Category Archives: South America

Explore the Riches of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

When you think of Colombia, the first few items that come to mind are Juan Valdez and coffee, Pablo Escobar and Narcos on Netflix, and your vague memory of high school history and the Spanish quest for gold in the Americas. However, the true richness and jewels of Colombia are on its Northern Caribbean Coast.…
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3 Hidden Gems in Ecuador

Are you looking for the off-the-beaten-path, lesser known places to explore in Ecuador? Perhaps you have already done the Galapagos Islands, but want to see what else Ecuador has to offer. That's a perfect reason to dive into this post that my peer travel writer, Sara Dobak, has created for us. Let's travel to Ecuador…
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Colombia and the Four Elements

Sí sí señores, I do have a Colombian stamp in my passport; however, my knowledge is based on a little over a week where I celebrated my 40th birthday hiking to the Ciudad Perdida (Colombia's version of Machu Picchu). So in order to provide you with the best of adventure travel advice for Colombia, I…
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3 Adventures You Must Experience in Bolivia

Although both my passport and I love exploring South America, we have yet to visit every country. I often times get sucked into one country with a longer trip and a deeper dive; thus, allowing for many friendships, but fewer countries. That's exactly why I reached out to peer traveler and writer, Sara Dobak, who…
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Look Up Reminder from 11,000 Feet in Cusco Peru

You are in luck! This post is a 241. It is a dose of inspirational advice with a side dish of adventure travel tips for those interested in going to high elevations, in particular, Machu Picchu, Peru. Enjoy this #LookUp reminder, which is an excerpt about elevation sickness from my recent book, Cubicle to Cuba…
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My Shining Moment in Patagonia Chile

My Shining Moment in Patagonia Chile At the top of Torres Del Paine National Park in the winter of 2011, I had a celebration. After three days of hiking along increasingly changeable mountainous terrain and glacier fed lakes – all the while experiencing everything from snow and rain, to summer sun and wind – I…
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Inspirational Travel to Machu Picchu Peru

Having just returned from my first Machu Picchu experience,  I must say, it was inspirational. You have probably heard the quote, "Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by those that take your breath away." And, that quote sums up Machu Picchu on so many levels. Let me paint you the picture…
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3 Must-Dos in Buenos Aires Argentina

The finale or icing on top of my South American walkabout cake was Buenos Aires. With previous spectacular stops in Patagonia, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina, BA and its porteños certainly won my heart through my stomach as well as my dancing feet. After an overnight bus from Mendoza, I arrived in sizzling BA with a short,…
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3 Adventures Not to Miss in Mendoza Argentina

The second leg of my South American Walkabout could not have been more inviting. After a long, overnight bus ride from Santiago, Chile and over the Andes, Mendoza, Argentina greeted me with a glorious sunrise over the desert, rolling out the true welcome mat of the Home of Malbec. Although my first leg was beautiful, the near-freezing…
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Adventures in Torres del Paine Patagonia Chile – Tudo Azul

First, let me explain why I used the unusual Tudo Azul in the title! Although Chile's national language is Spanish, I chose an expression, "Tudo Azul," which comes from Portuguese. It literally translates to everything's blue, but is more commonly understood as everything's rosy. Thus,"Tudo Azul," ties together the positive experience I had traveling through…
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