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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 16th 2012

Day 6: Thursday, August 16th, 2012- Puerto Maldonado to Cusco After a 2 hour boat ride plus drive to the Puerto Maldonado airport we boarded our flight to Cusco. When we arrived in Cusco, we booked a tour to see Moray, Maras and the Salt mines for the day after. We were a little nervous at the airport, because we could not find our prepaid transfer to our hostal (Pascana). After trying to call Intrepid, we finally located our taxi driver. We stayed at the hostal Pascana, located around the Corichanca area. It was a really nice hostal and the staff were exceptional. They would bring your bags to your room and book tours for you. In Cusco, I started to get attitude sickness and I was getting a massive headache. Although I took my attitute ... read more
The bus ride to Puerto Maldonado Airport
Leave the Amazon
Into Cusco


Day 5: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012- Peruvian Amazon Today we spent our time fishing, visiting an Amazonian family and feeding baby caimens. The river where we went fishing was very low . During the dry season the river water level diminishes significantly, making it more difficult to catch fish. Only one person in our group caught a fish. The fish were very smart and 2 times they were able to chew off the bait from my fishing rod. I definitely, would not pass of as a fisherman ;-). Our guide told us that we were not going to eat the fish. We put the fish back in the water. Apparently, the people in that region, put mercury into the water to look for gold, polluting the water and making the fish poisonous to eat. Good to ... read more
Can you spot the Caimen now
Fishing expedition
The lone fish catcher


Day 4: Tuesday, August 14th, 2012- Puerto Maldonado (Peruvian Amazon, EcoAmazonia Lodge) Today our guide took us into the jungle where he described the many types of trees and what the Amazonian people used them for. Each tree was given a English name based on a unique property that set it apart from other trees. The first tree that we came across was the garlic tree because it smelled like garlic. The next tree our guide showed us was the iron tree. This tree is magnetic and attracts lightning. The tree we saw next was the blackberry tree because if you hit it hard you can hear the echo throughout the forest. If you hit it 5 times that means you are lost, 3 times means lunch is ready. We then saw a round tree called ... read more
Garlic Tree
Iron Tree
Iron Tree

South America » Peru » Madre de Dios » Puerto Maldonado » Ecoamazonia August 13th 2012

Day 3: Monday, August 13th, 2012- Lima, Peru to Puerto Maldonado, Peru Today, we woke up early to catch our flight to Puerto Maldonado for our Amazon tour. In Puerto Maldonado, we met two other girls from Ottawa, Canada (Melina and Kalina). They were also on the Intrepid trip to the Amazon Lodge, but apparently their names were not on the list of individuals staying at the Lodge. I am not sure what happened but everything eventually worked out. Since we needed to take a 1.5 hour boat ride to the lodge we were only allowed to bring a small bag of clothes on the boat. I quickly packed some night clothes, and a pair of clothes in my carry on baggage. I forgot to bring underwear and another set of clothes. I was pretty much ... read more
The Bus on the way to the Lodge
EcoAmazonia Bus
At Puerto Maldonado Airport

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 12th 2012

Day 2: Sundary, August 12th, 2012 - Lima, Peru Today, my sister and I decided to explore the city of Lima, Peru. We woke up early thinking that Lacromar, the tourist mall, would be opened by 10:00am but that we not the case. So we decided to take a stroll down Miraflores beachside. We found a park called Love Park. There we found a status in the middle of the park of two lovers embracing surrounded by walls of romantic quotes scripted in mosaic tiles. I went a little camera crazy and took a lot of pictures of the park ;-) When we returned to Lacromar we book a city tour of Lima and a night tour including the Magic Water Circuit with Citysightseeing. The tour left at 2:15pm so we had plenty of time to ... read more
The walkway
Love Park
Love Park

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores August 11th 2012

Day 1: Saturday, August 11th, 2012 Toronto, Ontario to Lima, Peru Buenos Dias, Me llamo Marissa and this is my 2.5 weeks Intrepid experience exploring the country of Peru with my twin sister, Renata. On this journey, my sister and I will explore the city of Lima, Peruvian Amazon at Puerto Maldonado, Cusco and the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our first stop is Lima, Peru. We arrived at Pearson Airport by 5:00am for our 8:00am flight to Bogota, Colombia. At the airport we had our last Canadian Tim Hortons breakfast for the next 2.5 weeks and took our first dose of Malaria tablets. We then said goodbye to Toronto as we boarded our flight to Bogota. The flight to Bogota took approximately 5.5 hours. During the flight, I watched two movies ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 3rd 2011

Day 3: Saturday, November 13th, 2010 The next day, Renata and I went on the NBC studio tour. We saw the set displays for Saturday Night Live, the Dr. Oz show and the Daily News. It was interesting to learn how they use camera tricks and angles to make small spaces appear larger on television. All the NBC studios we saw were a lot smaller than how they appeared on television. At the Daily News studio, we got the chance to pretend to be news anchors. Renata volunteered to be the weather girl from the Daily News. It was really funny watching her read the weather report from the teleprompter while moving her arms up and down on the green screen, trying to point to the right city. We were all cracking up ;-). Next Renata ... read more
NBC Studio
On the Top of the Rock Observation Deck
On the Top of the Rock Observation Deck

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 2nd 2011

Day 2: Friday, November 12th, 2010 Today we decided to decided to see one of the most iconic monuments of New York City: The Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France. It depicts a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. In the past, the statue of Liberty was the first thing new immigrants noticed when they arrived in America. Next to Liberty Island is Ellis Island, which was the historical gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States. As a major tourist attraction in New York City, it took more than 2 hours waiting in ... read more
Statue on Pier while waiting in line
The Ferry
New York City

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 1st 2011

Day 1: Thursday, November 11th, 2010 For Remembrance Day weekend my sister Renata, and I decided to take a trip to the fabulous city of New York. We arrived early Thursday morning in New York city after taking the overnight Greyhound bus departing from Toronto Wednesday evening. When we arrived in New York city, we picked up our New York Pass, which gave us access to many of the attractions in New York City. We had lunch at Planet Hollywood and then waiting in line at Time Square to buy reduced tickets for a Broadway show. After we brought our tickets for the musical "Promises Promises" that evening, we headed to our hotel to unpack, relax and get ready for our night of Broadway. "Promises Promises" was a witty and entertaining musical. It starred Kristin Chenoweth ... read more
The Big Apple
Waiting in line for Broadway Tickets
Times Square

North America » Canada » Quebec » MontrĂ©al » Old MontrĂ©al June 10th 2011

Sunday, October 10th, 2011 The next day Renata and I decided to go up the mountain to visit St. Joseph's Oratory, whereas Liane and Candy went to see the botanical gardens. I woke up early to take a shower and hopefully get an early start to go site seeing. However, my sister was fast asleep and I did not have the heart to wake her up. When she finally woke up we headed up the mountain to see the Oratory and it was freezing up on the mountain. My hands were going numb ;-). The Oratory was beautiful; my second favourite church in Montreal. My favourite church is yet to come. The Oratory reminded me of Sacre Coeur in Paris and it provided a great view of Montreal from the top. This is the church that ... read more
Brother Andre
At St. Joseph's Oratory
At St. Joseph's Oratory




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