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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu

November 14, 2019 1 Comment »

Vilcabamba trek peru

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from blogger Mark Whitman. Mark has hiked all over the world and I asked him to write someone up on one of the harder hikes he’s done. He chose the Vilcabamba Trail to Machu Picchu – an alternative to […]

Northern Argentina and Chile Landscapes

February 22, 2018 4 Comments »

Northern Argentina Devils Desert

I always wondered how Patagonia became Patagonia. The historical answer is that Magellan in 1520 used the word patagón to describe the Indians of the region. But more than just the history, I wondered how this region became so popular among travelers. It’s a unique region that spans two countries and seems to maintain an […]

Luxurious adventures in the Atacama Desert

February 12, 2018 1 Comment »

atacama desert tours

I walked down the long stone walkway, full of anticipation. The landscape was barren and dry, and the building in front of me was simple and brown blending in like camouflage. I felt like a giddy child overflowing with excitement about what was to come. I opened the heavy wooden door and my whole world […]

Three Ways To Experience Chilean Wine in Santiago

February 6, 2018 7 Comments »

Santiago wine tours

As we drove into the city of Santiago from the airport my mouth was agape. Santiago wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I was expecting Buenos Aires or Lima, but what I saw in front of me was a modern, clean city surrounded by nearby mountain peaks. The Andes mountains were so close around […]

What to do in Cartagena Colombia

August 13, 2015 17 Comments »

things to do in Cartagena

Surprisingly this was my first trip to Colombia. I was eager to leave the cold December in NYC behind to land in hot, steamy Cartagena. The best part –  it was so simple – no super long flight, and no jetlag. Poof! A quick flight from Miami and I was transported to a new culture. […]

Travel By Sense at the Bazurto Market Cartagena

August 11, 2015 4 Comments »

Bazurto Market Cartagena

This is the stuff that is normally kept far away from most American’s eyesight; the carnage that happens before that lovely piece of prime rib or fish fillet ends up behind the glass in the grocery market case. The Bazurto market in Cartegena was a serious market, the kind where you get a glimpse into […]

Salsa Cartagena: These Hips Don’t Lie

August 6, 2015 3 Comments »

Colombian music culture

As I walked around the Old City, I watched a waitress move her hips to the beat and pump her arms up in the air for a moment as if everything else around her has disappeared. Cartagena Colombia is a symphony of sound more than any place I’ve ever been. The constant drumbeat you experience […]

Feeding the Masses in Puente Piedra

November 11, 2014 5 Comments »

lima market

Three times every day 50+ people sit down at wooden tables with colorful plastic plates piled high with food at Project Peru, the refuge my niece and I had been volunteering at outside of Lima for a week. I knew it was no easy process to put food on those plates every day, as kids […]

Building Homes in Las Laderas Peru

November 4, 2014 11 Comments »

Las Laderas

The hills of Las Laderas were brown and barren of trees, however they were dotted with little colorful cubes representing simple houses. Josue told me many of these houses built into the hills were filled with single mothers which immediately made my heart sink. The homes were very simple, some made of brick, some of […]

Project Peru

October 28, 2014 3 Comments »

volunteering in Lima

How do you find good, legitimate volunteering opportunities when you travel? I get this question all the time and like most things in life – it takes some work and some luck. When Megan said she wanted to spend some time volunteering abroad I was overjoyed. I was excited to do a volunteer project again […]

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