Valparaiso- Chile’s City of Artists

Valparaiso is not a place built for tourists; yet it continues to draw people from all over the world. There are no major sights or must dos – and yet this is perhaps why you fall in love with it so much.

Exploring the colorful, sprawling architecture and street art is a captivating sight even to the non-photographer’s eye. It’s gritty and authentic; with shops and cafes only adding to the eclectic vibe of the city.

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An Insider’s Guide to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, most commonly referred to as the “Paris of South America” is a city of greatly diverse culture. In this sprawling city sights, nightlife, gastronomy and the arts are concentrated in a few central neighborhoods.

With every neighborhood or ‘barrio’ offering something different, you’ll be sure to find something new to explore in each part of the city that you visit.

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A Budget Friendly Guide to Cusco, Peru

Although being a small mountain town, Cusco has a lot to offer for a wide range of interests and taste buds. I’ve compiled a guide of a handful of highly rated, affordable, and delicious restaurants, bars, and activities to check out while in town.

You can easily accomplish the list of activities if you only have a few days in the city. Transporation is easy to find to get around, or you can rent a car from the airport; although not necessarily recommended. The streets are very windy and narrow, and it could be dangerous driving yourself.

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A Backpacker’s Budget Guide to Machu Picchu

As I began to plan my trip to Machu Picchu, I quickly realized that getting there was not going to be a walk in the park. But let’s face it, anything worth seeing is not going to be easy to get to, especially a world wonder like Machu Picchu.

There are travel agencies that will book the entire trip for you, but I’ve taken a great deal of pleasure in DIY travel. It doesn’t take too much time once you know how much time you have and have decided what you want to see.

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A Foodie’s Guide to Lima, Peru

Let me just start off by saying that when I arrived to Lima, I had no idea that the city is in fact internationally known for its food. There are chefs from all over the world who have opened restaurants in Lima, introducing their cuisine and adding to it a twist of Peruvian fusion.

Needless to say, I didn’t have a problem finding amazing dining options. On the contrary, I actually had an issue narrowing down the places I wanted to try. Lima’s cuisine will leave any traveler in taste bud bliss with traditional Peruvian dishes and decadent street food selections. You’ll find my favorites below in this food-lover’s guide below.

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How to Spend 4 Days in Lima, Peru

Lima is one of those interesting cities that one wishes to stay forever. The weather is good, the food is awesome, the people are friendly, and it has a ton of fun activities to engage in. Not to mention, it’s next to the ocean! You can never go wrong visiting a city on the sea.

When planning a trip to Peru, Lima serves as the perfect landing pad, allowing you to immerse yourself in your new surroundings as you embark on your Peruvian adventure.

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

If we don’t change we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. Growth demands temporary surrender of security.” Gail Sheehy

Do you ever think to yourself, “That person must never feel uncomfortable?” Truth is, everyone gets uncomfortable – but the difference is that some people are comfortable with being uncomfortable. They don’t fear it, they look at it as a way of learning and being open to possibilities.

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Best of Montañita, Ecuador

People come to Montañita for a few reasons – to surf and to party. What all the travel blogs out there don’t mention, is how to enjoy Montañita when neither of those options tickle your fancy.

There is no denying that Montañita has quite the reputation. Ask any backpacker in the country their thoughts and you will either be met with a look of disdain or excitement.

Every single person we came across to whom we mentioned we were going to Montañita had the same response that went something like this: “Ohhh, Montañita! Are you ready to party, party, yeah?”

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The Ultimate Guide To Isla de la Plata

They call Isla de la Plata The Poor Man’s Galapagos“. Much like the Galapagos, Isla de la Plata also has blue-footed boobies. You’ll find tortoises (though not the giant kind),  humpback whales, and tiny crabs. It’s a rugged, beautiful island; a paradise for mostly forgotten species.

While it’s just one island rather than 15, Isla de la Plata is a pretty good Galapagos alternative for those of us on a budget; an Isla de la Plata tour will cost as little as $50 and is one of the coolest things to do in Ecuador.

Here’s everything you need to know about planning a trip to Isla de la Plata including how to get there, when to go, what to expect, and how to book an Isla de la Plata tour.

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How Travel Can Change Your Life

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” – Santayana

I once read an article on what it meant to have the “travel bug”, and how it differentiated from merely taking a vacation once or twice a year.
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