Vipassana Meditation in Calca, Peru – Michelle’s experience

During our hours and hours of reading through other traveler’s blogs before our trip started, we came across this 10 day Vipassana meditation course. It sounded extreme, of course, but like a very interesting thing to do on a trip like this. We knew little about it except that you cannot talk or communicate with [...]

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Machu Picchu and the Incredible Inkas, Part 2

If you haven´t already read Part 1, here it is. We met Juan-Carlos at the main square in Aguas Calientes at 4:00am with a few other members of our group – some opted to sleep in a little more and take the bus. The street vendors in Aguas Calientes really have things figured out: they’re [...]

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Machu Picchu and the Incredible Inkas, Part 1

Brace yourselves: this is going to be a long post! We have 4 days and 3 nights of jungle trekking to get through, ending with a full day exploring one of the most mind-blowing sites on Earth. Machu Picchu isn´t just profound to look at – it´s a symbol and product of some of the [...]

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Route 40 to Bariloche, Argentina

Our last night in El Bolson, we hung out with our roommates from our hostel who are from Argentina and had a blast. We mentioned that we were headed to Bariloche the next morning and they offered to give us a ride because it was on the way back home for them (Score! We saved [...]

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El Bolson: the Austin, Texas of Argentina

El Bolson ended up being one of our favorite stops on our trip. It´s a really small, cozy town in Argentina and known as the “hippie” central of the region. It has a laid back athmosphere and loads of people hanging out in the parks, playing guitar on the streets, and walking through the outdoor [...]

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Farewell friends, we are off to Vipassana meditation!

You may have noticed that we have fallen behind on the blog yet again! We got to Cusco, Peru about a week ago – it’s sort of the launching city for tourists who come see Machu Picchu. It is an amazing city full of narrow streets, many colorful crafts, beautiful people, houses sprawling up the [...]

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New Year’s Eve at the WWOOFing farm in El Bolson

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you all had awesome celebrations and wish you a wonderful year ahead! Being from the mid-west, I am used to New Year’s Eve happening in the dead of winter, so waking up to a gorgeous summer morning with sunny blue skies made it difficult to believe we were about [...]

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WWOOFing in Argentina: Chacra el Cielo

First of all, we want to wish everyone a happy new year – hope it’s off to a good start for you all! We rang in 2013 Argentinian style, which we’ll write about in the next post. For the past week, we’ve been working on a farm just outside of El Bolson, which is in [...]

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Torres del Paine W Trek: Revised

If you’re in Puerto Natales, Chile, it’s because you are going to Torres del Paine National Park. There are several ways to explore the park and many hostels have daily orientations to discuss the options and give suggestions for how to cope in the wild. We attended the orientation session at a hostel called Erratic [...]

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Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas everyone! We spent most of Christmas Eve on a 26 hour bus ride which arrived in El Bolson around 7:00 p.m. with a very groggy Ross & Michelle! Once we got to the hostel, we were happy to hear that there would be a holiday dinner – we just needed to bring something [...]

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