South America

Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 13th, 2013

Last week I showed off a boat tour in Bariloche that you can take to explore the lakes  in the area.  One of the stops on the trip shows off this innocuous cabin in the woods. Does it look familiar? It might. Apparently Walt Disney traveled to Bariloche. Upon seeing this cabin, the locals claim [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 6th, 2013

Bariloche is a favorite spot in Argentina whether it’s in the summer or winter. Blessed with mountains and lakes, it’s an adventure lovers paradise. I spent a month here during my break skiing, one of my goals during my career break. On one of my days off, I took a long boat trip on the [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 29th, 2013

Quito may be best known for lying on the equator. But, there’s an even more important data point for you to know – it’s altitude. At 9350 feet / 1800 meters above sea level, you will feel how thin the air is. And, as high as that is, you can get even higher. The Pinchincha [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 15th, 2013

Monserrate is one of the most iconic tourist sites in Bogotá. The mountaintop sits high atop the already sky-high city that can impact anyone altitude challenged. Bogotá sits at 2600 meters/8530 feet above sea level, while Monserrate sits at 3150 meters/10,300 feet. Once you ride up on the gondola or funincular, you’re treated to the views [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 8th, 2013

Sailing down the protected waters of the southern Chilean coast in Patagonia is about a sublime experience as you can get in travel. You can see parts of the world practically inaccessible to humans. The Navimag company provides the service whose main role is to shuttle cargo between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales and a [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 27th, 2013

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I love Patagonia and I love the Navimag ferry. Once you dock you have time to mill around on the deck and take in the scenery. Just off the shore of Puerto Montt (the city where you board the ferry) is a small [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 20th, 2013

There’s no denying that Brazil is hot right now. A strong, growing economy, the upcoming FIFA World Cup the food, the people, the accent…what’s not to love? While in Rio I spent a few hours at the Botanical Gardens. It’s a great setting with a mix of manicured, well-protected orchids to these sorts of overgrown [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 13th, 2013

One of my goals on my career break was to learn how to ski. Given that I was going to spend a lot of time in Argentina, I headed to Bariloche to ski for about three weeks. I signed up for week-long lessons and then I was on my own. Almost every day for 3 [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: August 23rd, 2013

Machu Picchu in Peru opens early. For those like me not hiking the Inca Trail an early morning bus at 5AM takes you up the steep mountain to the entrance. The ticket line seems long but it moved quickly. Entering the grounds was aided by the path, a necessary aide given the thick cover of [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: May 10th, 2013

So, I recently found out that Eva Peron and I share a birthday. And oddly, the day of her death falls on my mom’s birthday. As an icon in Argentina who is still remembered and revered, I wanted to put this Suh-Weet Shot up of her mausoleum entrance around a significant date in her life. [...]

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