Benjamin Campoverde

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Benjamin Campoverde

Ecuador



South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni September 20th 2012

After 11 hours in a comfortable bus-cama (bed), even more than my oversea flight from Madrid to Lima, finally arrived aroundaround 12 pmin the high, chaotic, 'smoged' city of La Paz. As if 11 hours weren't enough, I took after 1 1/2 hours on the terminal a less comfortable, under-standard bus to Tupiza (southern Bolivia). Almost mist my ride since Bolivia is on hour ahead of Peru and had not jet realized. Had to run to the bus at an altitude of 4.000 masl. missing any chance to have a good meal (at the end of the bus ride it would be like 2 days without proper meals) and bought water and some empanadas alike for the ride. Although the ride ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu September 18th 2012

The trekking to Machu Pichu took me to Aguas calientes (a obligatory stop for everybody). I arrived on the 18th at arround 17:45 at the train station, where the new guide was expecting us. Leo showed us our accommodation, this last night we stayed at a hostel not in tents. We had 30 minutes to take the first shower in 3 days and meet the rest of the group for diner. After diner I walked around town, which is not big, and saw the surroundings. This little town atmosphere, feeling and lookings can be compare to Baños or Montañita in Ecuador, Mancora in Peru, Yangshuo in China, Koh-Tao in Thailand. Around 10pm and 2 Pisco Sours later went to my room - a big and exhausting day was expecting ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Salkantay Trail September 16th 2012

Heading south to Machu Micchu. One day delayed but some piscos behind me, finally got my bus to Cusco one day after planed. If you ever go from Lima, buy tickests in advanced, there might be free seats, but Buses don't leave from a central station, each company has it's terminal so it's difficult to buy a ticket in short advance. My bus trip was actually more comfortable than my Iberia flight. Even though it took us around 23 hours to get there, the seat turned in to 165* bed and the TV was within 1 meter or so. Rides are mostly planed overnight. You use the time sleep during the ride, you missed the views though, which should be nice, since you are going along the Andes Mountains. On the other side, fewer people get ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 13th 2012

This is just a short comment about taking buses taking in City-bus in Lima and South America is something I wanted to write about. It’s no rocket science, but specially for Europeans and North Americans can be part of a new experience – and some South Americans who never took a bus, can think of some already. Besides the driver, there are no self service machines but another person who is in charge of the customer service: charges for the ride, scream out destination and stops so people knows bus directions and takes care of general order in the bus. As a stranger/foreigner you get in the bus and tell this second person where you are going. She (usually a woman) would tell you upon which station/stop to get off and in which direction you should ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » San Isidro September 9th 2012

1st post - Arriving in Peru As my trip started on Saturday the 8th, I was already excited about everything expecting me along my trip. Especially the Peruvian food. I had a oversleep stop in Madrid, where I met my friend Christian, who had lived in Germany and was room mate, if crashing at friends in the living room might be called so. He picked me up from the airport, had a very, no big deal, small problem with the car and headed immediately home. In a mater of minutes we headed to a bar in the crazy, chaotic and warm city of Madrid (won´t write about this, is a south American trip but: warm, lout, beautiful girls, skirts, nice food, cold bear, lout people – something amazed me and still does here in Peru is ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca May 21st 2010

On Tuesday the 18th I packed my back (light) and took a bus to Cuenca. Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city and it is a Unesco World Heritage with 417.000 habitants and is 2.530 m. above the sea level. The bus ride took around 5 hours, the bus was fortunately comfortable and even though I wanted to appreciate the landscape, especially going up the mountains from the Andes, I fall asleep. On the road you can see the different location you are. The closest you get to the mountains the climate is different, even the air you breath smells different. The plants are also different: after about 45 minutes ride, huge banana plantation can be seen among others like rice. After arriving in the evening in Cuenca I checked in a Hostel called el Cafecito, it ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Olon May 21st 2010

Is I was in Olón, I walked around 10 Km. along the beach, until no further way across the cliffs. The walk end at a very small fisher’s village. I’m sure less than 100 people live there. I was told 10 years ago, they didn't have any electricity; no tab water in the village. The walk was approx from the first mark to the second one. Then we were picked to go further by car until Puerto Lopez, eat some delicious "corviches" and see the surroundings. Pictures are worth more than thousand words, so take a short time to see them. I’m posting also a few pictures from Parque de las Iguanas and Palacio de Govierno in Guayaquil. The iguanas there are so used to people, they behavior is more dog alike. They have no fear ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil May 14th 2010

It has been more than 7 years since I left Ecuador to go to Germany. I have visited a few times, but this one, after 2 and half years is planned differently. After backpacking in other countries sometimes alone or where I didn’t even speak the language I would like to travel backpacking in Ecuador. I’m not sure how easy or hard it is going to be for two reasons: first, Guayaquil is my city, my hometown, so people I know, family, food I like, places I know and haven’t seen in a long time are here making sometimes difficult to leave the city considering I’m just visiting for a “short” time. Secondly, I believe we (South American people) suffer from some sort of fear or paranoia and are therefore scared of traveling in our ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona September 19th 2009

El ultimo fin de semana de mayo fueron los Coros de Barceloneta o fiestas patronales de la Barceloneta. Esta fiesta parece empezar el ultimo sabado antes de Pascuas y dura de sabado a lunes. En la Barceloneta ciertos bares, restaurantes o locales tienen sus agrupaciones corales, o "coros mudos" ya que no se canta, sino que marchan con sus instrumentos como las "bandas de guerra". Para entenderlo mejor se puede describir como un carnaval de Rio (en escala menor) por las calles de la Barceloneta. Las bandas por la tarde se marchan de la ciudad para pasar el fin de semana fuera y seguir la fiesta. Ellos regresan el lunes con un desfile parecido, pero esta vez a reventar con todo. Este evento se lo recomiendo a cualquiera que este por Barcelona en las fechas, finales ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Almería September 18th 2009

Después de un mes en Barcelona, se acerca el feriado del primero de mayo... Con Simonee, Scheny y Alfredo decidimos planear un road trip de Barcelona hasta Almería bordeando las costas del Mediterraneo de Espana. Decidimos alquilar un carro, cuestion no tan facil por cuestion de reconocimiento de licencias en Europa y por falta de disponibilidad de carros con caja de cambio automatica. A raiz de esto, seria yo el unico chofer. El viaje duraria 4 días, del 30 de abril al domingo 3 de mayo. Ida: Saliendo de Barcelona, iriamos hasta Almería, nuestro destino mas alejado de Barcelona, para poco a poco ir subiendo hacia la capital catalana. De esta manera, el regreso no seria tan pesado con la caravana de autos y distancia. Despues de unas 4 horas monotomas de carretera aburrida decidimos entrar ... read more
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