Maia

/Maia Williamson

About Maia Williamson

Maia lives in Montreal, Canada. She has two Masters degrees, one in International Development and one in Applied Linguistics and has been teaching ESL since 2002 at the college and university level. Maia is an avid traveller, always planning the next big trip. She loves the outdoors, adventure, learning from different cultures and doing frequent volunteer work abroad.

La Paz

I usually fall in love with every place I travel to for one reason or another. I’m a culture vulture and a people watcher. I love landscapes as much as cityscapes. And I thrive when I’m out of my comfort zone and have to navigate the waters of a new environment. However, it [...]

Las Pampas Amazon Tour

After the buzz of the Salt Flats I was a bit deflated when I learned a few towns near Uyuni that I was hoping to visit for my last week in Bolivia were plagued with ongoing miner protests. I was told that I could still go, but I may very well find myself stuck [...]

Uyuni Salt Flats

A tour of the Salt Flats in Uyuni (Salar de Uyuni) was lingering on my bucket list for years, so part of my motivation for visiting Bolivia was to finally see this unique and beautiful place. And on a three-day tour of the area, I saw so much more than I expected [...]

Easter Island

Early in my South America trip I entertained the idea of going to Easter Island as a birthday present to myself, which I thought I thoroughly deserved for god-knows-what reason. And since I was going to get as close to it as I ever would when visiting Chile, I convinced myself [...]

Valparasio

I'm convinced that if you follow the yellow brick road it will invariably lead you to Valparasio, Chile. A small city of about 200,000 people, Valparasio is actually one of the most important seaports in the South Pacific and a big university town as well. However, it's so much more [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash

I should have known things were going to go awry when I caught food poisoning the night before we left. I haven't had it in over 25 years, but the night before the biggest hike of my life and...pow! I had signed up with Inkaland Treks to do the Cordillera Huayhuash [...]

Mancora to Huaraz – The Two Faces of Peru

After action-packed Ecuador in rather frigid temps, a few days on the beach in Peru was more than welcomed. The only obstacle was another eight-hour roller coaster of a bus ride to get there, but I needed some heat and sand and something to drink with an umbrella in it [...]

Quito

My first day in Quito should have been a hint that this stop was going to be...exciting. I was walking in Old Town for no more than 20 minutes when I heard the crowds. I followed the noise all the way to Plaza de la Independencia and sure enough, the [...]

Surviving the Bus from Colombia to Ecuador

A long trek across countries isn't always torture. I've done plenty, and I will do more. However, multiple bus rides that last three days and total about 30 hours is pretty darn close. Nonetheless, Colombia to Ecuador can be done with relative ease if you keep your wits about you [...]

Medellin

As we continued downward, I thought for sure I was going to throw up. My mouth was watering, and I could feel my stomach churning to make its move. Any minute disaster was going to strike all over my lap, and I was powerless to stop it. I couldn't believe [...]