Something other than Quito

I had two nights to spend in Quito between Bogota and The Galapagos. Quito airport isn’t exactly near Quito (think about a 30-45 minute drive) and I had some friends that were renting a car and traveling to some other cities Ecuador has to offer so I decided to tag along with them. I stayed…

I’m back on another adventure!

I know I have been MIA for a few, but I do have to work to fund these travels. But, I am back at it again for a few month trip to South America and Europe! It all started with a new backpack and a drop off at SFO for what should have been an easy…

Valparaíso through grafitti

Valparaíso is considered the cultural capital of Chile. One step on the street and you immediately see the vibrant colors of houses plastered with street art. Many street artists are formally trained in some sort of art degree and can skip the phases of tagging and bombing and go straight to street art. Valparíso is known…

My first stop in Chile…Santiago

There are some cities you travel to and it becomes more about the people and the hostel rather than the city itself. This is exactly what happened when I went to Santiago, Chile.  I stayed at La Chimba Hostel in Barrio Bellavista and immediately fell in love. The atmosphere was amazing and the staff was…

Vines of Mendoza. Otherwise known as heaven

The Vines of Mendoza is a resort located about 1.5 hours north of Mendoza in Uco Valley. The resort sits on over 2000 acres of vineyards. Yes, 2000! I have never seen so many vineyards on one plot of land.   This was another place I was able to experience with my parents and just…

Cafayate for the day

Sometimes it is about the journey more than the destination. This is absolutely true for the trip to Cafayate from Salta. The drive is about 3-4 hours and takes you through an amazing section of the Andes. After the experience my parents had with our tour to Salinas Grandes, they opted to hire a driver…

A very long day tour of Salta

I love exploring places on my own and I try to avoid group tours. But the area surrounding Salta is huge and has a ton to see and renting a car was just not something I wanted to do. I booked a day tour through a company called Argentina4u. The description of the tour does…

It takes two to Tango

Argentina is known for quite a few things and one of them is the Tango! Rather you are walking down Florida Street, browsing the Sunday Market in San Telmo, touring La Boca or seeing a show, Tango is everywhere. We chose to have dinner and see a show at Cafe de Los Angelitos. Dinner was…

The best meal I have eaten in Argentina

Part of traveling is eating and discovering new restaurants. On a backpackers budget, those restaurants aren’t always within reach. However, when your parents come to visit, it is time to get a little spoiled. My step dad read about iLatina somewhere and had sent me the link a while back. I would have treated myself…

Uruguay for the day

I took my parents over to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay for the day from Buenos Aires. We booked through SeaCat Colonia because it is the same ferry as Buquebus for way less money. Apparently Buquebus bought SeaCat but still has both names. Upon arriving to Colonia we looked at taking the hop on hop…