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November 17, 2017

We generally avoid tours, but some things we want to do require guides. And, so it was with Cotopaxi Volcano. Climbing is not allowed without a licensed guide. We arranged our hike through our hostel Tiana, in Latacunga. 

Our guide was Diego and he met us in the lobby o...

November 12, 2017

We packed a lot of adventure into a short stay in Latacunga. We found a great restaurant, got some rest, and watched a parade that never seemed to end. After six hours, overlooking the Mama Negra celebration parade from the rooftop of our hostel, we simply gave up. We...

November 4, 2017

I’m not sure if we were lucky or just living right, but our time in Quito coincided with the Ecuadorian holiday Dia de los Disfuntos (Day of the Deceased). 

In another lucky stroke which couldn’t have been planned, our hotel room with a balcony overlooked Plaza Santo Do...

November 4, 2017

If you ever find yourself about an hour and a half south of Quito, Ecuador, in the town of Latacunga, at the foot of Cotapaxi Volcano, do yourself a favor and eat at the Best New Orleans restaurant in South America. 

Located right on the main plaza, Parque Vincente Leon...

October 29, 2017

You might think that when hiking among active volcanoes that the most dangerous thing would be volcanoes. You would be wrong. And so, we spent our final two days in Otavalo hiking the beautiful volcanoes that circle Otavalo in the area known as The Avenue of Volcanoes....

October 23, 2017

Our host at Hostal Chasqui, Roberto, told us that the best outdoor activity in the Otavalo area was hiking around Laguna Cuicocha, a stunningly beautiful volcanic lake. He said that many tourists are duped into paying a tour company nearly $100 for a trip to the lake....

October 17, 2017

We said our goodbyes to Alberto and his family in Coffee Country and headed off to the Pacific coast. The whales were still off the coast but would be migrating south in another week. If we wanted to see them we had to go now. We were just four hours away.

We decided to...

October 13, 2017

The boat ride back from the hike to Macarena was touch and go. We drifted in the fast moving current unable to steer because the engine lost power. We neared the bank covered with vegetation teeming with wildlife, including huge tree climbing iguana with very sharp tee...

October 5, 2017

Today we are leaving Bogota for a new adventure in Cano Cristales, a river in central Colombia. Also known as “the river of five colors” and “the liquid rainbow, Cano Cristales has been described as the most beautiful river in the world.

Until just a few years ago, Cano...

October 3, 2017

We awoke early in our hotel room in Villa de Leyva not knowing when or how we were getting to El Cocuy that day. Jennifer had made reservations but we didn’t know how to get there. We decided to pack early and walk to the bus station. We were told that busses left ever...

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