The Amazonian City of Iquitos, Peru

When we first arrived in Iquitos, we were amazed at how...jungle, it was. Despite being called, "The Gateway to the Amazon", we imagined it being a point of access and nothing more. Or a large city removed from the jungle it led to. When we first arrived, we had seen the giant snaking river from the plane for almost an hour before we landed. When we did land, it was after near clipping the tops…

Our Adventure in the Amazon: Day 3

Because of the day two rainstorm, we had to do another 5am morning to have time for everything on our last day. So for the second time we rowed out into the misty morning as daylight slowly broke through. Our first stop would be a pond with giant aquatic plants (aka big lily pads) in a nearby riverside village. Our guide had told us yesterday that it was the village his family moved to after his…

Our Adventure in the Amazon: Day 2

After sleeping to the sound of pounding jungle rain on our roof, we woke to find a very wet but bright Amazon morning. The rain had stopped so we pulled ourselves out of our mosquito net and into our canoe at 5am for our morning boat ride. Our guide rowed us across the glassy Yanayacu river our lodge rested on and we listened to millions of birds starting to stir in the trees around us.  …

Our Adventure in the Amazon: Day 1

We started our Amazonian adventure in Iquitos city, "the gateway to the Amazon", in one of the old wooden school buses you see all over that look like old fashion cable cars that have come off the cable. I was dressed as much like Indiana Jones as I could get away with and every bit of the morning felt like an important part of our giant last Peruvian adventure (for now, at least). We had saved…

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro

The recent host city of 2014 World Cup games and the future 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is all people have been talking about, and with good reason. The city looks even better than those screen-saver-worthy photos, and lives up to every bit of it’s lively, vibrant reputation. Rio is the tropical paradise of samba and beaches that they say, but it’s also a city of striking natural…

10 Different Peru Itineraries for Every Type of Traveller

Going to Peru, are you? We've already told you where we think you should go, so all that's left is telling you how to do it. With a lot of thought and input from our travels around Peru, we've created the perfect Peru itinerary: meaning, we've created several of them, based on the time you have and what you're interested in. So, no matter who you are or what you're into, there is a Peru…

Where to Go in Peru (Hint: It’s not only Machu Picchu…)

Yes, Peru is home to Machu Picchu. Bucket list topper, profile picture backdrop, Wonder of the World. We get it, it's a dream, and there's no shame in admitting you know Peru as "the place where Machu Picchu is". But Machu Picchu is only one of about a hundred incredible destinations in this Andean country, and we're here to show you just a handful of them that warrant as much (if not more)…

The Ultimate Machu Picchu Packing List

Machu Picchu is one of those highly-anticipated trips that everyone wants to plan perfectly for, and packing is a huge part of that. In a dream world, someone would just tell you exactly what to bring and that would be the end of it...Based on our experiences traveling by train and trekking, we offer you our resulting Machu Picchu Packing List so there can be less stress and more selfies with…

Two Thousand Fifteen

Two thousand and fifteen...what a YEAR. The wildest part is that this is our second New Year's post, so we've been at this for over one calendar year. Last year we spent New Year's Eve on the beach in Punta Hermosa, Peru, and this year we're ringing in the holiday from the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. That alone is a good one sentence recap of our year. But we're hardly that concise. Last New…

Brazilian Superfood: The Anatomy Of An Acai Bowl

Brazilian Superfood: The Anatomy Of An Acai Bowl When you've spent time in a foreign place, long or short, there are always certain tastes, sounds and smells that will take you back there in a second. You can't help it, it's a type of physical nostalgia that never really lets you forget a place. Acai is the taste that brings everyone back to Rio de Janeiro in seconds. On every corner of the…

A Guide to Exploring the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

  Favela, Portuguese for "slum", is a word you've probably heard often whenever in or talking about Rio. Famous from movies such as City of God and Elite Squad, tourists have many preconceptions about these areas and either avoid them or are determined to explore them. In the past few years, police have entered and "pacified" many of the favelas around the main tourist areas of the city, so…

Stopping by Santiago, Chile

After driving along the rocky ocean cost of Northern Chile from Tacna, Peru, we finally made it into Santiago. We only had the day to spend and our bus was late arriving, so we dropped our luggage at the bus terminal, showered, and set out to explore. Trying to make sense of the money we had changed back in Arica was a little more than our very tired minds could handle- these Chilean pesos have a…

The Best Bars of Lima: For Locals and Travelers Alike

If you're making a stop in Lima on your trip to Peru (which we definitely think you should), you need to embrace the perks of being in a major city that you won't find anywhere else the country: and knowing where to go out in Lima will help you do this. Lima has really come into it's own in the last few years, and in addition to hosting many world-class restaurants it's now home to some amazing…