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Authentic Peru: The Santa Cruz Trek

I gasp for oxygen in the thin air. Kneeling next to me, a fellow hiker from Italy, Andrea, passes me his homemade granola. I take some with gratitude, and we motivate each other to keep going. As I stand up, the world around me spins out of control. Altitude sickness...

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Baños: Ecuador’s Adventure Capital

We arrived in Baños with zero expectations, possibly the best way to discover a new place. We hopped off the old, worn out bus and walked through the streets with childlike wonder. Where are we??? I silently asked myself. The small town was centered in between lush...

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Monthly Recap: November on the Road

Greetings from yet another bus in South America! November has been full of movement. There have been countless adventures, big challenges, heartwarming connections, and the realization of some lifelong dreams. For those of you who haven’t been following the most...

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Exploring Small-Town Colombia: Salento

  We walked through Salento’s busy town square, stopping to talk with every Colombian in cowboy boots. We were determined to find a good deal for a day of horseback riding. Eventually, we made a deal with two teenagers who promised us a full day of horseback...

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Stairway to Heaven: La Piedra del Peñol

Colombia's Piedra del Peñol "The Best View in the World" Just outside of Medellín lies the legendary Piedra del Peñol, a massive granite rock with rewarding views of the surrounding lakes. With an entrance fee of 18,000 pesos, you can climb 740 steps to see what...

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The Unspoken Rules of Staying in a Hostel

As told by experienced backpackers Staying in hostels is by far the most popular choice of accommodation for backpackers. Not only is it usually the cheapest option, but you can also meet fellow travelers to explore the city with. The pros of staying in a hostel...

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Hiking the Cocora Valley in Colombia

A trip to Colombia wouldn't be complete without checking out the Zona Cafetera, Colombia's coffee region, and after a few days taking in the hustle and bustle of Colombia's massive capital city, Bogotá, it was time to make the transition to Colombia's...

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