Tag: Backpacking

Going back in time, in Patagonia

There really is no place like Patagonia. Just the word “Patagonia” inspires dreams and ambitions. To visit this place is like going back in time. Amazingly, much of Patagonia is still unadulterated – unaltered, one imagines from the time when the Fuegians called it home. That is until the Europeans arrived with their measles and smallpox and weapons, wiping out an entire people in less than… Read more →

Hiking Torres del Paine – 6 days, 5 nights, 90 km (56 miles)

Hiking Torres del Paine was everything we hoped it would be and more.  The minute you fly into Punta Arenas you have a feeling you are near the bottom of the world, and with the winter sun not getting much higher than 17 degrees in the sky – rising at 9am and descending around 5pm – you have a sense… Read more →

The Mystery of Machu Picchu

The pinnacle of the Salkantay Trek is Machu Picchu. Typically, you would reach Machu Picchu on day 4 or day 5. But for some reason we hiked two 10+ hour days on day 1 and day 2…. And let me just defend myself a bit here and explain why I took the easy way out in a Collectivo on day… Read more →

Machu Picchu via The Salkantay Trek – an alternative to the Inca Trail

The Salkantay Trek skinny:  We turned a 5 day/4 night trek into a 3 day/2 night trek. We did this without a guide. You don’t need a guide for this trek. But, if you choose to go with a guide, prices are about $250-300.  Day 1:  15 miles Start:  Sayllapata (3450 meters / 11,319 feet) Pass:  Highest point on the… Read more →

The Santa Cruz Trek: One of the best treks in the world

The Santa Cruz Trek was voted as one of the best treks in the world by National Geographic. Start:  Cashapampa – elevation: 9,524 ft (2900 meters) Finish:  Vaqueria – elevation:  11,811 ft (3600 meters)   Highest point:  15,584 ft (4750 meters) Total distance:  28 miles (45km) Days/Nights:  4 days/3 nights (Could be done in 3 days/2 nights buy why not… Read more →

Quilotoa Hiking Loop:  An Ecuador hike not to be missed

3 day hike:  Sigchos – Isinlivi – Chigchulan – Quilotoa Total Distance:  34.5 km – 21.5 miles Total Descent:  1184 m – 3883 ft Total Ascent:  2152 m – 7059 ft Highest Elevation:  3894 m – 12777 ft After one month in Quito, we boarded a bus at Quitumbe Bus Terminal, and bought a $2.30 ticket heading south, where 2.5… Read more →

A week in Mindo, Ecuador

Imagine a place where the electricity turns off randomly from 11 am – 2 pm, the rivers flow of chocolate, hummingbirds bring you honey, and unicorns run wild and free upon rainbows that pave the roads. O.k., it’s not that grand, but it has been a nice get-away from our get-away; and you can still find ice-cold beer from 11… Read more →

Hiking the Lloa to Mindo Trail in Ecuador

The plan was to take 2-3 days and hike the Lloa to Mindo trail, I had read about the hike but there was very little in the way of detail on what to expect. I’ve had plenty of experience doing 2-3 day hikes and so I made some assumptions. The biggest one being that this was just a hike. For the… Read more →

What do you pack for a trip around the world?

How do you pack for a round the world, multi-year trip? We don’t think there’s a definitive answer to this questions, but we’re going to tell you how we did it. To begin with we don’t really have an end game so we could be gone for a few months or a few years. We plan on doing a bit… Read more →

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