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A Risky Ride Down Death Road

A Risky Ride Down Death Road

One of my favorite things about living in South America was the ease at which I could travel around the continent. One of the more appealing attractions to the adventurous side of me was the Death Road in Bolivia. I had already booked my tickets for La Paz when two...

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Islas y Huacas, Lago de Titicaca

Islas y Huacas, Lago de Titicaca

The harbor waters are still. Beyond the sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. My stomach doesn't much like these choppy waters. Lake Titicaca This body of water sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles, making it...

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Investigating Escobar’s Legacy in Medellìn

Investigating Escobar’s Legacy in Medellìn

"Don't mind the bullet holes," was the first thing our guide Stiven told me. They recently tried to kidnap Roberto, because people still think he knows where his brother buried his fortune. Which of course is easy to think, given the fact that Roberto...

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Jardín, Colombia — Wandering a Pastel Pueblo

Jardín, Colombia — Wandering a Pastel Pueblo

One of the travel rules I try to live by is following the advice of others. Tourists, long-term travelers, or locals. The "who" tends to not matter as much as the "where". People who've been in a country for a while have the best insight....

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The Colombian Amazon

The Colombian Amazon

The Amazon of Childhood Dreams Turbulence. An immense sea of green. My first impressions of the Colombian Amazon. A place I had dreamed of seeing ever since I was a little girl. One rough landing later, I was taking my first breaths of the heavy humid rainforest air....

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The Ocher Valley of Sorrows – Colombia

The Ocher Valley of Sorrows – Colombia

"I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams..." "• Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The Tatacoa Desert, or the Valley of Sorrows, as...

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The Colors of Cartagena – Colombia

The Colors of Cartagena – Colombia

I frequently hear travelers declare that they have a strong preference for beach vacations, nature getaways, exploring an urban setting, or some other genre of travel. These proclamations are often definitive, as if they've found the perfect way to travel for...

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A Day in Rio Das Pedras, Brazil

A Day in Rio Das Pedras, Brazil

A Summer Day at Rio Das Pedras, Brazil The Dance at Rio Das Pedras, Brazil I am at Rio Das Pedras, Brazil. The sun beats overhead and Maravilha dances alone on the stage with humidity heavy in the air "“ typical of a Brazilian summer. He gyrates and glides with...

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Birthday Memories in Copacabana Bolivia

Birthday Memories in Copacabana Bolivia

My Birthday in Copacabana Bolivia   Copacabana Bolivia at High Altitude When I mention that I had spent my 25th birthday in Copacabana, everyone thought I had perhaps joined the beautiful bikini clad women full of feathers Samba-ing the night away. Little did...

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