Danger Is Part Of The Package (Welcome To South America)

One of the questions that comes across my mind often is “Is _____ dangerous?” By “_____”, I’m thinking of a number of places in South America I haven’t been to yet. Specifically, these days I am thinking about Venezuela, a country which I have been …

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Dave’s Medellin Travel Guide: Essential Info All In One Place

The secret is getting out on Medellin. I’ve been blogging about it for nearly two years, and more and more travelers are coming here every day. If you’ve ever Googled “Medellin” you’ve probably come across Medellin Living. It’s easily the #1 Medellin website for English …

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Viva Colombia And To Hell With Ecuadorian Bus Rides

I really have come to dislike Latin America bus rides. It’s part of the most important thing I learned in 2012, and is based on the collected experiences I’ve had as a traveler in South America, especially in a number of experiences in Ecuador. Let …

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The Funny Thing That Happened To Me In Lima

After a passing a couple weeks in Arequipa and Cusco, I found myself in Lima the week before Christmas. I had been interested in Lima from a number of positive reports I had heard about the city. The food was supposed to be awesome, the …

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13 Tips For Handling Cusco And Machu Picchu

After some time in Arequipa, I took an overnight bus to Cusco Peru, near where the famed Machu Picchu lay in waiting. Normally, I don’t go for the tourist attractions, but Machu Picchu is a wonder of the world, and I tend to hit those …

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Why Arequipa Peru Is A Solid Choice For Liveability

After blitzing through Chile, I headed north through vast deserts into Peru. Arequipa was my first stop. I stopped there mainly because it was recommended by many other travelers that I’ve come across, including travel bloggers who have traveled all over South America. It was …

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Why I’m Beginning To Re-Think South America For Nomadic Entrepreneurs

I’ve traveled a bit through South America the past two years, but am re-considering it in light of a few general realizations. 1. Internet is too slow / unreliable for serious internet entrepreneurs. The last time I was in the USA, I went to a …

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The Incredible Power Of A Reference Point (Or, Why I Only Spent A Week In Chile)

A little while ago, I posted some quick notes on Chile, after staying there only about 7-10 days. What sometimes occurs after I publish a post like this was that a few people claimed I was making snap-judgements, and moving way too fast through countries …

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The Biggest Thing I Learned In 2012 (And Why You Should Take The Plane)

As we reached the 2013 new year, I was reflecting on what I learned in 2012. I feel like I learned a lot this year– particularly a lot about myself and what I am looking for as I traveled around South America (and am now …

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Quick Notes On Chile

So, after a rather quick encounter with Ms. Argentina, I blitzed through Chile to check things out on the ground. I ended up spending the majority of my time in Santiago, with stops in Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, and Arica. I had heard a lot …

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