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South America » Argentina October 31st 2004

Now, having purchased tickets for Easter Island, that weren´t due to leave Santiago for a week, we decided to take a little trip to Argentina, and see what all the fuss was about. From Santiago, it´s about a 7 hour bus ride, through the Andes! On our way to Mendoza we went at night, though, and didn´t see to much. Found a hotel fairly easily, it´s a small city with lots of touristy things going on, like wine tours and outdoorsy stuff, so lodging in all price ranges are available. After getting settled, the first thing on our agenda was to have a famous Argentine steak for lunch...score! Ok, this is what all the fuss is about. Super cheap, expertly prepared, and the best tasting steaks, ever. Suzy even liked it a lot. The best meal ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 30th 2004

Hi again, I´m just goint to recount a few things that happened while we were in Santiago. Just a short summary of October. If you managed to see our JourneyFile blog, please go straight to the next entries. It just makes me feel better to have some sort of starting point here. We arrived in Santiago on October 2nd and started our Spanish classes two days later. For five days a week, four hours a day we struggled and made our heads hurt for the rest of October. But it is paying off now. In between classes and on weekends we did manage to get out of the city a couple times. In Valparaiso for a weekend, which was like being transported to a small Italian coastal town. Steep, winding street that we didn´t mind getting ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago October 29th 2004

Just a quick post...been needing to get a new blog started...will be posting old entries soon, and new ones...damn, we're behind! Heading out of Santiago for the second time today, on to San Pedro de Atacama. More to come on Valparaiso, Mendoza, Cajon de Maipo, and Easter Island!... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 28th 2004

So, as the previous entry should state we arrived in Cusco really early and had an extra day here almost. We checked out a load of hostals and settled on the Marani on Carmen Alto (San Blas area) because it had a bath and a massive room. We could only stay one night but we took advantage of the bath and booked in for another 2 nights when they had free rooms again. It also had cable tv which was nice. Not much else to say for this day, just general admin stuff. Checking out Cusco So on Sarah´s birthday I gave her her card and she opened the one from her family which was nice, then we proceded to the new hostal and left for breakfast at a place which had been recommended to us ... read more
Birthday celebrations
Mighty big stones
An Incan doorway

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz October 26th 2004

And so after my little whistlestop Peru side trip, back to Bolivia. After another uncomfortable overnight bus journey, this time back to La Paz, I embarked on a whirlwind of activities and tours with the idea of getting as much out of Bolivia in the shortest possible time... So with Rachael doing some charideee work in Cochabamba, and then visiting Sucre; I have been busy with climbing Bolivias 3rd highest mountain, Huyana Potosi. This is advertised in the backpacker agencies as a "non technical, easy 2 day hike to a 6000m peak". Well, this aint so.. climbing it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Our hike on day 1 to 5200m was hard work, but straight forward and uneventful. My guide and I had dinner at 5pm, then retired to bed for a ... read more

South America » Ecuador October 26th 2004

Well I've been in Ecuador just on a week now and the sun has come out to play just 2 of those days which is apparently a lot for this time of the year - so we took it while we could get it out at at Montañitas which is a fantastic little surf town on the coast. Then sadly Christian was enjoying the party scene there too much so he decided to stay another week, where as I'm am now back in Guayaquil waiting for my flight for the Galapagos Islands tomorrow morning!!!!! I can't wait, but I'm going to have to, until after the cheesy, heart-throb Luis Miguel concert tonight at the Modelo Stadium. Should be a good night, I bumped into my french friend Olivier again out at the beach so we're going ... read more
A bunch of Guayaquilano schoolboys that obviously weren't used to seeing 6foot tourists walking around they're beautiful waterfront
Mr. Iguana
Our beach front hostel in Montanita

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo October 26th 2004

Ruins, ruins and more ruins Trujillo provided a taste of things to come in Peru with some fascinating Moche and Chimu ruins (these guys were pre-Incan civilisations). We decided to stay at the beach outside of Trujillo called Huanchaco, our first beach in South America. It was a pretty nice place, lots of fish restaurants and surfers. They seem to be doing some work to the beach front at the moment and are putting in extra flood defences - possibly in preparation for El Niño. The fishermen use the same boats made out of reeds that the fishermen on Lake Titicaca use. They are almost like canoes with one side cut off and rather than sailing in them (these boats have no hollow to sit in), the fishermen sit on top. On our first day we ... read more
Interior of two temples
Exterior of temple
Huaca del Sol

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 25th 2004

Hola from Cusco. As we rest our weary muscles after the Inca Trail it gives me a chance to update you on travels so far. After Puno, we spent a couple of days in Arequipa, a pretty city set in a valley with volcanoes in the distance. There are two things you need to know about Arequipa. It is the home of Juanita, an Inca Mummy found at the top of a nearby mountain when a neighbouring volcano melted the snow, thus revealing the body. She was a teenage girl chosen as a sacrifice in a time of crisis who walked up to the 6,000m + mountain top to her fate. There were several mummies found in the region and it is a grisly insight in to Inca Culture. The Santa Catalina Monastery was toted as ... read more
Colca Canyon
Walking the Inca Trail
Dead Woman's Pass

South America October 25th 2004

Pickup So, the longest journey so far began the previous night (24th October) with a shared pickup truck ride. I sat in the back into the village of Vilcabamba with the rucksacks and Dominic, another person doing the same journey. Minibus At Vilcabamba we hopped into the minibus to Loja with our luggage on the roof (secured by the conductor with the assurance that if it rained he would throw over the waterproof cover). At this stage I think there were 6 or 7 of us, all doing the same journey - so a good big group. The minibuses are great over here if you like overcrowding - at one stage I think we attained 23 souls in the vehicle. I think 16 would have been about full, in any normal country. Proper Bus (8 hours) ... read more
Pete crosses the border

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 22nd 2004

And so to the home of the Incas, and Paddington Bear... My trip to Peru was neither long, nor original. With time short, I basically devised a plan for a short, sharp hit on the jewel in the thorny crown of South American travel, Cusco, and Macchu Picchu. This is probably the most established tourist centre in South America, and dont they know it.. from the touts at Cusco bus station to the ski resort like prices at the Macchu Picchu cafe, you are reminded that you are certainly on the tourist conveyor belt. Leaving Rachael behind in Bolivia (she´d done the Inca trail last year), and arriving in Cusco at 4am, after a 13 hour bus journey from La Paz, followed by 4 unpleasant hours waiting for the bus company office to open, wasnt the ... read more

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