Dear El Travel Blog Readers,

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My South American adventure is like so totally omg over. Sadly. But I’m back in New York! It’s awesome! And expensive! More on all that later.  I still have a ton of things I never covered that I’ll try to post up over the next few weeks. Like, Argentina. And my (second, much crazier) return to lovely Bogota. And the Colombian coast. And San Gil. Ok. GO!

Nerd alert… First attempt at narration with el “vlogging.” Which, that’s a gross word. 

Anywho, here’s a look at street art in Rio de Janeiro. Miss u Brasil! 

LOS LISTS - HOSTELS (3 of 5)

In the name of Travis’ departure, we’ve compiled a series on our misadventures. It’s an exhaustive, self-indulgent, overly simplified analysis of practically everything we ever did, with no explanation or justification for our choices. 

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Favorite Hostels (Erin)

1. Secret Garden Hostel in Quito 

2. Destino Nomada in Bogota

3. Rio Hostel in Rio

4. Laranjieras Hostel in Salvador

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Favorite Hostels (Travis)

1. Destino Nomada in Bogota

2. Villa Madalena in Sau Paulo

3. Rio Hostel in Rio

4. Loki Cuzco because of the spaghetti and meatballs

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Worst Hostels (Erin)

1. First night of the Salt Flats tour

2. Freezing $2 Isla del Sol shithole with broken windows and manual flush toilets

3. Artie’s Guesthouse because of its midnight curfew

Worst Hostels (Travis)

1. Hostal Real in Cartagena 

2. Hostal Real in Cartagena

3. Hostal Real in Cartagena

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Top Hostel Breakfast

1. Secret Garden Hostel (Quito)

2. Rio Hostel grilled cheese

3. Loki pancakes

LOS LISTS - EXPERIENCES (2 of 5)

In the name of Travis’ departure, we’ve compiled a series on our misadventures. It’s an exhaustive, self-indulgent, overly simplified analysis of practically everything we ever did, with no explanation or justification for our choices. 

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Top Three Ailments

1. Pink eye

2. Broken finger

3. Slashed wrist (after tripping on volcanic rock while peeing)

Bonus ailment: Perpetual diarrhea

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Travis’ Top Three Bowel Movements

1. The Tony Romas Poo (notes: so mighty, took seven flushes, expected a slow clap upon emerging from the stall)

2. The Muchu Poo-chu on Macchu Pichu (note: travis wanted to make sure he got credit for that term)

3. The Salt Flats Jumping Shart (note: everything in the world at that moment was pure white, except Travis’ pants)

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Top Tours

1. Salt Flats Tour

2. Star Tour in Chile

3.Chapada Diamentina tour in Lencios

4. Machupicchu

5. Foz de Iguazu

6. Colca Canyon (Erin)

7. Wine tour in Huacachina

8. Nazca lines

9. Lima city tour

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Top Activities (15 Way Tie, We Probably Forgot Something But Whatever)

Paragliding in Medellin - Samba lesson in Salvador - Bolivia’s Got Talent talent show - Mud Volcano in Cartagena - Holy parade in Chile - VW Beetle tour of Sacred Valley in Cuzco - Volunteering with kids in Cuzco - Paddle boats in Copacabana - Surfing in Canoa - Gallery hopping in Sau Paulo - Horseback riding in Morro de Sau Paulo - Salt Cathedral in Zipaquera - Dune buggies in Ica - Snorkeling in Cartagena - Samba/Condoble/Capoera performance in Salvador

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Notable Markets

1. That one Sunday market in Brazil where we ate tapioca

2. The Flea market in Sau Paulo

3. Mercado Central in Quito

4. Witches market in La Paz

5. Hipster market in Bogota

6. San Pedro market in Cuzco

7. Mercado Central in Sau Paulo

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Top Five Dirtiest Moments

1. Day 2 of Salkantay Trek 

2. July

3. Day 3 of Salt Flat Tour

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Top Hammock Naps

1. Villa Madalena in Sau Paulo

2. Playa Blanca (Travis)

3. San Pedro hostel


See also:  South America. Yeah

LOS LISTS - PLACES (1 of 5)

In the name of Travis’ departure, we’ve compiled a retrospective series on our misadventures. It’s an exhaustive, self-indulgent, overly simplified analysis of practically everything we ever did, with no explanation or justification for our choices. 

