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Karen Nagy is a staff editor/writer at V!VA. She studied travel writing and learned the joys of Mediterranean island-hopping in Greece, and went on to receive BA degrees in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Oregon. After living in Argentina in 2007, she was eager to make a South American base-camp for herself once again in Quito.

  • Hometown

    Eugene, Oregon

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published

    The Ecuador Reporter

    Button Magazine

    Flux Magazine

    CAScade Magazine

    Oregon Quarterly

  • Travel philosophy

    Que será, será.

  • Traveled before

    Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Canada, USA, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, England

  • Going next


Karen Nagy's Guide Book Entries


  • When to Go

    Feb 01, 2012 - Huancavelica, Peru

    While December through March is the rainy season in this part of the Andes, it\'s still usually dry and sunny ......

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  • Getting To and Away From Huancavelica

    Feb 01, 2012 - Huancavelica, Peru

    The most common routes to and from Huancavelica are north from Huancayo, or south from Ayacucho, though there is also ......

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  • Getting Around

    Feb 01, 2012 - Huancavelica, Peru

    Huancavelica is a small town, organized around the central Plaza de Armas. It’s easy enough to reach everything on foot, ......

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  • Huancavelica

    Dec 07, 2009 - Huancavelica, Peru

    Known as the “Pearl of the Andes,” Huancavelica is a small mountainous town that attracts the rare intrepid traveler who ......

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  • Puerto Hambre (Port Famine)

    Jun 26, 2009 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Though the area around Puerto Hambre (Port Famine) is beautiful, the story of the area is bleak. All that remains ......

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  • Pali Aike National Park

    Jun 26, 2009 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    While not often visited, the 5,000 hectare Pali Aike National Park offers barren beauty and lunar landscapes, just 200 kilometers ......

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  • Yaganhouse Hostel

    Oct 15, 2009 - Puerto Natales, Chile

    Located in the center of Puerto Natales, Yaganhouse Hostel has been in operation since 2006. They attempt to incorporating ecological ......

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  • Hostel Yakush

    May 08, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Yakush is run by an extremely friendly Ushuaian local, who has created an immaculately clean and bright hostel with big ......

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  • Hostel Cruz del Sur

    May 08, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Located in the center of town, this colorful hostel is warm and welcoming for sociable backpackers on a budget. Walls ......

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  • Tapas Macarena

    Sep 08, 2009 - Centro Internacional / La Macarena, Bogotá, Colombia

    A hip Dutch/Colombian couple opened Tapas Macarena back in 2007 to fill the city\'s lack of a traditional tapas bar ......

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  • Café ChiQuito

    Apr 21, 2009 - Guápulo, Quito, Ecuador

    Although its menu is small, this artsy café has big personality. With paintings depicting quiteño life, a wide variety of ......

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  • Cafe Arte Guápulo

    Apr 21, 2009 - Guápulo, Quito, Ecuador

    With hot chocolate, hot wine, hot canelazo, and giant drip candles on the tables, Cafe Arte Guápulo is a good ......

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  • Coropuna and Ampato

    Apr 12, 2012 - Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

    Those with experience and equipment who are interested in independent climbs should look to Coropuna (6,425 m / 20,946 ft) ......

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  • Mountain Climbing

    Apr 12, 2012 - Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

    Almost two dozen volcanoes in the Arequipa-Colca Canyon region await climbers wanting to get a bit of sky-high action. Dominating ......

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  • Fuerte Bulnes

    Jun 26, 2009 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Located approximately 56 kilometers south of Punta Arenas, the original Fuerte Bulnes fort was the first Patagonian settlement in the ......

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  • AIE Spanish School

    May 08, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Argentina Idioma Español offers two week Spanish classes, either private, or with a small group (or a combination of the ......

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  • Finis Terrae

    May 08, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Finis Terrae Spanish School offers class packages in private or group setting for one to three weeks, including activities such ......

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