What a Tour Through the Uyuni Salt Flats is Really Like

Uyuni Salt Flats

The wind was howling through the drafty room. The single 15-watt light bulb dangling from the ceiling by its wire had been turned off an hour ago. There was no heat. We were at 15,000 feet and I was freezing even under the weight of four thick blankets. Every muscle in my body was shivering … Read more

Why the Largest Collection of Dinosaur Footprints May Soon Be Gone

Dinosaur in Sucre, dinosaur footprints

Just outside of Sucre, Bolivia lies the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world. Over 10,000 dinosaur tracks have been found in one location, the Cal Orcko site. These prints include a 347-meter trail left by a baby T-Rex to whom they have posthumously awarded the moniker  “Johnny Walker.” While we were in Torotoro, Bolivia, … Read more

Dinosaurs and a Walk in the Past: Torotoro

View of Torotoro Valley

We stood at the top of a cliff in the middle of Torotoro National Park mesmerized by the waterfall tumbling over the side. We had used a rope to navigate over the smooth steep rock surface to the edge of the water. Our guide turned to us and said that we could go into the … Read more

City in the Sky and its Dark Secrets

La Paz, City in the sky

La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, is the highest capital city in the world. It rests at an altitude of 12,000 feet (3,640 meters) above sea level. Yet, it is still in a valley surrounded by rugged topped mountains. We did not want to leave our little country home in the Sacred Valley in Peru but we … Read more

Flying Down Death Road, The World’s Most Dangerous Road

Death Road and a waterfall

Thousands have died here on this narrow dirt road: people in buses, trucks, cars and even bicycles. “You must be very careful. The first hour will be the most dangerous,” warned our guide. Little did we know that within our small group, not everyone would reach the end quite exactly the same. We were all … Read more

Christmas in Lima, Peru

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 … Read more

Into Thin Air: Santa Cruz Trek

Santa Cruz pass

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 Trek.  … Read more

First Glimpse of Peru

Peru beach

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 … Read more

The Undiscovered Jardin?

Overlooking the town of Jardin

Jardín, Colombia only recently started to appear on guidebooks like Lonely Planet.  In the past, only a few travelers have blogged about it. They call it an undiscovered beautiful little town where travelers will most likely see very few gringos.  It promised to be an authentic experience, just a couple of hours from Medellin. JARDIN TOWN CENTER … Read more

Swimming with Sharks in Coiba

Coiba diving

I was 90 feet (27 meters) underwater and struggling to pull air in through my regulator.  I told myself to calm down. I knew my anxiety was the contributing issue.  People die from letting fear take over.  I knew I needed to fight this fear and I wanted to conquer it…. Click the title to read more

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