Help Me Support Literacy in Bolivia

For those of you who’ve followed this adventure for a while understand that everything I do has a purpose. The “missions” I set out on are organized to learn about specific aspects of a country and it’s culture. Tourist 2 Townie began in Argentina with learning Spanish and finding a local job and then moved … Continued

Travel Mates or Backpacking Solo – Which is Better?

It’s a question that travellers have pondered for decades: should you backpack with others or go it alone? The fact that we’re still talking about it now basically means there is no definitive answer. In short, there are pros and cons to both. It’s how these personally relate to you that matter. Let’s look at … Continued

FOTO FRIDAY: Circuito Magico del Agua

El Circuito Magico del Agua (The Magic Water Circuit) was one of the highlights from Lima, Peru. I took a date one evening to checkout all the water works and it made for a grand time. We watched the main “El Circuito Magico del Agua” show, messed around with shadow photos and even took a … Continued

Colca Visuals: Deep Canyons sin Condors

A 3:30am wake-up call for a 2-day guided tour doesn’t get me excited. I pulled myself up into the crowded tour bus and stumbled my way to the back where I took a quick survey of the talent pool before passing out for the next 2 hours. Still not excited. It was a long ride … Continued

Sambo’s Monkeymentary

**Watch in HD** On day 1 of volunteering at Paseo Los Monos Monkey Rescue Center in Puyo, Ecuador my camera was confiscated by Sambo, the alpha woolly monkey. He told me I could have it back at the end of the week, but not before he put together this short video explaining his life at … Continued


While sunburning my way through Northern Peru, I had the opportunity to stop by the famous archaeological site of Chan Chan located just a few miles outside the city of Trujillo. Built by the kingdom of Chimú around 850 AD, Chan Chan was the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America before being conquered by the … Continued

Life in Lima: Erotic Art, Pisco Sours & Dead Bodies

As the 5th largest city in South America you’d think Lima would get a little more respect. Before arriving in Peru’s capital, all I heard was that Lima is a boring pass-through metropolis that you could experience in 4 days on your way to Machu Picchu. Not one to listen to other’s travel reviews, I … Continued

New Year’s Eve in Cusco, Peru

I think the video explains all the chaos and excitement of the New Year’s celebration in Cusco, Peru better than I ever could in words. Cusco is one of the two most popular places to celebrate New Years in Peru (the other being Mancora) and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The city grew in anticipation from … Continued

Highlights from Chapter MMXI

After 3 months of traveling through Ecuador and Peru, I’ve arrived in Sucre, Bolivia where I will begin my next townie mission. As I get settled here in Sucre, I finally have a chance to catch my breath and reflect on what the hell happened this year. 2011 served up an overdose of adventure, uncertainty … Continued

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