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Ten days in and I’m totally loving Panama. We’ve stayed true to our decision to take things slow, and stayed in the capital for over a week. Damn I love that city! We only just tore ourselves away to make our way back to the beach, stopping for a night in the jungle of El Valle…

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Despite the seven destinations on the itinerary, Month 30 felt like a laid-back breeze compared to the one before it. That probably has to do with the fact that two out of the four weeks were spent in places I’d already been once before, which released me from any pressure to sightsee or play tourist. This…

Diving Peru

Diving in Peru? It might not be one of the first adventure you associate with the country (the Inca Trail just steals all the thunder, doesn’t it?) but we’d soon discover it was an unexpectedly impressive one. Originally we had attempted to dive in Lima, tempted by the offshore sea lion colonies. But the prices were…

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Alternative Title: Am I a Superficial Traveler? When I posted the results of my reader survey, there were a few topics that were simply too complicated to address in a sentence or two. One of them was this. A few commenters were a tad critical of the level of cultural immersion I’ve managed in my travels…

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Don’t worry, I’m not going to draw this one out. The magic of Mancora, quite simply, was that we stayed put there for ten entire days. Mancora is so far north in Peru it’s practically making out with Ecuador, and many travelers use it as a short stop to break up the overland journey between the…

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Greetings from Panama City! We’ve only been here for three days but I am already feeling completely recharged by the tropics. I’ve always loved the energy in Central America, and I’ve found it yet again here in Panama. I’m waking up smiling again — I don’t know if it was our change in location, my re-commitment…

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