South America

Travel Guide: Ecuador

Travel Guide: Ecuador

Ecuador was the biggest surprise of our South American trip. We didn’t have any expectations for the country because we didn’t know that much about it, but my daughter and I both agree that it was our favorite country from the trip. There’s much to […]

South America Packing List

South America Packing List

From the Amazon Rainforest and coastal beach towns to the Andean Mountains, South America has much to offer, but this diversity in geography and climate make packing a challenge. Hot and humid days on the coast can be followed by bone-chilling nights in the mountains. […]

Colombia Travel Guide

Colombia Travel Guide

Bustling cities, Andean adventures, Amazon jungle, and Caribbean coasts. Colombia packs all of South America’s treasures within its boarders. The country that was once riddled with drug cartels and violence is now one of the most popular up-and-coming destinations. In the past 10 years, international […]

Andean Artistry on Display at Otavalo Market

Andean Artistry on Display at Otavalo Market

Every Saturday morning the streets of Otavalo transform themselves into the largest outdoor market in South America. Hundreds of stalls flood the streets with colorful textiles, creating a rainbow labyrinth that reminds me of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The market is known for its […]

Visiting a Colombian Coffee Farm in Salento

Visiting a Colombian Coffee Farm in Salento

Salento sits in the part of Colombia known as zona cafetera, the coffee region. The town is nestled in the Andes Mountains, just west of Bogotá. Colombia is known for some of the world’s best coffee, so my daughter and I, both avid coffee drinkers, knew that the coffee […]

Local Protests Complicating Travel in Cusco and Machu Picchu

Local Protests Complicating Travel in Cusco and Machu Picchu

After six weeks in South America, traveling mostly by bus, we were tired and ready to go home on our last day. Our hotel had arranged for a driver to take us to the airport at 8: 30 a.m. for our flight at noon. This […]

Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

After three bustling days in Medellín, we traveled by bus to Salento, a sleepy town nestled in lush green mountains and coffee estates. I had read about the bus journey before we set out and knew that we would have to take a bus towards Armenia […]

The Real Bogotá

The Real Bogotá

We arrived in Bogotá just after midnight. I had arranged for a driver to pick us up, but after we exited the airport, we found that no one was outside waiting for us. The taxi counter was inside the airport behind the ‘do not enter’ […]

Planning for South America

Planning for South America

We decided on South America many months ago, or rather my daughter, Emma, pitched the idea to me in a way that was convincing enough to change my mind. I was planning to go back to Southeast Asia, one of my favorite regions of the […]