How to be a Pirana Fishing Expert! Ha Ha!

Well, there is a first time for everything. And on the agenda for this day that I was in Guayana was this: Pirana Fishing, it was staring me in the face, as I fumbled through the itinerary. I have been out of my comfort zone before, so here we go...Pirana fish are known to quickly devour any small morsel that falls into its muddy water

2018-12-01T09:10:26+00:00

My Trip to Guyana in the South American Rainforest

Let me be the first to admit that this travel experience was a little out of my comfort zone. But nonetheless, at a jungle lodge in Guyana is where the simple rugged life of the Amazon River Basin and South American Rainforest began for me. From the hustle and bustle of Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana, to the howling of the Guyanese Red Howler

2018-12-01T09:16:13+00:00

Kaieteur Falls: Majesty Brought to Life in Guyana

A little-known gem hiding in the South American Rainforest is Kaieteur Falls. It ranks towards the top of the list for waterfalls around the world in a number of categories. It is the tallest single drop waterfall in the world at 741 feet. When combined with the steep cascades to the bedrock below, the total height of the waterfalls comes out to 822 feet. Although

2018-12-01T09:11:17+00:00

Guyanese Food: Learning A Culture Through Food

An important part of any tourist experience visiting a new country for the very first time is the food. Guyana is one place where you can dive deep into the culture when searching for and tasting the local Guyanese food. In fact, in Guyana, the food appears to be a melting pot of age-old cultures, traditions, and flavors - many coming from Africa, Britain, the

2018-12-01T09:14:04+00:00

Tasty Chilean Food You Won’t Soon Forget!

In South America, there is a country nestled between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean known as the Republic of Chile. There are many legends as to why this country was named Chile including a derivation from the Mapuche word that means “where the land ends”. Others might think it has to do with Chilean food or the red chili. However, regardless of how Chile’s name

2018-11-02T13:42:45+00:00

Spend Some Time in Chile: Why Chile Should Be In Your Future

Chile is one of the most unique countries in the world because of its shape and topography. Its long thin shape leads to many attributes that are not seen in most places of the world, including a diverse climate, from deserts in the northern region to glaciers in the south. Apart from the mainland, Chile also claims a few outlying islands including Easter Island and

2018-11-27T11:39:30+00:00

15 Interesting and Fun Things To Do in Ecuador

There are so many interesting and fun things to do in Ecuador. This small coastal country offers travelers a wealth of outdoor adventures - you can explore the vibrant Amazonian rainforest, discover the rich wildlife of Galapagos Islands, or simply soak in the scenic views of the Andes. Since it’s filled with a wide array of wonders squeezed into one tiny country, narrowing a list

2018-03-05T12:45:28+00:00

Ecuadorian Food: Cuenca’s Variety of Food Goodness

South American food was one of my favorite types of food, especially Chilean food until I had a chance to try some delicious Ecuadorian food! Having a husband from Chile, I loved those handmade meat and cheese empanadas that are so easy to pack in a lunch or to eat by hand. Pastel de chocolo, a beef/meat corn pie is also one of my favorite meals. So

2018-10-19T12:44:28+00:00

Visit Mitad del Mundo near Quito, Ecuador

Have you ever heard the words "Mitad del Mundo" or "middle of the world"? I hadn't either until I had a chance to visit the "Mitad del Mundo" right outside of Quito Ecuador. I had no idea there was an exact location where you could stand at the earth's midpoint - 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds in Ecuador! Apparently, people come from all over

2018-11-27T11:58:52+00:00

Ecuador: A Day Trip from Cuenca to a “Guild Town” known as Chordeleg

There are many adorable small towns nestled in the foothills of the Azuay province near Cuenca, Ecuador. This area is the new hub for American retirees that I wrote about in my article "Should We Retire to Ecuador?" The picturesque town of Chordeleg is one of those small quaint towns. Getting there from Cuenca was easy, the bus crested a hill and rolled down into a lush

2018-11-27T11:59:03+00:00

Should We Retire in Ecuador? Exploring Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca,  Ecuador is a UNESCO World Heritage city and the charming, colonial capital city of Ecuador. Going there is like stepping back in time, to another world, quite different from my own world. But, "o what a world it is!" Filled with over 52 churches and picturesque views of the Cajas Mountains, it will charm you. Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador and lies at around

2018-02-26T11:01:54+00:00

Out of my Comfort Zone: Montañita, Ecuador

I not only like to travel, but I love to travel. So imagine my surprise when even for me, I end up out of my comfort zone! Where on earth could this be? It happened to be Montañita, Ecuador.It was just one of those places that make me feel a little uneasy. Montañita is a little beachside town about one hour's drive outside of Guayaquil in

