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I'm a twentysomething dandelion floating across the field of youth. I have an unquenchable thirst for writing, exploring and cheap wine. A cross between Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, I use self-deprecation and wit to slay the array of awkward sitautions I magnetically attract. I love lip balm and socks.

  • Hometown

    Minneapolis, MN

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published

    Shattered Glam Magazine; Emil's Epilogue, college e-newsletter; various web content and copy

  • Travel philosophy

    Preparation. Passion. Pursuit.

  • Craziest place

    An abandoned cave in Fiji where cannibals used to eat human hearts and brain.

  • Bizarre experience

    A doctor visited me at my volunteer house in Cusco, then cut my water bottle in half and told me to poop in it and hail a taxi to drop it off at the medical lab. And yes, I sure did -- in a concealed, opaque bag.

  • Advice

    Stretch yourself, and be open to everything: the culture, the language, new adventures and challenges, etc.

  • Dream destination

    Iceland. New Zealand. Chile. Italy (I can keep going...)

  • Traveled before

    Peru (Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca); Fiji; London; Mexico (Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Akumal, Mazatlan)

  • Going next

    Wherever the wind takes me! (I'm a dandelion, remember?)

Rachel Anderson's Guide Book Entries


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  • Cabañas Rose Cottage

    Oct 31, 2012 - Around Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

    Set up in the hills three kilometers (2 mi) outside Otavalo, Rose Cottage offers guests a beautiful base from which ......

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  • Casa Acuario

    Oct 28, 2009 - Bocas del Toro, Panama

    Just three minutes from Bocas, this small and charming inn is practically floating on the water, meaning guests can peacefully ......

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  • Sol de Oriente

    Oct 17, 2009 - Guayaquil, Ecuador

    This is a simple, yet sleek hotel whose various oriental inspirations make it stand out against other characterless hotels in ......

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  • Mercado La Recova

    Jul 02, 2009 - La Serena, Chile

    Located on the corner of Cienfuegos and Cantournet, La Recova is actually a street market, and one of the most ......

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  • Yoko Sushi Bar

    Jul 02, 2009 - La Serena, Chile

    This beautiful sushi restaurant is tastefully decorated with Japanese and Chilean influences, and is a unique option for trying local ......

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  • Bakulic

    Jul 02, 2009 - La Serena, Chile

    Founded by Boris Bakulic over 20 years ago, this gorgeous seaside restaurant was rebuilt in 2000 after a tragic fire ......

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  • Condoriri Massif Climb

    Nov 06, 2009 - Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    The Condoriri Massif consists of a cluster of 13 beautiful peaks, all above the 5000m (16,400ft) mark. Climbers have their ......

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  • Huayna Potosí Climb

    Nov 06, 2009 - Cordillera Real, Bolivia

    Due to its accessibility – just 25 kilometers north of La Paz – and its gorgeous glacial pyramid shape, Huayna ......

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  • Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

    Jul 03, 2009 - Around La Serena, La Serena, Chile

    Perched 2200 meters atop a hill 88 km southeast of La Serena lies an impressive cluster of futuristic domes otherwise ......

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  • Chuquitour

    Jul 01, 2009 - Calama, Chile

    With over 20 years of tour experience, Chuquitour offers a wide range of tours in the area surrounding Calama. Organized ......

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  • Surtrek

    May 28, 2009 - Quito, Ecuador

    With over 20 years of experience under its belt, Surtrek offers a massive array of activities to satisfy just about ......

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  • Safari Tours

    Mar 31, 2009 - Quito, Ecuador

    This reputable tour operator offers a variety of expeditions deep into the heart of the Amazon. Specializing in sustainable tourism ......

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  • Máximo Nivel

    Mar 18, 2009 - Cusco, Peru

    Internationally accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Education, Máximo Nivel (an international institute with branches in Costa Rica and Guatemala ......

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  • Mayra Spanish School

    Dec 01, 2004 - Baños, Ecuador

    Accredited by Ecuador\'s Ministry of Education, Mayra has been offering quality Spanish classes since 1998. The school offers courses of ......

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  • Responsible Tourism

    Mar 13, 2009 - Chile

    In recent years Chile has experienced an influx of tourism, largely due to its friendly attitude and wealth of natural ......

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  • Senior Travelers Chile

    Mar 12, 2009 - Chile

    Chile’s diverse landscape attracts a lot of senior travelers, from the mystery and awe of Easter Island to the glaciated ......

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  • Volunteering in Chile

    Mar 03, 2009 - Chile

    Chile provides a great base for volunteers to explore and contribute to the land and its people, from the country’s ......

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