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Chile: The Long and Skinny of it

Chile: The Long and Skinny of it

After spending a few days trekking through the Torres del Paine National Park, we flew back up to Santiago. Ready to say goodbye to the cool evenings of Patagonia and exchange them for the long warm days of arid Mendoza, we hopped on a east bound bus and waved goodbye to Chile for the last time. Our time in the odd shaped country had been filled with new experiences, new food, and new friends. Months later, … Read entire article »

Filed under: by christopher, Chile, Tips

Bolivia: From the Jungle to the Salt Flats

Bolivia: From the Jungle to the Salt Flats

So, we may have had a little challenge trying to leave Bolivia. But, it was probably a lot smoother than trying to enter Bolivia. But all that aside, our time in the country was full of amazing nature, delicious food, and interesting glimpses into a country of contradictions… and all at a cost that would make even the most penny-pinching backpacker giddy. And now, as Sarah and I sit way down in Chilean Patagonia resting our … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bolivia, by christopher, Tips

Peru: Two months in the land of the Incas

Peru: Two months in the land of the Incas

We waved goodbye to Pisco late on a Sunday afternoon and jumped on a bus bound for the lakeside town of Puno. After having wrapped up two months in Peru, it was time to move on. From Puno we would head to Copacabana, Bolivia and after navigating a few protest roadblocks we would eventually make it to the capital city of La Paz. Sitting here in La Paz in a warm and crowded internet cafe, it … Read entire article »

Filed under: by christopher, Peru

Ecuador: A month in the middle of the world

Ecuador: A month in the middle of the world

Sarah and I arrived in Cusco, Peru this morning after a 21 hour bus ride from Lima. The trip was quite long, but it was in one of the nicest buses we´d ever been in. 4 movies, 2 meals, and a litle bit of sleep later we arrived safely in southern Peru. We´ve been in Peru a little over a week now, since crossing the border near Macará. So, we thought it would be a good … Read entire article »

Filed under: by christopher, Ecuador

Photo of the Day #26 – Taking your life into your own hands

Photo of the Day #26 – Taking your life into your own hands

When Sarah and I crossed the border into Ecuador, our main objective was to get to Cuenca to start Spanish school. But we headed south relatively slowly,  spending a few days traveling to Otavalo, Quito, and Baños. Quito, the administrative capital of Ecuador, is quite a large city – featuring diverse sections replete with both old world charm and new world tacky. We had heard such polarised opinions about the city from other travelers. Some loved … Read entire article »

Filed under: by christopher, Ecuador, Photo of the Day

Colombia: Highs, Lows, and Everything in Between

Colombia: Highs, Lows, and Everything in Between

A week ago, we wrapped up spending the last two months in Colombia with the familiar passport stamp slamming sound just outside of Ipiales. A short walk across the river later, we were greeted with a faded sign reading Bienvenidos a Ecuador. As we sit here in Cuenca, with our Colombian experience still fresh in our heads, we thought we’d give our take on highlights, lowlights, recommendations, and some tips for your next big trip to … Read entire article »

Filed under: by christopher, by sarah, Colombia

Photo of the Day #18 – Come for the explosions, stay for the moonshine

Photo of the Day #18 – Come for the explosions, stay for the moonshine

Playing with gunpowder, being force-fed aguadiente* and joining in singalongs with locals – this had to be my favourite night so far in Colombia. It was a Tuesday night in the sleepy, picturesque town. Having made friends with an international group of people in our cozy hostel, we all ventured out to try Tejo, a national pastime where one throws metal disc towards a clay frame (see below), complete with small … Read entire article »

Filed under: by sarah, Colombia, Photo of the Day

5 Things I Love about the South

5 Things I Love about the South

(more specifically the South East US coast): 1. The people The rumours are true – people here really are ‘as nice as a slice of peach pie’. A hundred per cent of my interactions have been great,  even with people in jobs usually reserved for rudeness, such as traffic sherrif and service station attendant. So you can imagine how people in jobs usually reserved for friendly people are. For example, I asked the attendant at an info centre … Read entire article »

Filed under: by sarah, United States