A Wandering Foreigner

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A Must-Visit Guide to Colombia

Colombia. I love everything about you. The people, the cities, the towns, the culture, the scenery, it’s making its way back on the tourist and backpacker map and once you’ve visited it’s easy to see why. Known for its drug trade and violent history, Colombia has so much more to offer than many people realize. I spent a month traveling through the country and had a hard time tearing myself away from it. When I arrived, I  ...

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Adventures in Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls

As of today, I am officially one week away from my flight home. It’s hard to believe I’m at this point. When I started the trip, it felt as if I had all the time in the world, now I have one week. As the cliché goes, “Time flys when you’re having fun.” Today, I write you from Montevideo, Uruguay. Xole and I arrived the other day after a quick ferry ride and bus journey from Buenos Aires. Initially, we planned to  ...

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From Bolivia to Argentina

It’s been another fast-paced couple of days since leaving Bolivia and moving into Argentina. Time seems to be speeding up with every day, and I just can’t seem to get it to slow down at this point. It’s funny when you first start a big adventure like mine how it seems as if you have endless amounts of time and then you blink and all of sudden the end is nearing. Welcome to Argentina After leaving Tarija, Bolivia, a friend  ...

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How To Exchange Money on the Black Market in Argentina

I’ve finally made it to Argentina. The final country of my trip. It’s a bitter-sweet feeling. Argentina is definitely not Bolivia; it’s clearly a more wealthy country and the Western of the ones I’ve passed through on my travels. I feel like I’ve been transported to Europe and there’s a bit of a reverse culture shock going on right now. Of course, one of the first things done when arriving in a new country  ...

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Recapping My Time in Potosí & Uyuni, Bolivia

Just so everyone is aware, it’s June. How did that happen?! Where did the time go? Where did half the year go? I’m now officially in the final countdown of my trip, with less than 30 days until I’m home. I can’t believe it. What a ride it’s been. The last week has been packed with silver mine tours in Potosí, complete with a Bolivian strike to stress me out, and a three-day salt flat tour through the Salar de  ...

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Adventures in Bolivia: Visiting Lake Titicaca & Climbing Hyuana Potosi

Wow! What a whirlwind it has been. As of today, I am in Sucre, Bolivia. Fun fact: Did you know that Sucre is technically the capital of Bolivia? I did not and felt like an idiot when I found out. All of the government buildings are in La Paz but in the constitution, Sucre is the capital. The more you know. Let’s Back Up To Puno, Peru Before crossing the border to Bolivia, I made one final stop in Puno, Peru to see Las Islas Uros, the  ...

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Trekking Peru’s Colca Canyon & Heading into Bolivia

After a month in Peru, it’s time to say goodbye and travel to Bolivia. It’s been an incredible month with treks to Machu Picchu and the Colca Canyon, a trip to the Amazon jungle, Spanish classes in Cusco, and a relaxing (and somewhat not relaxing) time on the coast. Trekking the Colca Canyon The Colca Canyon is beautiful and recommended if you visit Arequipa. I did the two-day trek, which was perfect for me, but there are options  ...

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The Peruvian Amazon Jungle

I am thrilled to say that I just returned to Cusco after spending four days in Peru’s Amazon Jungle. Visiting the Amazon on my “wish list” of things I wanted to do and I wasn’t sure if I could swing it with my limited time and funds, but I made it work! After four days in Cusco recuperating from the Inca Trail, taking Spanish classes, and seeing friends from Colombia, I took a 10 hour night bus to Puerto Maldonado in  ...

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How I Trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

After almost eight months of research, planning, and preparation, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, I completed the four days, three nights, 45 kilometer Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Was it worth the extreme planning (and expense)? Absolutely. It was incredible. Honestly, I think I enjoyed the trek more than Machu Picchu, and my entire body ached by the end of the trek, I was sick for half of the third day, I didn’t shower or see a real  ...