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Trip: South America: Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina & Chile

There are [8] stories from my trip: South America: Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina & Chile


Bad sand, good sand.

PERU | Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015 | Views [354]

Bad sand. Many days and many miles of desert have passed since leaving Zorrittos. One night stays at Chiclayo, Trujillo, Lima, Paracas and Nazca (and an overnight bus ride) gets us to Arequipa. While the buses in Ecuador were less comfortable, the view ... Read more >


Quality time with the group

PERU | Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | Views [316]

Since visiting Cuenca, Ecuador (Saturday/Sunday) and arriving in Zorritos, Peru (yesterday) there hasn't been much to do or see, which has been a nice change of pace. During the last few days I have been happy to spend more time with some members of ... Read more >


Adventures abound in Banos

ECUADOR | Friday, 2 Oct 2015 | Views [351] | Comments [1]

Two and a half days in the epicenter of adventure sports in Ecuador. Banos is the perfect tourist destination. Lots to do, good food/nightlife and easy to navigate. After arriving from the Amazon we check in to the hotel and go to lunch (soup/chicken/rice ... Read more >


The Amazon

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | Views [527] | Comments [1]

A 20 minute van ride, five hour bus ride, another 20 minute van ride, 10 minute boat ride and a bit of walk gets me to Shiripuno Community Lodge where the Kichwa tribe lives in the Amazon jungle. The past three days have been jammed packed with learning ... Read more >

Tags: amazon, trekking


Shrunken heads and public buses

ECUADOR | Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 | Views [382] | Comments [2]

Adventures in Quito continued. I let the hotel reception convince me that I could take public transportation (two buses) to the equator line/museums. Half way to the station I realized I was clearly over my head - turned back and requested a car. For ... Read more >


Getting mocked by school children and other adventures

ECUADOR | Friday, 25 Sep 2015 | Views [487] | Comments [3]

Day 1 is in the books - and it was an adventure. I'm perpetually surprised by my ability to get lost, yet end up exactly where I am supposed to be. The walking tour did not work out (as I could not find the location) - but I happened upon a "hop on, ... Read more >


Photos: South America

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | Photo Gallery

Two months along the west coast
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The night before departure

USA | Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | Views [266] | Comments [3]

Calls, texts and emails come in wishing me well. How are you feeling? Nervous (really scared out of my mind) and unbelievably excited. I've packed, unpacked and repacked at least a dozen times - trying to compile, and arrange, the perfect list of "must ... Read more >