How to Keep Cool in Cartagena

I thought that two weeks in Cartagena would have my body used to the heat, yet even on that 14th morning as I stepped into the sunbaked hostel courtyard; the hot blast of air had me instinctively scrambling back into the air conditioned dorm. No, I’d never get used to the heat. I was not […]

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How to be a Tourist in Capurgana and Sapzurro

Accessible only by boat and plane, Capurgana and Sapzurro lie along Colombia’s Carribean coast, fenced by the dense jungle of the guerilla-ridden Darien Gap. Until a guerilla attack on the town in 1999, a tiny airstrip in Cartagena kept both tourists and illicit substances coming and going during the last two decades of the 20th […]

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The Cartagena to Capurgana Survival Guide

Solemnly heed the warnings of all horror stories regarding the journey from Cartagena to the isolated jungle town of Capurgana. The hellish voyage involves manifold buses and a torturous 2.5 hour boat ride in which your spinal vertebras will misalign and your ribs will crush into each other. If your experience superior to what I […]

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Four Fantastic Days in Bogota

I tried to hold no expectations for Bogota; online reviews did not put it on my “must see” list, nor on my “don’t go there” list. I only planned two days in the capital city, not wanting to base my first impression of Colombia upon a mass of bland concrete sprawl, crawling with bandits and […]

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20 Beautiful Reasons To Visit India

  1.   Temples Like this one overlooking the Ganges in the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh.     2. Bookstores Where rooms the size of a walk-in closet have a wider selection than Barnes and Nobles.   3. Monkeys That are cool until they break into the guest house and steal your bags.       […]

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Finding Meaning in Managua

As with San Jose, Costa Rica, the general online consensus is to skip Managua; Given the scarcity of time, one must allocate this precious resource to more worthwhile attractions, such as Granada and volcano boarding. I visited Nicaragua for the first time while on a visa run, chaperoned by my psychotic German principal from my […]

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Camping on Isla Zapatilla

The heat and rotting food and lack of water on the fifth day of the Isla Bastimentos power outage overpowered our island- born laziness, prompting us take a few days off of hostel work in exchange for a trip to Isla Zapatilla, one of the smallest additions to the Bocas del Toro archipelago. We heard […]

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