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Peru Part Deux!
The Colca Canyon
A journey back to an incredible country...this time featuring condors, flamingos, and pink dolphins!
Lee here. I'll journal the first part of the trip and Andrea will take over at the Amazon. The trip really started last January when I received a call on a weekday morning from my friend Andrea in Little Rock. Sitting in my office in Seattle, I held my breath, anticipating her news. The prior May, Andrea and I took an Adventure Life trip …
Arequipa, the White City
Our LAN flight from Lima to Arequipa takes just over an hour. Arequipa is around 600 miles south of Lima. Its heritage is Spanish, and it is nicknamed the White City because the prevalent building material is sillar, a white volcanic stone, and also apparently because the Spanish people were considered to be so 'white' compared to the …
Patapampa and the Colca Valley
Today we drive from Arequipa to the Colca Valley with Liliana and a driver. We leave Arequipa and on the way out of town stop for Gatorade and coca leaves, as we will reach an altitude of over 16,000 feet today and will need all the help we can get! We drive through a national park that is a refuge for vicunyas, established to help ensure that the …
Condors, Condors, and More Condors!
Although technically only 30 miles away, it takes about an hour and a half to get to Cruz del Condor (Condor Cross), where we will hopefully see the Andean Condors this morning. So, it's up early for a bite of breakfast before heading out. The drive is on a crazy, winding dirt road, and before we know it everything is covered in a film of …
Flamingos, Manco Capac, and Santiago!
Today is a travel day. We will take our van with Liliana to Puno, about 6 hours away. We pack up, grab breakfast and leave by 8. By then we are the last guests at the Lodge. Apparently most tourists only stay 1 night, just enough time to go to Condor Cross. Then they make the long drive to Puno afterward. Adventure Life arranged for us to have 2 …
Papi Shows us Amantani Island
Today we will take a boat on Lake Titicaca and travel to the island of Amantani, where we will spend the night with a local family. As I'm showering in the hotel before leaving, I give myself a little pep talk: even if it's miserable, it will be an adventure and something to remember for the rest of my life!Really, I am excited but …
Amantani, Taquile, and a Surprise Wedding
Andrea wakes me up at about 5:30 a.m. to see the sunrise out our window. It's gorgeous! We step outside to try to get a picture and we're surprised that it seems much warmer than last night, mainly, I think, because the wind isn't blowing. Everyone said the sunsets and sunrises here would be spectacular because of the thin air and they …
Pisco Sours and Beef Hearts
The ride to the airport in Juliaca takes about an hour. While we wait at the airport we journal and Andrea gets a little teary-eyed, thinking of the wonderful people and memories we are leaving behind. Just about the time she comments that she needs something to cheer her up, a local band starts playing happy traditional music right next to us in …
Setting Sail on the Amazon!
Andrea here, signing in to detail the rest of the journey. We fly from Lima to Iquitos, landing in the late afternoon. At the tiny Iquitos airport, we meet up with the rest of the group going on the Aqua cruise. I have to say, the folks from Aqua Expeditions more than lived up to the hospitality we've come to expect from Peruvians. After a …
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