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  • The Andes: A Minty Fresh HighI want to start by saying that I'm finding it hard to come up with clever blog titles- the places we're visiting aren't lending themselves to cleverness. Call it the ultimate irony that Peru boasts one of the BEST Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Mar 9, 2013
  • Gray Skies In the White CityWe awoke in our hostel in Arequipa this morning, and immediately marveled at having hot showers, using the bathroom without having to put on shoes and bug spray, or walk outside, and the utter lack of bugs. We're not Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Mar 8, 2013
  • Where the Wild Things AreWe were up and ready to go early in the morning to begin our jungle adventure down the Rio Madre de Dios. Our hostel owner set us up with a local guide named Nilton (yes, NILTON. Apparently our Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Mar 6, 2013
  • The Amazon: Not Just For Books Anymore!We were up at 5am in the jungle, along with the roaring howler monkeys, and set off in our canoe to see the wild parrots. As excited as I was to see them, I wasn't looking forward to another Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Mar 7, 2013
  • From High & Chilly To Low & SweatyWe left Ollanta yesterday morning and caught a collectivo (sort of a minivan public bus) two hours back to Cuzco. We decided to stay at a hostel calling itself a "bed and bakery," which is a swell idea if Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Mar 4, 2013
  • Climb Ev'ry Mountain....We made up for yesterday's 4am wakeup by sleeping in until 7:30am. It was nice to be awake AFTER the sun came up. Ollanta is a small town, but it is dominated on either side by mountainside ruins, which the Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Mar 2, 2013
  • Magical Machu PicchuOur day began with a 4am wakeup call, and we walked down to catch the 4:45 train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. The train ride was 90 minutes through lush, dramatic mountains that Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Mar 1, 2013
  • Still Crazy After All These YearsToday is our 17th wedding anniversary. Not a lot to report today as far as adventures go, unless you count 17 years of marriage an adventure in itself. :) We departed Cuzco at 10am this morning, and hopped a minibus Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Feb 28, 2013
  • My Day In RuinsMy, 10 hours of sleep can really make you feel like a new person. :) We had breakfast at our hostel with some new friends- 2 women from Croatia- then were off to see a museum. Actually, we weren't all Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Feb 27, 2013
  • Peru-sing the LandscapeSo here we are in Cuzco, Peru! It was quite a travel day to get here...we left our condo at 5am Tuesday morning to catch the 5:30am bus to the airport; we flew out of Seattle at 8am; arrived Posted by traveljonez in More Than Just Machu Picchu | Feb 26, 2013
  • Huaca PucllanaToday we walked to the huaca Pucllana, an archaeological complex right in Miraflores. It was an administrative and ceremonial center of the Lima Culture built around 500 AD. It was known that this mud hill was an important Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 23, 2014
  • Exploring MirafloresFirst we had a hearty breakfast - avocado and pepino melon for Armando, mango and star friut for me, saltanas, bread with butter and cheese and coffee. In our cozy little apartment. While we ate we could look out Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 22, 2014
  • Back to Sea LevelLeaving Puno this morning gave us some spectacular views of the lake. Then we drove to Juliaca through some flat flat farmland. It always surprises me that at 12,000 feet in the mountains, there can be this huge wide Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 21, 2014
  • Killing TimeAfter sleeping for 12 hours we felt halfway human again. There is an interesting Inca cemetary nearby, and we asked about going there, but it's 45 minutes uphill so we passed on that. Here's what we didn't see: Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 20, 2014
  • Cruising Lake TiticacaAfter a second night of not sleeping, we were picked up at the hotel and driven to the dock for our Lake Titicaca adventure. FIrst, we learned that it's actually pronounced Lake Titihaha, with a hard H, in Aymara language, Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 19, 2014
  • Panting in PunoYesterday we left Magda's and flew to Puno, Peru. It is on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest in South America. The only problem is, we are at 12,300 feet and Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 18, 2014
  • More Celebrating with the CarranzasWe went shopping for a little while this afternoon, passing by a huaca (an archeological site right in the middle of town - there are several in Lima). And passing by what I thought was a mosque - it looks Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 16, 2014
  • Another Lazy DayThis morning we took a walk around the neighborhood. Everyone here lives behind high walls, some topped with electric wire or razor wire because of security. Here are some pictures of the neighborhood. Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 15, 2014
  • Lazy DayHere is breakfast - mango, avocado and chirimoya. We went to the supermarket to buy some stuff, and I took these photos. Look at the aisle with a million kinds of potatoes. And there was Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 14, 2014
  • Moving DayWe got up and packed our suitcases and said goodbye to our great little apartment. After mass at the church next to Parque de los Gatos, we walked around a bit. Every Sunday morning they have a fiesta in the Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 13, 2014
  • Good Times with the Cousins GonzalezTonight we went to a party with the Gonzalez cousins - Pilar, Lourdes, Charro, Angelica, Richard, Joaquin, Jose, their mother Tia Carmen, and various wives, girlfriends and kids. Had lots of fun and stayed out too late, since we Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 11, 2014
  • Clomping Around CaralThe tour operator picked us up at 6:30 a.m. for our trip up the coast to Caral. On the tour we were just three - the two of us plus a twenty-something girl from Zimbabwe who is a civil Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 12, 2014
  • Plodding around Pachacamac Today we took a tour to Pachacamac which is the closest major archaeological site to Lima, about 45 minutes away from here. We caught the Mirabus in Parque Kennedy, and I couldn't resist messing with the Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 11, 2014
  • Downtown LimaWe started the day with breakfast - mango for me, avocado for him and saltenas - sort of like empanadas but better, with meat, potato and onion inside, but I wish I knew what spices they use to flavor it. Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 10, 2014
  • Walking til I couldn't walk no more!I arrived in Lima last night. Flights were on-time and uneventful, except when I arrived in Lima, my bag was the last one off the plane. I was about to head toward the lost luggage office, when it finally showed Posted by CrazyTravelers in Crazy Travelers | Sep 8, 2014
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