Medellin, Colombia Side Trip – Guatapé

Guatape Town

Guatapé is a not-to-be-missed day trip from Medellin. The quaint town is a cheerfully colored sleepy destination that is popular with Colombians looking for a break for the crowded city. Your first encounter when nearing Guatapé is the star attraction to the area: La Piedra Del Peñol (the rock of Guatapé) .  An enormous rock that … Read more

Free Walking Tour of Quito – Start Your Visit Here

Quito Free Walking Tour

We took the Free Walking Tour about 2 weeks into our visit to Quito, Ecuador.  In retrospect we wish that it would have been our first stop.  Here’s why . . . This is as comprehensive a city tour as I have taken and paid handsomely.  For those that haven’t done a “free” walking tour … Read more

Whitewater Rafting in Banos, Ecuador

Rafting In Banos Ecuador

I have to admit that initially the idea of traveling to a place called Banos gave me pause.  Isn’t one of the very few phrases most of us learn in Spanish “Donde estan los banos?” (Where are the bathrooms?).  In this case Baños de Agua Santa is considered the gateway to the Amazonia located at … Read more

Banos Ecuador – Active Volcano and Hot Spring Spa

Where there are volcanoes there are hot springs. Banos de Agua Santa, Ecuador has both.  After some hectic days in Quito Sean and I decided we needed some time away from all things City.  We read up on “Banos” and decided on a two day trip, which is about a 3 1/2 hour $7 bus … Read more

Weekend in Quito – Parque El Ejido Art Fair

Parqu El Ejido Quito Ecuador

After having spent about a week in Quito, Ecuador I was struck by several things, rather immediately.  The first is the beauty of the place.  I hope I never reach a point in my life where seeing a view like this feels commonplace. The second is that Quito is not a relaxing place for those … Read more

Cuenca Side Trip – El Cajas National Park

El Cajas National Park Ecuador

The Parque Nacional Cajas (Cajas National Park) is located in the Ecuadorian Andes, an approximate 30 – 45 minute drive from Cuenca, Ecuador, which makes it an easy day trip from the city. We decided to take the bus which leaves from the Transporte Occidental bus stop approximately every hour.  Getting to the bus terminal is an … Read more

Preparing to travel around the world full-time

Sean and I just finished selling our home, our cars, and most of our belongings.  We are now squeezed into 2 carry on bags each and are taking a few deep breaths before we venture out on our new “location independent” life-style.  As we leave Southern California behind us, we find ourselves reflecting on the … Read more

Ahhh Belize

When we first arrived on the Island of Ambergis Caye, Belize we met a man who was lounging lazily by the pool.  He asked if it were our first trip to the Island.  When we admitted that it was, he said “It won’t be your last.”  Wise man. What’s to like? Ambergris Caye The laid … Read more

Pontone – A Walk Back In Time

My favorite day in Sorrento was a complete surprise.  I read plenty of guide books, watched all of the travel channel shows and thumbed through magazines before heading to the Almafi coast, but nothing really prepared me for Pontone. Or, more accurately, the hike to Pontone. My husband and I started out taking the ferry from … Read more