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Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Titicaca.  Get your giggles out now.  Nestled in the mountains between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, sitting at just over 12,000 feet above sea level.  For hundreds of years before the Incas took over, and continuing on to this day, the Uru people have lived in self-constructed […]

Huacachina: Desert Oasis

A few hours south of Lima lies the small city of Ica, and just a ten minute taxi ride from Ica is Huacachina, which looks like it sprung right out of a cartoon or fairy tale.  Located in the middle of Peru’s southern desert region, Huacachina is a literal desert oasis.  A natural freshwater lake […]

Exploring Peruvian Ruins

Prior to the Spaniards’ arrival to Peru in the 1500’s, the Andean region was host to a multitude of indigenous peoples.  The most well-known of these cultures is the Inca civilization, but there were at least a dozen others, including the Nazca, Wari, and Caral.  The oldest stretches back as far as the 30th century B.C., and […]

Budget Report: Ecuador

Since the beginning of the trip, we’ve been attempting to track every expense to get a better picture of where our money is going and if we’re on track to make it last.  After each country, we’re planning on posting our resulting budget to give a better idea of how much it actually costs to […]

Catching Up

It’s been a while since I posted last; since the Galapagos post almost two weeks have passed.  Since then, we’ve worked our way through Ecuador and down into Peru.  Rather than post on a few weeks’ delay, I figured I’d attempt to get up-to-date with this “catch-up” post and get better about updating between cocktails on the […]

Cruising the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are lands of unparalleled uniqueness. In the 1830’s, Charles Darwin made a historic scientific visit to the Galapagos, and in 1859, he published his Theory of Evolution, largely using the flora and fauna of the Galapagos to further define and prove his ideas. Between three and five million years ago, the islands […]

Budget Report: Colombia

Since the beginning of the trip, we’ve been attempting to track every expense to get a better picture of where our money is going and if we’re on track to make it last.  After each country, we’re planning on posting our resulting budget to give a better idea of how much it actually costs to […]

Small Differences

When visiting a new country, you will of course notice many differences.  Some of these differences are large and expected, such as the fact that everyone speaks a different language or that the typical cuisine isn’t quite what you’re used to.  Other differences, however, aren’t so striking and sometimes even take a while to recognize. […]

Medellín: Colombia’s Modern City

Medellín, a city once infamous only for Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror, is now Colombia’s most modern, progressive metropolis, transforming itself from the murder capital of the world in 1991 to the world’s most innovative city in 2013.  Investments into the education, culture, and infrastructure of the city have engendered social change on a scale rarely seen, […]

Peace in Colombia

Colombia, unfortunately, has long been a country beset by violence.  The most notorious era of Colombia’s past, most recently brought into the spotlight by Netflix’s Narcos, was Pablo Escobar’s reign of drug trafficking, kidnapping, ransom, and murder.  Rising to power in the 1970’s, Escobar built a network that eventually provided over 80% of the United States’ cocaine […]

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