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1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128, USA
Early morning flight is not the most attractive item on the travel itinerary. However, when I was mindlessly waiting at the gate for my early morning departure, I saw the sun rises from the end of the runway... I guess sometimes beauty caught you...
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
Wandering around the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Peruvian town about two hours from Machu Picchu, we looked up as dusk settled in to see this ancient Incan granary. It was wedged into the side of an intimidatingly steep mountain to store...
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Urubamba, Peru
The end of another glorious day in the city of Cusco, Peru. The entire city is surrounded by mountains which come alive with light as the sun goes down.
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Sunrise tours aren't normally my thing but rising at 4:00am taking a chicken bus to the trail entrance and beginning a hike in the darkness up the side of a volcano has to be rewarding. For 2 hours in the darkness you climb relentlessly upwards...
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Nahuala, Guatemala
One of the best ways to connect with a culture is to connect with it's people, and hiking from village to village in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala provides you just this opportunity. The majestic lake is overlooked by three equally majestic volcanoes,...
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Pacaya, Guatemala
Taking a hike up Pacaya -- an active volcano just outside Antigua -- is a truly rewarding experience that should not be missed. I did the hike in the late afternoon to get there for sunset, which I highly recommend. The sun wasn't too intense for...
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Sayaxché, Guatemala
My friend Joan and I were staying at Ni'tun Private Reserve on Lake Petén Itzá near Flores, and planned to visit several Maya sites in the Petén region, but were most excited about visiting Aguateca. What an adventure it was! Our guide Bernie of...
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Central America
These masks adorn the wall at the restaurant on the La Lancha property. This intimate lakeside boutique resort is one of my favorite places I have ever stayed. Pictures and words don't do justice to this magical retreat. If planning a trip to...
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Río Dulce, Guatemala
Hacienda Tijax in Rio Dulce, Guatemala offers a different over water bungalow experience than those glamorous lodgings found in Tahiti. These bungalows are tucked into the swampy jungles behind the Rio Dulce. Sitting on the back porch of your...
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Aldous Huxley said this about Lake Atitlan when he visited and I agree. This is the lake that I am looking at right now from my living room window. I swear the bewitching beauty sparks new cells in your eyeballs. It melts your heart to look at...
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Central America
Late night beach patrols. Moonlit nights. Tranced turtles coming to shore and laying eggs. Allowing nature to happen is both incredibly rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time.
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Monterrico, Guatemala
Black volcanic sand, mangroves and tropical heat - Monterrico is a well known weekend destination for Guatemalans. I stayed in this village for one week taking Spanish classes at the language school and living with a local family. Everyone there...
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Canoa, Ecuador
In the late afternoon every Friday, volunteers and students at Río Muchacho Organic Farm pile into the back of large, slow-moving trucks. They are then bounded along the bumpy, winding dirt road that leads roughly 10 miles southwest into the tiny...
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Who knew this view of Pululahua Volcano exists from a hotel bed just 30 minutes outside Quito. Not many people, which I discovered on a recent visit: http://www.afar.com/afar/staying-on-the-edge-quitos-volcano-hotel.
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Calacalí, Ecuador
Book a suite at Mashpi Lodge and you can spot howler monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and hundreds of bird species from your Philippe Starck bathtub-with-a-view. Opened in April 2012 on the 3,000-acre Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge has...
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Chile y Guayaquil (esquina), Chile, Quito 170401, Ecuador
This photo was taken from the Bell Tower of the Church of San Agustín, in your next visit yo Quito climbs to the tower
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214 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K4, Canada
A cozy, intimate vegan restaurant right across the street from Montreal's best indie bookshop. A great place to sit down for a bite and thumb through your new book, if you ask me. The menu has a number of exciting options, though I was quite...
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4631 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2, Canada
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What started out as a blink-and-you'll-miss-it hole in the wall became a full-blown hype restaurant where masses gather to celebrate the joys of vegan cuisine. Thanks to the savoir-faire of brothers Michael and Liam Makhan, eating healthy can be...