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4 Amigos in South America

4 amigos on a 3 Week South America Trip of a life time!

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Faye Xuan
We took our time getting up this morning since it was our very last day in South America. But these days dragging our feet meant we were ready and packed by 8:30. Mom of the family had already set …
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Faye Xuan
Our last day in the Galapagos. A few of us thought about where we can hide on the boat, so we can stay. Breakfast was early this morning. We were off to the giant tortoise conservation park at …
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Faye Xuan
I woke up feeling a bit sad this was our last full day in the Galapagos. I asked myself again: why didn't we do the 8 day option? Our day started with a walk to the top of Bartolome Island. The …
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Faye Xuan
The Gravol knocked me out completely last night. I slept through the night like a baby and refreshed in the morning. Today's first point of interest after breakfast was Espinosa point on Fernandina …
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Faye Xuan
Breakfast was at 7:30 and by 8:30 we were ready to hit our first island of the day: Rabida. On the bright red beach was where we saw our first blue footed boobie. There were also many sea lions and …
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Faye Xuan
Our flight out of La Paz arrived in Quito just after midnight. Immigration was a breeze and we were done in less than 10 minutes. We took a cab to a hotel near the airport for a nap before our flight …
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Faye Xuan
It was our last day in La Paz. We had done pretty much all we had planned. Our flight to Quito wasn't until 5:15PM. We had hours to kill, but not enough to do anything significant. We found a roof …
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Faye Xuan
We had originally wanted to plan for a La Paz day trip with a travel agency, but we wanted a relaxed day without the "vamos, vamos" so we decided to arrange a taxi and head out to Valle de …
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Faye Xuan
Hotel Julia was the named of the hotel we stayed in last night in Uyuni. I believe it is one of the more expensive ones in town. The room was 270 bolivianos (40 USD) per night. Right above us was the …
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Faye Xuan
Today started awfully early. We had to be packed and ready to head out by 5:30AM. Might as well, I had been tossing and turning since midnight. I wasn't as cold as I thought I would be, especially we …
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Faye Xuan
We hit the road in the morning just before 8AM. 2 hour bumpy drive later we were at a view point to see an active volcano. The view point itself was formed by volcanic rocks of many different …
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Faye Xuan
We took a taxi to El Alto International Airport in La Paz. It costed us 50 bolivianos which I could've swore the hotel told us it should cost around 15. Oh well, we had a plane to catch. The airline …
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Faye Xuan
We are finally making our way to the capital of Bolivia, La Paz today. I have been a little nervous about this leg. There wasn't much pre-planning we could do and had heard the route can be unsafe. …
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Faye Xuan
The main attraction in Copacabana side of lake Titicaca is Isla Del la Sol and Luna. We only had one more day in Copa and according to the owner at Cafe Bistrot last night, not many goes to Isla Del …
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Faye Xuan
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana) The hottest spot north of Havana (here) I don't think Barry Manilow was talking about the same Copacabana. Today was the day we said good bye to Peru and …
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Faye Xuan
The next morning, we woke up from a very peaceful night of sleep and Julia prepared us pancake for breakfast. Unfortunately, it didn't come with maple syrup. I had to settled for strawberry jam. …
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Faye Xuan
Lake Titicaca crosses two countries: Peru and Bolivia. The tour we arranged yesterday was for the Peruvian side, but also included bus ticket from Puno to Copacabana, Bolivia for 95 soles (36 USD). …
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Faye Xuan
Cuzco to Puno is normally a 5 hour trip by bus. There are other transportation options as well. Flying takes about one hour, but only flies into Juliaca and it is another one hour ground …
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Faye Xuan
We purchased our Machu Picchu (MP) tickets on day 2 in Cuzco at the Cultural Ministry. Friends had recommended we also do Wayna Picchu (WP). Only 200 people were allowed to climb WP at one time …
Reaching rew heights in Bolivia
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Faye Xuan
It was an early day for us. At 6AM we hopped into our pre arranged car and headed to the Poroy station that was approximately 20 minutes outside of Cuzco. No more than five minutes after we settled …
Wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago
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Faye Xuan
We arranged the Sacred Valley day tour on day one. The tour was quite cheap, only 20 soles (7 USD) which included transportation and an English speaking guide. Before hopping on a coach bus, we had …
Wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago
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Faye Xuan
We slept in as much as we could. We took our time enjoying our breakfast of papaya in yogurt and scramble eggs. The breakfast discussion involved whether was legal to bring cocoa teabag back home …
Wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago
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Faye Xuan
As per usual, we arrived approximately 1 hour before our international flight. Maybe I am getting older, but I actually felt a slight panic. At 5AM, YVR seemed unusually busy. After a smooth security …

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