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Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a small town about an hour bus ride away from Santiago, Chile.  Prior to going to Valparaiso, we had read online about how petty theft seemed to be a big problem, especially for tourists here. A particular story I read online that made me feel a little uneasy was about a girl who...
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Cusco, Pisac, and a Cancelled Flight – Peru

Prior to Machu Picchu, we were switching hotels every 1 to 2 nights and constantly on the move. Cusco was our first place where we had some time to slow down, relax and enjoy.   One of the first activities we did was visit the Ccochahausi Animal Sanctuary. This sanctuary rescues...
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Ballestas Island & Huacachina, Peru

Went on a tour with Peru Hop to visit Ballestas Island, which is referred to as the “poor man’s Galapagos.”  I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after having done it, it definitely is the poor man’s version.  It was basically a boat ride out to a big cliff that had a lot of seagulls, some sea...
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Lima, Peru

Almost missed our connecting flight from Panama to Lima.  We had 20 minutes to our gate once we landed, and of course it was at the terminal on the other side…at the very last gate. -_-  Luckily, we made it.  Minh checked us in online for us to sit in the emergency exit for extra leg space.  The...
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