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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 22nd 2016

I had been excited and nervous about coming to South America for a month on my own. Mostly, I wanted to expand on my Spanish, but also to try something completely different. And for the first time, I was doing a long term trip on my own with no one that I was planning to meet at any time. So, yes, this is a first. I was nervous. And my dad did not help my nerves. First things first: Dad drove me to Syracuse airport to catch my flight to Atlanta then Lima. Full on, lake effect snow storm. I was a bit worried our flight would be delayed or cancelled, but if anywhere is normal in such conditions, it's Syracuse (take that NYC!). I did make my dad drop me off though so that he ... read more
Causa rellena
Lomo saltado - yum!
Lighthouse Guesthouse Miraflores

South America » Peru » Amazonas January 20th 2016

"Et de fil en aiguille nous en somme donc arrivés dans ce petit village péruvien sur les berges de l'Amazone" La veille de notre départ prévu pour la ville d'Iquitos, nous avons décidé de rester plus de temps dans cet autre monde qu'est l'Amazonie. Après avoir demandé au pasteur d'une petite communauté perdue au milieu de nulle part, nous sommes restés dans le village de Vista Allegre, et nous avons simplement partagé leur quotidien. Une autre face de l'Amazonie c'est présenté à nous. Dans une ambiance très pieuse, nous étions là tout simplement. "Little by little, we ended up in this small Peruvian village, on the sides of the Amazone". The eve of our departure for Iquitos, we decided to stay a bit longer in this other world, the Amazonie. After asking at the pastor of ... read more
Sven y Hannibal
Louca y Jenny

South America » Peru January 15th 2016

Mardi nous avons quitté Mario et toute sa famille. Le temps de prendre une dernière photo avec "los abuelos" et nous sommes déjà sur le perron accompagnés de "Bernardo" qui verse presque une larme en nous faisan un dernier signe de la main. Mario nous arrête un taxi mais fait un pas sur la côté (trop cher). Finalement le même taxi finira par baisser son pris et Mario nous dira tout bas mais avec assurance "20 soles y nada mas" ! Une dernière embrassade et hop c'est parti. Dans la voiture je me rappel de notre dernière soirée dans cette maison, encore une soirée musique encore une soirée souvenirs !! Pour fêter notre départ nous avons eu le droit à un Pisco maison (Cocktail traditionnel à base d'eau de vie de raisins) puis à un vin ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca January 13th 2016

Machu Picchu was stunning! Absolutely heavenly. I have to admit that by the fourth day of the Inca Trail, I was over it. My ankles and knees killed me. They are still killing me. I feel like I hiked solo all four days. As soon as we started hiking, my group was already halfway down the mountain. I was left to small talk in Spanglish with the tour guide for hours. It felt like not having a place to sit at the lunch table in school and eating in the classroom because I had no friends. *Violin sounds.* The beginning of arriving at Machu Picchu would’ve gone a lot better if it wasn’t for: A. Dying physically and… B. Under the assumption 140 soles was taken from me. The night before the group was compiling tip ... read more
Aguas Calientes Shop
House in Machu Picchu
Hot Springs

South America » Peru January 12th 2016

Un nouveau petit commentaire sur Lima, car depuis deux jours Mario nous fait parcourir sans relâche tous les coins et les recoins de cette immensité. Samedi nous avons découvert le quartier de San Martin (quartier où nous logeons) et son marché où nous avons pu acheter fruits, légumes et féculents. Mario nous a ensuite emmené au centre de Lima. Et c'est à ce moment précis que nous avons compris que de prendre un bus ou un taxi c'est beaucoup plus compliqué que de faire un signe du bras pour arrêter un véhicule... Pour être tout à fait juste il serait mieux de dire que tu n'as pas intérêt à ralentir le pas quand tu te balade sinon tu es fortement invité à monter dans un véhicule! Après une journée bien remplie nous avons pu déguster une ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 11th 2016

Oh my God, my knees. That is all. Here is a picture of me and a Alpaca-Llama to feed your appetite (still can't tell the difference.) Off to bed.... read more

South America » Peru » Lima January 10th 2016

Holà tout le monde ! Nous vousinformons officiellement de notre arrivée à Lima. Après une sortie de l'aéroport plutôt comique, Guillermo, un chauffeur de taxi plutôt insistant, et plutôt mucho mucho collant nous a presque convaincu de reprendre un avion pour rentrer en France. Heureusement que Mario notre hôte âgé de 24 ans est venu nous chercher. Oui, heureusement, après plusieurs tentatives pour l'avoir au téléphone... Mario est arrivé, sans s'presser... Nous avons donc débarqué chez lui à plus de 4h du matin, et lui sympathiquement nous a présenté sa mama. Aujourd'hui, lorsqu'on s'est réveillé, on s'est très vite aperçu qu'il n'y avait pas que Mario et Maria sa mama, il y a aussi un des frères de Mario, une de ses tantes, ses grands-parents, son cousin, la femme de son cousin, la fille de son ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 10th 2016

Oh my, today was a tough one. Uphill, caring my backpack for seven hours. It was extremely challenging. I spend most of it along because I walk so slow compared to my freakishly tall comrades. I can’t wait to get there. Even though today was the “most difficult day” due to the verticalness, tomorrow we are actually walking further. Just not as steep. It will be nine hours, and mostly straight down. My knees hate me already. Oh! I forgot to mention, Mom and Dad knew about the Ayahuasca ceremony. After my mom demanded to know what “overnight mountain tour” I was going on, I just told her “Etnikas” not expecting her to look into it further. Duh, she looked into it. I have to say, I am very impressed with them! They were more curious ... read more
Ancient Ruins Along the Way

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca January 9th 2016

PERU...Lake Titicaca Homestays. I've been robbed of my money and passport when travelling, had numerous slips and falls, even rolled a car upside down in a creek, travelled with a necrotic leg, been locked up, nearly drowned countless times, been freaked out in the deepest dark caverns, hung onto various cliffs for dear life to avoid being blown off, had food poisoning, bites, stings, disappointments that would crush many men. But nothing...I mean nothing...comes close to suffering camera failure in Peru. Fair go. I'm a tough old rooster. But camera failure when the sun is smiling...no clouds in sight potentially crying...no dropsy or accident to explain it. There I was taking a portrait photo in Ollantaytambo and the camera wouldn't focus. Talk about a disaster. ****** Fortunately I have the world's most understanding dance partner. Fortunately ... read more
Water Tornado over Titicaca

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 9th 2016

Day one of four has officially been completed of the Machu Pitcchu Trek, and boy is it gorgeous! I’ve done many hikes in my day, but this one takes the cake as far as scenery is concerned! The group I am going with is nice. Five of the six of them are from the Scandinavian regions. Two from Norway, two from Sweeden and one from Denmark. All around my age. I have to say, I am quite envious of how many days they get off work to travel. They are all so happy. Very different from the demanding work schedule America provides. No wonder America has such a depression problem. Our first base camp is nice. Cold, but nice. It kind of reminds me of why I don’t go camping. Everything is ... read more
Inca Trail Day 1




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