Big Trip Summary & Statistics: ONE YEAR

One Year
Wow. 1 year. 52 weeks. 365 days. 525,600 minutesssss (cue Rent song…). January 8th, 2016 marks exactly one year since Mac & I left the Great White North for Managua, Nicaragua and since then we’ve seen & done some pretty cool things. Here are some stats I put together to recap our year of travel!
By the Numbers
Number of Continents: 3 – North & South America, Oceania

Number of Countries: 9 – Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, […]

Six Months of Travel – A Recap

It’s hard to believe that Mac and I have been traveling for half a year now! Since we left Canada on a cold & snowy day in the beginning of January, we’ve seen & done a LOT! I thought it’d be fun to recap our six months of travel thus far and to see what’s changed since we started!
Numbers Breakdown
Continents: 2 – North & South America

Countries: 7 – Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, […]

Tips for Taking Overnight Buses in Peru

Prior to traveling, the thought of taking overnight buses was often met with fear & anxiety. Everyone’s heard the horror stories of buses falling off cliffs, nasty things happening with not so awesome drivers and the like. After comparing the cost of overnight buses to flying however, penny pinching won out in the end and Mac & I have been overnight bus aficionados ever since! Our first overnight bus was in Colombia from Bogota to […]

By |July 19th, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Vegan Eating in Colombia

Minca; Bogota; Cali; & San Agustin, Colombia
Before heading into our trip, I was mildly curious about what vegan options would be available at restaurants. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and that I’d have to compromise at times, but in some countries I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the number of vegetarians & vegan restaurants available! Colombia was one of those countries. Vegan eating in Colombia wasn’t that hard – especially considering the abundance of vegetarian/vegan […]

By |July 12th, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Flying with VivaColombia

Most travelers are familiar with EasyJet or RyanAir – the budget airlines in Europe offering flights for sometimes less than 10 euros. Colombia has a similar airline – VivaColombia – offering budget flights to most domestic airports in the country, and it’s just started offering international flights! Travelers can now go from either Medellin or Bogota, Colombia to Panama City, Panama; Quito, Ecuador; and Lima, Peru. Both the domestic and international flights are a huge […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Big Trip Summary & Statistics: Month #4

I’m a little late posting this, seeing as how Mac and I are more than three-quarters of the way through our fifth month, but better late than never!

Numbers Breakdown
Number of Countries: 3 – Colombia, Ecuador & Peru

Number of Cities/Regions: 12 – Minca, Bogota, Cali, San Agustin, Mocoa, Lago Agrio, Cuyabeno Jungle, Banos, Puerto Lopez, Salinas, Machala, Mancora

Number of Beds Slept In: 14 (Including 2 overnight buses!)

Number of Borders Crossed: 2

Number of Snakes Seen: 3 – […]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Ecuador, Monthly Statistics, Peru, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

Southern Colombia

Cali & Mocoa, Colombia
After Bogota, Mac and I weren’t really sure how we wanted to spend the remainder of our time in Colombia. We knew we had to work our way south to Ecuador, so the natural option was to go to Cali. We took our first overnight bus from Bogota to Cali (9.5 hours!) and stayed in the city for 2 nights. Known for being the salsa capital of the world, we did indulge […]

By |May 4th, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Travel|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to get from Mocoa, Colombia to Ecuador {Lago Agrio Border Crossing}

Mocoa, Colombia
There are two border crossings from Colombia to Ecuador. The main one is Ipiales, Colombia to Tulcan, Ecuador. Ipiales is 2 hours south of Pasto, which is about 5 hours south of Popayan. Quito, Ecuador is another 4.5 hours from Tulcan. This crossing is the more popular of the two and is known for being quite safe and reliable.

When Mac and I found ourselves in Mocoa, we learned of another border crossing. Just 5 […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Ecuador, Travel|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments