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Wandering Chile: Santiago and Valparaíso

Santiago: I have always wanted to visit Santiago. I had a friend who studied abroad there many years ago, and I remember her talking about how fun it was. After a nonstop backpacking tour though Perú, we were looking forward to some downtime around the city, and lucky for us, Santiago is a great wandering …

Now what?

When we decided to take a year away from our lives as we knew them, not only did I want to offer my son a chance to see the world with his young, non judgmental eyes, I wanted to view it as a way to be intentional about my own life’s path and perspective. In …

Calm in Cuenca

After so much adventuring through the Amazon and the Galápagos, Cuenca was a perfect place to relax. Nestled in the Andes, not far from Guyaquil, lies the beautiful and tranquil city of Cuenca. Popular with expats, the city offers many familiar foods, coffee shops, and even a couple of breweries. We stayed in an Airb&b near …

Guayaquil Quickly

We only spent one day in Guayaquil on our way to Cuenca from the Galápagos, but it was a fabulous day. When we were in Quito and mentioned that we were going to Guayaquil, many people asked why and then quickly followed up with a warning about how dangerous it is. It’s a big, crazy …

Going to the Galapagos

Going to the Galápagos has been a lifetime dream. We feel so lucky to be the only people we know who have been, and we definitely learned a ton about how we would do it differently if we ever make it back. We did tons of research before we left, and it was difficult to …

Quito, Ecuador

Several friends told us how much we were going to love Quito, and they were totally right. It reminded us of Denver in many ways and felt like our home away from home. Quito is beautifully nestled between mountains, creating a spectacular view no matter where you are. One of our taxi drivers hilariously described the city “like a …

Amazon Adventuring

Although only 2 percent of the Amazon Rainforest is in Ecuador, it is an incredible area to visit. Plus, we learned that there is no Malaria in Ecuador, and the Cuyabeno, where we visited, doesn’t really have that many mosquitos anyway. Seriously, Jesse only got a few mosquito bites one night when his long legs caused …

Learning Spanish

I almost feel guilty writing this post in English, but this post is for my English-speaking friends who wish they could speak Spanish. Perhaps it has always been on your list of things to do, but it’s so hard to find time, right? If this is you, I have a suggestion. Take some time, commit …