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Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with amazing architecture from the 12th to the 19th Century, and is only about 40 minutes away by train. Going there as a day trip was the first recommendation we received when asking locals what we should do during our stay. Needless to say, we took the trip. Twice. And …

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Guatapé Colombia is a not-to-be-missed day trip from Medellin. The quaint town is a cheerful, very colorful but sleepy destination that is popular with Colombians looking for a break from 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 …

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We took the Quito 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 …

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White water rafting in Ecuador was probably one of the most exhilarating things we did during our visit to Baño de Agua Santa, Ecuador (Baños). While Sean was interesting in heading down the river, my enthusiasm was more about the other water attractions, specifically, visiting some of Ecuador’s hot springs. Baños Ecuador is known for …

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Day Trip from Cuenca Ecuador The Parque Nacional Cajas (Parque National el Cajas) is located in the Ecuadorian Andes, an approximate 30 — 45 minute drive from Cuenca, Ecuador. This makes it an easy day trip from the city and a great opportunity to get in some hiking in a truly beautiful place. Before deciding …

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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 …

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