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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 25th 2004

4 days, 12000 feet, 500 perros, 200 llamas, 10 incan ruins, and 50 gatorade bottles later.... the story continues... (i couldn't send this out on our last day in peru. crappy computer) in the last email, i stated that we were headed to machu picchu on thursday. well, that didn't happen. you see, the only timely way of reaching the incan ruins is by train, and late on wednesday night a major landslide damaged 27 meters of raildroad track. perurail, the gov't owned company that exclusively runs the railway, announced that it would take 3 days to repair the tracks. CRAP. we only had 3 more days in peru! so what would a trip to peru be without visiting the world famous machu picchu? so on top of being pretty bummed out, teresa got pretty sick. ... read more
machu picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 24th 2004

flew to cusco this morning. WE LOVE THIS CITY ALREADY. its beautiful.... an entire city built in the andes mountains. 3700 meters above sea level, and altitude sickness is common. thanks to my doc bro, we got some meds that are helping us. no headaches or vomit yet. everywhere in peru, when we carry luggage... the guides grab my bag and let teresa carry hers. men come first here! i turned to teresa and said "yeah, thats right!" she then gave me the alameda gangsta look, so i carried her bag for her..... went to tons of ruins: sacsayhuman (sounds like sexy woman), quenco, etc. also went to a cathedral that showed a fusion of culture b/w the incas and the spaniards who came and colonized them. there are many statues of jesus (many jesii?) in ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines March 23rd 2004

spent most our our day in the city of nazca. took a 6 hour bus ride and then took a flight over the nazca lines. wayyyyyyy cool. if you haven´t heard of the nazca lines they are geoglyphs that were created in the desert between 300BC - 600AD. really strange.. no one really knows why the nazcans made then, but they align perfectly with constellations so many think its a large astronomical calendar. others say it was a way of communicating with aliens. in fact, there is even a spaceship landing strip in the desert. the movie "signs" was loosely based on the nazca lines and the alien theory... the designs are so large you cannot recognize them from ground level. so we took a cessna (sp?) and flew over the lines. hella cool. anyway, lookup ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima March 22nd 2004

this email will be unorganized and unedited. don´t have much time to write as well as my journalist friend loc. but here are my thoughts. this will also be long... (sorry augi, but you´re unemployed so you have time to read this). i´m just going to braindump... we´re having a great time in peru! i love this country already... so much culture, and the people are very friendly. i´m also practicing my spanish which is pretty fun. arrived in lima early at 530 am. we were looking for our driver, mr. sanchez, who was holding a sign that said "chi y lee" but we didn´t see him at first. he proceeded to walk in front of us and asked "are you mr. lee and miss. chi?". i asked him how he knew? he replied, "you look ... read more

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
Sailing Down the Amazon

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia March 6th 2004

Nice picturesque town at the tip of the SA continent, great food carne asados and seafood. ... read more

South America » Chile March 1st 2004

This is the trip report from my trip to Chile back in 2004, before I started blogging everything. Cliff Notes Chile is a country of spectacular scenery, friendly people and excellent food. My three weeks there were quite amazing, and I hope to go back. I will try to describe in words and pictures the adventure, but it really can’t be done. I expected Patagonia to look a lot like Alaska. Simply stated, I was correct. However, when I was taking in my surroundings I never thought: “yeah this looks like Alaska”. One main difference is the number of fjords in Chile—many more than I saw in Alaska. Other than that the differences are almost too subtle to explain. So you should go to both and compare. Chile does have an abundance of wildlife, mostly birds. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 20th 2004

Hola Amigos Last week I was busy job searching - I have a job already (starts in March) but am checking out all the options. I think I will take a job that pays a little less, but offers me free Spanish courses. I´ve been taking some, and can´t really afford it, so free ones is a good idea. This past week I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Great time, the woman there are awesome. The city is very European looking, lots of old buildings, etc, but the streets are littered with garbage. On garbage night, people would put there stuff out, but 10 mins later poor people (who are surprisingly dressed quite well) would tear through the garbage taking whatever looked like it might be worth something. Argentina is in serious economic problems, so we ... read more
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"

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