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  This post is written in partnership with Travel Oregon, Oregon Wine Country, and Eugene Cascades Coast. To read about our entire journey check out our blog posts leg-by-leg: Portland to Champoeg,  McKenzie Pass, and Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeways I awoke several times throughout the night to the sound of the rain beating on our tent from above. I …

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Known for its coffee, proximity to the Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley) and Los Nevados National natural park, and the giant wax palm trees, Salento, Colombia is a popular tourist destination. It’s filled with excursions that will please any traveler, from more laid back activities like playing tejo (a game where you throw metal pucks …

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I am a chocolate snob. Anything under 60% is just not chocolatey enough and between 70% and 85% is ideal. And don’t even thinking about tainting chocolate with milk. That’s just repulsive. Throughout much of South America, I’ve had a bit of a tough time finding high quality, vegan chocolate. After over a year on …

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I am not typically one for visiting mega tourist destinations. The crowds, lines, and all the tourist traps, make me want to bolt as soon as we’ve arrived. It took some convincing from several friends to make me agree to visit Machu Picchu. Don’t get me wrong, I found Machu Picchu beautiful and impressive, and, …

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When planning my family visit to Ecuador this Christmas, I asked my trusty college roommate for advice. She had studied abroad there during our last semester of college and her program took her all over the country. “Mindo,” she said. “Don’t miss Mindo.” But we missed Mindo. One of the most biodiverse countries on the …

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Our friend Flavia, whom we met early on in our travels at a Casa de Ciclistas in Patagonia, wanted to enlist our help in adopting a puppy with whom she had fallen in love a month prior in the small mountain village of Hanchipata. Suggesting a bike ‘n hike trip to dog-friendly Rainbow Mountain, she awaited …

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