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Top 10 Experiences Backpacking in South America

4 months, 8 countries, and 200+ hours on buses, and I’m done with the first leg of my round-the-world backpacking trip. While it’s nearly impossible to choose, here is my […]

Colombia’s Caribbean: Santa Marta & Costeño Beach

Country Colombia | Dates August 7-9 | Accommidation Casa Carolina (Santa Marta) & La Brisa Tranquilla (Costeño Beach) [Read My Review] Santa Marta is a popular destination on Colombia’s Caribbean coast mostly because it’s […]

Man standing on brightly colored Chiva vehicle in Los Andes Colombia

Colombian Countryside: Jardín & Los Andes

Location Jardín Colombia | Dates August 4-6 | Accommodation Sergent Pepper’s When we boarded our bus to Jardín we were alarmed to see the attendant handing out barf bags to everyone onboard and […]

Colorful foundtain with men and Zocalo in Guatapé.

Guatapé & El Peñón: Go for the Zocalos (Not the Rock)

We did a day trip from Medellín to Guatapé Colombia (not very creative, I know), taking the bus that runs every 20 minutes out of Medellin’s north terminal. Turns out, […]

Photo of Butibara building palm trees and train bridge in Medellín.

Much to See in Medellín

Country Colombia | Dates July 31 – August 4 | Accommodation El Alternativo We left Salento and hopped a bus to Medellín, the city in Colombia we were most excited about. It turned out to be […]

How to Pay for Things in South America

South America has as many currencies as countries, making things slightly confusing even for the most savvy traveler. Not to mention the fact Ecuador uses the US dollar, which is […]

Bright green grasses and tall wax palm trees in a cloud in Cocora Valley.

Wonderful Wax Palms: Hiking Colombia’s Cocora Valley

Country Colombia | Date July 30 | Accommodation In Salento The Cocora Valley is located outside Salento, Colombia, and was a top destination on our Colombia must-see list. The Cocora Valley is characterized […]

Colorful buildings in Salento Colombia.

Colors, Coffee and Crowds: Salento Colombia

Country Colombia | Dates July 28-31 | Accommodation Coffee Tree Boutique Hostel & La Serrana Our first stop in Colombia was Salento, a picturesque town in the central coffee region. Known for its beautiful streets […]

Multi-colored tents on the beach in Canoa Ecuador.

Bright Beach Tents of Canoa Ecuador

Location Canoa Ecuador | Dates July 24-26 | Accommodation Coco Loco Canoa Ecuador was one of my favorite destinations, both because I love the beach and because it was an amazing beach. Located at around […]

Yellow cable car crossing the cloud forest in Mindo Ecuador.

View from the Canopy in Mindo, Ecuador

Country Ecuador | Dates July 21-23 | Accommodation Cabañas Armonia y Jardín de Orquídeas Mindo is a small town located about 3 hours west of Quito in the cloud forest of Ecuador. As we approached by […]