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I am currently living on my fourth continent. I think that backpacks are one of the greatest inventions of all times. I adhere to the idea that if you leap, a net will appear. I have one freckle under each eye.

  • Hometown

    Haslett, Michigan, USA

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published

    "The Phoenix" Chicago, IL


    The Lansing State Journal, Lansing MI


  • Travel philosophy

    Always have water-proof shoes.

  • Craziest place

    The underground sewers of Istanbul.

  • Bizarre experience

    Riding in the cargo hold of a bus in Southern Thailand.

  • Advice

    Don't underestimate the power of smiling and being kind.

  • Dream destination

    The Greek islands, Dubai, Africa and the rest of Southeast Asia,

  • Traveled before

    I have studied in Costa Rica and Italy. Taught in Thailand and China, and currently live and work in Ecuador. Traveling, I have been to Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, France, Luxembourg, England and Germany.

  • Going next

    Colombia and Argentina.

Michelle Lillie's Guide Book Entries


  • Suggested Reading

    Dec 13, 2009 - Bolivia

    While Bolivia is not known for its literary achievements, there is still a fairly large collection of social and political ......

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  • The Shining Path

    Dec 11, 2009 - Ayacucho, Peru

    The Shining path got its name from a quote by the founder of the Peruvian Communist Party, Jose Carlos Mariategui, ......

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  • Getting Around

    Dec 11, 2009 - Ayacucho, Peru

    The best way to get around Ayacucho is by walking. With the sunny weather, friendly locals and accurate maps from ......

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  • Andahuaylas

    Jan 11, 2010 - Andahuaylas, Peru

    Andahuaylas rests midway between Ayacucho and Cusco (24 hours by bus to each), and serves as a popular stopping off ......

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  • San Juan Bautista

    Jul 06, 2009 - San Juan Bautista , Chile

    Tel Code: 32, Population: 598, Altitude: 5-30m The tiny, dusty town of San Juan Bautista (Saint John the Baptist) and ......

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  • Cochamó

    Jul 02, 2009 - Cochamó, Chile

    Tel Code: 65, Population: 4,636, Altitute: 3 ft The first Spanish explorers founded what is now Cochamó in 1556, yet ......

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  • Secret Garden Cotopaxi

    Feb 02, 2010 - Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

    Tranquil Secret Garden Cotopaxi is located in a breath-taking, mountainous setting on the northern boundary of Parque Nacional Cotopaxi. This ......

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  • Hotel Tres Mascaras

    Jan 11, 2010 - Ayacucho, Peru

    Slightly off the beaten path, this 20-room hotel doesn\'t seem like much from the outside, and the sign out front ......

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  • Hotel Samary

    Jan 11, 2010 - Ayacucho, Peru

    Located a few blocks from Plaza Mayor is the clean, basic Hotel Samary. With three floors of single, double and ......

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  • Los Alamos Restaurant

    Jan 11, 2010 - Ayacucho, Peru

    Located in the courtyard of the Los Alamos Hotel, the restaurant offers outdoor seating in a vine-covered tent. There is ......

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  • El Niños

    Dec 11, 2009 - Ayacucho, Peru

    The full name of the restaurant sums up the type of food they serve, El Niños: Pollos, Parrillas, Pizza and ......

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  • La Casona Restaurante Turistico

    Dec 11, 2009 - Ayacucho, Peru

    This large, open-aired restaurant offers two different rooms for eating. The first is decorated with Peruvian-styled table clothes and paintings, ......

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  • Hot Springs

    Jan 11, 2010 - Huancavelica, Peru

    Home to natural hot springs inside the city and just outside of it, Huancavelica is known for the curative properties ......

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  • Churches

    Jan 11, 2010 - Huancavelica, Peru

    Huancavelica is filled with historic churches on almost all of its main streets. Plaza de Armas is home to the ......

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  • Ayacucho Churches

    Dec 11, 2009 - Ayacucho, Peru

    Ayacucho boasts of having 33 churches in town, but in reality there are many more. The churches are open at ......

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  • Urpillay Tours

    Dec 11, 2009 - Ayacucho, Peru

    Uripallay Tours offers most of the same tours as the other tour operators in town at similar prices. The north ......

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  • A & R Tours

    Dec 11, 2009 - Ayacucho, Peru

    One of the only tour companies that does not close for an extended lunch, A & R Tours is open ......

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  • Zapata

    Jan 13, 2009 - San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

    Offering everything from jungle tours to transfers from San Cristóbal de las Casas to the Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport, this English ......

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  • Casa en la Arbol

    Jan 16, 2009 - San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

    Casa en la Arbol was founded in 2005 by a group of young teachers and volunteers. With no registration fee ......

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  • Huancavelica Shopping

    Jan 11, 2010 - Huancavelica, Peru

    Huancavelica is not a shopping destination; however, there are a few traditional and not-so-traditional markets that are an interesting way ......

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  • Introduction to Nicaragua

    Mar 06, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America and least densely populated, boasts 25 volcanoes and miles of coasts on both ......

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  • Laundry

    Jan 06, 2009 - San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

    Lavanderias are plentiful and can be found not only in most hotels, but also on almost all streets. Prices average ......

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  • OTEC International

    Jan 06, 2009 - Costa Rica

    OTEC International is a group of companies that specialize in cultural exchange and student travel. Volunteer Costa Rica is one ......

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