Travel stories – Julieta Muñoz
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30 Apr

Chimborazo, closer to the sun

Meet-up at the parking lot on Shyris Avenue at 10 am. After some delays and technical stops, we were all set and ready to drive south. We stopped for lunch in Ambato city. Our lead guide assured us that he knew just the perfect place for a hearty lunch. He wasn't mistaken. We ate at Los Cuyes Restaurant, which specializes in roasted guinea pig and rabbit. As an aspiring vegan, I was not thrilled, but I must say that everyone's meal looked good. I had a big salad with broad...

22 Mar

Tangled at Cuyabeno

I had a pretty fun childhood. My parents took my brother and I on trips since we were little. In fact, most of my traveling happened before I turned 18. And I am very grateful for that, because I had a different look at the world from an early age. That probably explains why I feel the constant urge to explore more and more, starting in my home country, Ecuador.   Most people that live in the mountains (the Andes) in Ecuador like to spend their vacation at the beach. My friends...

26 Dec

Antisana: entre lágrimas y esplendor

A esa velocidad, la nieve se sentía como trozos de vidrio golpeando contra el rostro. Pero era imprescindible caminar con el cuerpo virado hacia ese lado para poder descansar el pie izquierdo por un momento, y luego cambiar al otro lado para descansar el derecho. Y así prosiguió el ascenso del Antisana, trepando recto, a veces en zig zag, con la nieve de agujas y el viento frío que daba la sensación de estar a -10ºC. Gracias a los guantes prestados, los que se llevó al Everest, jamás se me...

3 Aug

Choquequirao – the other Machu Picchu

When you Google "Peru", Machu Picchu is probably the first result on the search. It certainly is one of the most impressive places I have ever seen. Well, that was before I found Choquequirao. Often referred to as Machu Picchu’s “little sister”, this place ranks high up on my travel list. After completing the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, Choquequirao was the obvious choice. The ambitious 4-day trek starts at about 3,0​30 meters above sea level in the Vilcabamba ​Valley (or Apurimac River Canyon), some 170 km from Cusco.   [caption id="attachment_3300"...