Guide to Mexico City: What To Do & Where to Stay

Have you ever been to a place that completely blew away your expectations? For me, it was Mexico City. With over 20 million people living in the Greater Mexico City area, I was expecting a loud, crazy, and totally crammed city. What I experienced was very much the opposite. Mexico City may be one of … Continue Reading

Tales of a Solo Traveler: What I Learned From Getting Food Poisoning in Malaysia

Solo travel is not easy. Things not only can, but will go wrong, and it’s up to you to decide how you’re going to handle it. Here’s a story about a perfect plan gone awry during my last trip to Southeast Asia as a solo traveler and what I learned about myself in the process. … Continue Reading

9 Helpful Tips For Your Trip to Parque Tayrona

Parque Tayrona is a nationally protected park in Northern Colombia sandwiched between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains and the Carribean Sea. It’s known for its lush jungle and wild coastline of virtually untouched beaches. Although many of the beaches between the park entrance and Cabo San Juan are frequented by tourists, they are only accessible … Continue Reading

The Musts of Eje Cafetero: Salento & the Cocora Valley

To me, visiting Eje Cafetero is about two things: nature and coffee. So when I arrived to the shining star of this region, Salento, those are the two things I set out to enjoy the most! This region produces the largest amount of Arabica variety in the world, and is said to cultivate some of, if … Continue Reading

Filandia: The Hidden Gem of Colombia’s Coffee Region

Although Salento is the golden child of Colombia’s coffee region, there’s a little underrated town about 45 minutes away that deserves much more attention. This quaint pueblo is called Filandia, and is a must for anyone looking for an authentic experience in the Zona Cafetero region. It’s also much less frequented by foreigners than other … Continue Reading

Villa de Leyva: A Relaxing Weekend Trip From Bogotá

I read that visiting Villa de Leyva was like taking a time machine back to the 16th century, and seeing it with my own eyes confirmed that statement for sure. Charming and quaint are the first two adjectives that come to mind when describing this colonial town outside of Bogotá, largely in part due to … Continue Reading

A Visit to Colombia’s Coast: Costeño Beach & Palomino

Although Cartagena is the most popular seaside destination in Colombia, those looking for a quieter beach getaway head further north to Costeño Beach & Palomino. These relatively underdeveloped beach towns are home to stretches of rugged coastline, most of it completely untouched. You won’t find any resorts or big name hotels here, just small locally run … Continue Reading

The Lost City Trek With Expotur: How to Prepare For This 4 Day Adventure

I went on The Lost City Trek with Expotur and it was 4 days jam packed with adventure. Expotur promises adventure, and adventure you shall receive! From intense jungle trekking in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, raging rapid river crossings, and 1,200 steep stone steps to get to Cuidad Perdida, it’s exhilarating, challenging … Continue Reading

11 Awesome Things to Do in Cartagena

Cartagena is Colombia’s shining star of the coast, with tropical weather all year round, easy access to a slew of islands surrounded by coral reef, as well as the famous Walled City, deemed a Unesco World Heritage site in the 1980s. The cobblestone streets and colonial architecture will have you thinking you’re in Europe, but … Continue Reading

Isla Grande: The Perfect Weekend Getaway From Cartagena

I was under the impression that Cartagena was lined with gorgeous white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise water – it’s not. However, just an hour boat ride away is the paradise of Isla Grande, which is part of the Rosario Islands. Here you will surely find that Caribbean paradise you were searching for. Although the … Continue Reading

7 Can’t Miss Experiences in Southern Peru

Peru is a magical place, known as the epicenter of the legendary Inca Empire, home to world famous ceviche and Machu Picchu, and is a country so biodiverse it is said that if Peru can be saved, it could serve as the basis for rehabilitating the rest of the world. Peru has 84 of the … Continue Reading

Roundup: Best Places to Stay in Southern Peru

Are you planning a trip to Peru and need to figure out where to stay during your epic adventure? I can’t speak for all of Peru, but I can speak for four of the marvelous cities I visited during my three weeks exploring Southern Peru, and in this post I have rounded up all the … Continue Reading

Huacachina: The Adrenaline-Packed Desert Oasis of Peru

Since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved roller coasters. So when I heard about an oasis in the middle of the Peruvian desert where dune buggies fly over sand dunes up to 700 feet tall, you better believe I immediately added it to my itinerary. That desert oasis is called Huacachina, and when … Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Paracas: Peru’s Coastal Marvel

Paracas is a small fishing village turned beach resort town that is actually known as Peru’s best wild-life watching destination. Often referred to as “The Poor Man’s Galapagos,” this coastal desert region is home to the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve, both of which are teeming with wildlife, from sea lions, seabirds, and … Continue Reading

How to Spend 2 Days in Lima

Lima is the Capital and largest city in Peru, yet it is often misunderstood and almost entirely skipped over while traveler’s make their way to Cusco. I fell victim to the “don’t spend too much time in Lima” hearsay, and wish I had given this awesome city more of a chance. That being said, with … Continue Reading

What to Do & Where to Stay in Cusco

Between all of the trekking nearby, the gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture, the traditional food, and lively culture, Cusco is simply a traveler’s dream. Famed as the gateway to Machu Picchu, it has become the launching point for enthusiastic trekkers looking to see a New Wonder of the World, experience the beauty of the Peruvian Andes, … Continue Reading

How to Recover From a Cusco Trek

After 6 days and over 30 miles of trekking both Rainbow Mountain, Lares, and Machu Picchu, I was in dire need of some serious relaxation. You can count on sore legs from all the walking, tight shoulders from schlepping a backpack full of gear around, and overall exhaustion from the altitude (over 17,000ft at Rainbow … Continue Reading

Mar Adentro Excursiones: Swim With Sea Lions in Lima

I rarely can pass up an opportunity to see any sort of wildlife in their natural habitat, and when I heard about Mar Adentro Excursiones and the opportunity to swim with wild sea lions off the coast of Lima, it was no exception. Mar Adentro Excursiones offers a comfortable, guided trip out to Islas Palomino … Continue Reading

What To Expect On the 4D/3N Lares Trek With Ayni Peru

When you think of Peru, what comes to mind? If I had to guess, it would probably be hiking the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu. But what if I told you there was an alternative trek you could take without the hundreds of other tourists you’d find on the over-trekked Inca Trail, that offers a perfect mix … Continue Reading

6 Reasons to Hike Rainbow Mountain with Ayni Peru

Vinicunca, also known as Rainbow Mountain or Montaña de Siete Colores, is a stunning geological marvel of the Peruvian Andes located at a whopping 5,200 meters above sea level, and is gaining some serious popularity within the Cusco tourism industry. Located about a 4 hour drive from Cusco, it’s advertised as something that can be … Continue Reading

Where to Study Spanish in South America

At the beginning of March I arrived to Colombia all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, so excited to take on a new city and country. Upon arrival, the extent of my Espanol ended at hola, sí, gracias, por favor, and yo quiero Taco Bell. However, I’ve travelled all over the world where I haven’t know other languages … Continue Reading

12 Can’t Miss Experiences in Medellín

A city once known as the most dangerous place in the world, has recently undergone an incredible transformation, and people are flocking from all over to see for themselves. I swear you could spend a year in Medellín and still not get to see, do, and experience all that this incredible city has to offer, … Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why Colombia Immersion is Perfect for Solo Travelers

To me, solo travel is all about challenging yourself, growing as an individual, stepping out of your comfort zone, and opening yourself up to new experiences and to new people. So when I came across the Colombia Immersion Spanish School, I knew I had struck gold. Check out the below 5 reasons why Colombia Immersion … Continue Reading