Sometimes you just need to stop and admire a thing of beauty. Luke, Susan, and I saw this old run down barn along the side of the road in @CanadianBadlands . We unanimously agreed to turn around and go explore it up close. We saw a few owls, but mainly we took in the rugged history of it all...if those old barn walls could speak...⠀
I found a hiking buddy! One thing I loved about northern Argentina and Chile was that even though there were many stray dogs running around, they were always fed well and happy...sort of like this little guy who found me on the trail. ⠀
#atacamadesert #chile #chilegram #mansbestfriend #mustlovedogs #bestdogever #muttsofinstagram #hiking #dogwalk #valleyofthemoon
Did you know that you could drive to the moon? ⠀
It's not THE moon...but it sure seems like it! The road going through the incredible landscape of Valley of the Moon in #AtacamaDesert.⠀
#atacamadesert #chile #chilegram #valleyofthemoon #atacamadesert #chile ⠀
#chilegram #instachile #Desert #roadtrip #traveldeeper #gotothemoon #itsamazingoutthere #thisisadventure
I'm a genie in a bottle...⠀
A little fun with perspective on the Salar de Pocitos. Don't worry...no beer was harmed while taking this photograph!⠀
Today I went hunting for Asia in Denver! And I hit the jackpot...Vietnamese food, Asian grocery store and bakery, and a 1 hour $30 massage...success! If you want to see where all of this is in Denver just watch my Instagram story today!
Life rolling by in San Antonio de los Cobres in northern Argentina. A small mining town and our stop for a lunch break on the way to Tolar Grande. Not touristy - just real. ⠀
#Argentina #ig_argentina #igersargentina #loves_argentina #tolargrande #motocycle #smalltown #roadtrip #visitsalta #ATWS2017 #traveldeeper #ThisisAdventure
NEW BLOG POST: “All tourism is a bit of an illusion, but we try to be as real as possible.” Take the road less traveled to Norddal Norway and you'll find the 'real' Norway! Visit Norway
Even though I'm new in Denver, it didn't take me long to learn about and fall in love with the 40 foot tall Blue Bear seen peeking in the convention center downtown! ⠀
Jordan was a breath of fresh air for me. I can safely say that it was the most genuinely generous country I’ve been to – from random shopkeepers on the street, to business workers, to the family I lived with. Have you been to a place where you were overwhelmed with kindness from complete strangers?
#WKD #WorldKindnessDay https://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/acts-of-kindness-in-jordan/
Just testing my fear of heights in the Atacama Desert. Hmmm...on second thought...maybe this isn't a good idea to be doing this in the Valley of Death!⠀
#TierraAtacama #atacama #desert #desertlife #chile #deserts #chilegram #instachile #fearofheights #footselfie #feet #footmodel #beautifulfeet #sanddune #valleyofdeath
Sunset on the Salar de Atacama (salt flat) and Chaxa Lake. Everything glows flamingo pink!⠀
Life always finds a way to survive in the most harsh environments. This bloom called Tikara (I think!) was found in the Atacama Desert's Moon Valley just being all pretty and pink.⠀
Get your passport ready, because you could win a trip around the world! Check out my good friend Nomadic Matt's latest book and contest. He's giving away a trip around the world to one lucky person! Sign up by the end of November and call upon Lady Luck to swing your way!
I'm back in Denver for a few months and I'm loving the chance to have some time to enjoy my new home again! It's been such a busy travel filled summer! Now I get to slow down, catch up on writing, and hopefully grow a few more roots here in beautiful, sunny, Denver! However I still have a bunch of great photography and stories to share from my summer travels...so stay tuned!
I had some bad news last week...and I dealt with it the only way I know how...to write about it. It's amazing how the process of putting your thoughts and feeling down on a screen (or paper!) releases everything and allows you to process it. I delved deep into the 'what if's' during my processing - and I shed a lot of tears. For those of you who knew my mean cat...read on...
Walking among the elderly giants. The cacti here were upwards of 500 years old, it's amazing to stand next to one and think slow life and how they survived in this environment. This was near Los Cardones National Park in Argentina. However inside the park you have to stay on the well marked trails, but outside of the park you can go and get up close to the cactus. But not too close!!
