The Rest of Colombia

After salsa life in Cali I went to relax in Salento. Salento is a coffee region of Colombia, but also a home to Colombia’s national tree – the funny looking high palm. Valle de Cocora at EveryTrail My first night there I was welcomed by hundreds of lightning beetles. Quite similar to Nicaraguan experience earlier [...]

The Capital of Salsa

Forget Cuba. Cali or Santiago de Cali is the true capital of salsa. Once I found the salsa hostel in Cali (Jovita’s) I started taking salsa classes and dancing. The day schedule was totaly different from whatever I had experienced before on this trip. Sleep all morning. Group salsa lesson in the early afternoon, individual [...]

Ecuatorianamente Refrescante

After Chimborazo I went directly to Baños. I could not wait to get to the hot springs for some rapid regeneration. The springs open at 6pm, so everybody is advised to arrive just at that time so that the water is still clean and the place not overcrowded. This means it does not work, because [...]

Highest Mountain of the World

Chimborazo is the highest mountain of the world. Well, sort of. The highest mountain of the world messured from the sea level is of course Mount Everest. But messured from the Earth center, it is Chimborazo, because the Earth is not a perfect sphere. For completeness, there is also the tallest mountain of the world [...]

South Ecuador

On the Peru-Ecuador border I fell in a classic tourist scam. A taxi driver claimed I have to get the exit stamp before going on bus. I did not believe, so we went to ask a “policeman” who was actually a private security guy and he confirmed the story. They said I need an exit [...]

North Perú

I was feeling like I’m running out of time already. You know, only 3 months left and so much to do. So I searched for flight deals to speed up my jurney. I found a really good deal – 66USD including everything from Lima to Piura, that is about 1000km or about 15hours on bus. [...]

From Ica to Lima

After Nazca I was not sure if stopping in Gringo oasis of Huacachina is worth the trouble. I did and retrospectively I must admit skipping this would be a huge mistake. Huacachina is only 5min taxi from Ica downtown. But worlds apart. I arrived at 2pm to hostel Desert Nights, booked a desert tour for [...]

Nazca

Lonely Planet about Nazca: And indeed this sun-bleached expanse was largely ignored by the outside world until 1939, when North American scientist Paul Kosok flew across the desert and noticed a series of extensive lines and figures etched below. Today Nazca is all about Nazca Lines. Where to sleep? There is a very luxurious Hotel [...]