MACHU PICCHU HIKE: WHAT THE GUIDEBOOKS DON’T TELL YOU

We awoke before the alarm rang and hurriedly prepared our small day pack with food and clothes for the next couple days. Our big packs would be left behind in Cusco for this adventure. We were supposed to leave Cusco, Peru at 7AM to be followed by a six hour bus ride to hydroelectrica. Our... Continue Reading →

CHRISTMAS IN LIMA, PERU

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the streets every horn was honking, even the geese How to know when to honk your horn in Peru If someone is backing up and might hit your car If someone in front of you slows down for a red light If you see a gringo on... Continue Reading →

THREE OPTIONS TO TRAVEL BY BUS FROM CUENCA TO PERU

Need to travel to Peru from Cuenca, Ecuador?  Here are three options if you want to take a bus from Cuenca to Peru (Mancora, Piura, or Chiclayo). All three options begin from Cuenca’s Terminal Terrestre, located at the west end of Ave. España. From our Airbnb accommodation, we took bus #12 and it dropped us... Continue Reading →

LIFE ON THE STREETS IN ECUADOR

Seventeen Years Ago The cold night air seemed to reach to the bone and the boy's entire body shivers.  He shifts the cardboard underneath him. It does little to keep the night chill, in a city at 8,000 feet above sea level, from encompassing him. He watches as his breath, a frozen white mist, dissipates... Continue Reading →

INTO THIN AIR: SANTA CRUZ TREK

The Santa Cruz Trek is a 50 kilometer long circuit that cuts through the towering snow-capped Cordillera Blanca mountains located in the Andes.  The ascent tops out at 4,750 meters (15,600 feet) as it crosses the Punta Union pass.   Can I do the Santa Cruz? I questioned my ability to do the Santa Cruz... Continue Reading →

FIVE THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR

Ecuador has much to offer.  We used up almost our entire three month visa before moving on to Peru.  Still, is seems that we only touched the surface of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Granted, we did spend much of our time in Quito at the Dunamis Foundation, but we still have a... Continue Reading →

FIRST GLIMPSE OF PERU

Huanchaco, Peru, where the desert meets the sea, and the dry breeze cools the skin while the sun warms the soul. We took the overnight bus from Cuenca, Ecuador to Chiclayo, Peru. In the early hours I awoke. Moving the window curtain aside, I peered out to take in my first glimpse of Peru. The... Continue Reading →

QUILOTOA LOOP: SCRAMBLING ON THE EDGE

The Quilotoa Loop is a remote trail linking several high Andean villages and towns in the Cotopaxi province. The ancient trails meander through the Andes Mountains of Ecuador with views of snow-capped volcanoes. The isolation of the trails brings wanderers into contact with Kichwa-speaking indigenous and their centuries-old way of life.  It also allows them... Continue Reading →

DAY-TRIPPING IN GALAPAGOS

On our eighth and final day of our Floreana cruise we looped around the island called Daphne Major, twice.  What a treat.  Not really.  It's a tiny island named after a British naval vessel, that is inhabited by many species of birds including the Darwin Finch, Frigatebirds, and Nazca Boobies.  Clearly this was a filler... Continue Reading →

SUPPORT FREEDOM FOR YOUNG GIRLS

Our first year of blogging was truly just for fun. It has been a place to share our adventures with our friends and family.  It is a place for us to keep memories of our experiences in each country and provide a few tips to other backpackers along the way. At the end of 2017,... Continue Reading →

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