Category Archives: Latin America

Other-Worldly Sand Dune, Punta Gallinas, Colombia (Photo of the Day)

Taroa Beach Sand Dune, Punta Gallinas, Colombia

This sand dune at Taroa Beach in Punta Gallinas, Colombia, really blew my mind. It is so breathtaking and other-worldly that I just stood there for a few minutes when I first saw it. Then, like my fellow travelers, I took a few steps and left my footprints behind… Shortly thereafter, they began to vanish…

Surreal Wax Palm Trees Against Dramatic Sky, Cocora Valley, Colombia (Photo of the Day)

Wax palm trees, Cocora Valley, Colombia

The palma de cera, wax palm tree (ceroxylon quindiuense), is Colombia’s national tree and a beautiful sight to see! They’re found in the high-altitude Cocora Valley, located near the town of Salento, in the department of Quindio. This is one of the only places in the world to see them in their natural habitat. I…

Soldiers Guarding National Palace in Bogotá, Colombia (Photo of the Day)

Presidential Palace Guards Bogotá

These soldiers, guarding the presidential palace (his official home and workplace) in Bogotá, looked intense (as they tend to do no matter where in the world you encounter them). And I enjoyed watching them stand guard. I like how official they look. Also, it’s always nice to see where  el presidente lives. Unfortunately, I didn’t get…

To Eat, or Not to Eat, Big-Butt Colombian Ants–That Was the Question #ttot #food #Colombia

Colombian ants as snack

I’d read that hormigas culonas, ants with big butts, are a common snack in the Santander region of Colombia. After the wings and legs are removed, they’re roasted or fried.  For some reason, but  I was curious about what they might taste like… Not sure why, either. I’m not the most adventurous eater. Sure, I once…

The Cool Colombian Cop Who Made My Day (Random Travel Moment 13)

Officer David

Where/When: El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá It was barely 5 am when my plane landed in Bogotá and I was exhausted. Once I passed through Customs/Immigration, I had two things on my mind: getting a cup of coffee and buying a SIM for my phone. First I got the coffee; then I looked for a…

Colombia Trip Itinerary–Looking for Tips and Recommendations!

Bogotá Cathedral

After many years of thinking about it, I’m finally traveling to Colombia–yay! I’m very excited about this trip because I’ve got many cool things planned. In this post, I’m sharing my rough itinerary and asking for tips and suggestions. Trip length: 5 weeks I’m allowing plenty of time for this trip since I don’t feel…

Kuna Woman in Traditional Clothes Holding Bird in San Blas, Panama (Photo of the Day)

Kuna Woman in Traditional Clothing Holding Bird (San Blas, Panama)

This photo is of a Kuna Yala woman, a resident of Carti Island, in traditional clothing. The colorful part right above her skirt is a mola, which means ‘shirt’ or ‘clothing’ in Dulegaya, the language spoken by the Kuna. The ring in the woman’s nose is called an olasu. The arm beads are known as…

Colorful Moon Crab Climbing Cliff at Beach in Nicaragua (Photo of the Day)

Moon or Halloween Crab in Nicaragua

Today’s photo is of a crab that goes by many names: moon, Halloween, hermit, red land and Gecarcinus quadratus. To me, a traveler in Nicaragua, it was just a crab, one whose colors shocked and awed me. I’d never seen anything quite like it. Where: Madera and Remanso Beach, Nicaragua I was with a friend,…

Indigenous Ecuadorian Woman Chatting on Cellphone at Market (Photo of the Day)

Indigenous Ecuadorian Woman at Market Near Cuenca

Today’s photo of an indigenous Ecuadorian woman was taken at a market somewhere near Cuenca. I think I shot it at Gualaceo, but it might have been at Chordeleg. I visited both that particular day. What Inspired the Shot? I love taking photos of people and I liked the expression on this woman’s face; she…

Trippy Travel Game #21: Ecuador OR Panama? You tell me!

Ecuador or Panama? You tell me!

Play this fun photo guessing game and possibly win a mention/link back to your site! It’s not so easy, but it’s always fun. Here’s bit of a deviation from the regular game. This time, you’ll view photos from Ecuador and Panama and tell me which are from which country–and give a 1-sentence explanation of why…

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