2018-11-27T12:00:28+00:00

The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador

Ecuador is famous for its colorful indigenous markets. The most famous of them is in Otavalo, northwest of Quito. The Otavalo Market takes places every Saturday. The market has hundreds of stalls where locals sell their goods. This indigenous market is well known for weaving, thus selling scarves, hats, and sweaters. However, there are many indigenous markets in Ecuador, with Otavalo being the most well known

2018-02-21T03:39:35+00:00

Galapagos Islands Holidays: An Archipelago Like No Other on Earth

Eclipse Yacht, AdventureSmith Explorations, Photo by PointsandTravel.com The Galapagos Islands Holidays: The Science Behind the Island The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 650 miles off the coast of Ecuador in South America. They are isolated from any other land formation or island group. About half the size of New Jersey, you may ask yourself, according to geographical size, why

2018-11-27T12:13:10+00:00

The Galapagos Islands – Birds of a Feather

The Galapagos Islands are famous worldwide for the endemic Galapagos animals, in particular, their fascinating birds of origin, many found nowhere else in the world! I was enamored by the variety of birds I saw on this trip booked through AdventureSmith Explorations, a small, intimate tour booking company that handles luxury accommodations on small ship expedition cruises, as well as wilderness adventures. And as they say

2018-11-27T12:21:07+00:00

Galapagos Islands – Here I come again!

I wanted to let you guys know about some exciting news in my upcoming travels… I will be returning to a place that is near and dear to my heart this month, in fact, I leave in just a few days. I am thrilled to announce that I am returning to the Galapagos Islands. I went last year and I cannot tell you what an

2018-11-27T12:21:58+00:00

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up

2017-07-24T10:21:51+00:00

Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa

  Maybe it is just an urban legend to spook tourist from visiting this tiny island in the center of Galapagos, far out in the Pacific Ocean. But from the look in the deckhand’s eyes, it was as real as if he saw her himself. The way his dark brown eyebrows raised up as he told me the story made even me believe him. He

2018-11-27T12:32:13+00:00

Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos

  Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos By Cacinda Maloney Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos  - Literally hundreds of stories start and end right here at the Galapagos Post Office. Written by those who have experienced the Galapagos Islands, there is a tiny spot on Floreana Island, where since the 19th century, whalers have kept a wooden barrel for mail at Post Office Bay. This

2018-11-27T12:33:13+00:00

Balsa Surf Camp in Montañita, Ecuador

By Cacinda Maloney Tropical Flower at Balsa Surf Camp, Montañita, Ecuador Tropical Flower at Balsa Surf Camp, Montañita, Ecuador So here I am, expecting a "hidden treasure"  with "perfect waves" and "golden sand" and a "tropical paradise", taken directly from wiki.  I don't know who writes this wiki stuff, but we have different ideas about what paradise is!! Road to

2018-11-27T12:43:13+00:00

Cultural Tourism in a City Upon a Hill: Quito, Ecuador

Cultural Tourism: Quito, Ecuador Ecuador Turismo Ecuador’s cultural attractions are beginning to get more attention these days than its pristine Galapagos Islands. They are well known for a segment of tourism known as Natural Tourism and do a great job at sustainable tourism as well. But it is high time for this country to continue to develop cultural activities and highlight the local

2018-11-27T12:43:37+00:00

Graffiti #2

By Cacinda Maloney Something about graffiti always catches my eye.  I usually photograph it in almost every city I go to.  Here is Graffiti #1 post and I am sure there will be many more to follow.  Which is your favorite? Train station in Italy Cuenca, Ecuador   Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain

2017-07-10T18:32:18+00:00

A Tribute: Sergio Castillo, a Chilean Sculptor

Sergio Castillo Sergio Castillo (13 May 1925 – 19 August 2010) You never really know who you will meet on your travels.  Looking at him, I never would have dreamed that he had created such a mass amount of great work that was stunning and thought provoking.  I loved the smoothness of his metal art pieces. The pieces were heavy, cool to the touch, and

2018-03-11T09:45:03+00:00

Graffiti #1

By Cacinda Maloney Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun) is writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. I'm not sure what it is, but graffiti to me is interesting in non USA cities.  In the US, it seems so destructive and a violation of personal property.  But in other

2018-11-27T12:50:49+00:00

Lima, Peru: Still relatively an unknown, exotic city for most Americans to visit

Mainstream guidebooks don’t do Lima, Peru justice.  It is a city that should be on every traveler's list, known as the City of Kings, or “Los Cuidad de los Reyes”.  It extends outward from the rugged cliffs of the Pacific coastline with a mix of Spanish Colonial and the Peruvian Andes culture all rolled into one. The energy, as well as the historic sites, the

2018-04-29T15:05:22+00:00