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

Best way to see waterfalls on the Ruta de las Cascadas in Banos, Ecuador

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Two waterfalls meeting together in a river. The river is in a valley outside Banos, Ecuador.

Though we’ve been in Baños for over a week, we hadn’t really seen any of the attractions yet. We did go on an ill-fated volcano tour, but we really wanted to see the waterfalls here, after enjoying rooftop views of the one here in town.

There are three ways to go on the Ruta de Cascadas (waterfall route). Read more

Salad.

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A tiny salad next to a pulled pork sandwich and mashed potatoes.

Ok. So back in Texas, I’m not big on salad. I’m more of a steak fajitas with melted butter kind of guy. It actually kind of annoys me that they give me little side salads with so many meals, it just seems wasteful.

However, when traveling, I find that I start craving the stuff. Right now I’m on a tour of ecuadorian beach towns, which has meant lots of delicious seafood, mostly fried with rice, almost like paella. This stuff is delicious. Read more

Rock Climbing in Banos, Ecuador

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Rock Climbing Banos
On Saturday I went climbing in Banos, Ecuador, with Henry from Natural Magic. I highly recommend this group, as I also received excellent kayaking lessons from them, and they are one of the few outfits in town that offers paragliding, as some four members of their staff are pilots. The guides were very friendly, knowledgeable, and low-pressure. Henry, my guide for both kayaking and rock climbing, speaks English, and I recommend him to anyone visiting Banos.
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