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South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este April 17th 2011

It’s raining and my bus doesn’t leave for another 3 hours so I figured I’d get to blogging.. Where to begin? I love Uruguay. Ever since I spent time in Uruguay in high school I’ve been dying to go back. There is just something so magical about this place. It’s very laid back and I love being on the ocean. I took the ferry from BsAs to Colonia, Uruguay early Friday morning and then bussed from Colonia to Punta del Este. In total it’s about a 6 hour trip. After getting checked in at the hotel in Punta del Este, my pals had not arrived yet, so I hit the beach to lay out in the sun. Just hearing the ocean was great. Soaking in the sun, I passed 3 hours starting & finishing the last ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 17th 2011

I really enjoyed my time in Cusco and being away has made me appreciate it more and more. Peru is a very unique place, Cusco especially. Sitting at 11,000+ feet, it's lively atmosphere attracts tourist for many reasons. We headed to Cusco to volunteer and to experience life in South America. Its versatile location allows easy access to wonderful places like Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon, among many more. Cusco's culture and roots run deep. It's a developing city in a third world country. As it continues to progress, its history lives on through the land and its people. Upon arrival, it took some getting used to. Adjusting to the pollution, trash, dogs and lack of utilities (ie: water) was difficult at first but soon they become a part of the background. Cusco's beauty ... read more

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza April 14th 2011

The bus ride to Mendoza is a daunting 14 hours. Overnight busses have been a true blessing on this trip. Leaving at 10pm, we arrived Friday around 1pm. We treated ourselves to a tasty lunch and then checked it at our hostel, Damajuana. We bunked with two girls from Liverpool. (I must say, after hanging out with my pal Flo in Cusco, she's from Cambridge, my English-UK accent d vocabulary is fabulous.) Next we set off to wander around and explore the city of Mendoza. It was really nice. It's still a larger city, I'd guess a similar size to Minneapolis/Twin Cities, but much more relaxed then Buenos Aires. Mendoza has a large Rasta community and the main plaza, Plaza Indepencia, has an art fair on the weekends that we were able to check out. As ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca April 13th 2011

I´m a little late to and am sorry for have neglecting my blog, but here is the story of Puno. Siham & I decided to take a weekend trip to Puno, Peru. Puno is a port on Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca seperates Peru & Bolivia. It is huge and home to many islands, natural & man-made. It's an 8 hour bus ride from Cusco to Puno. We opted for the night bus so that we'd be able to sleep on the way. We left Wednesday night and arrived at dawn on Thursday. After getting situated in Puno we headed off for a delicious breakfast and then to the lake. Alongside the road to the lake there is a market full of everything you can imagine. There were tons of textiles, dyes and jewelry, among much more. ... read more

So, Zach, Robbie & I went to the Amazon. It was pretty ridiculous. I´m going to do my best to share everything with you but I´m sure there will be parts I forget. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy. We started off Wednesday morning to catch a plane to Puerto Maldanado in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. It is roughly a 40 minute plane ride over the mountains and into the jungle. We were greeted by 90 degrees and palm trees. It was a nice change of pace from the rain in Cusco. Our guide, Cesar, met us at the airport where we traveled to the port on the Madre de Dios River to catch a boat to our home for the next four days, Tambo Jungle Lodge. It was roughly a 20 minute, scenic ... read more
river boats
so relaxing
dead tarantula

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 10th 2011

Hey pals! It´s been a crazy past couple of weeks. We´made our way to Machu Picchu which was absolutely fabulous. We´ve also started our volunteering at the sustainable school. Machu Picchu: We left early Monday morning on a bus to Ollantaytambo, it´s about an hour and a half bus ride. Ollantaytambo is a small, quaint little town (mom, patty & sue: you would´ve have liked it there). From Ollantaytambo we hopped on a train to Aguas Calientes, the entrance town to Machu Picchu. The train ride is another hour & a half. It passed by pretty fast, the scenery along the route was beautiful. We followed a river the whole way inbetween mountains and jungle. Once in Aguas Calientes we found a hostel, got our tickets for Machu Picchu & enjoyed lunch in the plaza. Aguas ... read more
the crew
aguas calientes

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco January 31st 2011

We just met with our volunteer coordinator, Lacey, she's from San Francisco. We're going to start tomorrow. I'll be gardening and transplanting onions, tomatoes and other vegetables. The boys will be re-constructing the school and building a kitchen. We're looking forward to it. The curriculum is based on agriculture and sustainability. In the meantime, here are some pictures for you to enjoy. ... read more
baby llama & sheep
parrots at the popular art museum

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco January 29th 2011

Hola Amigos! Everyday gets better and better. We´ve learned our way around the main areas of Cusco which is very helpful. For the first week we visited a lot of museums and churches in Cusco. With the Inca history, everything has been very interesting (as well as very old). The arcitechture of the city is amazing. We´ve been eating well. I had my first fresh mango yesterday and it will not be the last. All the fruit here is so fresh and delicious. We learned how to make a classic Peruvian dish, lomo saltado. It´s made up of rice, beef, fried potatoes and lots of vegetables. Very filling. Rob & I found a trail up the mountain behind our house and are excited to go back. It´s very peaceful there. Beautiful views of the city and ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco January 24th 2011

Hola! This week we are going to tour the Cusco area and see all the "tourist" things. We also have salsa lessons everyday for two hours. We're all looking forward to those. We'll start volunteering next week, mainly in the afternoons with children in an after school program. As I posted earlier there is the opportunity to work in a school that is environmentally based with gardening, farming and conservation classes that I'm excited to start working on as well, that will be in the mornings. This is kind of a quick entry, but I wanted to get some pictures up! Enjoy! Hasta luego, Jennifer... read more
our humble tree house home
playing cards on the first night
view from my room

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco January 22nd 2011

Greetings friends and fam, Yesterday was our first full day in Cusco and it was unreal. The city is very colorful and vibrant. We live on the outskirts of the city, in the hills. We have a beautiful view of the city and the mountains from our rooms and roof. We start everyday with breakfast, usually composed of bread & jelly with avacados and eggs. It's delicious. Lunch, if we eat with our family, is always started with a bowl of soup, followed by rice, chicken and a vegetable. Again, always very good. Dinner is usually the same as lunch so we're starting to eat one meal out. Meals are very cheap here. We can get a meal at the market for 3 or 4 soles, which is like a $1.50 US. If we decide to ... read more

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