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Archive for September, 2009

Pampas III

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Highlights of the trip were being woken up by monkeys shitting on the roof (turns out we were right under their dumping ground), the group of people we were with (they rocked and we got to play lots of cards) and having my sister with me.

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Pampas II

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

For me the Pampas tour was very similar to the Los Llanos trip in Venezuela. We went looking for an anaconda (and found one this time), fishing for piranhas (I was a bit of an expert by now and caught the most), swimming with the pink dolphins and lots of opportunities to take photos of […]

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Pampas I

Monday, September 28th, 2009

We had wanted to do a jungle trip to compare the Amazon jungle of Peru to Bolivia but it turns out that the popular tour in Rurrenabaque is the Pampas tour. The jungle tour isn’t run in English so it was off to the Pampas.

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Grass Landing Strip

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

We decided to fly Rurrenabaque via La Paz to save some time. Rurrenabaque is a tiny Bolivian town on the edge of the jungle and pampas which has a grass air strip which was pretty cool to land on as the plane wheels went skidding around on the grass. The girl behind me throwing up […]

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Moray and Maras

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

On our last day in Cusco we went to Maras where there are Inca salt pans which are still in production and then to Moray which is a huge terraced amphitheater. The Incas used this hanging gardens as a nursery. I also ran into Stephen a German rider that I had met in Quito and […]

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Machu Picchu

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Just to go on the train/bus and the entry fee to Machu Picchu is $100US. Worth it? You decide! Afterwards we went to the local town for a coffee and a soak in the hot springs.

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Views and Ruins from the Inca Trail

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I am too tired from walking up and down mountains to write anything. But great views and lots of ruins.

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Team Hygiene

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

We had a small group of four which included two Australian’s (a doctor and an engineer). As we had a three bowl washing system we decided to call ourselves Team Hygiene. Herbie (our guide), Joel and Baz were excellent company, extremely funny and enjoyed playing cards in the evening. Thanks to everyone for making it […]

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Debunking the Myths of the Inca Trail

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

It isn’t really that hard if I managed to do it after ten months of inactivity on a motorcycle. Though that is if you don’t carry all your own stuff. And don’t think that hiking for three days and getting up at three in the morning on the last day will get you to Machu […]

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Being a Bus Driver

Monday, September 21st, 2009

After going to see the parrot clay lick early in the morning on the last day of our jungle trip the rest of the day was spent driving back to Cusco. I don’t know how the bus drivers here do it. I would struggle to get a bus that size around those roads going forward […]

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