The Western Highlands of Guatemala are the epitome of off-the-beaten-path, with long stretches so remote they were spared the country’s brutal 36 year civil war, and—as I discovered hiking across them—often literally without a path. More than an education in aspects of Guatemala’s cultures and landscapes though, my 6-day hike through the mountains and altiplano …

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My husband and I were together for eleven whole years before we got married, but it’s only since saying our vows that the world has expressed displeasure with my propensity for traveling solo. Eleven years isn’t an obscenely large amount of time to maintain boyfriend-girlfriend status for high school sweethearts, but it’s a decent period …

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If donating your time in a foreign country to support wildlife research and conservation sounds enticing, consider a volunteer vacation! Observing, measuring, recording is all part of a daily routine for biologists in the field, and you can join them as a “citizen scientist.” Even if you are well past formal school years, not to worry, you won’t …

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A rural church in Chichi­cas­te­nango, Guatemala. I snapped this photo of a local man sweep­ing the steps of this white-washed cathedral.   This is La Concha Acústica, a monument erected in Managua in 2005. This grand structure was recently taken down (May 2014) by the Nicaraguan Sandinista regime citing earthquake safety. Rumor has it however, …

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Alright, folks of Misadventures-land. Behold: The most stunning natural landmarks of Central and South America! Below, you’ll find goregous glaciers, salt flats, glow-in-the-dark bays, red rivers, caves literally filled with crystals, hidden beaches, sinkholes, tabletop mountains, and waterfalls galore. I don’t think this post needs much more of an introduction than that. Add these beauties to your …

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[divider]Context[/divider] Summiting 3,820 m at sunrise [divider]The Photographer[/divider] Kaela Frank is an edu­ca­tor and facil­i­ta­tor from Brunswick, Maine. She cur­rently works at David­son Col­lege as a Study Abroad Coun­selor. Kaela holds an M.A. in Peace Edu­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity for Peace in Costa Rica. She likes climb­ing moun­tains, bak­ing banana bread and lying in śavāsana. …

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[divider]Context[/divider] Ometepe is an island in Lake Nicaragua formed by two volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas. The name derives from the Nahuatl words ome (two) and tepetl (mountain), meaning two mountains. It’s possible to climb Concepción, an active volcano, and look inside at the steaming sulfuric gases. [divider]The Photographer[/divider] Kaela Frank is an educator and facilitator from …

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[divider]Context[/divider] An adventurous hike through the jungle and across the beach. [divider]The Photographer[/divider] Kaela Frank is an educator and facilitator from Brunswick, Maine. She currently works at Davidson College as a Study Abroad Counselor. Kaela holds an M.A. in Peace Education from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She likes climbing mountains, baking banana …

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