Marty Molloy

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Marty Molloy

After many years of wanting to head to Peru and immerse myself in the current culture of the country and glimpse back into the culture of the Inca, I'm finally heading to South America and cannot wait to share the month long trip via blog!



South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 8th 2009

November 13-15 Amazon Jungle - Thursday November 13, 2009 The last night in the jungle was one that allowed me to sleep very well beneath the mosquito net and with animals lingering and leaping in the dense forestation mere metres away. A nice cold shower was a certainty in making sure that I awoke fully from the deep sleep of the night before. Following the delicious buffet breakfast and after packingwe made our way to the long boat that would take us back to Puerto Maldonado. Along the way we managed to spot a few of the howler monkeys we had heard earlier on though for now, they were as silent as we were - perhaps they were watching us as much as we were them?! Minutes passed without a sound other than the branches and ... read more
Howler Monkey
Flight out of the Amazon
Cable Car Restaurant

South America » Peru » Amazonas November 10th 2009

November 10, 11 & 12 - The Amazon Tuesday November 10, 2009 - Day 1 Leaving Cusco for the last time, my weary legs from the 4 previous days manage to carry me to the local airport where we boarded a plane and transported to a small town by the name of Puerto Maldnado where we will then took a mini-bus to the riverboat - via the office of the tour company where the bulk of our luggage was stored so we all had to pack what we wanted into our much smaller packs (a much harder task for the girls I think!). The flight into Puerto Maldonado was pretty standard as flights go; that is until the outer edges of the jungle came into sight and the scattering of trees quickly 'grew'and became the dense, ... read more
Bananas at the Port
Sunset in the jungle
Peru Adventure 1092

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 8th 2009

Sunday November 8, 2009 - Macchu Picchu I still can´t quite believe that the whole reason for me becoming interested in doing this trek and wanting to come to Peru has come and gone. I don´t think it will really sink in until I´m on the plane back home, flicking through the photos on my camera with the whole journey behind me... The last day of the journey to Macchu Picchu began early, very early. Following our last games of Uno and dinner, we retired early (I still hadn´t washed though the wet wipes I had were a suitable substitute!) so that we were energised and ready for the final trek into Macchu Picchu and to of course spend time there. My alarm went off at 4:00am and it was a mad rush for everyone to ... read more
Macchu Picchu in the clouds
Terraces
Tired Llamas

South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail November 7th 2009

November 5 - 7, 2009 - The Inca Trail Day 1 I´m sitting here in my tent watching 4 of the porters that had just scaled a mountain begin the process of sowing a new crop for a local farmer in a little village situated along the Inca Trail. Full of excitement, I woke up at 5:30am ready to begin the three-and-a-half days of hiking/walking that will lead to Macchu Picchu. After breakfast, Chris, Michael, Richard and I are bundled into another mini-bus with another guide from another tour company, Colibri (Spanish for "hummingbird"). Elias, will guide us along the ancient trail used by the Incans to the "City in the Clouds". After an hour or so, we arrive at Chilca, a little town near the starting point of the trek where the souvenir sellers are ... read more
...the 4 Trekkers
Bridge to the Trail
Ruins under renovation

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco November 4th 2009

Wednesday November 4, 2009 - Before the Trek After what was the best brekkie I´ve had - fruit with yoghurt and honey-smacks as well as the usual items, Kim, Stephen, Kath and I head to the "Art District" to exlore the shops and markets of this area. The remaining group members headed to the "Sacred Valley" for a day long tour. We duck in and out of many, many stores either window shopping or actually purchasing a trinket or two. Some of the artwork and jewellery was amazing - particulalry the Incan inspired statues at a jewellery story but at US$10,000 each, they were marginally outside my spending budget. Marginally. After a few hours we head to the one place that all westerners flee to for some home comfort and/or to have traditional food that held ... read more
Church in Cuzco #2
Spanish Tiles
Cuzco at day

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island November 2nd 2009

November 1-3, 2009 - Puno & Lake Titicaca, Peru After a decent night´s sleep, we are all thrown into Taxi Chollos (small three wheeled, peddle powered taxis) which take us to the port of Puno where we will board a boat to take us out on to this massive lake and head for Taquile Island, about three hours away. The scenery is amazing here so there are plenty of photos to see (when I get a chance to upload them) and being on a boat is far better and much more relaxing than our previous days on buses travelling over bumpy roads. At 3,900 metres above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the world´s largest navigable lake and over the many centuries since it was formed, has changed from a saltwater lake, to a fresh water one ... read more
Uros abodes
Uros Islands
Row, row, row your boat..

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Chivay October 31st 2009

October 31, 2009 - Sibayo, Peru Still affected by altitude sickness, I took some Nurofen Plus at about 10:45pm last night to help me sleep - it did the trick! I woke at about 5:30am to the not to distant sound of a voice over a loud speaker, presumably from the town square only 50 metres away. We later find out that the use of the town´s PA system is for news broadcasts and to advertise work where labour is required - this town is also rebuilding from an earthquake and most of the town is pretty ´new. After eating some of my brakfast - rice, tomato, fried chips and steak - we are ready to farewell the family and thank them for their hospitality before once more going on the mini-bus for our next destination ... read more
Cave Carving #2
Flamingoes #1
Sand tornado

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Chivay October 30th 2009

October 30, 2009 - Chivay F$#KING ALTITUDE SICKNESS!!! Last night was the worst night (attempting to) sleep EVER! What was more like a massive migraine than a headached, kept me awake most of the night. The somewhat warm temperature in the room may have also contributed. After some Nurofen Plus and a cold shower, I headed down to breakfast and seeing Michael´s reaction at seeing me, I knew I did not look well. Once the Nurofen kicked in, I managed a few pieces of bread with cheese and a cup of coffee - tasty, International Roast! The slow and winding journey to Colca Canyon includes a 400 metre long tunnel with no lights and only able fit one vehicle across. The locals call it the Tunnel of Mystery - Tunnel of Death seems more in keeping ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa October 29th 2009

October 29, 2009 - Arequipa Following breakfast at the hotel, we board a mini-bus that will take us to Chivay, with a few stops along the way. Deviating off the main road, we drive along a track that leads us into the mountains. We de-board at a small town called Sumbay which is nestled in a valley bordered by landscape resembling that of the Grand Canyon. Needing to use the bano (loo) due to the volume of water i was drinking to prevent altitude headaches, I entered, did what I needed and left promptly when Kim just happened to be approaching and seeing where I had come from, offered me anti-bacterial gel - I found out the ladies were in a similar state... Following our brief stop, sampñing the coca tea that also aides altitude adjustment, ... read more
Landscape
Bano / Toilet
My wish rock tower

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa October 28th 2009

October 28, 2009 - Arequipa I slept better than expected on the bus, calling seat #29 before we boarded which turned out to be the best seat on the bus with only the staircase from the lower level and a flat roof in front of us - perfect for stretching out my legs (like I need the room!!). I opted to stay at the hotel for the morning to catch up on my writing and to rest a little as the last few days had been pretty non-stop. This hotel is by far the best we´ve stayed so far; though lacking a pool, the colonial Spanish building is comfy, modern and being on a small street, away from the constant noise of traffic! Following a shower where the shower head was so high, it over shot ... read more
Melbourne Storm Victory
Cityscape
At the nunnery




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