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Our Latest Work: FARC Rebels in Colombia, Al Capone in Panama, Zorro in Ecuador & Central American hotels galore

We are very proud to have our first piece published in The Wall Street Journal Magazine. It’s all about the Usaquen neighborhood of Bogotá. We’re also proud to be part of a brand new website called NewWorlder.com. They’re publishing super smart stuff about food, travel, politics and more in Latin America. The site is the perfect home for our piece about our recent Breakfast with the FARC rebels in Colombia.

WSJ Magazine - Neqigborhood watch Usaquen, Bogota, Colombia

We spent New Year’s Eve on Al Capone’s former rum-running boat in Panama for the Biography Channel’s website. And we continue to contribute to The Wayfarer on the Afar magazine website. Check out our story about an annual horse race in Ecuador that involves hunting Zorro on horseback and our roundup of the right Hacienda hotels for every type of traveler to Ecuador.
Afar Magazine - Zorro EcuadorWe also created a seven part series for the Shermans Travel Blog covering our top hotel recommendations (from budget to splurge) in each of the countries in Central America. So far they’ve published our stories about hotels in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama. Stay tuned for our hotel recommendations in Belize and Guatemala, coming soon!

 

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Our Latest Work: On the Road with “On the Road,” Drunken Horse Racing, Inside a Pottery House & More

A diverse batch of our latest published work includes a classic of modern North American literature, drinking hooch out of a canoe in Mexico, an enormous pottery house in Colombia, a track side vantage point for some drunken horse racing in Guatemala and more. Let’s get started.

It’s hard to believe, but Karen had never read the ultimate ode to the road, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” That changed with this assignment for Bio.com (the website for the Biography Channel) to explore all the ways in which “On the Road” is still able to inspire road trip fever.

Kerouac On the Road Bio.com

Our second piece for RoadsandKingdoms.com had us remembering slimy, sour balche, fermented in a wooden canoe the traditional way by the Lacandon people Mexico.

Lacandon balche Roads & Kingdoms

Our first two pieces for AtlasObscura.com take you to the “track” for an afternoon of drunken horse racing in Guatemala and inside a huge pottery house, perhaps the largest piece of pottery in the world, in Colombia.

Drunken Horse racing Guatemala

Still in Colombia, we came up with 10 Things To Know About Travel in Colombia and your guide to 72 Hours in Cartagena.

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Our Latest Work: Diving in the Galapagos, Colombia’s Best New Hotel of the Year (so far), One Fascinating Border & Beer

Our latest work includes freelance travel stories about luxury diving in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, the best new hotel of the year (so far) in Colombia, why you’ll want to linger around the border between Colombia and Ecuador plus Latin food (and beer!) coverage galore. Let’s get started.

We love the idea of Adventurous Luxury so we were glad to contribute this piece about the unconventional luxuries on a liveaboard dive boat in the Galapagos Islands to the April issue of Luxe Beat magazine which is all about adventurous luxuries around the world.

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When we stumbled upon the brand new Hacienda Bueanvista Hotel in the coffee region of Colombia (thanks Aunt B!) we knew we had to tell everyone about it, so we did in this review of the best new hotel in Colombia (so far) for the Shermans Travel blog.

Hacienda Buenavista Colombia

The only reason to stop at most borders in the world is to get your passport stamped and move on as fast as possible. However, the few miles between Ipiales, Colombia and Tulcan, Ecuador is home to a very unlikely church and a very high-maintenance cemetery. Both are worth a visit, as we explain in our very first piece for the Atlas Obscura website.

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And we just keep raving about the food and drink scene in Colombia with new pieces about the acclaimed chef Leonor Espinosa, the queen of Colombian cuisine, the expanding world of Colombia’s Rausch brothers and a look at the many microbrewery tours in Medellin.

Visit the Published Work page of our website any time to see all of our freelance work in one place.

 

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Our Latest Work: Eating & Drinking in Colombia, Ecuador’s Last Iceman & Luxury Comfort Food

We been on a roll in Colombia…probably a Kaiser roll. The restaurant and chef scene there proved so tasty that we extended our stay and got to work on a bunch of pieces about the cuisine scene in the country’s capital for The Latin Kitchen including top tips for surviving Andres Carne de Res Colombia’s Craziest Restaurant (part of the madness is pictured below), how one Colombian chef has transplanted the best of Brooklyn in Bogota, the secret history of a traditional drink called Tomaseca, a look at Colombia’s first celebrity chef, Harry Sasson, and his latest restaurant, where to find North American favorite foods (from chicken and waffles to real BBQ) in Bogota, one chef’s best picks in Cali and our picks for what to eat and drink in Cartagena.

