South America

For the second part of summer 2017, we’re exploring the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Colombia and Aruba. Can’t wait to swim with marine iguanas and soak up the sun!

Time for a vacation! - August 7th, 2017 - August 2 – 7 On our last day in Bogotá we toured the Gold Museum and spent a little time buying souvenirs. Our flight left around 3 so we left town around 12 on a bus headed back up toward the airport. It definitely took a while, but we left Colombia with love for the … Continue reading Time for a vacation!
Tres días en Bogotá (pt 2)  - August 4th, 2017 - As promised…. The Trip to the Waterfall: A series of unfortunate events.  August 1 We woke up a little later than Ethan was planning but he figured it was ok. There were mini buses heading in the direction we wanted to go all day… or so we thought.  We had grabbed food for breakfast the … Continue reading Tres días en Bogotá (pt 2) 
Tres días en Bogotá (pt 1)  - August 3rd, 2017 - July 30 – Aug 2 Our first full day in Colombia’s capital city was spent making our way up to Monserrate, which is a church on a hill overlooking the city, wandering through the Sunday market and cheering on the local fútbol team.  We made the short trek from our AirBnB to the starting point … Continue reading Tres días en Bogotá (pt 1) 
Cartagena > Bogotá  - July 30th, 2017 - July 28 We wandered around Cartagena and got lunch after we checked out of our hotel. We got in a bit of an argument over the activities for the day that ended in a few tears but apologies were made and all is well. I think it’s getting to that point in the trip where … Continue reading Cartagena > Bogotá 
Cartagena. So hot right now. Cartagena.  - July 28th, 2017 - July 26 – 28 After 15 hours of misery on the bus, we got into the terminal and got on a local bus to town. We quickly realized we got on the wrong bus. Not that it was going the wrong way, but it was literally going 15 mph the whole way, stopping to see if … Continue reading Cartagena. So hot right now. Cartagena. 
Guatapé and Comuna 13 - July 28th, 2017 - July 24 – 25 On the 24th we got going early to head out of town to Guatapé. It’s a small town on a big lake that was created by the daming of a river. It’s a favorite spot for locals to escape the hustle of the city. We were going mainly to climb to … Continue reading Guatapé and Comuna 13
Calí & Medellín on foot… - July 24th, 2017 - Warning: long post ahead because the copy/paste function on this app sux.  July 22 We got a great nights sleep at our cute hotel and got up at 8 for breakfast. We didn’t have to check out until 1, so we headed out for a walking tour of the city. Our first stop was this … Continue reading Calí & Medellín on foot…
Quito to Calí - July 22nd, 2017 - July 20 – 21 Thursday morning we packed up and left our luxurious and very “USA” room at the Marriott. *sigh* Frustratingly, it was a perfectly clear day. Ethan was so mad we did the cable car the day before because he knew you could see the Cotopaxi volcano really well without the clouds. Arghhh! … Continue reading Quito to Calí
Thoughts on Ecuador + other things  - July 21st, 2017 - As we prepare to depart the lovely country of Ecuador I wanted to share some thoughts and reflections on our time here.  First of all, on every trip we take, whether it’s to Traverse City to visit our BFFs or to the many places in which our family live or halfway around the earth to … Continue reading Thoughts on Ecuador + other things 
Treat yo self 2017: Quito Edition - July 20th, 2017 - July 18  We woke up kinda early and packed up to head to the bus station. Our plan was to take the bus to the Cotopaxi volcano which is about 30 minutes up the road toward Quito. We wanted to get a hostel there and then go to Quito the next day. The weather wasn’t … Continue reading Treat yo self 2017: Quito Edition
Hiking the Quilotoa Loop - July 19th, 2017 - July 15 – 17 Saturday the 15th was a travel day from Baños to Isinlivi. We got up early to get the 7:20 bus from Baños to Latacunga. We arrived at 9:30 and had to find a hostel that would store our big bags while we hiked the loop for 3 days. The bus for … Continue reading Hiking the Quilotoa Loop
Xtreme Sportz in Baños - July 16th, 2017 - July 13 After a fabulous breakfast of pancakes and fruit we went to the tour agency to check out if they were going paragliding. They said it was likely going to be too windy, so we rented bikes instead. We were going to take a bus up to Casa Del Arbol (Tree House) where they … Continue reading Xtreme Sportz in Baños
Is this the tourist attraction?  - July 14th, 2017 - July 12 We packed up and headed out of our hostel fairly early. We grabbed a couple donuts to go for breakfast then headed across the street to the bus station where a bus was just about to leave for Baños. Lucky us!  We paid $2 each for the hour and a half long ride … Continue reading Is this the tourist attraction? 
16,404 ft  - July 13th, 2017 - July 10 – 11 The bus ride from Cuenca to Riobamba was 6 hours, but it felt like it was taking forever. When we bought the tickets we asked if the bus was direct and the guy said yes, but it made tons of stops and picked up random people on the side of the … Continue reading 16,404 ft 
Above the clouds in Cuenca  - July 11th, 2017 - July 9 – 10 We woke the next day feeling amazing from a great nights sleep in an actual bed with actual pillows. We had breakfast and then the four of us headed up to Cajas National Park in the mountains outside Cuenca. The Cuencan people are quite proud of this park since it’s where … Continue reading Above the clouds in Cuenca 
Galápagos > Quito > Cuenca  - July 10th, 2017 - July 7 – 8  The ferry left at 6, so we had to be at the dock at 5:30. The alarm rang at 5 and we quickly packed up and made the 10 minute walk to the dock. There, they checked our bags again and gave us little tags to wear that showed what boat … Continue reading Galápagos > Quito > Cuenca 
Sierra Negra y Volcán Chico - July 8th, 2017 - July 6  Our last day in the Galápagos! We were picked up at 7 in what they call a chiva – an open air bus of sorts. The chiva went around the town picking up the others in our group then we were off and headed to the interior of the island. It was raining … Continue reading Sierra Negra y Volcán Chico
Isla Isabela  - July 8th, 2017 - July 4 – 5 Happy Independence Day everyone!  Our ferry was supposed to leave Santa Cruz at 7am, but we didn’t actually get going until 7:45. It was like they had never loaded a bunch of people onto a boat before, even though they do it everyday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The ride was about 2 hrs and … Continue reading Isla Isabela 
Just Beachy - July 7th, 2017 - July 1 – 2  Once we got back into town we needed food. Ethan wanted local food and I really just wanted more pizza. He got his lunch special that I mentioned earlier and I got my pizza to go as we walked to our next destination. On the way we stopped at the dive … Continue reading Just Beachy
Getting to the Galapagos - July 1st, 2017 - June 29 – 30th Here we go! We spent the week doing laundry, reorganizing our stuff, cleaning out the car, doing dishes and catching up on precious sleep in our own bed. We also spent time with family and tried to relax a bit for our next crazy trip. Ethan’s sister, Emily, graciously offered (or … Continue reading Getting to the Galapagos