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Tumbes, End of the Road

Monday, 31 May 2010 | Views [843]

The overnight bus from Chiclayo left nearly on time and we arrived in the dusty town of Tumbes around seven on Sunday morning.   We are just a few kilometers from the border with Ecuador and this is our last stop in Peru.   The sole reason ... Read more >

Chiclayo and the Sican Culture

Saturday, 29 May 2010 | Views [806]

Another bus ride yesterday brought us to Chiclayo, three hours from Trujillo.   For a city of 600,000 there isn’t much to do if you aren’t interested in brujos , the witches and shamans that the city is known for.   But it is a good base for ... Read more >

Around Trujillo

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | Views [1010]

As we moved north from Lima we traveled back in time with the cultures that pre-dated the Inca.   A 9-hour bus ride took us to Trujillo, an oasis in the coastal desert, and to the Moche culture from 200 AD.   The Moche people constructed their ... Read more >

Photos: Lima to Ecuador

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Iquitos and the Amazon

Monday, 24 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Sunday, 23 May 2010 | Views [627]

With over 600,000 people Iquitos is the largest city in the world not accessible by road, Peru’s version of Juneau.   It saw its heyday in the early 1900s with the rubber boom but that ended when some plants were smuggled to SE Asia where they ... Read more >

Photos: Birds of Peru: Iquitos and the Amazon

Friday, 21 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Muyuna Lodge II

Friday, 21 May 2010 | Views [1022]

It rained hard all night long but Moises thought we should still be able to see some birds this morning.   We towed two small fiberglass canoes upstream to a beautiful lake and he was right.   It was cool and cloudy and the birds were very ... Read more >

Muyuna Lodge

Thursday, 20 May 2010 | Views [1242]

I wonder exactly when the jungle became the rainforest.   George of the Rainforest just doesn’t sound right.   Nor does “It’s a rainforest out there.”   But it’s not so bad to stay in a "rainforest" lodge and that’s ... Read more >

Lake Yarinacocha

Sunday, 16 May 2010 | Views [894]

Laguna Yarinacocha is much nicer when the sun is shining.   We spend both Saturday and Sunday mornings cruising around in Miguel’s peki-peki (the sound the long-tail motor makes) looking for birds.   Miguel caught on quickly.   He slowed ... Read more >


Friday, 14 May 2010 | Views [573]

We haven't updated the journal in a while simply because nothing has happened lately.  We are still in the noisy, crowded and dirty city of Pucallpa.  It is literally at the end of the road - for now.  From here it's all river travel, all ... Read more >

Field Trip: Patria Nueva

Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [578]

Can you imagine 100 mothers gathering to compete in a soccer tournament on Mothers Day?   My mother certainly wouldn’t have considered it.   Would yours?   But in the Shipibo community of Patria Nueva in Amazonia that is how Mothers Day ... Read more >

A Day at the Office: Instituto del Bien Comun

Thursday, 6 May 2010 | Views [774]

Once again the Shipibo family was camped on the sidewalk outside our hotel selling bracelets, necklaces and such.   They are so hopeful we will buy and look so pitiful when we don’t.   Maybe someday.   Peruvians are so polite, offering a ‘Buen ... Read more >

How John Almost Ruined the Trip

Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Views [702]

We thought we had arranged transportation to Pucallpa when we were in town on Wednesday but they never showed up.   So we loaded our bags into a mototaxi and went to one of the car companies for a shared taxi to Pucallpa; 5 hours for 45 soles.... Read more >

Photos: Pucallpa and the Vicinity

Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

Volunteering with IBC
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Photos: Tingo Maria

Saturday, 1 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

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R&R; Villa Jennifer in Tingo Maria

Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | Views [1004]

School kids stopped to stare as we crossed the plaza after breakfast on Tuesday, the first time that has happened since we were in Borneo.   This is a sure sign we are on the road less traveled.   You don’t see many blue-eyed gringos in this ... Read more >

Off The Gringo Trail

Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | Views [980]

We have both been feeling kind of punk for a while.   I have eaten little solid food since dinner last Tuesday and Connie has been feeling queasy since Thursday.   She says it is equal parts altitude sickness, motion sickness and a head cold.... Read more >

Photos: Birds of Peru: North of Lima

Saturday, 24 Apr 2010 | Photo Gallery

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EcoManu - It's A Family Affair

Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | Views [803]

If you are coming to Cusco and want to get to the jungle, take a look at EcoManu Center Expeditions.   You don’t have to book from home, although you can at www.ecomanuperu.com.   It’s just as easy to drop in; they are conveniently located ... Read more >

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