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Hiking in the Andes: Peru’s Spectacular Alpamayo Circuit

You're in for a treat when you sign up with World Expeditions to do Peru's spectacular Alpamayo Circuit. I did this trip self-supported years ago and still look back at my time in these stunning mountains with wonder. The incredible landscape on this trip will stir your soul. What makes this trip different than say one in Europe or North America? The Cordillera Blanca (meaning white mountains) boasts an unspoiled landscape that is literally dotted with 5,700…

5 Things to do in Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, a city of about 115,000 inhabitants, sits east of Aconcagua - the highest mountain in South America, in an area of plains and foothills. With the Andes as a backdrop and a sunny climate with low rainfall, it's no wonder Mendoza draws visitors from around the world. They come for the wine and the food but there's more to Mendoza than spectacular Malbec's - the signature grape of the area. Accessible by plane, it's…

30 Fun and Interesting Facts About Brazil

A few years ago Brazil played host to the World Cup Soccer Tournament. Soccer is one of the few sports I actually enjoy watching live or on TV and it was the impetus for learning more about the country. Although I have yet to visit Brazil, I now know a little bit more about the country. I hope you enjoy this list of 30 fun and interesting facts about Brazil. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world.…

Sunday Photos: The Atacama Desert in Chile

One of our best trips ever was a three week trip four years ago to Chile and Argentina. We left just after Christmas and our first stop after Santiago, Chile was four nights in the Atacama Desert located in northern Chile. We stayed at Tierra Atacama - a luxurious resort which only added to our appreciation of the area. The desert here is beautiful in a desolate kind of way. There is plenty to do…

An Alternative to the Classic Inca Trail – The Lares Trail

The classic Inca Trail in Peru is undoubtedly one of the world's most famous hikes and, while it certainly deserves its reputation for being an amazing place to walk, this has resulted in large numbers of people heading to the destination for the chance to trek to Machu Picchu. If the idea of hiking along this route with lots of other travelers puts you off a bit you'll be pleased to learn there are many…

Museo del Oro – Bogota’s Fabulous Gold Museum

The first thing we did on arriving in Bogota was to visit the Museo del Oro - the world's largest gold museum. Only about 15% of its collection containing roughly 30,000 pieces is on display. And what a display it is. Even if you're not normally a museum person this one is worth visiting. It's likely to be one of the highlights of your stay in Bogota. The fantastic workmanship - dating back to pre-Hispanic…

The Bus Ride From Hell: Bogota to Guican in 14 Hours

You would think I'd know better by now. But apparently I'm a slow learner. It's not as though I haven't already done three long bus rides in South America - including one that was 16 hours long. But those bus rides were in Chile and Argentina - where the buses have leather seats like a business class seat on an airplane. They recline. They're roomy. And they allow you to see outside. Not so -…

Discovering Bogota, Colombia via a Bike Tour

There is no better way - at least in my opinion to discover Bogota, Colombia then via a bike tour. That's just what John and I did for five hours a few days into our Colombia visit. I had heard that Bogota was particularly well set up for bikes - with literally hundreds of kilometres of mixed use bike paths. I'd also learned of a company - Bogota Bike Tours run by an American -…

Hiking in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy Range, Colombia

I'm just back from hiking in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy range of mountains in eastern Colombia. I don't think hiking in high mountains is the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Colombia.  It certainly wasn't what John and I originally planned to do when we bought our airline tickets. But after considerable research a six day trek looked like a great way to see this little known part of the country.…

Otavalo: One of the Best Places to Visit in Ecuador

A few years ago we were lucky enough to stay in Otavalo for a few nights. In my opinion, aside from the Galapagos of course - it's one of the best places to visit in Ecuador. Otavalo is a small city of about 31,000 people. It's one of the more popular spots in Ecuador for westerners to visit. Not only is it friendly but you'll find there is plenty to do outside of visiting the…

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