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Near Death Experiences, Floating Islands, and Lots of Puking


  Bolivia has been the roughest country I've ever visited.  But that doesn't mean I didn't like it.  My time in Bolivia just made me appreciate certain things we have back home - like toilet paper in the bathrooms and food that doesn't regularly make you sick.  Nonetheless, don't let these things stop you from visiting Bolivia - we spent a memorable and awesome month there.  With the ext...

World Trip Leg #1 Round-up: South America & Antarctica


    [travelmap-map height=400 maptype="terrain" first=2 last=64] FACTS Start Date: November 30, 2011 (Washington, D.C. to Bogota, Colombia) End Date: June 5, 2012 (Quito, Ecuador to Washington, D.C.) Duration: 187 days (6+ months) Total Spent: $24,467 * Average per person per day: $65.42 * Transportation Cost: $9,658 ** Transportation Duration: 608.5 Hours! (Over 25...

Exploring Ecuador


Our time in South America has come to an end.  After our incredible experience in the Galapagos Islands, we flew to Quito to spend our final week exploring more of Ecuador.  We soon learned that there is more to the country than just Blue-Footed Boobies. Baños Yes, "Baños" means bathrooms in Spanish.  But there's nothing stinky about this town.  Approximately 3 hours South of Quito, Baños...

Boobies, Hammerheads, and so much more!


Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador lies an archipelago of islands that has captured my imagination since I was a child. I first learned about the Galapagos Islands and their unique wildlife in Science class. I've been wanting to go for as long as I can remember. Even with all this anticipation, the Galapagos still surpassed my expectations. We spent five days in the main town of Puerto Ayo...

The Mysterious Intrigue of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)


There's something special about Rapa Nui that I can't quite put my finger on.  It's not just the "Big Head" stone statues (moais), though they are awesome.  Bryan and I have been to many islands before but Rapa Nui is different.  This place is more than just your typical pretty, tropical island.   Rapa Nui is tranquil, wild, wonderful, and mysterious.  It's not commercialized - there isn't ...

The Incas: Incredible & Insightful or Insane?


  Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Other than our roundtrip plane tickets to South America, our hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was the ONLY thing we've booked ahead for our trip.  And honestly, it was the only thing we found that we needed to book beforehand.  The real Inca Trail books up several months in advance (only 200 tourists are allowed on the trail each day).  T...

Monkey Mischief & Tons of Tejons: The Waugh Family Volunteers in the Jungle


There are two important lessons I learned the hard way during our two weeks of volunteering at a wildlife refuge in Bolivia. First of all, always hide your banana. And second of all, wild animals are called "wild" for a reason. More Waughs in Bolivia! We started our trip with the intention to volunteer a bit along the way. Within a few days of travel, we met some fellow Americans who told us...

Do You Hate Your Job?


You might think differently about your job after a trip to one of the world's highest cities - Potosi, Bolivia.  Potosi is home to Cerro Rico Mountain - an endless series of nightmarish mines.  Maybe every employer should send their employees on a Potosi mine tour.   I feel like a complete wimp for ever complaining about any of my past employment situations.  I couldn't imagine worse working...

Llamas, Flamingos, & Dinosaurs


One of the best things about South America is that you never know what to expect next.  The landscapes, people, and culture are anything but monotonous.  Our four-day 4WD tour from Tupiza to Uyuni, Bolivia was a perfect example of this.  I've never experienced such a diversity of sights. Bienvenido a Bolivia! We had an extremely easy border crossing from Argentina to Villazon, Bolivia.  ...

Wining Our Way Through Argentina


  Mendoza - Wines & Wobbly Bikes Much to Bryan's relief, lately I've been doing a lot more wining and a lot less whining.  Mendoza has been at the top of my list of the destinations I've been looking forward to most in South America.  Delicious wines, gorgeous scenery, tantalizing cuisine - what's not to love?  So after Santiago, we took another double-decker bus eight hours and ...

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