Peru and Chile are SUCH different places; it's amazing to watch the terrain slowly change as you continue south. Some of the things you'll see along the way? San Pedro de Atacama, the incredible Hand of the Desert, bustling Santiago, and volcanoes in Pucón and Villarica. Read more for travel tips and road conditions.
San Pedro de Atacama is unbelievable!! This place easily made it into our top 10 destinations in the world. This area is covered by salt flats, geysers, sand dunes, lakes and wildlife... and with such a long list of must-sees, we're positive you'll find something you like.
Colca Canyon is do-able in just a few days but if you have more time and enjoy a little trekking, it would be easy to stay lost here for a week. Wander through little villages like Arequipa and Cabanconde, relax in the Yanque hot springs, visit the famous Cruz del Condor lookout, or hike down to an oasis on the canyon floor... we've got tips for exploring them all.
During the Incan invasion, the Uros people attempted to escape using boats on Lake Titicaca. With no where to go, they built homes on the boats and lived that way for 80 years until they learned to build the reed islands.
Need all of the specifics for a trip to Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru? How about during Christmas? We've got you covered with link to the trains we took, the hotels with stayed in and the places we ate, plus more!
Whew!! With SO much to see and do in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, you're probably as overwhelmed planning a trip as we were. Hopefully this post (with links to almost EVERYTHING) will help you map out your time. From gourmet dining, to cheap eats, to yoga and beyond, we have recommendations that cover ALL the best of tourism + a taste of life like the locals.
Central Ecuador is a vibrant country with SO much to see! Check out this post if you want more info on everything right down the middle: Quito, Cotopaxi Volcano, the Saquisili Market, Quilotoa Loop or Baños!
This list of incredible places worth visiting in Colombia is endless... But these are our favorites based on our central route. And if they don't make the cut, we've offered a list of places we didn't have time to see but have added to our bucket list!
We read a lot of different blogs about how to hike Valle de Cocora before we arrived... that you MUST go early to avoid rain, that although it's difficult, it's worth it to take the full 5 hour circuit, that you should probably wear rain boots because of the mud (we didn't wear them and had no problems), and that if you'd prefer a shorter route, it's possible to skip right to the grande finale.
The Rock of El Peñon was first climbed in the 50s using nothing but a wooden plank. Thankfully someone built a staircase ;) With over 700 steps to the highest lookout, it definitely offers some of the best views of Guatape.
Medellin is a culturally abundant, economically bustling, artistically inclined, wonderful city that seems to be constantly looking for ways to improve itself and the lives of its inhabitants. The city boasts museums, art installations, public libraries, universities, malls, parks, and almost unchanging perfect tropical weather.
A few days in Cartagena is plenty of time to see the city and eat at some great restaurants, but we were happy to have an entire week. Whether you’re excited by history, gastronomy, sailing, quaint city life, street art, or beaches, the port city of Cartagena is sure to deliver.
If you need a play-by-play of a pretty complicated process, here's our experience. As is the case with any border crossing or multi-day paperwork fiasco, stay positive and be patient. Read more to learn the costs and time commitments associated with shipping a car or rig across the Darian Gap.
There are so many companies you can use to book the sailboat. Don't stress, just pick one. They all deal with the same boats and the same captains and they all seem to cost between $500-550 for the whole trip.
I guess at sea, you have to be ready for anything. We don't want to be negative, we just want you to be prepared. Life isn't all rainbows and unicorns, and life at sea is definitely no different. These are things you should know before locking yourself into 5 days at sea.
We had a tough time deciding if sailing to the San Blas Islands would be the right choice for us, but ultimately it felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Docking in Colombia on that final morning, these are the things we will remember most about our crazy adventure at sea...
A compete guide to Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui and Panama City. We didn't have much time in this wonderful country but that didn't stop us from packing it full of some pretty amazing experiences. From food to lodging to boat tours and even treasure hunts, this guide will help you plan the perfect trip!
Hand your temporary vehicle permit to the guy standing around waiting with a clipboard. If he’s holding a burrito, comment on how yummy it looks and he’ll smirk and sign your permit without even checking your car ;) I think this is the ONLY time “lunch time” at the border has worked in our favor.
Whether you’re into surfing, zip lining, riverboat tours, hiking, white water rafting, rappelling down waterfalls, riding city bikes in vibrant Caribbean towns or witnessing sea turtle conservation efforts, Costa Rica’s tourist economy is fully equipped to deliver an incredible experience.
Starting out, we’re all giggling as we speed through the canyon. This is the COOLEST thing we’ve ever done... but then the sky starts to change color. “So… um, guys… how much longer is this river supposed to be?” We are dangerously close to sunset and looking back, our friends have turned into nothing more than silhouettes...
When you're living and working in other countries, it's important to stay connected to family, clients, friends, and yes... social media. Learn how we manage to stay in touch, all the way from Central and South America.
After our 16-hour day of hiking Cerro Chirripo up and down in one day, we knew the next day would be dedicated to one thing only: recovery. Imagine waking up and your body doesn’t work. All you can do is dream of the thermal baths down the road and the sensation of complete relaxation and weightlessness as you float in the 90 degree water.
With almost 3 weeks since our last border crossing, we forgot how tiring and time consuming these days can be, especially in the Central American heat. We didn't arrive until 10:30am which means we hit lunch time right as we were finishing our final steps. This made for a 3 hour crossing that should have taken less than 2. Start early, and hope for rain to cool things down ;)
Despite its budding recognition and increasing popularity, Nicaragua still seems to fly under the radar when compared to its slightly more lush and touristy Costa Rican neighbor. We did the expensive Nicaraguan tour during our honeymoon last year but here you'll find the more budget-conscious, off-the-beaten-path, surfer-friendly version of our two part, Nicaraguan Saga.
OH THE DREAD. Which we know is a terrible way to start a day like this… But two border crossings in one day? That's rough. And while it was better than we expected, it was definitely the longest and craziest day we've had so far.