Andres carne de res Chia Bogota, Colombia

Then we moved on to Cali where we covered the NOW Hotel in our first piece for a cool hotel review site called A Hotel Life. Back in the US (intellectually speaking), we also did our first piece for Life Refined, all about unexpected comfort food in the US.

Now Hotel Cali review Hotel Life

When we weren’t eating and sleeping our way around Colombia we found time to answer some probing questions for this interview with Chris Guillebeau and landed a spot on FlipKey’s list of Top 25 Couples Travel Blogs to Follow in 2014 (though, seriously, we hope you follow us this year too).

We also told the tale of Ecuador’s last iceman (below) and his epic struggle with a glacier for Zozi Journal. If you’re only going to read one piece, make it this one.

Ecuador Iceman Chimborazo

Visit the Published Work page of our website any time to see all of our freelance work in one place.

 

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Our Latest Work: An SATW Win, Colombia’s “Liquid Rainbow”, Best Bed in Bogota & Luxury on the Rails in Ecuador

You know what makes freelance travel journalists like us happy? New outlets for our latest work and we’ve got two to tell you about this month. But first, something that makes us even happier: We’re delighted to let you know that the Selling Pablo feature we did about Pablo Escobar tourism in Colombia just won an Honorable Mention in the Foreign Travel category of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers 2014 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards! We want to thank the awesome editors at the wonderful Roads & Kingdoms website for the chance to tell this story.

2014 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation 30th Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner logo

And now, our latest work

Our very first piece for the BBC Travel website is all about a stunning natural wonder in Colombia that’s been off limits for years. See why Caño Cristales, aka the “Liquid Rainbow,” is like no other river in the world.

travel to Cano Cristales on BBCCano Cristales on BBC

We’re also thrilled to be contributing hotel reviews to Luxe Beat Magazine. Our first is all about the beautiful B.O.G. Hotel in Bogota, Colombia – inspired by the city’s amazing gold museum and home to the most luxurious showers in Colombia.

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Speaking of luxurious, we spent four days on the Tren Crucero in Ecuador with white glove service on board and culture-rich stops along the way from Quito in the Andes down to the Pacific. See for yourself in our piece for the Dallas Morning News.

Travel Tren Crucero Ecuador - Dallas Morning News

Our work for our latest corporate partner, Boiron (makers of all-natural health remedies including Oscillo and Arnicare) continues to roll out as well. Check out the video we made for Boiron from some of our favorite locations in Colombia and Ecuador. Bonus: we crash an Andean wedding…

 

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Our Latest Work: Cartagena Cool, Luxury Belize, Grace Kelly’s Galapagos Yacht, Gabo’s Colombia & “Herping” in Ecuador

The recent passing of Colombia’s only Nobel Prize winner, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez (aka, Gabo), inspired a piece for the Biography Channel’s website about some of the magical places to travel to in Colombia which inspired Garcia Marquez’s  work including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.

We also got on board the yacht which Grace Kelly honeymooned on for a week-long cruise through Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Yeah, it was that amazing, as you’ll see in our piece for Bio.com.

Back in Colombia we explored Getsemani, the coolest neighborhood in Cartagena to write a travel guide to area for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

Getsemani Cartagena, Colombia travel story Minneapolis Star Tribue

And speaking of travel guides, we pulled together the very best of the best in luxury travel to Belize to produce a totally new Belize Destination Report for the high-end, subscription-based, online travel magazine Indagare.com. We did the same for the city of Cartagena to produce their Cartagena Destination Report.

It wasn’t luxurious, but we spent an exciting night in the rain forest of the Mindo Valley in Ecuador on a “herping” excursion in search of the Pinocchio Lizard, once feared extinct. Find out if we were successful or not in this piece we did for the Dallas Morning News.

Searching for Pinocchio Lizard - Mindo, Ecuador

We’re also thrilled to announce that we’ve begun contributing high-end hotel reviews to Luxe Beat Magazine’s website and to AHotelLife.com, one of the hottest and hippest new sources for global hotel information.

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