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The Bumpy Road to Bolivia

Border crossings in most of south america are pretty low key. You get off the airplane, train, or bus and make your way to immigration. You stand in a ridiculously long line and you inch along with all the other foreigners who cant wait to get on with their travels. As you make your way to the front, you start to get nervous and you don’t know why. You're then called to the front by a grumpy immigration officer that asks you random questions, in a foreign language, at a speed that you can barely understand, and suddenly the nervousness makes sense. They make you take off your hat and take the “I’ve been on a bus for 12 hours”...

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Santa Cruzin'

Our excitement was so great that we awoke before our alarms to a clear, crisp Andean morning. A little last minute packing and we were off and running, literally. Ok maybe not a full sprint with 30 pounds on each of our backs, but there was a certain pep in our step that only comes from the thrill of sure to be adventure. Our 4-day Santa Cruz trek through the Cordillera Blanca had finally arrived. The most common words we used in those 4 days were “wow” and “woahhh.” Every turn brought the powerful beauty of mother nature, or as they call it in South America, “Pacha Mamma.” From the glistening glaciers under snow capped peaks to the deep, winding...

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Open Doors in Ecuador

In the last couple weeks of our journey, we have been invited into the homes of complete strangers on multiple occasions (sorry moms!). They turned out to be some of the warmest and most genuine people we have ever met. We left each visit feeling incredible, each time with new friends. We were amazed at how quickly these families invited two bearded travel bums into their homes and how welcome they made us feel. We were touched by their genuine hospitality and we want share the experiences with you. Upon arrival to Otavalo, we were overwhelmed with the sheer size of the bustling market. From colorful scarves, to giant tapestries, and these strange masks everyone wanted to sell us, they...

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Caribbean Captives

The Colombian Caribbean is alluring. With its white sand beaches, pleasant weather, warm ocean breezes, swaying palm trees, and cheap beer, it can be a difficult place to leave. It took us a month, and we could have been there for longer. Last time we checked in, we were headed to La Guajira. Well we made it, and we stayed a while. We made ourselves at home in the Bona Vida hostel, in Riohacha, while we set up our first Exchange. The owners, Katy and Johi, were incredible. They treated us more like guests in their home than clients at their hostel. They even let us rearrange the living room to stage product photo shoots and film video, and at...

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Colombian Connotation

The wheels touched down. We looked at each other, gave a wry smile, a holler, and a high five. The doors opened and we were hit with a wave of hot, heavy air. Welcome to Colombia we both thought.  Before leaving for this adventure, we received lots of advice. Some about business; “Budget for slow times and taxes”. Some about life; “Slow down and absorb every conversation and contact”. And some about fun; “Drink wine”. But mostly, when we told people that we were starting in Colombia, they told us to be careful. They would ask, “Aren’t you worried about your safety?”, “What about the drug trade?”, “Isn’t it really dangerous there?” These questions made us think, why does everyone...

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