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 →

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 →

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 →

AWW-DORABLE SEA LIONS AND SHARKS IN GALAPAGOS

When someone yells, Shark! while swimming, normally people get out of the water.  So I had to laugh at the irony when, while snorkeling, I saw a Galapagos shark under our yacht, pulled my head out of the water and yelled, Shark! so that my other shipmates could swim over and see it. Almost everyday we... Continue Reading →

LOOK FOR THE BOOBIES! THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Years ago, watching a documentary on the Galapagos Islands, I was enamored with the idea of an isolated place with species of animals found nowhere else in the world.  At the time it was a distant place in another world, an unattainable paradise. When Trin and I walked off the plane onto Baltra island I... Continue Reading →

GUERRILLAS ON A DARK FOGGY NIGHT: A NIGHTMARE REMEMBERED

The fire crackles behind me. It is chilly and the night is dark and quiet. Light emanates from the TV in front of us playing Iron Man in Spanish. Boris, Trin, and I are sitting in the living room of Boris' house unwinding from a busy day. “What was one of your scariest nights when... Continue Reading →

BETRAYAL AND SLAVERY, HUMAN TRAFFICKING

This may be a strange topic for a nomad.  Given the traveling lifestyle we have adopted, the fact that freedom is something I truly cherish should be of no surprise. There are so many things that can enslave us: dictators, debt, false beliefs or even marriage. I have spent years cutting one chain at a... Continue Reading →

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