Laguna 69 is an other-worldly lake located 4,600 meters above sea level in the Huascaran National park, Peru. The lake is tucked underneath the peaks of Nevado Pisco and Chacraraju in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain Range in central Peru. This range has often been called the most beautiful on Earth and is the highest concentration of massive peaks in the world outside of the Himalayas. The hike to the lake can be done in a single, long day and the rewards for making it to this glacier fed lake will be lasting.

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The Quilotoa Loop is a stunning multi-day hike in the Cotopaxi region of Ecuador that gives you the absolute best of all worlds. You will traverse through remote pueblos and school yards. Trek alongside farmlands, through deep valleys, up steep hills, and down local paths. Cross over rivers on a single log bridge. Hike in craggy mountains and tip-toe along ridges that drop off a thousand feet into a crater lake. And to top it all off, in the evening, you get to sit down to a hot meal and a cold beer in one of the many cozy hostels that help make this trek so special.

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The time for Colombian travel is here. People are realizing that the old paradigm of Colombia being a violent and dangerous place is being replaced by ideas of swinging salsa lovers, beautiful beaches, snow-capped peaks, and jovial, fun-loving people. The country has truly turned itself around and is now primed to be one of the next big travel destinations. This is where we went and what you are missing out on.
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The Valle de Cocora sits just outside the popular town of Salento, Colombia. This valley is home to the wax palm, which is a freakishly tall and thin palm tree that sprouts and soars above the valley hills. Hiking through the ravine takes you back in time and I half expected giant dragonflies to chase us down as a meal. The clouds swirl above in an azure sky and the walls of the valley are covered with a pallet of greens and textures only further accentuated by the lofty trunks poised perfectly erect like they were kept there by the ghost of Dr. Seuss.

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