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South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Corumbá February 15th 2013

I can't load any pics of Bolivia or the Pantanal. It'll have to wait 'til next week.... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 10th 2013

MachuPicchu, what else can I say?... read more
Llama de MachuPicchu
Otra llama de MachuPicchu
llamas all over this place

South America » Peru » Cusco » Urubamba February 9th 2013

Met up with Jasmin in Cuzco where I promptly fell ill. We made it to Urubamba in a crowded collectivo. I was so sick I didn't even notice the town was nestled in lush mountains. Of all the places I could have gotten sick, this was the most luxurious place I could have recuperated thanks to Jasmin and her points. After a full day sleeping the next day we got out and saw the Moray archeological site and Maras salt mines. We moved on to Ollantaytambo, super cute town. We went to the south side of town and climbed all over the ruins.... read more
Urubamba market live sheep
Jesus's taxi bike
snake in a jar

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana January 29th 2013

Titicaca means mother of water. I visited both the Peruvian and Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. I have to say I favor the Bolivian side a little more. Isla Del Sol is on the Bolivian side, Copacaba is a smaller town where as Puno is much larger and busier. Bolivia is mas economical and they sell Cuba libres in a can for a buck. I visited the floating islands on both sides. I went to the sacred rock on Isla Del Sol. Ivan explained that there is an energy triangle between Chichen Itza, Isla Del Sol, and Cuzco and pilgrims come to harness the energy. After I come back from Cuzco, I will have completed the triangle, so watch out!... read more
Uros Floating Islands Peru
Uros Floating Islands Peru
Mama Bolivia

I was told I couldn't get to Bolivia from San Pedro because the salar was completely flooded AND strikes and protests were blocking entrance. But when I got to SP I was told that that was yesterday and its all good now. The salt desert was under a foot of water but it was still gorgeous. I could say a lot, but some things are more amazing than words can describe.... read more
Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni

Atacama is the driest desert in the Americas. They tested the Mars Rover there before sending it to Mars. The thing I'll remember most are all the llamas. And running through the desert speaking portuñol with my new friend Ana from Portugal.... read more
Sand Church
Llamas everywhere!

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago January 29th 2013

Sorry so far behind on the blogs. Santiago is a lot smaller than I thought it would be. Almost all the museums I wanted to see were closed but I fortunately found a lot of smaller museos and galleries. I went to visit the Virgen on the top of Cerro San Cristobal, I planned to take the funicular, but it was being repaired. I ended up climbing to the top with a nice Argentinian plant biologist. I visited a lot of Santiago mostly on foot. Its a very walkable/ bikable city. They even have bike crossing lights! About two hours by bus from Santiago is the city of Valparaiso. As soon as anyone found out I was from San Francisco, they told me to go to Valparaiso because it's so similar. I see what they were ... read more
Bike crossing Santiago
Street art in Valparaiso

South America » Chile » Aisén » Coyhaique January 22nd 2013

We took a bus to Rio Tranquilo to see the marble caves. We made several stops Along the way to see the vistas, rivers, volcanoes, the dead forest, to pick and eat calafate berries. We got a boat and toured the marble caves. They were spectacular. On the way back we stopped to find huemules in the woods, they are very similar to deer. They are endangered so we were lucky to find them. The next day I hiked through Coyhaique to the nature reserve. I got lost a few times and the last 1.5 km uphill in the blazing sun exhausted me before I even got to the reserve. Nonetheless, I hiked to the Laguna Verde where I sat and watched the fish leaping out of the water for almost an hour before I headed ... read more
marble caves
marble caves
lago general carrera

South America » Chile » Aisén » Chile Chico January 18th 2013

I spent my last two hours in Chile Chico sitting on a stoop, eating the ice cold cherries my friend brought back from the cherries farm, throwing the pits into the street, petting the stray dogs, discussing our dreams (his more than mine, for he's far younger and has further to go ~ a house, a marriage, a child, to know the world), my new friend gently runs his hand along the nape of my neck and I think "I've lived my whole life for this moment."... read more
Crossing Lago General Carrera
Best hotel in Chile Chico

South America » Chile » Aisén » Chile Chico January 16th 2013

Chile Chico is situated on Lago General Carrera, at the border with Argentina. I thought I could pass through this little town on my way to see las capillas de marmol, get some Chilean pesos, secure a tour. Oh how wrong I was... This is a siesta town and the bus arrived at 1pm. The bank, the tourist center, everything will re-open at 3:00. I found a place to eat that had a delightful vegetarian plate. After 3 I went to the bank but the ATM was still closed for maintenance. I waited for a bit and tried to get out money, but no such luck. It's a state bank, and not hooked up the to plus or visa. The people were very helpful and tried to help me exchange the little Argentine pesos that I ... read more
The boat out of here.
Fire Station

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