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Trans Labrador Highway by MOTO

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Voila, les voyages continuent…  The journeys continue:  Bip Bip you are gone but not forgotten.  In the spirit of continued travel here is a smaller adventure that took place between 26 June and 8 July 2013. Feeling sorry that my…

PAN AM Learning Lessons

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Sitting here sharing an evening with another overlanding couple, the conversation naturally turns to the highlights and low-lights of the last 2 years of voyaging between Canada and Argentina.  There is a random staccato of ideas and methodologies to possibly…

Argentina Top to Tip / Du sud au nord, Argentine

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Après quelques jours à Ushuaïa, il était temps de remonter et de penser sérieusement à notre retour. Nous nous sommes donc concentrés sur la vente de Bip Bip ou éventuellement son expédition par bateau au Canada. After a couple of (cold) days in…
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Trip Statistics

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Our trip is winding down…I suppose it is about time.   So let’s look at some interesting statistics. 578 Nights Thanks to Bippers, we had a home as well as a set of wheels.  Being in the shape of a van,…

Rainbows and Rabbits

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er, what’s up doc?  Feburary 14 arrived with sunshine and the skies cleared the way for rainbows.  The rabbits came out to frolic in the magic air; a St Valentine’s day  to remember. Quoi de neuf? Le 14 février est…

La Carretera Austral, Chile

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Cette partie du Chili est un «Canada espagnol »: montagnes au sommet enneigé, lacs transparents avec des poissons qui sautent et dansent, les forêts de pins, les gens sympas et ouverts … This section of Chili is a Spanish Canada : snow capped…

Nice and quiet, Bolivia

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Bolivia was the land of mystery for me for many years.  So many years that I built a great expectation, and like all great expectations the reality comes crashing down. Nous étions impatients de découvrir la Bolivie. Tellement impatients que…
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Peru on film

