Exploring Cotopaxi and Machu Picchu

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Last fall I had the opportunity to tick off a life list trip to South America. The adventure would include stops in Peru and Ecuador and posed quite the packing challenge. My three week adventure included warm weather activities like snorkeling and kayaking in the Galapagos (read: tropical humidity!) followed by high altitude hiking on Cotopaxi and around Peru’s famed Machu Picchu ruins.


The solution to my packing dilemma? Versatile pieces suitable for multiple climates, activities AND social situations (i.e. dressy enough for evenings in town). One of my favorite things about my job at Stonewear is field testing new pieces before they hit shelves. For this trip, I was borrowed a few of my favorite Fall 2015 pieces and put them through their paces…on the other side of the world!


One of Stonewear’s strengths is base and mid-layer pieces that perform equally well during high-level activity and casual outings. Throughout my trip, I found myself wearing my classic Stonewear favorites alongside some stunning new pieces. As always, I relied on my trusty Rockin Pants during planes and later pairing them with a cute top and scarf for a dinner out, or using my Alpha Hoody as my go-to jacket.

My new favorites are definitely the Supernova Tight and Flyaway Half-Zip. The Supernova was fantastic for cool weather hiking (I loved the fleece lining!), great compression and the ability to layer under other pants when needed. The Flyaway half-zip is really cozy and breathable for multi-day use, making it one of my new favorite tops. It layers well over the Serie Long Sleeve and the breathable mesh back is great while wearing my day pack. The warm waffle fleece adds layer of insulation and I found it to be a great complement to the Supernova Tights!


My South American adventure was the trip of a lifetime and I’m already planning my next adventure! I was lucky enough to swim alongside sea turtles and sharks and hike above the clouds. I kept warm, felt great and drank in every moment. Get out there and explore!

About the Author
Sara is Stonewear’s Sales Manager and spends her free time enjoying Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and planning international travel. Her next stop? Iceland!

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