No, I haven't tele-transported to Egypt...this is Argentina's completely natural version of the Great Pyramid! Located in the Tolar Grande salt flat, you'll find this miracle of nature - the Cono de Artia. A perfect cone shaped by swirling wind out in the middle of the salt flat! It was incredible to see driving up to it in the middle of nowhere. And there wasn't a single person there besides us. Unlike Cairo there were no vendors, no camels, nothing...which made it all that more special!⠀
Photo by @CleverDever⠀
#SalardeArizaro #Argentina #Salta #ig_argentina #igersargentina #loves_argentina #visitsalta #argentinaig #salta #pyramid #cone #tolargrande #saltflat #aritacono #landscape #landscapelover #landscapephotography #naturephotography #itsamazingoutthere #thisisadventure #BBCTravel #BeautifulDestinations #passionpassport #ATWS2017 #traveldeeper
I've been busy editing photos from my South America travels. When I go through photos it's sort of like re-living a trip all over again. The one thing that really stands out to me from this trip is just how much the people you are with can effect your enjoyment and view of a place. Sure - I loved all of the landscapes I encountered - but it was Tolar Grande that captured my heart. A little known area that takes a lot of driving to get to, but it's worth it because you'll feel like you are the only person who knows about this place. But it was the people who I met on this trip and bonded with that sealed the deal for me. Keri Montgomery, Paul Sarfati, and CleverDever Wherever (+ our guide Sebastian del Val)- thanks for reminding me what a crucial part people are to travel.
Have you ever had travel companions 'make' a place for you?
Sunset at Los Flamencos National Reserve in the #Atacama Desert. The Andean Flamingos on Chaxa Lake look gigantic compared to the people walking on the salt flat behind them! We stayed out taking photos until the sun went down and turned those mountains in the distance pink like the Flamingos! The landscape in Salar de Atacama was a kaleidoscope of colors!⠀
Have you ever taken a solo road trip? Was it pure awesomeness? I bet it was...for these 10 reasons and more...
Do you like to follow the trends? Then check out this article I participated in for top trending destinations for 2018 with Stride Travel ! I didn't choose what was on the list...as I think I would have added some other places that were less popular or less known...but this is a great start!
It's 5 o'clock somewhere!
Happy hour nibbles and martinis at The Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar - my fav place for martini's in Denver! What a lovely 'welcome home' treat!
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
I took a ride through the Cousiño Macul vineyards for my last day in Santiago with Say Hueque Argentina Journeys! I've been on many winery tours, but this was a fun and different way to do wine tasting...and no, I didn't fall off the bike!
I've been creating these short little videos of my South America Travels with GoPro's new Quik video editing phone app...it's so incredibly easy that even someone like me (that hates editing video) can do it in a few minutes! How did I do?
Awaking a sleeping beast: https://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/heartache-travel-solo/
NEW BLOG POST: Cemetery Travels. Even though I hate any kind of scary horror movies, I love cemeteries. It’s because I look at cemeteries as a story – a bunch of different stories. It’s a place for me to be creative, daydream, contemplate life – and death. They are places that few people go and look at while traveling but I always make a stop when I see a cemetery along the road.
Valparaiso was a confusing town to me. It seems to actually exists as two completely different cities. The lower part near the port has narrow streets along the bay is loud, dirty, and nowhere I wanted to spend any time. The port is not welcoming and quite frankly is dying. While the upper part boasts great colorful mansions and houses overflowing with artistic abandon! A great day of learning with Say Hueque Argentina Journeys!
Yesterday we arrived in Santiago Chile - my first time here! It's so different than other big South American cities I've been to like Buenos Aires and Lima - I love it! And what's the best way to get to know a new city - food of course! Say Hueque Argentina Journeys organized a food tour of the Vega central markets for us. We were able to get some great future food recommendations from our guide and get a feel for the culture...all while stuffing our face with new foods!
Running, walking, rolling, and laughing all the way down the dune! Our morning @tierrahotels excursion took us on a hike up a high ridge and then a fantastic run down this giant sand dune in Valle de la Muerte (valley of death) in Atacama Desert in Chile! So much sand and fun! A must do! Want to see what it was like to run down this dune? Watch my Instagram stories today to see all the action and laughs!
#TierraAtacama #thisisadventure #chile #visitchile #sanddune #chilegram #atacamadesert #itsamazingoutthere #traveldeeper #beautifulplaces #adventuretravel
I did all the normal stuff in Atacama - Moon valley, Death valley, Salt Flats, Flamingos, and star gazing...but my favorite was this hike. Why...because it's a hike that only Tierra Hotels offers (so we were the only ones there off the tourist track!) and it challenged me to balance on tiny ledges in the canyon and scramble from rock to rock between cactus! #TierraAtacama
"I'll send you to the moon Alice!" And this is where Alice would've went-to the Valley of the Moon in the #Atacama Desert in Chile! This landscape that was covered with a crusty salt and sand dunes and was fascinating to experience with Tierra Hotels! #hosted