Colombia – Part 3 – Cartagena

Woman and a child with a balloon - Cartagena

Introduction We had only two full days in Cartagena. For one of those days, we decided to drive to Aracataca, the birthplace of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate author. We thought if we left early, we could make the one-way 4.5 hours and 160 miles (260 kilometer) distance. We took a taxi to the […]

Colombia – Part 2 – Medellín

Medellin city panoramic view - Colombia

Introduction Medellín was recently known as the world’s most dangerous city. It may now be as famous for being the home of arguably South America’s most renowned living artist, Fernando Botero, and his signature rotund art.   What Medellín should also be celebrated for is its excellent public transportation, including the metro…   …light rail… […]

Colombia Part 1 Bogotá

Bogota Wall Graffiti - Bogota

Introduction This was the first time I was in Colombia. In the capital city of Bogotá, I expected a few things, such as delightful colonial buildings…   …massive churches in front of mountains…   … friendly and warm people on the street…   …but what I was blown away with was the psychedelic graffiti. This […]

Peru – Part 3 – Lima

View outside the Presidential House - Peru

Introduction We were on both a high and a low in Lima. The high was from just finishing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The low was from just finishing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as we were still tired from the effort. With this frame of mind, we made the most of our […]

Peru – Part 2 – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Llaqtapata Terraces - Inca Trail

Introduction For years, a group of us discussed hiking the Inca Trail. We did not know much except it went over high mountains in the clouds. We finally made it and found we would share the path with local folk.   We discovered it is just as hard going down as up.   We lamented […]