Mocoa is a day-hiker’s dream. This lush landscape is streaming with trails waiting to be explored in the mountainous jungle terrain of Colombia’s Amazon. I’ve given Mocoa a little nickname, “jungle-lite”. I gave it the name because I think this is the perfect place for someone to visit who might be a little nervous about diving deep into the wild, but has the curiosity to sense the jungle. The day hikes around Mocoa are a great way to dip your toes into The Amazon and get a feel for it without going “full on Tarzan”. You will surely see colorful butterflies, interesting plant-life, and stunning waterfalls. But beware, It is highly likely you will leave ready for more jungle. Continue reading “Mocoa, Colombia ~ Jungle-lite”
This post is really outside of my comfort zone of things I am willing to publicize online. But it feels necessary and slightly overdue. I know this is too long for most of you to read entirely, but I’ve said what I needed to say. I genuinely hope this is all completely irrelevant to my readers. But if it’s not, and you are wanderlusting with grief, this one’s for you.
Traveling the world is a long journey. Grieving is also a long journey. So why not navigate through them together? Unfortunately, I have experience traveling with grief. And that is what this post is all about.
So you are in Ecuador and want to see the Amazon? A number of companies offer immersive jungle excursions in Cuyabeno Reserve, and I recommend the experience. However, the planning part of this can be a bit confusing. So this post is about what you can expect from your Cuyabeno jungle adventure and how to plan it out in the least confusing and exhausting way possible! Continue reading “Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve ~ Visiting the Jungle of Ecuador”
Hobbiest photographers get a lot of shit from other travelers, so this post is my plea to try to subdue the prejudice.
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”
“This little clam here knows how to jam here, under the sea”
– Sebastion in The Little Mermaid
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”
“Stupid tourists”. Ever wonder why locals everywhere make fun of tourists? Wonder no more. Continue reading “There Are Some Crazy-Ass Backpackers Out There.”
I can’t believe Inti Raymi was already 6 months ago. In Cusco, Peru, the winter solstice is a BIG deal! This post is a chance for me to reminisce about my time half a year ago in this festive city. Here’s to continued efforts at creating awesome memories… Continue reading “Cusco Celebrates”
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”