The Plight Of The Traveling Amateur Photographer

Hobbiest photographers get a lot of shit from other travelers, so this post is my plea to try to subdue the prejudice. 

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Baños Ecuador ~ A Place For the Kid at Heart

Baños, Ecuador is seriously… So. Much. Fun.  It doesn’t matter what age you are.  Little kids or adults, solo travelers, couples, or whole families can all have a blast in this centrally located mountain town of Ecuador.  If you love thrills, adventures, waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, and/or parties, add Baños to your Ecuador itinerary. Continue reading “Baños Ecuador ~ A Place For the Kid at Heart”

Galapagos Under The Sea

“This little clam here knows how to jam here, under the sea”
– Sebastion in The Little Mermaid

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10 Ways to Have a Blast in The Galapagos ~ On A Budget


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Many long-term travelers choose to skip the spectacular Islands of Galapagos for one unfortunate reason: the cost.  I myself debating saving this destination for “later in life” as it’s own separate trip.  Ultimately, I realized I couldn’t spend nearly 2 years exploring the South American continent without visiting the Galapagos.  I am very glad I didn’t skip over these Islands on my adventure.  And I learned that you don’t have to break the bank in order to visit. Continue reading “10 Ways to Have a Blast in The Galapagos ~ On A Budget”

There Are Some Crazy-Ass Backpackers Out There.

“Stupid tourists”. Ever wonder why locals everywhere make fun of tourists?  Wonder no more. Continue reading “There Are Some Crazy-Ass Backpackers Out There.”

Tarzan Leaves The Jungle

This one is overdue. What do a gas stove, a wooden pepper grinder, a temperature nob in a shower, and a surf board have in common? Continue reading “Tarzan Leaves The Jungle”

El Chorro & Giron, Ecuador

Located in Southern Ecuador, Giron is a beautiful little place to visit for 1-3 days.  I visited for the afternoon on a day trip while staying in the nearby city, Cuenca.  It’s a great place where you can easily spend several days camping and enjoying the mountains.  The main reason to visit Giron is the famous waterfall, El Chorro. Continue reading “El Chorro & Giron, Ecuador”

Cuenca, Ecuador

I began my Ecuador explorations in the lovely city, Cuenca.  Cuenca has dozens of museums for art and history.  You can visit factories of the famed “Panama Hat” to learn how they are made (Yes, the Panama hat actually comes from Ecuador…).  You can walk the streets or follow the river.  There are even Incan ruins in the middle of city. Continue reading “Cuenca, Ecuador”

Mancora, Peru

This blog post is about my final week in Peru, spent on the beach in Mancora.  This post is long overdue, as many of you know.  I am currently in Ecuador, and look forward to posting about my new adventures soon.

Mancora is on the coast in the far north of Peru, close to the Ecuadorian border.  When asking around amongst locals and travelers alike about the Peruvian beaches, mostly the reaction was underwhelming.  With one exception.  Mancora.

When people described Mancora the words “the best” always came up.  The best beaches in Peru.  The best sunsets you will ever see. Or simply, Mancora is the best. Continue reading “Mancora, Peru”