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A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish from North Park University. Her pins in the map include, but are not limited to: a train-traipse through Western Europe, a Christmas season spent in the lower half of Sweden, volunteering in the Dominican Republic and on Ecuador's coast, and a roadtrip across the U.S. As of late she’s been sojourning South America, hitting up Colombia and Peru, and wandering around Ecuador for a good ol’ time. She loves nuns, hip-hop, maps, eating outdoors and bicycles with baskets. In the future she hopes to be covered in tattoos with a small family of eleven children. Having also lived in Barcelona and at Glacier National Park in Montana, Margaret currently calls Ecuador home.

  • Hometown

    Chicago, IL

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published


  • Travel philosophy

    ¨Long have you timidly waded, holding a plank by the shore; Now I will you to be a bold swimmer, To jump off in the midst of the sea, rise again, nod to me, shout, and laughingly dash with your hair.¨ Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

  • Craziest place


  • Bizarre experience

    While cliff-jumping in Cinque Terre, Italy, I stepped on a sea urchin, subsequently infecting my foot and swelling it four times the appropriate size. Quasi-handicapped, I hobbled to The Leaning Tower of Pisa for last minute sight-seeing at five o’clock the next morning, and then wheel-chaired my way through three airports and back to the States.

  • Advice

    Set a budget, allowing yourself a little more money than you think you may need. Then, spend it all.

  • Dream destination

    Everywhere I haven´t been.

  • Traveled before

    Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, England, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Hawaii, Alaska, and most of the continental US...

  • Going next

    Dominating most of South America.

Margaret Rode's Guide Book Entries


  • Regions

    Dec 09, 2009 - Bolivia

    La Paz La Paz serves as Bolivia’s administrative capital, a packed city set high in the Andes at 4058 meters ......

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  • Lake Titicaca Tours

    Oct 06, 2009 - Bolivia

    Though the towns surrounding the lake are pleasant to visit, the islands are without a doubt Titicaca’s main tourist draw. ......

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  • Getting Around Bolivia By Boat

    Sep 24, 2009 - Bolivia

    Landlocked Bolivia has surprisingly decent public boat travel, taking advantage of Lake Titicaca and the many rivers in the east. ......

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  • National Parks

    Nov 02, 2009 - Bolivia

    Over fifteen percent of Bolivia’s landmass consists of National Parks (parques nacionales, PN), National Reserves (reservas nacionales, RN), and natural ......

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  • Highlights

    Oct 06, 2009 - Bolivia

    - Try the trout—Stalls line Copacabana beach offering an incredible and inexpensive Bolivian take on fish and chips that will ......

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  • Parque Nacional Sajama

    Jun 11, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    Hosting the highest mountain in Bolivia, plus natural geysers and hot springs, impressive flora and fauna, and the remains of ......

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  • Hostel Coronel Pedro Arraya y Tours

    Jun 09, 2009 - Tupiza, Bolivia

    With more character than any other Tupiza hotel, the Hostel Coronel Pedro Arraya and Tours offers both accommodation and (go ......

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  • Hostel Sonia

    Jun 09, 2009 - Copacabana, Bolivia

    Hostel Sonia doesn’t boast a prime location with lakeside views, but it is worth checking out for the great price ......

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  • Hotel Mitru

    Jun 08, 2009 - Tupiza, Bolivia

    Hotel Mitru is considered Tupiza's most upscale option. It has a pool (which the hotel claims to be “solar heated,” ......

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  • 4060

    Nov 06, 2009 - Potosí, Bolivia

    4060 takes its name from Potosí’s most famous feature—its altitude. The sleek décor and funky colors will make you feel ......

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  • Confeteria Center

    Jun 10, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    On the northeast corner of Plaza 10 de Febrero, the Confeteria Center is marked with a Huari sign and large ......

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  • Bella Napoli

    Jun 08, 2009 - Tupiza, Bolivia

    While its sign claiming "Bolivia's Best Pizza" might be a bit of an exageration, Bella Napoli is definitely in the ......

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  • National Parks

    Nov 02, 2009 - Bolivia

    Over fifteen percent of Bolivia’s landmass consists of National Parks (parques nacionales, PN), National Reserves (reservas nacionales, RN), and natural ......

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  • Casa Nacional de Moneda

    Oct 26, 2009 - Potosí, Bolivia

    While in Potosí it is unlikely you will miss the Casa Nacional de Moneda. The building itself is massive, taking ......

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  • Oruro Cathedral

    Jun 22, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    The Oruro Cathedral sits atop a small staircase, directly opposite the secondary plaza in the center of town (east of ......

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  • Chip Travel

    Aug 06, 2009 - Santiago, Chile

    Also known as the Chile Information Project, CHIP Travel isn’t your typical city site service. The company takes topics they ......

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  • Oruro Tours

    Jun 04, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    As it’s not very touristed, and frankly there isn’t much to see, Oruro lacks on the tour agency front. There ......

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  • Bambu Travel

    May 30, 2009 - Oruro, Bolivia

    Not exactly a tour agency, Bambu Tours still serves as one of Oruro's travel information centers. The office helps plan ......

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  • Carolina Bookstore

    Oct 11, 2012 - Cuenca, Ecuador

    Carolina Bookstore houses the self-proclaimed “largest selection of used books in Cuenca.\" Secondhand hardcovers and paperbacks in English and other ......

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  • Andes Tours

    Oct 26, 2009 - Bolivia

    Tours throughout the Andes are all too often overlooked for trips that venture deep into the jungle or that surf ......

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  • When To Go

    Oct 06, 2009 - Bolivia

    December and January are traditionally the wet winter months, but February throughout November make up for it with sufficient sun. ......

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