• Hiking
  • The 8 Best Day Hikes Near Denver, Colorado (That Nobody Knows About)

    The 8 best day hikes near Denver, Colorado that you've never heard of. Avoid crowds and take in the mountains on these incredible hikes in Colorado!

    When most people think of hiking in Colorado, peace, solitude and wilderness are usually the goal. But most of the hiking trails near Denver, Colorado are crowded: not exactly ideal. The good news is that with just about the same amount of driving away from Denver, you can find yourself in some very remote locations that are easy to find, easy to park at and way less traveled. These undiscovered hiking trails near Denver, Colorado promise amazing sights, solitude, and a good chance of wildlife sightings – and they’re all an easy drive from Denver. This guest post lays out the 8 best day hikes near Denver, Colorado that nobody knows about!

  • Hiking
  • Hiking Machu Picchu: Failure on The Inca Trail

    Couple overlooking Machu Picchu, Peru

    We’re sitting in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes. Around us are five couples, two solo travelers, and two tour guides. All fourteen of them are tired, dirty, and covered in dried sweat. They just finished the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and experienced a life changing experience, one that brought them together as a family to experience a once in a lifetime physical and mental challenge. As we watch them drinking celebratory beer, retelling stories, and soaking it all in, I’m reminded: this was supposed to be us. But instead of having a spiritual pilgrimage to Machu Picchu, we had an expensive failure on the Inca Trail.

  • Hiking
  • Hiking Laguna 69 in Huaraz, Peru: Everything You Need to Know

    Stunning glacial lake Laguna 69 sits at a grueling 15,000 feet above sea level. The difficult hike is worth the view! Laguna 69 is outside of Huaraz, Peru in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

    Laguna 69 sits at the base of a giant glacier in the Cordillera Blancas. Its elevation is at approximately 15,000 feet, which beats anywhere in the continental United States by a good 500 feet. Somehow, no one in Huaraz seemed to be impressed by this.To give you an idea of how incredibly high Laguna 69 is, once Lia and I jumped out of a plane to skydive from the highest altitude they were legally able to fly us, and it was STILL lower than Laguna 69. I knew this would would be no walk in the park, but I had no experience hiking at such a high altitude before. I was about to get a crash course.

  • Featured
  • Hiking the Quilotoa Loop in Ecuador: Reverse Route Travel Guide

    The stunning Quilotoa Lake in

    The Quilotoa Loop is a 3-day long hike in the Andes mountains in Ecuador, peaking at 12,500 feet. We thought we were taking the “easy” route. It turns out there is no easy route. Of course, we didn’t know that until after getting lost, unintentionally trespassing, crawling up a mountain on our hands and knees, injuring ourselves, and finally hitchhiking the rest of the way.

  • South America
  • Parque Tayrona, Colombia: How to Get There & Where to Stay

    Parque Tayrona, Colombia on a rainy day.

    I’m writing this from an open air hut, swaying on a hammock. Nearby is a pool, complete with waterfall and slide. In front of me is our beautiful cabana nestled in foliage and trees. Around us we hear various birds, water trickling or splashing, and some mysterious animals we haven’t actually been able to see scuttling through the jungle. It’s hard to believe this is anywhere near a city. But we’re only about an hour outside of Santa Marta, Colombia, a bustling city that we passed right through on our way to paradisaical Eco Hostel Yuluka, just outside the entrance to Colombia’s famous Parque Tayrona. Little did we know that we’d end up liking our hostel more than the tropical, remote beaches of Parque Tayrona…