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Sunrise:  Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

IN CELEBRATION OF PLANET EARTH

TODAY IS EARTH DAY!   For 43 years on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.     As an informed global traveler, I am acutely aware of the […]

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My 2011 Travel Review from A to Z

Over the last two weeks, I have received three versions of the A to Z meme that is making its way around the travel blogging community.  After reading the review of my virtual buddy Stephanie of The Travel Chica and commenting her post, she challenged me to write one.  So here goes my A to Z Travel Review […]

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Panamanian Chicken Bus

When I was in Guatemala, I rode everywhere on the Chicken Buses.  They were noisy, usually crowded, and the paint jobs were legendary.  It seemed that every bus was in unofficial competition to see who could have the most outrageous paint, the most chrome and the wildest theme. Once I crossed into El Salvador and […]

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Galapagos Islands; Part VI

–Day 9-San Cristobal Island– Well the eight day incredible boat trip has regrettably ended; however, I still have several days at liberty in the Galapagos before my flight back to Quito.  Jackson, Guy and I have decided to hang together for a couple more days. We take a three hour fast boat trip to San […]

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Three and a Half Days in Lima

After weeks of trekking, hiking and checking out remote ruins in the Andes, I was in for a serious case of culture shock upon m arrival in Lima.  Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535.  Lima is a large and diverse city with roots going back long before Colombus’ arrival in the […]

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Galapagos Islands; Part V

–Day 7-Santiago Island-Egas Port-Rabida Island– We start the morning hiking across Santiago Island to lava flows teeming with Galapagos Sea Lions.  There are not as many Marine Iguanas as the last two days but they are generally larger.  Some incredible pools and bridges over the ocean formed by the lava flows add texture to an […]

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Galapagos Islands; Part IV

Some days I am really glad that I woke up early! –Day 4–Chinese Hat-Santa Cruz Island-Whaler Bay– After breakfast we go for a walk on a gorgeous beach.  Lots of Sally Lightfoot Crabs.  Many sea lions.  We see a pup nursing.  Several sea lions are swimming in the surf as well as two Marine Iguanas. […]

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Chachapoyas, Peru

Three Nonstop Days of Trekking and Pre-Colombian Pre-Inca Culture Arriving in Chachapoyas we checked into Hostel Revash and quickly booked a three day package of tours beginning the following morning.  Chachapoyas is a quiet colonial town.  However, the area was the center of a sophisticated civilization that predates the Incas by 1,000 years!  Within a […]

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