Category Archives: Latin America 2011

home sweet home

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So we were back in the United States after being abroad for over 7 months. It was no doubt a strange feeling and one I assume is not felt very often for most people. The first place we saw was a … Continue reading

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San Blas y más – video post 7

Videos of our sail from South to Central America and visiting Kayla Howard-Anderson, PCV.

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Central America, part2

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Nicaragua turned out to be everything we hoped to find in Costa Rica: cheap food and accommodations, kind and open locals, and beautiful terrain. Our first stop was the beach town of San Juan del Sur. Perhaps the most touristy … Continue reading

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rookie moves

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In 7 months it’d be impressive not to have many mishaps just at home, living a normal life. For us here, surrounded by foreign people, places, and languages, we have of course had our fair share of mess-ups. Do-overs if … Continue reading

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Central America, part1

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Getting from our sailboat to the capital of Panama proved to be more expensive than we’d figured. We had no choice but to pay for a private motorboat taxi to the mainland. They, of course, would only take us to … Continue reading

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close calls

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Despite all the luck we’ve had this trip with just about everything: places being spectacular and living up to reputations, perfect weather, awesome fellow travelers, transportation working out, being able to meet up with people when planned, etc., we have … Continue reading

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three tickets to paradise

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Well, I had to get that last post off before this next update because when we left Cartagena, and Colombia, and South America, we paid a pretty penny to do so. Where Panama meets Colombia there is a region called … Continue reading

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¿Hay un descuento para estudiantes…?

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I estimate that so far on this trip I have spent about $6400 (rough estimate, including airfare). On average, that’s about $915 per month. Considering where we’ve been, what we’ve done and seen, and how comfortably we’ve traveled, that’s far … Continue reading

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on the road again – video post 6

Latest video showing scenes from our last month in South America.

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last dance with South America

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Our long trek out of Paraguay landed us in Ica, Peru, a sizable city just off the Pacific coast. We spent the morning checking email and travel tips before negotiating a short, cheap taxi ride to Huacachina- an oasis just … Continue reading

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rolling stones ‘no más’

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Well, the same old type of post, updating where we’ve been and what we’ve done, has gotten a little boring to write, so I want to split those up with some new types of posts on other things. This first … Continue reading

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Paraguay no más – video post 5

Videos of our wonderful time in Paraguay with Tess Duffy and company. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.  

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PCV compañera kwera

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There are 3 countries in South America for which citizens of the United States need to buy a visa: Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. On this trip we are, unfortunately, bypassing Brazil. The visa is expensive itself (like $150 US) and … Continue reading

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Finding Tess – a mini-doc

Close documentation of our adventure to find great friend and Peace Corp Volunteer Tess Duffy in the middle of southeastern, rural Paraguay. Viewer discretion is advised.

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un[Bolivia]ble – video post 4

Some footage from the crazy stops on the gringo trail that Bolivia has to offer. Shout out to fellow travelers Gina, Lisa, Bronwyn, Chris, Jacob and Michael who made Bolivia even more epic. Cheers mates.

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straight-up “mine blowing”!

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Once we finally chose a tour operator from a plethora of options, and gave up on finding Michael, a friend we met in La Paz, we left to tour the southwest region of Bolivia. We spent 3 days trying to … Continue reading

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in[La Paz]ible

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We drove along Lake Titicaca for a few hours, crossed a narrow bit of it on a boat, and then drove east away from it a short ways to get to La Paz, the economic capital of Bolivia and the … Continue reading

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[Inca]nceivable – video post 3

A chance to travel with Lisa & Gilmer, and a goodbye to long-time fellow trekker John. Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu and Isla del Sol are featured in this montage. Don’t forget to watch it in high-definition (720p at full screen looks … Continue reading

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the top of the world

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At Machu Picchu we were at about 9,000 feet in elevation. Back in Cusco we were staying at closer to 11,000 feet. We said goodbye to John, Lisa, and Gilmer, and hung out for a few more days. After that, … Continue reading

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¡Macho Pachow!

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Ah, Machu Picchu- the gem of South America it seems. Maybe one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The most popular way to do it is to backpack in- via the Inca trail or some other trail, and arrive … Continue reading

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northward bound – video post 2

We’re taking advantage of the good internet to upload these videos. This one covers from Bariloche, Argentina to the border between Chile & Peru with special musical guests La Gauchada. Enjoy!

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gettin’ high on altitude

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­Up until we crossed into Peru, it seemed like the differences in culture from our own (ethnocentric, I know, but it’s for the sake of context) that we had been experiencing in our travels were far from vast. Yes, Uruguay, … Continue reading

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trekkin’ hard – video post 1

VIDEO POSTS! We’ve been taking videos this whole trip and decided that we better do something with them otherwise they’ll just sit on a hard drive forever and no one will ever see them. We’ve edited some of them into … Continue reading

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Argentine Andes to the Chilean coast

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Goodbye Kyle Mapp, goodbye Bariloche- you will both be missed. After an overnight bus ride, we woke up in Ciudad de Mendoza, still Argentina. Out of the deep south, out of Patagonia, and straight into the middle of the South … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 3

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Okay, so it was out of Torres del Paine National park, and back in Puerto Natales. There we relaxed, recuperated briefly, ate another delicious breakfast, and bought bus tickets to get back to Argentina. We went straight from Chile’s ‘trekking … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 2

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First, let me apologize- my last blog post was inadequate. I got lazy. I sold you short on my writing and tried to make up for it with pictures. Pictures are nice, I’m sure, but they lack the commentary which … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 1

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Last time I wrote was from Buenos Aires (this is a revised version of what I wrote since Buenos Aires). While there we saw only some of the sights, making it to Casa Rosada (where Evita made her famous speech) … Continue reading

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the beginning: Uruguay to Argentina

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It has been a very interesting two-weeks since my first post. That very night (January 3rd) our journey began with a couple bus rides to the Richmond District in San Francisco (later buses than we had planned because it took … Continue reading

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south by southeast

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Women of Latin America BEWARE: the LaBarge brothers, infamous for leaving piles of broken hearts in their wake, are about to blaze a trail through your continent- and with Karl Keefer on board, they will in fact be unstoppable. No, … Continue reading

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