Archive for the “South America” Category

The Ultimate List of Things to Do in Medellin

One of my big goals for 2014 is to finally get to Colombia. It’s been on “the list” for a long time. Many of you have asked for information about the country, so today I turn the blog over to my friend Dave from Medellin Living. He traded his backpack for an apartment in the city. Dave gives us the ultimate list of things to do to one of the most popular destinations in Colombia. Once dubbed “The Most Dangerous […]

Visiting the Amazon Rainforest in Bolivia

This is a guest post by Erin of Never Ending Voyage. A visit to the world’s largest tropical rainforest is at the top of many travelers “to do” lists while in South America and when most people think of the Amazon jungle, they think of Brazil. Yet the Amazon basin covers nine South American countries meaning you don’t have to take an expensive tour in Brazil to see the jungle. Bolivia provides an amazing budget alternative from which to visit […]

How to Spend 24 Hours in Santiago

This is a guest post by Kyle Hepp. I’m not an ambitious traveler. Let’s get that out of the way before we even start this post. I’m sure plenty of people would try to see more in Santiago in a day, but after leaving here for 7 years, this is simply my idea of an ideal 24 hours in Chile’s capital. Please note: There are plenty of typically touristy things you could do that aren’t on this itinerary. I figure […]

My Tour Through the Galapagos Islands

You always hear that the Galapagos Islands are a once in a lifetime opportunity to see lots of wildlife (on land and in the sea) as well as unspoiled beautiful islands. After visiting here, I can tell you that these islands are definitely something special. They are incredibly beautiful, totally unique, and filled with such a diversity of life. I can see why they fascinated Darwin so much. I’ve already posted photos throughout the week but even seeing photos before […]

The Galapagos Islands, Part 2

On Monday, I posted some photos from the Galapagos Islands. They were pretty. But I have so many good photos from my trip to the islands that simply posting one set of photos wouldn’t be enough. So here is a second batch of photos with more animals, landscapes, and a cool video: Yellow Land Lizard Espanola Island Baby Sea Lion going for a swim Giant Pelican Another sunset in the Galapagos Islands Sea Lions Baby Masked Booby Prickly Cactus Multi-Colored […]

The Galapagos Islands in Photos

A few weeks ago, I fulfilled a life long dream and visited the Galapagos Islands. They were beautiful. They were breathtaking. They were everything people said they would be. I’ve never been to a place where the wildlife was so abundant and the geography was so diverse in such a close space. But since a picture is worth a thousand words, this post will be worth ten thousand. There’s no better way to show you the beauty of the islands […]

Hiking the Inca Trail

This is a guest post from Gillian from One Giant Step Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail remains the highlight of my year traveling. It’s that amazing. Standing 4200 meters high on the mountains, looking out over the peaks of the Andes, and knowing that I hiked to get there, filled me with joy and awe. I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I won’t lie though, it took some work but it was totally worth it. Day […]

A Wine Tour in Argentina

When someone says “wine” my mouth salivates. When someone says “bikes” I think exercise. But when someone says “bikes and wine” I think fun and trouble. I should have got a BUI (biking under the influence) in Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza, Argentina is known as the wine capital of Argentina with thousands of bodegas (wineries) nestled up against the Andes mountains. 75% of all the wine in Argentina comes from the region. Mendoza’s hot and dry climate makes it a perfect […]