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Christo Redentor

Cindy and Erin


Top Cities Visited (Erin)

1. Bogota

2. Rio

3. Cuzco

4. Sau Paulo

5. La Paz

6. Quito

7. Medellin

8. Salvador

9. Cartagena

10. Arequipa

11. Iguazu Falls

12. Lima

13. Uyuni

Top Cities Visited (Travis)

1. Bogota

2. Rio

3. Sau Paulo  (hi boys ;) )

4. Quito

5. Cuzco

6. La Paz

7. Medellin

8. Salvador

9. Lima

10. Cartagena

11. Arequipa

Our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama

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Top Small Towns (Erin)

1. San Pedro

2. Lencois

3. Canoa

4. Morro de Sau Paulo

5. Huacachina

6. Isla del Sol

7. Copacabana

8. Agnes Calientes

9. Nazca

Top Towns (Travis)

1. San Pedro

2. Canoa

3. Lencois

4. Morro de Sau Paulo

5. Copacabana

6. Huacachina

7. Isla del Sol

8. Agnes Calientes

9. Nazca

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Top Four Beaches

1. Ipanema

2. Canoa

3. Morro de Sau Paulo

4. Isla de Rosario

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Top Three Bitches

1. That chick on our Machu Picchu hike

2. The woman in the bowler hat who almost killed Erin

3. The woman at Hostel Mirador who made us pay for toilet paper, among other bitch moves

 

I decided to warm up to video editing with a montage of favorite/most ridiculous clips from Travis and I`s summer in South America. I promise to make some more, uhm, informative videos in the coming weeks… For now, enjoy the ridiculousness!

South America. YEAH!

US WINS 1-1!
The posts below are actually from last week. We spent the last few days back in Rio, where our friends at the hostel commented on how much more relaxed and tanned we looked compared with our arrival last month.
So we met a big excellent group of British and Australian friends and spent the weekend drinking cachaca, playing cards (seriously, we played drinking games; I feel old), and watching the World Cup. The hostel was starting to feel like summer camp, since all of us ended up staying up giggling and chatting like children in our bunk beds each night. We also visited Christ the Redeemer and did Lapa Friday Round Two.
Then yesterday and today Travis and I rode, for 24 hours, on a bus, in the same seats, next to each other, to Iguazu Falls.
Conclusion: Brazil is large. Conclusion two: 24 hours, while long, is not *that bad* of a bus ride. I got through it with the help of This American Life and The Moth podcasts, as well as several games of M.A.S.H. (remember that?) and a ton of Brazilian junk food. I feel pretty sick to my stomach about now, but I think Travis, who ripped his shorts and hit his head on various parts of the bus, is feeling worse.
Tomorrow we get to see this:

US WINS 1-1!

The posts below are actually from last week. We spent the last few days back in Rio, where our friends at the hostel commented on how much more relaxed and tanned we looked compared with our arrival last month.

So we met a big excellent group of British and Australian friends and spent the weekend drinking cachaca, playing cards (seriously, we played drinking games; I feel old), and watching the World Cup. The hostel was starting to feel like summer camp, since all of us ended up staying up giggling and chatting like children in our bunk beds each night. We also visited Christ the Redeemer and did Lapa Friday Round Two.

Then yesterday and today Travis and I rode, for 24 hours, on a bus, in the same seats, next to each other, to Iguazu Falls.

Conclusion: Brazil is large. Conclusion two: 24 hours, while long, is not *that bad* of a bus ride. I got through it with the help of This American Life and The Moth podcasts, as well as several games of M.A.S.H. (remember that?) and a ton of Brazilian junk food. I feel pretty sick to my stomach about now, but I think Travis, who ripped his shorts and hit his head on various parts of the bus, is feeling worse.

Tomorrow we get to see this:

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Dear Backpackers, you’re doing it wrong. Love, Lonely Planet

New hostel where the ladies stay in the LIPSTICK room. Get it, because women, and lipstick, and…. yeah.
BUT now we’re a block from the beach. Also, a yoga studio, which claimed to do classes in English, but as we learned, that simply means every once in awhile the instructor says “Follow the others” in English. At the end they played a tape of a man reciting in Portuguese what I presume to be relaxing things, but I mostly pretended he was reading a menu of delicious food.

New hostel where the ladies stay in the LIPSTICK room. Get it, because women, and lipstick, and…. yeah.

BUT now we’re a block from the beach. Also, a yoga studio, which claimed to do classes in English, but as we learned, that simply means every once in awhile the instructor says “Follow the others” in English. At the end they played a tape of a man reciting in Portuguese what I presume to be relaxing things, but I mostly pretended he was reading a menu of delicious food.