Category: South America

Coming Home

It’s hard to believe I’ve been home for over a month. My final flight landed me home in Indianapolis, IN, where I was warmly greeted by my sisters, father, and boyfriend. It was pretty surreal seeing all the people I had greatly missed. Since… Continue Reading “Coming Home”

Final Leg: Northern Chile, Valparaíso, and Buenos Aires

Well we escaped our Arequipa slump, vacation, rest and decided to keep heading south. We had planned to visit Bolivia but got discouraged by that $160 reciprocity fee (After, we learned this has been reduced to $50 O.o). Onward to Chile. We took an… Continue Reading “Final Leg: Northern Chile, Valparaíso, and Buenos Aires”

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… Continue Reading “Puno and Arequipa”

Cusco and The Inca Trail

Early Saturday morning, we got up and took a bus to the Iquitos airport. We checked into our previously booked flight and boarded our first plane to Lima. (Tip: Don’t prebook your flight online. This is one instance where you will save a lot… Continue Reading “Cusco and The Inca Trail”

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.… Continue Reading “Iquitos and The Amazon”

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… Continue Reading “Baños before the Rio Napo into Peru”

“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… Continue Reading ““Stuck” in Salento”

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,… Continue Reading “City Life – Cartagena and Medellin”

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… Continue Reading “Sailing the San Blas – Bienvenido a América del Sur!”

Progress – Itinerary Developments

With less than 9 weeks until takeoff, I thought I’d share our planning progress and an updated itinerary.  Our first stop is Cancun, Mexico. We’ll get a little relaxation on the beach, and then we’re on the go. We have four weeks from landing… Continue Reading “Progress – Itinerary Developments”

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