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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Anyone who visits the jungle in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia has the chance to participate in a native ritual ceremony. The indigenous Tacana traditionally practice these ceremonies twice a week, on Tuesday’s and Fridays, and additionally for special occasions and events. Many jungle adventure tours will be sure to include the ceremony in your experience even if your tour does not fall on those days.
These ceremonies are about giving back to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) for the abundance of resources and life she provides. They are also an opportunity for the native people to ask for her protection from dangers, providence of food, and general well-being. Continue reading “Ceremonies Of The Amazon”
You may know by know that I am quite enamored with the rainforest. Iquitos, Peru is another launching point to the Amazon. The main reason to visit Iquitos is preparation before a jungle excursion and rest afterwards. Iquitos boasts that it is the world’s largest city inaccessible by car. Continue reading “Amazon Junlge – Iquitos, Peru”