I am now in Arequipa, recovering from a near-death experience (in which I wanted to kill myself) while hiking down and around the Colca Canyon, but more on that later. It is a parable that we all will benefit from. So. Lima. Every time I visit a new South American capital city, I am more… Continue reading Lima, Peru: Around the World in 60 Seconds
My cousin and I spent a great part of our mornings worrying about our digestive tracts these days. You see, although our best intentions were to leave Mancora the day after I wrote to you, the call of a bowl of Peruvian parihuela and a platter of ceviche was too strong to ignore. We wish… Continue reading A Case of Bad Ceviche: the North Coast of Peru
We made it to Peru one day earlier than planned. I´ll spare you the details, but we crossed what is touted by the guidebooks to be south america´s most dangerous border crossing like we were VIP´s. We left Cuenca in a mad rush, having found out that we had half an hour to catch a… Continue reading Mancora, Peru: Dead Animal Safari
Would you like to learn how to make your very own shrunken head? It might get you in prison, but if you want to learn, read on… I am now in Cuenca. I am lost for words to describe this city. Every corner is a surprise: a marvel of Spanish colonial architecture that feels like… Continue reading Ecuador: Shrunken heads, panama hats, and standing in the middle of the world
Now in Quito. Had a booking at a TERRIBLE hostel (Secret Garden Hostel) for $10 per person per night for a double room with a common loo (highly recommended by all the guidebooks) filled with noisy, rude people. I over heard one of them talk about how, “And I said, I´m not moving from here… Continue reading Quito: Quite a Delight
Are these updates becoming too frequent? I am now in stupendously beautiful Quito, having left Cali early this morning on a flight. It was a relaxing and enjoyable four days there. I didn´t salsa unfortunately, but spent four hours, one evening listening to several of Colombia´s best Afro-Colombian bands play at a stadium in the… Continue reading Colombia: Cali-ente!
I am now in Cali. Just a quick update – spent the last 4 days in the beautiful hills of the Eje Cafetero region. Manizales is a pretty university town set right on top of a hill, and surrounded by the cordilleras, with spectacular views of the Nevados del Ruiz, a craggy snow-covered mountain range… Continue reading Fun in Manizales