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A Year In Review: 2016

By |2016-12-03T08:54:21-05:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Must-See, Off The Beaten Path, South America, Unique Experiences|Tags: |

It was a busy and rewarding year!! I covered a lot of ground, some of it old, but plenty of new. In 2016, I traveled to eleven new countries; including: Cuba, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Iran, Bulgaria, Iraq, Eritrea, Honduras, and Guatemala. This brought my country count to 103. A great feeling to finally have crossed [...]

A Year In Review: 2015

By |2015-12-15T13:13:47-05:00December 7th, 2015|Categories: Advice, Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America|Tags: |

A Year In Review: 2015.  It was a busy and rewarding year!! I covered a lot of ground on four different continents, some of it old, but plenty of new. In 2015, I traveled to ten new countries; including: Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama, Romania, and Moldova. This brought my [...]

Plaza de Armas – A Must-See

By |2015-10-12T05:01:55-05:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: Must-See, South America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Plaza de Armas - a must-see. Plaza de Armas roots can be traced to the Spanish King, Charles I. Plaza de Armas is the heart of Lima, the capitol of Peru. In 1535, the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, founded the New World’s capitol, originally known as Ciudad de los Reyes. When creating the city plan he [...]

What You Will See In The Peruvian Amazon

By |2015-09-26T00:01:15-05:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: Off The Beaten Path, Photos, South America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Vast.  Remote.  Infinity.  The Peruvian Amazon is an incredibly biologically diverse area.  There are more bird species in the Amazon than anywhere else in the world.  It is the size of California yet only 1.5 million people live there.  While the wildlife is abundant in the Amazon, it does not smack you in the face like [...]

Aqua Expeditions: 5 Stars On The Amazon

By |2015-09-26T00:03:10-05:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: South America, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Aqua Expeditions: 5 Stars On The Amazon.  One does not often associate the Amazon River with non-stop luxury, but I experienced 7 nights of unadulterated extravagance on Aqua Expedition’s Aria. The Aria is an ultra-luxury river boat cruise that holds 32 guests. I was fortunate enough to be one. And this is an incredible way to [...]

Seven Things To Do In Iquitos

By |2015-09-26T00:05:54-05:00September 4th, 2015|Categories: Off The Beaten Path, South America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Seven Things To Do In Iquitos.  It is the world’s largest landlocked city in the world. It is a needle in the Peruvian Amazon haystack. There is no road or highway that leads to Iquitos. This port city is located over 2,000 miles upriver on the Amazon River from the Atlantic Ocean. Iquitos is only reachable [...]

Photos From Belan, Iquitos

By |2017-08-06T12:26:39-05:00September 4th, 2015|Categories: Off The Beaten Path, Photos, South America|Tags: , , , , , , |

Photos From Belan, Iquitos.  It is gritty. At 9 am, the locals are gathered in the neighborhood bar swilling moonshine. On the street dozens meander around giant stacks of plantains, searching for the best buy. The sky is a gloomy grey and the humidity hovers over the dense neighborhood.  Mototaxis prowl the dirty, chewed up streets. [...]

The Best International Rallies

By |2015-05-25T23:21:58-05:00April 20th, 2015|Categories: Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Unique Experiences|

This is a continuation of the article on Yahoo Travel on the international rally - A Crazy New Kind of Amazing Race: International Car Rallies. Picture the scene. You have been driving for over 15 hours. The monsoons are thundering down. You and your friend are in an auto-rickshaw, laboring along an ink-dark road in the [...]