Trekking Peru
The last summit, Huayna Picchu

Trekking Peru

Over nine days, in the south of Peru, we did a lot of  trekking - Rainbow Mountain (1100 meter climb), the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (about 65 kilometers, and a top height of 4630…

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Into the Amazonian Jungle
Squirrel monkey mama with baby

Into the Amazonian Jungle

In the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, far from the border town of Coca and hours down the Napo River, we did several safari walks. We were based at a lodge (La Selva Ecolodge) on a…

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Quite Contrary: Cartagena and Medellin
DJLU street art, Cartagena

Quite Contrary: Cartagena and Medellin

On the Caribbean coast of Colombia, during the carnival-like celebration in January, many celebrants dress up as Cayman Man. Half cayman (the local crocodile) and half human, the mythical figure embodies several dualities, human and…

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Oddities of Villa de Leyva
Phallic column, El Infiernito

Oddities of Villa de Leyva

The town of Villa de Leyva is perhaps a kilometer square, but it features one of the largest cobblestone plazas in all of South America. Around the square and in the grid of streets, many…

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