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Category: South America

Sneaking into Ollantaytambo Ruins, Sacred Valley

Yes, I’ll admit it. I snuck into the Ollantaytambo ruins. Here’s how you can get into the Ollantaytambo ruins without a ticket. At 130 Soles a pop, boleto turisticos are a bit out of my price range and daily spending limit. I would say that if you are really into ruins, and museums and all…
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Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Ollantaytambo is stunningly stark in its simplicity. The cobblestone streets belie the current year, as water gushes melodically along through the ancient Incan planned viaducts as children careen around sharp corners rushing to get home after school, silently attesting to the safety of the car-less streets. It lies nestled in the green hills of the…
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Running in LIMA, PERU

I rarely chat about the on foot part of this blog, but I’m a runner. I appreciate moving by my own feet. This is not always the easiest or most fun in South America. Piropos whistling, odd looks, lack of running infrastructure (aka sidewalks without holes in them), etc. Not to mention the fact that…
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The Poor Man’s Galapagos, Ecuador

Isla de la Plata. Island of the Silver, ironically named in contrast to the traveler appropriated name, The Poor Man’s Galapagos. An hour by boat off the coast of Ecuador, leaving out of the town of Puerto Lopez, the Poor Man Galapago’s is an island oasis to see various types of birds, turtles, and dolphins.…
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The BUS guide to South America

Picking buses is stressful. It’s not just the local shit greyhound or mom’s MiniVan. The obstacles are real-winding roads, long hours, crazy potholes and speeds, crazy truck passings… The dangers are even more present, from drunk conductors, conductors falling asleep, old buses, bad tires, and more, picking a bus company can be very important and…
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the Vegan Trek at Parque Tayrona, Northern Coast of Columbia

The Northern Coast of Colombia, bathed in a humidity that surrounds the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, where tropical fruit juices are ever present and Colombians wander in the heat in jeans. A vibrancy that only abounds when heat drives humanity to move, to live more passionately… It is in this environment that almost…
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Vegan Food in Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is a beautiful, colonial city in the south of Ecuador. An ex-pat paradise full of comfy and delicious restaurants, a beautiful river walk, and gorgeous relaxing streets. As such, it’s full of delicious veggie restaurants to hit up! My first and highest recommendation would be Nectar, an all vegan restaurant in the city center.…
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Salento, Colombia

Salento- a small pueblito in the cafetero (coffee growing) region of Colombia is a must visit for anyone traveling through Colombia. It was undeniably and deservedly my favorite place that I visited in Colombia. There is something magical about a small town, set high in the Cordillera mountain, shrouded each morning and evening in fog,…
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The Amazon without a Tour-Tena, Ecuador

So, you saw my post on tours in Tena, Ecuador, and decided to try your best on your own! Great! It’s going to be an adventure! My first recommendation is to get a nice Tena map. Almost all the hostels have them. On there, they denote a city tourist office, off of the street Rueda, right…
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The Amazon-Tour or no Tour-Tena, Ecuador

Tena, Ecuador is one of three major entry points into the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s easily accessible from Quito, or Baños /Puyo. Tena, a bit dirty and dusty, is a city in itself with a few bars, a few restaurants, and a newly opened vegetarian restaurant. After a fairly short walk into the city and settling…
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