Costa Rica: Monteverde

When you saw us last, we were leaving La Fortuna and heading up to the cloud forest. But it was a long journey and we really needed sustenance. There weren’t…

Costa Rica: La Paz and La Fortuna

I was pretty nervous when we got on the plane headed to Panama. No, not a secret fear of flying (although I do have that). This was terror because it…

Peru: If you go…

I wanted to share a few thoughts for others who might be tackling this trip soon. Things I wish I had known, or things we figured out that I thought…

Peru: Ollantaytambo

When we arrived back to the train station, we found that the tour company had sent a taxi instead of a minibus. We ended up having a great chat with…

Peru: Machu Picchu

So this is the post you’ve been waiting for. And of course it was the main highlight of our trip. Everyone will tell you this, and it’s true: you know…

Peru: Sacsayhuamán

You can’t tell it from the ground, but there are actually a lot of ruins right by Cusco. The closest is just a 20-minute walk from the main plaza. It’s…

Peru: Pisac

We expected to be so sick from altitude or accidentally drinking water or jet lag or something, and so it was a surprise when we covered a lot of Cusco…

Peru: Cusco

We got a lot of advice about arriving in Cusco. Most of it revolved around avoiding – or actually dealing with – altitude sickness. There seems to be a lot…

Peru: Lima

We didn’t arrive in Lima under ideal circumstances. We should have arrived at 9pm, taken a cab, maybe had some dinner, and settled in for a nice sleep, fresh in…

Costa Rica: May 23, San Jose

We got into San Jose in the evening and followed the guidebook’s recommendation of a little Argentinean place for dinner. Terrific steak and a nice house wine. I wasn’t very…

Costa Rica: Saturday & Sunday: Monteverde

More good hotel luck: Hotel Montaña. Here’s the view from the little patio off our room (yes, we threw bits of granola bar onto it trying to attract birds). We…

Costa Rica: Thursday, May 19 (Arenal)

We had what seemed like a fairly long drive from Poaz to our next stop, the Arenal area. The road wound through hills and towns of varying sizes, but the…