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A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally, I enjoy traveling, and doubly so when it involves bus rides, deserts or tres leches.

  • Hometown

    Pennington, NJ

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published

    Latitudes, Matador

  • Travel philosophy

    Why not, say, Chad in August?

  • Craziest place

    Laikipia, Kenya

  • Bizarre experience

    A goat slaughter and feast

  • Advice

    Corn-on-the-cob is good everywhere.

  • Dream destination

    Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

  • Traveled before

    Nicaragua, Europe, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Ecuador

  • Going next

    Who knows?

Nick Rosen's Guide Book Entries


  • Getting To and Away

    Feb 27, 2012 - Pucallpa , Peru

    By BusThe bus between Lima (or Tingo Maria) and Pucallpa is notorious for robberies, and while the situation has improved ......

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  • Getting To and Away

    Feb 17, 2012 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    Chanchamayo’s big claim to fame is the ease with which one can reach it from Lima. Indeed, no city in ......

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  • Safety In Arequipa

    Apr 15, 2011 - Arequipa, Peru

    Petty theft is common in Arequipa, so leave anything of value back in your hotel. Theft can also be a ......

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  • Pucallpa

    Feb 27, 2012 - Pucallpa , Peru

    Pucallpa is one of Peru’s fastest-growing cities, a workaday port where the riches of the Amazon basin are transferred to ......

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  • Chanchamayo

    Feb 02, 2011 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    The tourist brochures claim that Chanchamayo sits a mere six hours from Lima, and while that might be a bit ......

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  • Central Jungle

    Nov 30, 2010 - Peru

    While Peru\'s central jungle is light on famous sights, its thousands of miles of rain forest, varied activities and, most ......

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  • Hostal Rey

    Apr 28, 2011 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    Hostal Rey is a bright, airy and modern hotel. It is located on the slopes of the hill above La ......

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  • Hostal Mercedes

    Apr 28, 2011 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    Hostal Mercedes is one of the nicest of Chanchamayo\'s cheap hostels. The hostel is in an older building near the ......

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  • Hotel Elio's

    Feb 02, 2011 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    Elio\'s hotel is clean and quiet, and a pleasant place to stay in a town full of such establishments. The ......

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  • Super Adobo Arequipeño

    Apr 13, 2012 - Arequipa, Peru

    Creatively named, this picantería specializes in adobo, the traditional arequipeño pork stew. Super Adobo’s tangy take on the classic dish ......

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  • Fuente De Soda Pepe's

    Apr 28, 2011 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    The plaza is crowded with restaurants serving jungle fare and vying for tourist dollars, but Pepe\'s manages to attract a ......

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  • El Cebillano

    Apr 15, 2011 - Arequipa, Peru

    It\'s easy to forget that Arequipa, high in the Andes, is just a few hours from the coast. After dining ......

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  • Perene Valley

    Feb 28, 2011 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    One of the leading destinations in the Chanchamayo region, and one touted by every tour agency in town, is the ......

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  • Zoologico Gallito De Las Rocas

    Feb 02, 2011 - Chanchamayo, Peru

    A lot of tour itineraries include this small zoo, but animal-lovers will want to avoid Gallito de la Rocas. It\'s ......

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  • Ollantaytambo Fortress

    Jul 27, 2010 - Ollantaytambo, Peru

    Ollantaytambo\'s complex was built shortly after Emperor Pachacuteq\'s conquest of the region. Today, most of it is spread on the ......

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  • Ushuaia Outdoors

    May 06, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Locally-run Ushuaia Outdoors caters to travelers who arrive in Tierra del Fuego looking for outdoor adventure. The company offers treks ......

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  • Alicia Petiet/Antarctica Travels

    May 06, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    If Ushuaia is not cold enough, remote enough or far enough south for you, talk to Alicia Petiet. An expert ......

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  • Tolkeyen Patagonia Turismo

    May 06, 2009 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Tolkeyen has nearly 20 years of experience in running tours, and it is a rather slick operation. The company does ......

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  • Shopping in Nicaragua

    Apr 23, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Archeologists have named Nicaragua’s earliest inhabitants Los Concheros, or “the Shell Collectors;” the country is still attracting collectors, of one ......

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  • Latin Trails

    May 31, 2010 - Quito, Ecuador

    Latin Trails arranges for travel writers to work at their Quito office updating websites, exchanging links, writing newsletters, content for ......

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