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PERU | Friday, 14 May 2010 | Views [522]

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

PERU | Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [526]

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

PERU | Thursday, 6 May 2010 | Views [729]

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

PERU | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Views [657]

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

PERU | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

Volunteering with IBC
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Photos: Tingo Maria

PERU | Saturday, 1 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

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R&R; Villa Jennifer in Tingo Maria

PERU | Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | Views [950]

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

PERU | Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | Views [928]

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

PERU | Saturday, 24 Apr 2010 | Photo Gallery

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EcoManu - It's A Family Affair

PERU | Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | Views [757]

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 >

Photos: Manu National Park

PERU | Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Manu National Park and Rio Madre de Dios

PERU | Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | Views [992]

Believe it or not it took us 12 hours to drive the 230 km to Manu National Park on Sunday. Even allowing three or four hours for rest breaks, lunch by a beautiful waterfall and a bird walk we averaged only 25 miles per hour, not too bad considering ... Read more >


PERU | Saturday, 17 Apr 2010 | Views [383]

Pisac is the last of the archeological sites near Cusco on our boleto touristica, and the largest.   The ruins overlook the Urubamba River valley and are best know for the massive agricultural terraces.  Even higher on the hillsides you can ... Read more >

Machu Picchu

PERU | Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | Views [461]

I was prepared to be disappointed by Machu Picchu.    It has been featured on so many travel shows and the classic photos are everywhere in Peru.    Besides, we have been to Petra, Tikal, Angkor Wat and seen the pyramids of Egypt, each of them a better ... Read more >

Pardon me, boy, is that the Machu Picchu choo-choo?

PERU | Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | Views [342]

(I was cracking wise with Connie and now I can’t get the stupid song out of my mind!) The heavy rains in January and February pretty much washed out the famed “Inca Trail” and did considerable damage to the railway between Cusco and Aguas ... Read more >

Moray and Chinchero

PERU | Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | Views [261]

We first heard about Moray from the Wrights at an Explorers Club meeting.   Their descriptions and photos were right on target.   Moray is 1 ½ hours by taxi from Cusco, all uphill through breathtaking scenery.   We could have been in Switzerland ... Read more >

Sacred Valley

PERU | Sunday, 11 Apr 2010 | Views [230]

Church bells were pealing as we left the Plaza at 6:30.    We wanted an early start for Lake Huacopay, just beyond the ruins of Tipon.    All along the way we say the devastation caused by the flooding of January and February.    Fields were destroyed ... Read more >

Photos: Around Cusco

PERU | Sunday, 11 Apr 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Sexy Woman

PERU | Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 | Views [286]

Ascencio was waiting for us in the Plaza San Blas just as we had agreed.   He would be our driver this morning – and probably for several more days – as we explore the Inca sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley.   We could have taken a ... Read more >

The Best Laid Plans: Part V

PERU | Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 | Views [268]

Today didn’t go exactly as planned.   We boarded the bus for Copacabana, Bolivia only to find out that Americans have to pay $135 to enter Bolivia.   It seems the president’s new best friend, Hugo Chavez, of Venezuela convinced him to dump ... Read more >

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