South America

Chachapoyas Peru

Night Bus I took a night bus for two nights, back-to-back from Cuenca, Ecuador to Chiclaya (one night) then four hours later, another night bus from Chiclaya to Chachapoyas. It was a brutal two days of almost no sleep. Chachapoya is located up in the mountains only a few hours[…]

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Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is up in the mountains and while the coastal cities typically have temperatures in the 80s, the average daytime temperature in Caunca is around 70 year round. Combined with the dry air, Caunca has become a top destination for Ex-Pats from Canada and the USA. The city is filled[…]

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Baños Ecuador–Hot Springs Mecca

Most everyone that learns Spanish, first learns the phrase: “Baños por favor?” which loosely translated means, “Bathroom please?” However, few realize the word actually means “bath” as in taking a bath or a bath tub. The city is not named after the word toilet, but rather for its abundant number[…]

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Quito Ecuador

I ended up in Quito quite by accident; actually I had never heard of Quito before November 18th. It happened like this: I arrived two and a half hours early at the Orlando airport with my passport in hand, excited to be off to another amazing adventure. Little did I[…]

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Truth be told, I really didn’t know the Galapagos were here in Ecuador. My geography improves as I travel and occasionally, in situations like this, it is a pleasant surprise to discover something so special right in your path of travel. After leaving Bogota, Colombia, I flew to Quito in[…]

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Bogota Colombia

More than a few of my friends whispered concerned warnings to me about being kidnapped when I announced my intention to visit Colombia; this fear is the norm among Americans who follow the media. Colombians have similar fears about coming to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles because every crazy[…]

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