Category: backpacking

Puno and Arequipa

Leaving Cusco, we took the overnight bus to Puno which arrived at about 4 am. We killed a couple hours at the bus terminal and grabbed a cab to Bothy Hostel we saw online. They graciously allowed us an early check in and we…

Iquitos and The Amazon

Iquitos. Well, that place was weird. And why wouldn’t it be? 400,000+ people living in a city not connected to the outside world by roads? Recipe for strange. Our sixth and final boat brought us to one of the many crowded ports in Iquitos….

Baños before the Rio Napo into Peru

Well, the time had come to leave Salento. We took a bus to Pereira then an overnight bus from Pereira to Ipiales at the southern border with Ecuador. We knew we didn’t have much time to spend in Ecuador, so we decided to make…

“Stuck” in Salento

Backpacker’s beware – you will spend more time in Salento than you planned. Leaving Medellin, we took a bus to Manizales – one of the three cities in the coffee region of Colombia (Periera and Armenia being the other two). We drove through the…

City Life – Cartagena and Medellin

After eight days on the sea, we were happy to reach land in Cartagena, Colombia. After locating a hostel, we took a night stroll in the Old City. “Wow, this place reminds me of Madrid.” Well, there’s a good reason for that. Cartagena was,…

Sailing the San Blas – Bienvenido a América del Sur!

Well, the time had come to say Adios to Central America and cross into Colombia. As you probably already know, there are no roads connecting Panama and Colombia, and the dense mountainous jungles in between are known as the Darien Gap. Crossing on foot…

The Labryrinth of Panama

Well it was time to leave the beautiful Jungle and the Osa Peninsula. We collected our belongings, including one sack of dirty, musty laundry each, and took the ferry (uctual ferry this time) from Puerto Jiminez to Gulfito. We then caught the bus that…

A Wild Jungle Adventure – Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Well, after exploring the city of San Jose and being derailed from our plan to head to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side, we needed to decide what to see in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a natural gem with incredible wildlife, mountains, volcanoes,…

Leon, Ometepe Island, and San Jose

Well, it was time to leave Playa Tunco, so we took a direct shuttle from there to Leon, Nicaragua for $50 US. Aside from leaving 2 hours after the departure time, the shuttle was quite nice with air conditioning, WiFi, and plenty of space….

¡Que Surpresa! Playa Tunco, El Salvador

Well, it was time to leave Guatemala and the route shifted slightly again. Since we had visited so many ruins, we decided to skip Copan in Honduras. There are many wonders in Guatemala and the USD goes far. I will definitely return to this…

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