South America

Lima, Peru

After hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu I was looking forward to heading to the coast, slowing down, enjoying the beach, and catching up on work. Brandy and I landed in Lima, grabbed a cab downtown, and checked into a Bed and Breakfast in Miraflores, a neighborhood that reminded […]

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Hiking The Inca Trail

Compared to the Appalachian Trail hiking the Inca Trail was like flying first class with a personal chef and a chauffeur to carry your stuff. Back on the Appalachian Trail a gourmet meal included cold instant mashed potatoes and a Snickers bar. On the Inca Trail I dined on delicious […]

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Northern Peru

I climbed in a Volkswagen van, pulled the door shut, and settled in for the 6 hour ride to Peru. After backpacking South America for 2 months and I finally felt at home in a Westfalia campervan. I’d enjoyed hanging out with Ben and Brian for two weeks in Vilcabamba, […]

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Vilcabamba

I checked into Hostería Izhcayluma and another traveler greeted me with “Hi, how long are you staying?” “Just two nights”, I said. She replied, “Oh, good luck with that, you’ll be here longer, this place is magical.” I ended up staying almost 2 weeks. In the parking lot I noticed […]

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Cuenca

After spending a week exploring the Galápagos Islands with my brother I was back to rolling solo. Tyler caught an early flight out of Guayaquil and I hopped on the 4:00 AM bus to Cuenca. The road meandered through lush green mountain highlands and led into town shortly after sunrise. […]

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Digital Nomad Packing List

If there is one thing that I learned from thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, it’s take less. I’d rather be underprepared than overpacked. Underprepared often results in temporary discomfort while overpacked is a constant pain in the back, literally. I learned that the hard way. After starting the Appalachian Trail with […]

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Galápagos Islands

It was a picture perfect day when we landed on San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands. Translucent blue water, sea lions lounging in the shade, marine iguanas swimming through the surf…yes, our home for the week would be pretty awesome. I checked the map to find our hotel and, uh […]

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Montañita

After spending several weeks exploring the Andes and the Amazon, it was time to hit the beach. I took a bus to Guayaquil, stayed one night in the metropolis, and caught another 3 hour bus the next morning. I could smell the salt in the air as we rambled along […]

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The Amazon

I spent my first 10 days in Ecuador living near 10,000 feet above sea level. I enjoyed the mountains, but it was time to get lower. I made my way to the bus station and used my broken Spanish to buy a one way ticket to Baños de Agua Santa, […]

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Quito, Ecuador

The sun set over Miami, and when it rose again, I was in Ecuador. Modern travel is fast, efficient, and…unromantic. I would have preferred to earn my entry into South America the old fashioned way, by walking, boating, or driving my van through Central America and into the Southern Hemisphere, […]

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