Torres del Paine: Rugged beauty in Patagonia

Some of you might know that our last 2 years of full-time traveling & teaching started with the simple idea to backpack around South America for one month.  While that idea never panned out, one location that I had begun researching really stuck in my head: Patagonia.  The beautiful, wild landscapes that dominate the southernmost region of South America just kept calling my name.  So when Tommy and I decided to settle in Chile for a couple months, I knew we needed to take a trip to Torres del Paine National Park – one of the most famous and awe-inspiring destinations in Patagonia!  The remote location and “natural” paths of the park made it one of our more challenging mini-vacations, but it was 100% worth it.

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Iquitos, Peru: Adventure in the Amazon

If you missed it, our first stop in Peru was Cusco (Adventure in the Andes 😉). Our second major adventure was visiting the Amazon rainforest (one of the new 7 wonders of the natural world!).  After completing his Peace Corps service, my late great-uncle Peter Jenson built Explorama Lodge in the mid-1960s.  Located 50 miles down the Amazon River from Iquitos, his company has since expanded to also include 4 other accommodations and one of the world’s longest canopy walkways.  😲 Tommy and I spent an amazing 3 days there (+1 in Iquitos) exploring the river and rainforest.

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