Playa Del Carmen’s Gourmet Market DAC

Playa Del Carmen DAC Market

Whether you are a foodie, run on smoothies or find happiness in a well made burrito, you will find a friend in DAC Market.  Playa Del Carmen’s neighborhood market has what you crave. We learned about DAC from our Chef friend, Coty who runs CoCo’s Cooking School.  (The other benefit of taking a cooking class when … Read more

5 Reasons to Visit Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena Ceviche

#1: Beaches. Cartagena sits in northern Colombia directly on the Caribbean Ocean, and the main tourist and hotel area is virtually surrounded by the ocean. There are long stretches of beach with protected, jettied swimming areas. While the sand isn’t bright white and the water isn’t the characteristic light blue that that you see in many … Read more

Soaring Above Medellin – A Paragliding Adventure

Medellin Paragliding

Medellin, Colombia generally isn’t known as an adrenaline sports haven (unless you count taking the public bus on busy streets), but there is one thrill-seeking activity that can’t be missed: paragliding. If you’re not familiar, paragliding is similar to skydiving, but instead of jumping out of a plane, you utilize the updraft off a mountainside … Read more

Parque El Salado – Medellin Off The Beaten Track

Parque El Salado Medellin

Parque Ecoturistico El Salado is a lesser known park in Medellin, Colombia — so much so that during our day trip there we only saw a handful of other people wandering around.  With what we found when we got there it was hard to figure out why. The park isn’t difficult to get to.  Take the … Read more

A Day in Medellin Colombia

Medellin Cable Cars

Here’s a short-list of things to do in Medellin, Colombia.  You could accomplish the whole list in day if you apply yourself.  Better yet take a few days and enjoy your time here.  There is plenty to savor in this city with a fascinating past and a bright future. Take a free walking tour. This … Read more

Medellin Colombia Botanical Gardens

Medellin Colombia Botanical Gardens

The Medellin Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico Medellin) are an island of calm in the midst of the city.  Visitors can stroll around the 40 acre park free of charge.  There are a few restaurants on the grounds, or you can opt to purchase or bring a picnic and sip on a bottle of wine while soaking … Read more

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

Santa Semana – Easter Procession in Quito

An estimated quarter million people crowd into Historic Center of Quito on Good Friday for the Procession of Jesus of Great Power (Jesus de Gran Poder). Hundreds of people dressed in purple (the color of penitence) march ahead of the wooden sculpture of Jesus on the parade route that begins and ends at the Plaza San Francisco. The women … Read more