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

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

Cuenca Street Art

Cuenca Ecuador Street Art

Graffiti is ubiquitous. You’ve seen it.  Crude public bathroom scratchings, quickly sprayed tags on underpasses, scrawled political slogans suggesting revolt and revolution, artistic but quickly applied stencils and posters, and elaborate multi-colored murals.We’ve seen it in every city we’ve visited: covering the trains in Naples, Italy; on the outer walls of Rome; throughout the San … Read more