Page 9 of The Corn Flake Traveller Travel Blog Posts


South America March 8th 2004

Iquitos to Rio - 2 Months On New Years day I flew back to peru and a couple of days later flew to the city of Iquitos, a jungle city with no road access, and it was from here that I set off down the amazon. It took 2 boats and 4 days to arrive at the tri-border with Colombia, Peru and Brazil, the first boat was a large boat which held way to many passengers and too much cargo, meaning it stopped every 10 minutes to unload something but it was great sleeping in my hammock. The second boat ride was unexpected as I thought the first would go to the border but instead it stopped in Cabalocoche, a tiny jungle village where the locals surrounded me and some other travellers from Chile. After ... read more
Iquitos
Iquitos
Sailing Down the Amazon

South America » Ecuador November 29th 2003

Ecuador - 5 Weeks I spent about 5 weeks in Ecuador stopping at Guayaquil which was a dump, then Monteverde for a week in a hammock in this nice beach town. From Monteverde I went to Quito, which has some nice areas to visit. I spent several weeks in Quito as I lost my passport and had to wait for another one, during my stay here I saw some students protesting and I got too close and experienced tear gas although quite diluted. I travelled, via Ambato, to Banos another cute little town situated at the foot of the active volcano, Tungurahua, I climbed the volcano on foot but didn't make it to the top as the ash was quite intense, there were farmers brushing ash from the grass so the cattle could eat and one ... read more
Monteverde
Quito
Quito

South America » Peru October 24th 2003

Peru - 3 Months I flew from San Jose back to the Uk for 2 weeks and then straight to Lima, Peru. A night in Lima then a 23 hour bus ride to arrive in Cuzco. We spent a few days here visiting the local ruins and enjoying the facilities in Cuzco to acclimatize to the altitude, the Sacsayhuamán ruins were particularly impressive. We left Cuzco, for the Inca trail start, at midnight due to the affect of transport strikes and a few kilometres from the start we encountered a road block and were surrounded by protesters, who knifed/slashed our tyres. The guides set up camp on the road-side and we had to walk to the beginning of the inca trail next morning, an extra 6 km walk to the beginning of the tour. The ... read more
Cusco
Sacsayhuamán Ruins
The Inca trail


Nicaragua + Costa Rica - 7 Weeks I crossed into Nicaragua with a friend and spent 4 weeks checking out the country. First we went to Leon and did very little then we went to the tiny coastal town of Poneloya. As we arrived we discovered the only hotel was too expensive and had a monkey tied up in the garden, I refused to stay there and we got lucky and stayed with a local. Managua was just a stop off on the way to Granada and I spent some time here as it was very pleasant. From Granada, I traveled over land to the Carribbean Corn islands and it took 3 days to travel via a bus and a couple of boats and for this reason, after a week on the island, I took ... read more
Poneloya
Poneloya
Managua


Honduras - 4 Months I spent 4 months in Honduras, spending 3 of those scuba diving on the Carribbean island of Utila. Before heading to Utila we visited and camped out in the Celaque National Park, next to gracias, with its pretty cloud forests and four mountain peaks. After the park I went to Utila, originally only for a week but I loved the diving so much I decided to stay and train to be a divemaster. I did tonnes of diving, with plenty of drinking mixed in, and saw turtles, a 9ft nurse shark, some whale sharks between 20-30 feet, some lesser spotted rays, sea horses, squid, many dolphins and tonnes of pretty fish. After I had completed my divemaster I stayed and worked for 3 or 4 weeks before leaving the island to continue ... read more
Celaque National Park
Utila
Utila

Central America Caribbean » Guatemala February 7th 2003

Belize + Guatemala - 5 Weeks We spent just 5 days in Belize and it was nice to be able to communicate with the english speaking locals who seemed very fond of the British, fuck knows why. The capital was a dump and it was hilarious to watch people come off the cruise ships to their little fenced off area to buy T-shirts and other crap souvenirs and really think they had been to Belize. Before crossing into Guatemala we paid to take a tour from Benque viejo del carman of a cave, we swam into the entrance of the cave and walked about a kilometre into it wading through water and squeezing through tight spaces in the rocks until we eventually came to the mumified body of a young girl that had been sacrificed ... read more
Belize City
Belize City
Benque viejo del carmen

North America » Mexico January 5th 2003

Mexico - 5 Weeks We flew to Chihuahua, in the North of Mexico and from here went to Creel to visit the canon del cobre, a series of canyons which are collectively bigger than the Grand canyon. We lost a couple of days to the local alcohol, a kind of paint stripper at $1.50 for a litre that destroyed our desire to move and get out of bed. A train ride, a 9-in-a-taxi-ride and a couple of bus rides later we arrived in Guadalajara to spend a couple of nights and explore the colonial buildings and start the collection of many "colonial" buildings I would see on this trip, and indeed, in my life. Next stop was Mexico city, a cool city with its green VW beetle taxis and historical buildings. We were there for a ... read more
Guadalajara
Plaza De Toros
Mexico City

North America » United States November 30th 2002

Bellingham to Los Angeles - 6 Weeks We intended to hire a car to drive to L.A but due to under 25 insurance charges and the one-way fee it was going to be very expensive, but luckily the car hire company had an X-army car for sale for $1000 (plus $80 for some licence thing), and having only 60,000 miles this seemed a bargain. We bought it, then we celebrated such a significant saving with some beers, in fact we got so drunk we lost the car and only found it after several drunk hours wandering the streets of Bellingham. Our first night and we discovered the seats didn't fully recline, and we had to sleep almost sat up but hey c'est la vie. We basically did a national park tour starting with the quality ... read more
Highway 20
Maple Pass
Maple Pass

North America » United States » Alaska October 6th 2002

Alaska - One Month My travel career all started on the 2nd of September 2002, I left Heathrow airport and, 25 hours and 3 flights later, arrived in Anchorage. The views from the windows for the final 2 hours of the flight were amazing, you could see glaciers and the shape of the land as we flew over beautiful snow-capped mountains. After a couple of days in Anchorage to acclimatise we headed north to Denali National Park, and after some bear-procedure training we set off into our allocated 50 square mile area and we went “Into The Wild”. We spent 4 days hiking around this area, following a river up into the mountains and back again. We saw 6 bears, 5 from a distance and one I saw up close and personal. It was at the ... read more
Denali National Park
Denali National Park
Denali National Park




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