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Hiking The Dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park - By Lisa Ballard

January 02, 2020

Last October, I had the chance to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park, the geological phenomenon wedged between the San Luis Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado.

At the entrance to the main dunefield, I excitedly laced up my Lowa Innox Pro GTX Mid’s, anticipating a hike to the top of Star Dune (8,617 feet), the tallest dune in the park and thus the tallest dune in North America.

Rainbow Mountains: Hiking in Peru’s Technicolor Range - By Lisa Ballard

November 06, 2019
An alpaca named "Adolfo" eats his lunch on summit ridge of Mount Winnikunka, after carrying his food there on his back like a hiker. (His owner was standing by him, and had loaded him up.)


With a full day to kill in Cusco, Peru before flying back to the U.S., Alpaca Expeditions set up a hike for me to the top of Mount Winikunka in the Rainbow Mountains.

The what?

After a quick Google search, I knew I had to see this unique mountain range.

Trekking The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - By Lisa Ballard

October 09, 2019

In 2008, I traveled to the Cordillera Blanca region of the Peruvian Andes to go trekking. When I returned home, my family thought it a sacrilege that I had gone to Peru but had not seen Machu Picchu, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Incas during the 15th century.

Remote places in the world, not tourist meccas, have always drawn me. While trekking to Machu Picchu had appeal, back then, an average of 15,000 people per day visited the ruins, not only on foot, but also by train and bus. Not exactly a backcountry experience!