

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  • Si Centro Spanish School

    Mar 18, 2009 - Cuenca, Ecuador

    Authorized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education, Si Centro is an efficiently run school that only employs university-trained Spanish teachers. ......

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  • Símon Bolívar Spanish School

    Mar 18, 2009 - Cuenca, Ecuador

    Just one and a half blocks away from Cuenca\'s central park, Símon Bolívar is ideally located right in the heart ......

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