South and Central America

Which Camino Should I Walk After Frances?

If you have walked the Camino Frances and dream of a repeat, it is certainly a viable option to walk Frances again. Why it is the best of the Caminos is explained at Why Frances Is The Best Camino. That said, if you are feeling a desire for something different, there are 17 alternative Caminos …

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Global Pilgrim House:

After 7 years of a home free existence traveling the globe and walking many pilgrimages, these restless feet have found a home. Why not in Muxia not far from the 0 Mile Marker of The Camino de Santiago. Our intention is to create “Global Pilgrim House” where we will adorn the walls with clusters of …

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The Galapagos Seymour Island

Last morning on The Galapagos. A beautiful sunrise viewed from top of our boat, San Jacinto. Then a walk on Seymour Island with scores of birds including blue footed Boobies and mating Frigate Birds with the males exhibiting their desires via their blown up red sacks. And of course just before boarding our Zodiac for …

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The Amazon Jungle; Preparing and cooking yucca bread

After a hearty breakfast we canoed 2 hours down river to Puente Bolivar to visit the village and experience a bit of jungle life. First a yucca bread making experience. Everything was done by hand, including; We pulled some yucca from the garden. Removed the outer shell with our hands. 2. Grated the yucca. 3. …

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Baños, Ecuador

Walking in the mountains above Baños. Returning to town we visited the hot springs. Alternating between the hot, very hot, and cold pools. Perfect after a long walk. Just like Japan. Then a visit to the market for fresh smoothies. First a spinach, carrot, avocado for rejuvenation. Second, a mango, banana, avocado just because it’s …

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Quilotoa Loop Trek-Day 4 Quiotoa Crater Walk

Departed for the crater walk at 8:30. This was a fairly tough walk as there were almost no flat spots on the circular trail following the ridge around the Lake. Even some scrambling in parts. Fortunately the hardest part was early walking counter clockwise as we ascended up to the peak of the crater at …

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Quilotoa Loop Trek-Chugchilan to Quilotoa Crater

We departed the Black Sheep Inn about 8 and descended  a few hundred meters down to the Rio Sigue. We had two options before reaching the river and took what we thought was the shorter path but found out later we had taken the “extreme” route to Quilotoa. 1,000 meter / 3,300 feet rise to …

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Quilotoa Loop Trek Days 2-5; Stuck in Isinlivi at Llullu (baby) Llama Inn

These long stays don’t happen too often on our long walks. But it’s a bit of paradise here and why not stay a few days. Llulu Lama is one of the finest Eco-Lodge experiences I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. There are numerous mountain day walks. Breakfast and dinner are included and excellent as well …

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Quilotoa Loop Trek: Day 1 Sighos to Isinlivi

 January, 2022. We departed Hostel Cafe Tiana in Latacunga in time to catch the 8AM bus to Sighos. About 2 hours later, in Sighos, we started the walk 11K walk, 600 meter ascent to Isinlivi. Sighos seemed like a nice small town nestled in the mountains surrounded by lush green hills and valleys. The main …

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Colombia; The Land of 400 Different Fruits.

On our first full day in Colombia we scheduled a tour with Bogota Bike Tours. One of the highlights of this highly recommended tour and wonderful introduction to Bogota and Colombia, was a stop at a local fruit market. Our tour guide, Mike, an ex-journalist from the USA, explained that there are over 400 varieties …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Columbia to Camino de Santiago

Columbia 2015 to Spain 2021 My French friends from Normandie are sailing to the Mediterranean for the summer. Our paths happened to merge in the coastal village of Muxia at the end of The Camino de Santiago as I was completing a pilgrimage. I first met Jean-Charles and Marie when we walked The Ciudad de …

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Ayahuasca Tea Ceremony-Colombia

i was having dinner at La Serrana Hostel after doing one of the most spectacular day hikes ever, Valle de Corcora in Salento, Columbia. I sat down to dinner and happened to pick a seat next to Yukon Mike from Dawson City, Canada. Mike is a 40 year old gold prospector looking to open a …

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD-Camino de Santiago to Panama

It has been 4 months since my last day on La Compestela de Santiago or known simply as The Camino,  finishing 51 days of walking in Valencia, Portugal just across the border from Tui, Spain. The Camino is a living spirit and it remains in my soul. I miss the nature, the rhythm of the …

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