Camping at Watkins Glen State Park in Upstate NY

12smAfter several months on a different continent, it’s easy to forget that there are amazingly beautiful things to see right here in “my own back yard”.  I decided to turn what would have been an otherwise boring road trip into a chance to explore a little corner of the good ol’ USA (and Canada). Continue reading “Camping at Watkins Glen State Park in Upstate NY”

Friends and Family of a Nomad

Most often on my travels I meet people who are wandering the globe for a few weeks, a few months, or even a year. Occasionally, I come across someone who has been traveling for 5 years. No matter what the time frame, we all have something in common. We all have loved ones “back home” who worry about us. Continue reading “Friends and Family of a Nomad”

La Paz, Bolivia

13smLa Paz is a crazy, fascinating city.  I was reminded while wandering the streets of La Paz of a quote from the movie Clueless that I think describes the city perfectly.  “She’s a full-on Monet… It’s like the painting, see? From far away, it’s okay, but up close, it’s a big old mess”.

Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh. Continue reading “La Paz, Bolivia”

Pumamachay and Incamachay

11smFrom Sucre (click to read about my time in the city), it is possible to venture out of the city to visit breathtaking mountainscapes.  I debated between hiking to see dinosaur footprints, or rock paintings.  I opted for the rock-painting hike, but I would have done both if I had more time. Continue reading “Pumamachay and Incamachay”

Sucre, Bolivia

19smI do not believe that I can give an honest assessment of what the city of Sucre is like.  It would be like a tourist in New York spending 5 days in the city without ever leaving midtown, except to visit upstate for a day.  This is essentially what my time was like in Sucre.  I spent entire days only in the city center.  I can however say that I really enjoyed my time in Sucre, and if my travel time was not becoming increasingly limited, I would have like to spend a lot more time there.  I think it may be my favorite of the big cities I have visited in South America so far. Continue reading “Sucre, Bolivia”

Bolivian Jeep Tour, Day 4.

19smThe final day of the the Uyuni jeep trek did not disappoint.  This day was dedicated to the famous Salar de Uyuni.  The Salar is the world’s largest salt flat and one of Bolvia’s main tourism attractions. Continue reading “Bolivian Jeep Tour, Day 4.”

Welcome to Bolivia

1smThis post is about my first impression of Bolivia.  In fact, just entering Bolivia was a weird experience.  So I will start there, at the Argentinian/Bolivian border. Continue reading “Welcome to Bolivia”

Visiting the Provence of Jujuy, Argentina

4smI am sad to report that this is my final blog post of Argentina (for now).  This region has something for everyone.  A big city, a rich historical background, and unimaginable natural beauty.  You can enjoy the hustle and bustle of San Salvador de Jujuy, hike incredible mountain trails, horse-back ride through Pacha Mama (Mother-Nature), salivate over traditional regional foods, be enchanted by the many charming little towns, and feed your knowledge by visiting historical sites.

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Tilcara, Jujuy, Argentina

22smTilcara, Tilcara, Tilcara… Where do I even begin?  I arrived here on the 21st of April with the intention of staying for 3 nights on my way to Bolivia.  A month later, I am begrudgingly preparing to leave this charming little pueblo tomorrow.  This town truly is special, and as many other’s have described it, “magical”. Continue reading “Tilcara, Jujuy, Argentina”

Route 68, from Salta to Cafayate

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If you find yourself in the provence of Salta, Argentina, I suggest you take this beautiful drive between the small town of Cafayate and the Capital city of Salta.  I took a day trip from Salta with my new amigo, Gal.  Cafayate is a lovely little pueblo to wander around and visit local wineries.  But the highlight of this excursion is the road itself.   Continue reading “Route 68, from Salta to Cafayate”