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South America » Bolivia October 20th 2004

An interesting site with perfectly cut rocks, demonstrated by the doorway, some statues and some elongated skulls. For more about my travels in Bolivia please click below. http://www.travelblog.org/South-America/Bolivia/blog-490767.html... read more
A Statue
The City Walls
The City Walls

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca October 20th 2004

So, arriving in Cuenca late we checked into the Hostal Tinku where Claudia (another Galápagos friend) was staying. After marvelling at the spectacular noisiness of the place with the barking dogs and children we went for a brief excursion to get some food and thought "hmmm, this is a nice place". In the morning we met up with Claudia who was recovering from a rather nasty form of stomach bug and went for a walk via the Café Austria and the market - nothing to report there. A Real Panama Hat As part of our sojourn we came across a marvellous shop - that of Alfredo Pulla, a hatter since the age of 6 (now in his 80s). He showed us to his upstairs showroom from the main shop downstairs (with hundreds of hats hanging ... read more
Cajas National Park
Paper tree wood
Claudia & Sarah beside Cajas lakes

South America » Peru October 19th 2004

Yeh I'm starting to get a bit of colour back into my skin now after a week bumming around on various beaches on the Pacific coast in the North of Peru. The surf hasn't been anything worth renting a board for but it's definately been nice to be swimming in waves and salt water again thats for sure! I also re-discovered the joy of reading which is exciting for me, I picked out the smallest book there was in the book exchange back in Huaras(90pages long) which just happened to be a John Stienbeck classic so I finished it in my first day at the beach! So that's what I do now, i read books at the beach. Also I met a cool French-Canadian guy in Huaras who was travelling the same way as me so ... read more
Huanchaco beach
Side on action in a reed boat
Give me back  my camera! no  I don't want a  photo of me sunbathing with some hot chicks to  make my mates back home  jealous

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Riobamba October 19th 2004

Ok, so after arriving from Baños we spent one night in Riobamba in a hostel called Los Shyris near the train station. We bumped in to Stuart, an Australian guy that we did the Guagua hike with in a restaurant that night. He was in Riobamba for the same reason as us, to do the Devil's Nose train journey to Alausi - sitting on the roof of the train. This is a train run pretty much solely for tourists and one of the few (maybe only) train routes still in operation in Ecuador. The restaurant that we met Stuart in wasn´t great so we warned him against it (a far from accurate lonely planet recommendation). Next morning he kept us two seats on top of the train, we got there for about 6am, a bit later ... read more
Chimborazo from the train
The locals wave us off
A quick photo call

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños October 18th 2004

First forray into SA bus travel So, we met a girl called Mellisa at the Secret Garden and she was going to Baños that morning too; So we thought it would be a good idea to go together seeing how paranoid people get when talking about the Quito Terminal Terrestre (or Baghdad as some people would have you believe). Anyway, we managed to buy our tickets with our lives and possesions still intact (a miracle if you listen to some paranoid nancies). Well, a rather uneventful journey later and we arrived in Baños and found our Hostal, Plantos y Blanco (Plants and White) which seemed nice enough. Later we checked out the hot spring baths under the waterfall but decided against it due to the large number of local kids frolicking - early in the morning ... read more
The mineral baths
Evacuation route in case of an eruption
Local transport

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos October 17th 2004

Ok bods, probably one of the more interesting ones I hope - if you like wildlife and beautiful islands, that is. So we departed Quito on friday 8th October so this is where I begin. Friday - getting there Flight to Galapagos Baltra Airport via Guayaquil, uneventful. Guayaquil looks a bit swampy (Ecuador´s largest city - Quito is the capital but a bit smaller), so quite glad we´re not stopping there at any point. On arrival at Baltra airport we took some cool pictures of the mysterious-looking volcanic island-rocks. Paid the $100 dólar park entrance fee and met our guide, the rather more senior and charismatic than expected "César", to take us to the good ship "Amigo". We took a bus for 5 minutes to a canal (the bit of sea between Baltra island and Santa ... read more
The first sealion
Baby sealions kissing
Camera shy crab

South America » Peru October 12th 2004

Well I planned on doing this 3day circut trek up in the mountains behind Huaras, but when I arrived at Laguna Churup at the end of day 1 I liked it so much that I decided to just kick it there for a couple of days and then go back to Huaras. And I had the whole place to myself apart from about 5 other trekkers per day that came up for a look, and a stray dog I called Henry who made sure that not one scrap of my sloppy food went to waste. He was a very hungry and ugly dog, I wish I'd taken a photo of him to show you. next time aye... read more
Then I watched the sunrise over Huaras
Laguna Churup at 4500m above - Peru
Churup1

South America » Peru » Puno October 11th 2004

Hola from Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca (stop sniggering at the back). I'll keep it short and sweet today but we do have photos. From Potosi we went to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world via Oruro where our truck was broken into (none of our stuff was taken but others in our group were not so lucky). La Paz was a hectic city where all life seemed to be happening on the streets at maximum speed. We did a city tour and learnt that Bolivia has had more revolutions than presidents and saw the bullet holes from last years revolution (that wasn't in the guide book). The second day we were there we went mountain biking. Serious downhill mountain biking. Starting at 4,900m we dropped 3500m downhill over 64km along ... read more
The Worlds Most Dangerous Road
Cliff!
The Temple of Fertility

South America » Bolivia October 10th 2004

Right then, after the Caribbean exuberance of Venezuala, and the European austerity of Santiago, it was time to stop arsing about, and get into the REAL South America.. you know; towering Andean mountains, barren plains at dizzying altitudes plunging down to the Amazonian basin and the sultry, sweaty jungle below, Indigenous Indian women with toothless, weather beaten faces, an ill fitting bowler hat and a small child wrapped in a colourful shaw, lllamas, excitable locals who will throw a stike/carnival/fiesta at the drop of a hat, and panpipes.. Oh, the panpipes.. so anyway.. you will find all these things in Bolivia. Arriving in La Paz is spectacular.. a barren plain at over 4000m means you can feel dizzy stepping off the plane, and standing up quickly leaves you light headed.. this plain opens out into a ... read more

South America » Peru October 9th 2004

We made it! Here's our adventures to Pasadena (LA), Trujillo, Lima, Cusco, Macchi Piccu, and Lake Titicaca and the amazing people we met on the way. ... read more
Lima
Lima
Lima




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