Trekking Salkantay to Machu Picchu (Without a Tent or Guide)

We may be a little crazy, but we decided to self trek Salkantay to Machu Picchu without bringing a tent.  No tour, no guide, no reservations.  We trekked for five days and were able to find guest houses and cheap local restaurants along the way, and saved hundreds of dollars in the process.  We’ve done all the work so now all you need to do is ditch the tour and get out there.

Colca Canyon Trekking: Complete How to Without a Guide

Colca Canyon offers multi-day trekking in one of the world’s deepest gorges.  Located in southern Peru, this area offers challenging hikes with many route options.  There is no need to book an expensive tour as this trek can be done cheaply and easily using this detailed planning guide.

Why Laguna 69 is the Most Underrated Hike in South America

Before traveling to Peru, the Cordillera Blanca mountain range wasn’t even on our radar.  But after completing the high altitude hike to Laguna 69 and seeing its glacier crowned electric blue waters, we can confirm that this is a hike which rivals even the most sought after routes in Patagonia like Torres del Paine.  Take a look at our photos and see why you need to add this area to your next South American adventure.

One Month Ecuador Itinerary: Hiking and Wildlife on a Budget

Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. Incredible Andean mountains, active volcanoes, Amazonian wilderness and rich sea life. Explore the country’s best hiking and wildlife on a budget with this adventurous one month Ecuador itinerary.

A Trekkers Guide to the Quilotoa Loop in Ecuador

The Quilotoa Loop is a multi-day trek through the Ecuadorian Andes, culminating at the incredible crater of Quilotoa Lake.  There is no need to book an expensive tour as this trek can be done cheaply and easily by using this detailed planning guide.

Hiking in Pululahua Crater, Ecuador

The hike down the laughably steep rim turned out to be the easy part.  Sliding down into an ancient volcanic crater should have been the worst, save for the climb back up, but bushwhacking through the cauldron had left us scraped and bruised.  Despite the theme of disappearing trails and thorn bushes, hiking in an orchid forest surrounded by the craggy caldera was an experience exceeding our expectations.

How to Day Hike Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

The ice and volcanic sand pelted our cheeks, creating a stinging reminder that we stood near the top of one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes.  The frozen drizzle, whipping wind and ankle deep gravel made hiking along the 40 degree slope tough to appreciate, despite the sweeping view of the valley and surrounding ridges.  Later, as we stood at the base of the towering cone, soaking up the sun with the clouds finally parted, the majestic glacier and vivid colors made up for the earlier pain.

Coffee and Hiking in Jardín, The Most Lovable Town in Colombia

You get used to seeing sombrero topped men draped in colorful woolen ponchos on the streets of Jardín.  They are typically relaxing on a corner sipping a locally grown coffee and enjoying a few hours away from the farm.  We spent several days in this mountain village during our month in Colombia, and it was amongst our favorite places to visit in the country.