One Day in Mt. Rainier…

I had one day to explore during my stay in Tacoma. I knew Mt. Rainier National Park was my ideal spot to hang out, but with a two-hour drive, I wasn’t sure it was feasible. What did I have to lose? I signed up with ZipCar and picked up the car at 7 a.m. from…

Top 3 Destinations in Chile Sur

PUERTO VARAS I took the four-day, three-night Navimag ferry from Puerto Natales in the heart of Patagonia north to the coastal town of Puerto Montt. The destination city isn’t known for much, but worth a walk around if you have the time between busses. A new friend from the ferry, Leon, and I walked over…

Life on Chiloé: Mariscos, Ciruelas y Pan

I split firewood with an axe, tore down a wire fence, ripped potatoes from their homes and fed pigs as they squealed. Working meant eating plums, apples, strawberries, blackberries and oysters right off the land. I learned how to make marmalade and awoke to the rooster’s crow. My two weeks at Al Norte del Sur…

Hello, Patagonia: El Calafate & El Chalten, Argentina

Welcome to true Patagonia. These two southern Argentinian towns are often mixed up when in the planning stages. A short three hours apart, both offer expeditions, glaciers and incredible scenery. But a little tip? El Calafate is worth a one-night-stopover to see the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno glacier, while the real adventure lies in El Chalten….

Endless Hiking Around Bariloche

I had a week-full of afternoons to explore, hike and relax. Bariloche offers a plethora of both short and long hiking options—a prime reason for making the area a home base for a bit. Working in a hostel gave me access to all the information I needed, but I used trekbariloche.com for the majority of…

Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight

I had just reentered the world of solo travel. I spent a week with Matt and Anna exploring Buenos Aires and the Cordoba region and my parents’ 10-day trip had come and gone. I should have taken the first mishap as a sign. Matt and I said our goodbyes to Anna and we headed to…

Words from Mom: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

To be a guest on someone else’s journey… Coming to Buenos Aires, Argentina to see our one and only child was an easy decision for a holiday vacation. Adding another country was a bonus! We were able to visit her in country #3 of her seven month, seven-country journey and then join her on the…

Wandering Around the Córdoba Province

I landed in Buenos Aires on a Sunday evening. A friend from high school was staying in the city with his aunt and uncle and so graciously picked me up, mate (find out more about this super cool tradition here) in hand. The next 48 hours with Matt included a bit of sightseeing, broken conversations…

Falling in Love Isn’t Always Easy

If you’ve talked to me since I landed in Argentina, you might have heard the words “westernized,” “developed,” and even the occasional “disappointing.” While I’ve been told (and hate to admit) that I generally lean on the pessimistic side, I can’t help but frown at the English conversations, lack of surprises and level of comfort…

Hiking the Quilotoa Loop

Sigchos – Insinlivi – Chugchilan – Quilotoa Total distance: 21.5 miles Total ascent: 7,059 ft. Maximum elevation: 12,777 ft. My last week in Ecuador brought me new “adopted parents,” insight into new muscles, numerous daylong pets and a greater awareness into life in the Ecuadorian Andes. During my last few days on the coast, I…

A Weekend in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

I broke this weekend trip up into steps. I’m nearly 90% sure that staying at a Workaway for two weeks, with an American family, speaking English put me back in my comfortable little bubble—making it difficult to get back into the explorer mindset. But an internal conversation and a few texts from Mom later, I…

Ecuador: North to South

After crossing the border with Colombia, I’ve been working my way down south and am now in Vilcabamba—a short five hours from Peru. Each and every one of these cities deserves its own post, but here’s a culmination of my time in Ecuador thus far: Otavalo: I went straight to Otavalo after crossing the border….