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Guatapé Colombia Day Trip from Medellin

Guatapé Colombia is a not-to-be-missed day trip from Medellin. The quaint town is a cheerfully, very colorful but 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 …

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Quito Free Walking Tour – Start Your Visit Here

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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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