Category Archives: South America

Emails from Abroad #16: Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

The final travel email before finally starting The Mochilera Diaries.  Maybe meeting the lovely Alex from Alex in Wanderland was the final push I needed!  Written from Cusco, Peru, December 15th, 2013. “I knew you were all dying to know what … Continue reading

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Cusco, Peru: A Foodie’s Paradise

Peru is well-known for having some of the best food in all of South America, and the high-altitude city of Cusco is no exception. The city is overflowing with superb dining options, and it’s certainly not limited to traditional Peruvian cuisine. Don’t … Continue reading

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Climbing Venezuela’s Mount Roraima – Part 2

When we left off in Part 1, our group of five along with our guides Jose and Roni, had just summited Mount Roraima after a grueling battle with the Trail of Tears on day 3 of our 6-day trek.  We … Continue reading

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Climbing Venezuela’s Mount Roraima – Part 1

In August of 2013, upon completing four weeks of a volunteer placement with La Fundacion Aldeas de Paz in Santa Elena de Uairen, Venezuela, I was presented with a unique opportunity to visit one of the country’s most famous natural … Continue reading

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Venezuelan Arepas

This recipe for arepas venezolanas is one I picked up during the month I volunteered with La Fundación Aldeas de Paz in Santa Elena de Uairén, Venezuela, which lies on the southern border near Brazil. Arepas are savory corn pancakes; … Continue reading

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With A Grain Of Salt

Before I set out on my journey to Latin America last July, I was armed with some vague ideas of how it would progress–i.e. where I would begin, which countries and cities I would visit, and what I wanted to … Continue reading

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Buenos Aires: A City That Aims To Please

Every traveler has a unique style they employ when exploring a new part of the world.  There are the DIY travelers–the ones who prefer getting to know a city without the help of guided tours or activities–perhaps on foot, local … Continue reading

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