• A reed boat visiting Inca ruins...

    Isla del Sol, Bolivia: Newbie Trekkers Start Here

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    If the island studded, Aegean-blue waters of Lake Titicaca don’t inspire the desire to try something new, nothing will.  The Incas believed the snow fed lake and Isla del Sol to be the birthplace of creation. I believe it to be THE place to for new trekkers to be born. Why? It is impossible to become […]

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    Sorata, Bolivia: My Cheapest Adventure Yet!

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Before you find yourself out of breath and hanging off Huayna Potosi by an ice pick, spend a few days in Sorata, Bolivia. The small hamlet and its surrounding areas are a perfect destination for epinephrine junkies looking to relax and acclimatize. Snow capped peaks, fertile valleys, glacial lakes, Inca ruins, and palm trees characterize […]

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    $50 Escape to the South American Himalayas: Santa Cruz, Peru

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Think trekking just costs too much? Do you get winded just looking at a mountain peak? What if I told you it’s possible to get up close and personal with one of the largest collections of big peaks in the Western Hemisphere… WITHOUT training like an Olympic athlete or having to drain a Swiss bank account? […]

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  • Amazon Sunset

    How to Travel From Ecuador to Peru Via the Amazon

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Impotence sucks. Nothing kills my hard-on for adventure faster than the idea of trading my writing chair for a cramped bus seat. Imagine the excitement, when I discovered that there is a way to travel through the Amazon from Ecuador to Peru on local boats.  There was only one BIG problem. Not Even the Natives […]

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  • Vulcan Tungurahua in Baños, Ecuador Occasionally Puts On Quite A Show!

    Baños, Ecuador: Who Else Wants More Adventure for Less Money?

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Are you an athletic adventurer that finally has some free time to indulge in the next thrill? Have lots of energy but very little money to burn? Or maybe you consider yourself to be more of an armchair adventurer and are looking to relax at the spa, detox from city life, and maybe try something […]

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    Mindo, Ecuador: Affordable Adventure

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    “Where I am from, most people think of Ecuador as a place where missionaries go, NOT a vacation destination”. My cousin took a slow sip of his Cuba Libre, leaned back in the jacuzzi, and gazed at the starlit heavens.  “Truthfully, this is not what I expected either. Mindo is great”. I was relieved to […]

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  • Sunset in Quito is not to be missed!

    Quito, Ecuador: What Everyone Ought to Know

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    The situation is inevitable. You’re out with your buddy, have had a few cold ones, and are looking for an unsuspecting hotty in the mood for bad decisions. As luck would have it, there is… unfortunately, Ms.Perfect 10 is accompanied by a friend that is less than standard. Entertaining unattractive women is not what you […]

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  • Yucca Bread Class With An Indigenous Family.
Photo courtesy of David Janssen

    Cuyabeno Reserve, Ecuador: Insect Repellent Not Included

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    If the idea of swimming with pink river dolphins, piranha fishing, or a night hike through the Amazon Rainforest appeals to you, read on. Ecuador’s Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is home to thousands of species of flora & fauna, easily accessible, and an experience to be had. My younger sister joined me for this adventure in […]

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  • Volunteering at Hacienda Iltio allowed me to be near some pretty amazing animals which work hard to protect.

    Mulaló, Ecuador: WWOOFing – You May Think I Am Barking Mad

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    No, I am not talking about learning the language of man’s best friend. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a network of organic farms that offer volunteers FREE food and lodging in exchange for service. It’s emerging as a HOT new trend in unconventional travel and it’s not hard to see why.

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A reed boat visiting Inca ruins...
Nov
20

Isla del Sol, Bolivia: Newbie Trekkers Start Here

If the island studded, Aegean-blue waters of Lake Titicaca don’t inspire the desire to try something new, nothing will.  The Incas believed the snow fed lake and Isla del Sol to be the birthplace of creation. I believe it to be THE place to for new trekkers to be born. Why? It is impossible to become […]

Read More
Laguna Chilata Bolivia
Nov
14

Sorata, Bolivia: My Cheapest Adventure Yet!

Before you find yourself out of breath and hanging off Huayna Potosi by an ice pick, spend a few days in Sorata, Bolivia. The small hamlet and its surrounding areas are a perfect destination for epinephrine junkies looking to relax and acclimatize. Snow capped peaks, fertile valleys, glacial lakes, Inca ruins, and palm trees characterize […]

Read More
Taulliraju Glacier, santa cruz trek peru
Nov
1

$50 Escape to the South American Himalayas: Santa Cruz, Peru

Think trekking just costs too much? Do you get winded just looking at a mountain peak? What if I told you it’s possible to get up close and personal with one of the largest collections of big peaks in the Western Hemisphere… WITHOUT training like an Olympic athlete or having to drain a Swiss bank account? […]

Read More

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Volunteering at Hacienda Iltio allowed me to be near some pretty amazing animals which work hard to protect.
Apr
23

Mulaló, Ecuador: WWOOFing – You May Think I Am Barking Mad

No, I am not talking about learning the language of man’s best friend. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a network of organic farms that offer volunteers FREE food and lodging in exchange for service. It’s emerging as a HOT new trend in unconventional travel and it’s not hard to see why.

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Mar
15

#876

The Greatest Generation has been gradually replaced by “Gen -Y- Bother”. In fact, Sunday’s edition of New York Times dedicated 1,000 words to coin us as the “Go No-Where Generation”…  and no, this was not a feature in the funnies section. The assertion makes my skin crawl.  The problem is that there is more than a […]

Christmas in Medellín
Feb
3

If You Don’t Like Christmas, You Shouldn’t Travel

My journey spans thousands of kilometers from the northernmost to the southernmost extremes of South America. Home to world’s longest mountain range and river, highest waterfall and navigable lake, driest desert and largest rainforest, the land is ripe with contradictions. My internal journey runs as deep as the physical journey is long. The feelings one […]

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Nov
18

SEMPER GUMBY

“I am part of a special counter narcotics task force. I need you to come with me,” growled the soldier. His words hit me like a cold shower and roused me from the post party blur that the morning had been.  I was at the Barranquilla International Airport trying to fly to Miami for my […]