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Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began traipsing throughout the Americas, from Alaska to Patagonia. When she is not travelling and writing, Lorraine works as a freelance researcher, editor, translator and radio programmer—as well as the occasional odd hotel chambermaid and dishwasher. She would never leave home without her “traveling books of poetry”—six small notebooks, hand-bound with old shoelaces—to fill them with more stories and poems of places and people she comes to know and to share whenever, wherever she may. Lorraine and Rocinante have been living and working in Latin America since 2002.

  • Hometown

    Unites States

  • Location now

    Latin America

  • Work published

    Lorraine Caputo's literary works have appeared in over 70 journals in Canada, US and Latin America; travel writings in several journals and the anthology "Drive: True Women's Tales from the Open Road" (Seal Press, 2002); 18 books, including seven chapbooks of poetry ("Andina Aquarelles, published by Snark in 2003, is a collection of poems about Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia); and three sound recordings. She has done over 200 poetry readings from Denali to Patagonia. Her poems have been described as "travel poetry."

  • Travel philosophy

    Patience, patience—you get there when you get there.

  • Craziest place

    A certain working-class hotel in Mexico City.

  • Bizarre experience

    Returning to the US.

  • Advice

    Patience, patience—you get there when you get there.

  • Dream destination

    To travel the African continent by train.

  • Traveled before

    Almost every country between Alaska and Argentina—several times.

  • Going next

    Wherever the wind takes me.

Lorraine Caputo's Guide Book Entries


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  • Yurimaguas

    Aug 26, 2012 - Yurimaguas, Peru

    (Altitude: 182 m / 593 ft, Population: 70,575, City Code: 065) Yurimaguas, nicknamed La Perla del Huallaga (The Pearl of ......

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  • Moyobamba

    Aug 20, 2012 - Moyobamba, Peru

    (Altitude: 860 m / 2,821 ft, Population: 65,000, City Code: 042) The first jungle city along the Corredor Transoceánico highway ......

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  • The Peruvian Islands Of Lake Titicaca

    Jun 19, 2012 - Peru

    About 42 islands dot the tranquil waters of Lago Titicaca. The majority are in Peruvian territory. Of them, Islas Uros, ......

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  • Tambopaxi

    Oct 25, 2012 - Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

    Set just inside Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, Tambopaxi is an acclimatization center that advertises itself as \"the best place to stay ......

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  • Camping In Parque Nacional Cotopaxi

    Oct 25, 2012 - Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

    Travelers on a budget or those wanting a more intimate relationship with nature have several choices of camping at Parque ......

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  • Hostería Samilagua

    Oct 17, 2012 - Salinas de Bolívar, Ecuador

    Hostería Samilagua is another hotel option in Salinas de Bolívar. This small hostel provides comfortable, yet basic, shared and private ......

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  • La Va-k Pizzaría

    Oct 17, 2012 - Salinas de Bolívar, Ecuador

    Just around the corner from Quesaría Salinas (the cheese factory) is La Va-k Pizzaría. This unassuming restaurant prepares mouth-watering pizzas ......

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  • Pizzería Buon Giorno

    Oct 15, 2012 - Guaranda, Ecuador

    If you are needing a break from the run-of-the-mill Ecuadorian fare and you aren’t quite up to trying exotic cuy, ......

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  • The Boot Sports Bar

    Oct 03, 2012 - La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

    Looking for a place to hang out with fellow travelers and Quiteños, chugging down beers and micheladas, while catching the ......

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  • Summiting Cotopaxi

    Oct 25, 2012 - Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

    Even novice climbers can summit the glacier-topped peak with the help of a good guide, glacier climbing equipment and a ......

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  • Hiking To Cotopaxi's Refuge

    Oct 25, 2012 - Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

    Cotopaxi’s main refuge, Refugio José Ribas, is popular destination not only for those willing to take on the challenge of ......

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  • Other Hikes Around Cotopaxi

    Oct 25, 2012 - Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

    Besides the hiking up to and around Refugio José Ribas, visitors to Parque Nacional Cotopaxi have several other treks they ......

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  • Samatours

    Jul 03, 2012 - Tacna, Peru

    Samatours offers city tours of Tacna, and expeditions to the vineyards and archaeological sites in the countryside. Also on the ......

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  • Zesal

    Jul 03, 2012 - Tacna, Peru

    As well as offering bus and plane tickets to national and international cities, Zesal also has two-day / one-night package ......

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  • Titikaka Adventures

    Jun 12, 2012 - Puno, Peru

    Titikaka Adventures offers many ways to explore the lake and its communities. Along with half- and full-day tours to the ......

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  • Grupo Game

    Sep 21, 2012 - Quito, Ecuador

    In a quiet area of Quito\'s Old Town is Grupo Game. This friendly school, headed by Katy, is a center ......

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  • Cartagena International Language School

    Jun 16, 2011 - Cartagena, Colombia

    Cartagena Intentional Language School is the newest kid on the Spanish school block. This small academy has intensive courses (20 ......

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  • Babel International Language Institute

    Apr 28, 2011 - Cartagena, Colombia

    Just a block from Plaza San Diego in Cartagena’s Old Town is Babel International Language Institute. This school offers Spanish ......

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  • Convent Shops

    Oct 03, 2012 - Quito, Ecuador

    Whether your skin dried by Quito\'s high altitude needs rejeuvenation, or you\'ve picked up a bug on your jungle excursion, ......

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  • Services In Yurimaguas

    Aug 26, 2012 - Yurimaguas, Peru

    Tourism Office The regional tourism office, Dircetura is helpful, but has little information. Staff does not speak English. It also ......

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  • Shopping In Moyobamba

    Aug 20, 2012 - Moyobamba, Peru

    Moyobamba has over a half-dozen artisan shops selling necklaces and other jewellery made of jungle seeds, regional coffees and liqueurs. ......

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  • Nueva Acrópolis

    May 17, 2012 - Puno, Peru

    Nueva Acrópolis (New Acropolis) is an international organization dedicated to preserving and fostering culture, learning, science and philosophy. It has ......

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  • All Ways Travel Volunteer Program

    May 17, 2012 - Puno, Peru

    Addressing the unique needs of the children of the indigenous communities who live in Puno and in the various islets ......

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  • The Point Hostel

    May 01, 2012 - Arequipa, Peru

    The Point Hostel in Arequipa needs volunteers to receive guests, tend bar, organize events and do other work as needed. ......

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