A new addition to the blog – quick hotel reviews. First up, W Santiago. May be an unfairly positive review, given it was an oasis in the desert of two months in hostels.
I’ll touch on Valparaiso when I finish my Chile country wrap up, but for now, enjoy a preview slideshow of my favorite street art.
Contrary to most I’ve met on the road, I loved La Paz and ended up spending quite a bit of time there. It was gritty, beautiful, freezing cold, always full of people, sometimes a total pain in the ass (like when the ATM ate my credit card for no reason), and definitely third world. But there was a charm and an intrigue to this harsh city. Read more
Brother Steven and Cousin Ben get bored, extremely fast. After they had a single day in the city of La Paz (with two day trip outings, golf and biking) they were ready to get out of town and suggested we head to the Amazon. I considered staying in La Paz in order to take a week or two of Spanish, but since we were going to be able to get back to La Paz by Sunday (tours typically are two nights), I figured I would join them and check out the rainforest. Read more
Note: This is a long post, and one of two, but the Galapagos were amazing and deserve it! Also, yes I am falling a bit behind at this point, I blame the lack of decent upload speeds and the past five days spent without internet in the jungle. More on that once I catch up.
Last wrap up from Colombia – the food. It was mostly fried, but quite good. Like everywhere in South America, had every fruit imaginable. We did a street food tour in Bogota that started it off right. We had some fantastic empanadas at a no-name stall, and learned about the various panes. If you are ever in Bogota, the one must do, Andres DC. Read more