Medellín: More than Drug Cartels

There exists a great amount of diversity amongst the Colombian cities of Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellín.  Amongst the mountains of Bogota a jacket is necessary to fend off the winter chill.  The balmy… Continue reading

Human Beings Having a Virtual Experience

¨We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.¨ – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin This credo by the French philosopher Pierre Chardin is something that… Continue reading

Gold, Tayrona Park, Salsa, and Playing with Explosives

I came to Colombia on the recommendation of pretty much everyone I met further south in South America.  Whenever the topic of people’s favorite countries came up, Colombia was always raved about.  There… Continue reading

A Sense of Wonder in Minca

That sense of wonder that follows us around when we’re kids, where everything is new, interesting, and a bit bigger; it hit me in Minca. Perhaps because everything is a bit bigger in Minca. Bamboo shoots… Continue reading

Crazy Colombians in the World Cup

James Rodríguez controls the ball with the left side of his chest, pivoting his body as the ball drops, striking a magnificent volley with his left foot.  The ball arcs through the air,… Continue reading

Animals of the Amazon

As Gustavo the owner of the Mahatu hostel in Leticia is fond of saying, the Amazon is a land of plants.  True, there are is also a wide range of animals in the… Continue reading

Anacondas & Ayahuasca: Survival Training in the Amazon

The Amazon.  The largest river running through the largest rainforest in the world.  Covering only 6% of the world’s surface it is home to more than half of the world’s biodiversity.  This spectacle… Continue reading

Mucho Gusto Machu Picchu

4 days biking, dancing, ziplining, and trekking across the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a Machu Picchu sized cherry on top.  Getting into Cusco I wasted no time in booking this excursion… Continue reading

Hanging with Los Pintos in Peru

Hospitality.  It’s one of the those things in life that is often under appreciated.  Sometimes you are unceremoniously handed a key to a filthy room by a grumpy receptionist with a ‘don’t even think about… Continue reading

Riding High: La Paz, La Ruta de la Muerte, & Lake Titikaka

La Paz is the highest capital city in the world at 3,640 meters.  This creates for some pretty spectacular views when you arrive of houses and buildings sloping down the mountainside towards the… Continue reading