Nazca Lines, Peru

The Nazca Lines are a series of pre-Colombian geoglyphs composed of over 300 different figures. The lines were etched into the desert sands, some as wide as 30 meters and as long as 9 kilometers. The windless and dry climate have preserved the lines to be seen today. They were created between 500 BC and … More Nazca Lines, Peru

Lima, Peru

The Barranco neighborhood is the hub of artists and writers, a hippie haven. The street art is incredible, with murals lining nearly every wall. One particularly meaningful mural shows two women’s faces on either side of a tunnel symbolizing support for the gay community. We visited a local natural medicine shop to learn about various … More Lima, Peru

Cartagena, Colombia

If Bogota is the fridge of Colombia, Cartagena is the oven. This Caribbean beachside town is toasty, vibrant, and full of street art. It is known for the walled city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colonial architecture and vivacious colors lend an overall joyful air to the city. Many pieces of street … More Cartagena, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Colombia as a whole, and specifically the city of Medellin, is known globally for narco trafficking and the violence associated with Pablo Escobar. The stigma surrounding the violence of the 1980s through the early 2000s has kept many tourists away from this beautiful country. Medellin is a stunning example of the power of hope and … More Medellin, Colombia

Salento, Colombia

Salento is a cute town near Cocora Valley. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made famous for the colorful architecture. Colombia is of course, well known for coffee. We couldn’t wait to nab a good latte! We walked up to the top of the nearby hill for a great lookout spot for the sunset. … More Salento, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

We had only a morning to explore Bogota since our flight landed so late the day prior. We went to Paloquemao Market, where we played games to find local fruits and barter with sellers. We tried a variety of new fruits, like pitaya, granadilla, and mamoncillo. The flower stalls at Paloquemao Market are plentiful and … More Bogota, Colombia

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jamaica was exactly the kind of rest week we needed. Because it is hurricane season, it rained every afternoon, which was the perfect excuse for daily naps. We had a few days to lounge on the beach, a couple of beautiful sunsets, and lots of reading time. These Jamaican patties are delicious! We tried one … More Montego Bay, Jamaica

Panama City, Panama

Panama City is aptly called “little Miami” with a dazzling skyline along the coast. Because it is the financial epicenter of Latin America, sky scrapers abound in the Financial District. The old quarter, or Casco Viejo, is easily walkable. It has a Havana vibe, with colorful colonial structures and narrow streets. While strolling along, we … More Panama City, Panama