In summer 2016 I spent 11 days in the highlands of Ecuador visiting Quito, Otavalo, and Cuenca after spending three weeks in Colombia.
|1||Flight to Quito via Bogotá||Quito|
|3||Bus to Otavalo||Otavalo|
|4||Bus to Quito||Quito|
|7||Flight to Cuenca||Cuenca|
|11||Flight to Quito, then flight back to US|
In 2016 I spent 3 weeks in Colombia in June exploring Bogotá, Villa de Leyva, Salento, Manizales, Jardín, Medellín, and Cartagena. The highlight was Colombia’s lush Zona Cafetera (coffee zone) with a stay at a gorgeous hacienda featuring an outstanding coffee tour.
In spring 2016, after four weeks of Spanish school in Guanajuato, Mexico, I spent three weeks visiting San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro, Mexico City, Puebla, Morelia, and Pátzcuaro.
|Fly to León||Guanajuato|
|Guanajuato - Four weeks of language study||Guanajuato|
|1||Bus to San Miguel de Allende||San Miguel de Allende|
|2||San Miguel de Allende||San Miguel de Allende|
|3||San Miguel de Allende||San Miguel de Allende|
|4||Bus to Querétaro||Querétaro|
|6||Day trip - Tequisquiapan||Querétaro|
|7||Bus to Mexico City||Mexico City|
|8||Mexico City||Mexico City|
|9||Mexico City||Mexico City|
|10||Mexico City||Mexico City|
|11||Bus to Puebla||Puebla|
|15||Bus to Morelia||Morelia|
|18||Bus to Pátzcuaro||Pátzcuaro|
|20||Bus then taxi to Morelia airport for flight back to US|
Update: In February and March 2017 I returned to Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato for three weeks, taking a mix of private and group classes. It was as welcoming and warm a place as ever, and I made many new friends and reconnected with old ones. The school is receiving record numbers of students due to the rave reviews it received under the previous director.
After leaving my job in 2016, one of my major life goals became brushing up my rusty Spanish, which at that time was about level B2 (upper intermediate). I signed up for language study at a Spanish school in Guanajuato, Mexico, but prior to my trip began intermediate Spanish practice on my own.