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I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, I headed across the equator to travel solo through South America. From the beaches of Uruguay to the bumping nightlife of Buenos Aires to the breathtaking heights of Machu Picchu, I quickly fell in love this diverse, adventurous and beautiful continent. Born and raised in New Jersey, my itch for travel has previously brought me to 20 countries. I currently live in Quito, Ecuador.

  • Hometown

    Warren, NJ

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Travel philosophy

    No plans are good plans. As I always say, plans can only be broken and expectations can only be met, but if you have neither, you are likely to stumble upon the unexpected, see the unknown and meet the unsual. And, of course, if you end up somewhere and you have no idea what to do or where to stay, you always have your handy guidebook to fall back on.

  • Craziest place

    Amsterdam on Queen's Day and La Paz, Bolivia in general

  • Bizarre experience

    Being sandwiched between a drunk Brazilian guy and an indigenous Peruvian woman--two of the six other passengers accompanying me on a cab ride through the Peruvian jungle--including a chicken (yes, a chicken).

  • Advice

    Learning the local language will greatly enhance your travel experience, so learn a few words and phrases before you go or brush up on what you already know. This will allow you to get to know and connect with the people who live where you are traveling.

  • Dream destination

    So many, but here are a few: India, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Egypt

  • Traveled before

    Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Croatia, Czech. Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay

  • Going next

    No idea, just going with the flow right now.

Jena Davison's Guide Book Entries

Info

  • Getting Around Loja

    Jan 17, 2013 - Loja, Ecuador

    If you spend most of the time in the city\'s center, you will find walking to be the best mode ......

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  • La Chocolatera

    Jan 14, 2013 - Salinas, Ecuador

    La Chocolatera is the most western point in South America. It is called La Chocolatera (Chocolate Pot) because strong currents ......

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  • Getting Around The Peruvian Amazon Basin

    May 25, 2012 - Peru

    Most of the Amazon Basin towns are small enough to navigate by foot. If you\'d prefer not to walk your ......

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Destinations

  • Pijao

    Feb 16, 2012 - Pijao, Colombia

    Although Pijao may have been avoided by travelers just a year ago due to FARC activity in the area, the ......

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  • Southern Jungle

    Nov 30, 2010 - Peru

    The southern part of the Peruvian Amazon jungle borders Brazil and Bolivia, and is home to two of Peru’s most ......

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  • Saraguro

    Feb 10, 2006 - Saraguro, Ecuador

    Arriving in Saraguro is a one-of-a-kind experience; there is no place like it in the world. What makes this small ......

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Hotels

  • Big Ralph's Hostel and Restaurant

    Jan 14, 2013 - Salinas, Ecuador

    Big Ralph\'s is owned by a friendly Ecuadorian-English couple and provides clean, air-conditioned rooms with a TV and WiFi. All ......

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  • Los Orishas

    Jan 14, 2013 - Ayampe, Ecuador

    Owned by a group of welcoming Italian and Ecuadorian friends, Los Orishas is a quiet and comfortable place to rest ......

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  • Riviera Suites Hotel

    Dec 19, 2012 - Montañita, Ecuador

    One of the newest high-end hotels to open in Montañita, Riviera Suites Hotel is a modern and luxurious option that ......

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Restaurants

  • Casa Do Brasil Café Cultural

    Jan 17, 2013 - Cuenca, Ecuador

    Casa do Brasil is a welcoming upstairs café and cultural space opened by Brazilian transplants. Besides being a place to ......

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  • La Tasca

    Nov 22, 2012 - Baños, Ecuador

    This authentic Spanish eatery gets rave reviews for its tapas, paellas, cured sausages and cheeses, and wine. Bring along your ......

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  • Sativa Studio Café

    Nov 22, 2012 - Baños, Ecuador

    Sativa Studio is located within a beautifully renovated abandoned garage and nearly the entire place is made with recycled materials; ......

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Activities

  • Quito Tour Bus

    Jan 28, 2013 - Northern Quito, Quito, Ecuador

    The Quito Tour Bus is a convenient and comfortable way to see all of the city\'s main attractions. Each day, ......

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  • Hiking In Vilcabamba

    Jan 17, 2013 - Vilcabamba, Ecuador

    Vilcabamba is a great place to hike and there are many marked trails in the area that range in length ......

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  • Traditional Andean Ceremonies

    Jan 17, 2013 - Vilcabamba, Ecuador

    You will probably see many flyers around Vilcabamba posted by various people offering to clean your energies, renew your relationships ......

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Tours

  • Papangu Tours

    Nov 27, 2012 - Puyo, Ecuador

    If you are interested in really immersing yourself into the communities and cultures of the Amazon, Papangu may have the ......

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  • Tienda De Bicicletas "el Chino"

    Nov 08, 2012 - Vilcabamba, Ecuador

    Another way to see Vilcabamba\'s surrounding countryside or to visit Podocarpus National Park is by bicycle. Tienda de Bicicletas \"El ......

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  • Aratinga Aventuras

    Oct 30, 2012 - Loja, Ecuador

    Aratinga Aventuras is the birding specialist in town and organizes bird-watching tours around Loja. You can book a bird-watching trip ......

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Schools

  • Escuela Amauta

    Oct 23, 2012 - Cuenca, Ecuador

    This highly recommended Spanish school only provides private classes, except in the case that friends who are at the same ......

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  • Mayra Spanish School

    Dec 01, 2004 - Baños, Ecuador

    Accredited by Ecuador\'s Ministry of Education, Mayra has been offering quality Spanish classes since 1998. The school offers courses of ......

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Services

  • Shopping Summary

    Jan 20, 2012 - Colonia del Sacramento , Uruguay

    Colonia is not all about beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets; some good shopping can be done here as well. The ......

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  • Y'abal Handicraft Shop

    Dec 23, 2011 - Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

    Y\'abal Handicraft Shop sells handwoven bags, fabrics, scarves and other products made by local women\'s weaving communities. Preserving the traditional ......

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  • Santa Maria Supermarket

    May 25, 2010 - Near Quito, Tumbaco, Ecuador

    Located next to the Tumbaco bus stop, Santa Maria supermarket has the cheapest groceries in the area. Although budgeters will ......

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Jobs

  • Sambuca Café Organic Farm

    Oct 30, 2012 - Vilcabamba, Ecuador

    Café Sambuca's organic farm has 200 fruit trees, a hectare (2.5 ac) of vegetables and greens, a greenhouse, and animals ......

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  • Wall Street English

    Apr 26, 2010 - Quito, Ecuador

    The Wall Street Institute in Quito has numerous English-teaching opportunities for native English speakers who have at least a Bachelor's ......

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  • Maquipucuna Foundation

    Apr 23, 2010 - Quito, Ecuador

    With the prime goal of preserving the incredible biodiversity of the Maquipucana Reserve, located about 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest ......

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