A Month in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, Peru

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Hike Outside OllantaytamboOllantaytambo is a little village in the Sacred Valley of Peru, an hour and a half from Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. We came here right after Machu Picchu to relax and recuperate, as something about high-altitude hiking combined with party-induced sleep deprivation makes me susceptible to colds. After just a few days here, we were so comfortable that we decided to make Ollantaytambo our home for a few weeks, which quickly became a month. Read more

Galapagos on less than $50 a day, Day 2

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Beach on San Cristobal, Galapagos, as seen from gorgeous blue water. Day 2 of my trip to Galapagos on a budget.Today was day 2 of our trip to the Galapagos. Since we don’t like to book our hotels in advance, we had to spend part of the day looking for a hotel to stay in starting tomorrow, Easter Sunday.
I have to admit, I was almost starting to regret our strategy, because so much of the town was closed yesterday that I was worried we wouldn’t be able to find a nice place with a room available, but I’m happy to say that we’ve now found several nice places with rooms for around $20 per person. Read more

Visiting Galapagos on a budget, Day 1

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Sea Lions Galapagos Day 1
Today we flew from Quito to San Cristóbal in the Galapagos.
We had purchased our tickets via Cheapoair.com, each paying around $215 for one-way tickets. This is the same we would have paid if we had flown from Quito to Santa Cruz, say to meet a cruise we had booked.

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Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

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Silly-looking man with arms outstretched in front of the same Machu Picchu photo everyone takes, ruined city in the mountains with green courtyards.

Obligatory Machu Picchu photo. Pro Tip: You have to start hiking at 4:30 in order to get to the top early enough to shoot it without tourists everywhere.

What to say about the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. It’s one of the more relatively active ways to get from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. It involves hiking on the famous “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”, but does not require a 6-month reservation to do it. It’s extremely fun, and if you get lucky with the pricing, it’s cheaper than taking the train.  Read more

Paragliding in Roldanillo, Colombia

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Dirt path leading up a hillside, surrounded by fog

Photo is at the takeoff in Roldanillo. Most days, when we got to the top, we emerged into fog, which we had to wait for before we could take off. 

Written Spring 2013

I just finished the best day of paragliding I’ve ever had, and they tell me that the conditions weren’t even very good. Read more

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