Couchsurfing With Llamas and Goat

I have to admit that I hit the ‘Couchsurf with me’ button as soon as I saw that they keep llamas at the place we were looking to couchsurf in Quito.

“Llamas?! How cool! How… South American!” I squealed with delight.

Visions of ourselves frolicking on top of llamas in high Andean meadows quickly came to mind.

Learning to Appreciate Galapagos

What are the images you see in your mind when you think of Galapagos? Tortoises? Lizards?

For me, it’s finches. Finches from a poster my third-grade Biology teacher put up on the blackboard of all the different finches that can be found on the islands. You know, Darwin’s famous finches?

Finches. Birds. Small birds at that. I’m not a small bird person. I guess safe to say I’m not a bird person at all.

The Desire to See Everything

Jack and Jill at Valle de Cocora

First time Jack and I went on a trip together, we did 6 countries in 6 weeks. We were young and filled with youthful optimism and energy. We can see everything there is to see if only we move faster.

Faster, faster, faster.

If we had been going at the speed of that trip we took years ago we would’ve been in Argentina on our way to Africa right now. Instead, here we are trying to stay warm in chilly northern Ecuador.

The Wonderful Things We Love About Salento

The wax palms of Valle de Cocora

We stayed in Salento for 10 days, much longer than any other place we went to in Colombia. Salento didn’t really have a cute plaza where you can hang out (unlike Jardín), nor did it have the prettiest houses (that’s Guatapé). But we ended up staying much longer than we expected for other reasons.

Escaping the Time Warp in Jardín

There is something about Jardín that makes you feel like you’ve entered a time capsule and transported back to a non-descript time in the past. A time when people did nothing much other than hanging out on the main plaza and drinking coffee or tea – was there ever such a time?

Beautiful Valle de Cocora – A Photo Collection

The wax palms of Valle de Cocora

You might think, ‘Palm trees? I’ve seen enough palm trees to last me my lifetime.’

Well, that’s what we thought too. But Valle de Cocora still managed to impress these palm-tree hardened hearts. The photos don’t do this place justice.