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Voila les films du Peru que nous n’avons pas pu telecharger avant….Here are the films that we couldn’t upload before….Argentina has great wifi!…
La connexion internet est tellement mauvaise que je ne peux pas télécharger mes films. En attendant, quelques photos...<br><br><span>Internet in Bolivia is crap.  Thus while we search for someplace with stronger internet to upload the vids, we leave you with a few photos and 1000 words.</span><br><br><div><span lang="EN-CA">La première image qui me venait en t</span><span lang="FR">ête en pensant au Pérou était un petit village dans les hauteurs des Andes avec des amérindiennes en costumes traditionnelles et les hommes mâchant des feuilles de coca et certainement pas  des kilomètres et des kilomètres de désert . Parce que la côte péruvienne c’est bien cela, du sable à perte de vue…<p></p></span><br><span lang="FR"><br></span><span>The first thoughts of Peru may be some lost village stuck in the mountians, with a bunch of indigenous folks, traditionally garbed, huddled around a llama-poo fire, with cheeks all puffed out from gnawing on coca leaves; not some endless horizon of desert and blowing sand.  So this is what we found...</span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6pZP1f_p_-0/UM5AFB4J20I/AAAAAAAABJo/W_HgLLHwU7A/s1600/DSCN3316.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6pZP1f_p_-0/UM5AFB4J20I/AAAAAAAABJo/W_HgLLHwU7A/s400/DSCN3316.JPG" width="400"></a></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><span lang="FR">Nous sommes arrivés par le nord bien sûr  et  c’est à Zorritos que nous avons fait connaissance avec cette race de chien typique du Pérou qui n’a pas de poils dont la température corporelle est plus haute que les autres races et qui était traditionnellement utilisé comme « bouillote » pour les gens avec de l’arthrite!<p></p></span><br><span lang="FR"><br></span><span lang="FR">Coming into Peru from the north, we bumped into this hairy bastard in Zorritos.  Sadly this bald pooch has more HAIR on him than I got on my head.  Seems that these doggies sport no hair and a body temperature higher than normal (see the connection?) and is otherwise substitute for a hot-water bottle for the arthritic.  Or your granny.</span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MWb3HbpONak/UM5AeCBeR_I/AAAAAAAABJw/DTThc9cDQWE/s1600/DSCN3309.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MWb3HbpONak/UM5AeCBeR_I/AAAAAAAABJw/DTThc9cDQWE/s400/DSCN3309.JPG" width="400"></a></div><div><br></div><div></div><div><span lang="FR">Nous avons continué notre route jusqu’à Mancora, petite ville balnéaire, réputé pour le surf, hyper touristique et pas dans le bon sens du terme.  Nous y sommes restés quelques jours pour y faire des affaires et çà a bien fonctionné puisque nous avons vendu la planche de surf de Chris et notre vélo pliable. Le tout très rapidement, les péruviens adorent la marchandise d’Amérique du nord alors il a suffit de dire que la planche venait de Californie et le vélo du Canada (ce qui était vrai) et le tour était joué!<p></p></span><br><span lang="FR"><br></span><span lang="FR">We continued tracking southward to Mancora, a small fishing village, reputed for surfing.  Turns out just a gringo slum sort of inner city 'projects' kind of feel.  How many times were we hit up by some aging American - sunburnt and drunk - looking for a hand-out because he had 'just been robbed'.  The bastard was living a nice saucy life on the good will of others.  CAN'T do that at home I guess.  We hung around town long enough to sell the surfboard and the bicycle.  Turns out the Peruvans love american gear so it took maybe a couple of minutes to sell out.</span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1epB0gyqKxg/UM5BsUOZHPI/AAAAAAAABJ4/Jl9ZWFiNW00/s1600/DSCN3141.JPG"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1epB0gyqKxg/UM5BsUOZHPI/AAAAAAAABJ4/Jl9ZWFiNW00/s400/DSCN3141.JPG" width="300"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Se vende /A vendre/To sell</td></tr></tbody></table><div><span lang="FR">Un peu plus au sud, nous avons profité de la jolie plage de Huanchaco où les pêcheurs utilisent des bateaux construits en paille et où nous avons visité de belles ruines celles de Chan Chan et Huaca de la Luna.<p></p></span><br><span lang="FR"><br></span><span lang="FR">Next stop southward was the very nice and empty stretch of beach at Huanchaco where the fishermen use their reed boats - cabaillitos (little horses)- to fish the day away.  There were some cool ruins nearby also at Chan chan et Huaca de la Luna.</span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--OQdMneyGDo/UM5CO5AspwI/AAAAAAAABKA/LTSRHyArj78/s1600/DSCN3305.JPG"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--OQdMneyGDo/UM5CO5AspwI/AAAAAAAABKA/LTSRHyArj78/s400/DSCN3305.JPG" width="300"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Chan Chan </td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WWo898k8kN0/UM5CSiwAMsI/AAAAAAAABKI/IfbtbB2co3E/s1600/DSC_4886.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WWo898k8kN0/UM5CSiwAMsI/AAAAAAAABKI/IfbtbB2co3E/s400/DSC_4886.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Chan Chan</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ylQRs6aL_es/UM5CxRCR_yI/AAAAAAAABKQ/-VZUPWbF3vk/s1600/DSC_4894.JPG"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ylQRs6aL_es/UM5CxRCR_yI/AAAAAAAABKQ/-VZUPWbF3vk/s400/DSC_4894.JPG" width="265"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Chan Chan</td></tr></tbody></table><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aVu_vshPylg/UM5EU5whDKI/AAAAAAAABKY/a5GORkFt1Ec/s1600/DSC_4906.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aVu_vshPylg/UM5EU5whDKI/AAAAAAAABKY/a5GORkFt1Ec/s400/DSC_4906.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Huaca de la luna</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l2oMZ8SzaLI/UM5GJsG8L5I/AAAAAAAABKg/uOm_tOh9yVI/s1600/DSC_4919.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l2oMZ8SzaLI/UM5GJsG8L5I/AAAAAAAABKg/uOm_tOh9yVI/s400/DSC_4919.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Huaca de la luna</td></tr></tbody></table><div><span lang="FR">Encore plus au sud, nous avons fait une boucle dans le parc national de Paracas. Très bel endroit, toujours désertique …</span><br><span lang="FR"><br></span><span lang="FR">And farther south still along the coast we took a 2-day off-road adventure (never been more off-road before) at the National Park of Paracas.</span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sT80Wlk4Scs/UM5Gv6qUlEI/AAAAAAAABKo/9KUyG4at4a0/s1600/DSC_5135.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sT80Wlk4Scs/UM5Gv6qUlEI/AAAAAAAABKo/9KUyG4at4a0/s400/DSC_5135.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y7EHigQB8Cc/UM5HMPoGuzI/AAAAAAAABKw/Fz94t1sucmg/s1600/DSC_5142.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y7EHigQB8Cc/UM5HMPoGuzI/AAAAAAAABKw/Fz94t1sucmg/s400/DSC_5142.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DZXqQrGH1G0/UM5HpaViKQI/AAAAAAAABK4/dNA9tf92RG4/s1600/DSC_5170.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DZXqQrGH1G0/UM5HpaViKQI/AAAAAAAABK4/dNA9tf92RG4/s400/DSC_5170.JPG" width="400"></a></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><br><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--9uYUrUfUik/UM5InKOvu5I/AAAAAAAABLA/ZTAE3Brbl6M/s1600/DSC_5176.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--9uYUrUfUik/UM5InKOvu5I/AAAAAAAABLA/ZTAE3Brbl6M/s400/DSC_5176.JPG" width="400"></a></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-F8rtqsNOnp0/UM5JYtvVwmI/AAAAAAAABLI/DcRtpvXWp54/s1600/DSC_5218.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-F8rtqsNOnp0/UM5JYtvVwmI/AAAAAAAABLI/DcRtpvXWp54/s400/DSC_5218.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qDkFOl5MP74/UM5J3jVOshI/AAAAAAAABLQ/Cr9nsAkQxCA/s1600/DSC_5219.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qDkFOl5MP74/UM5J3jVOshI/AAAAAAAABLQ/Cr9nsAkQxCA/s400/DSC_5219.JPG" width="400"></a></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><span lang="FR">Enfin, les mystérieuses et énigmatiques lignes de Nazca, parait-il mondialement connues, de gigantesques dessins dans le désert.  Nous n’avons pas trop été impressionnés. Il faut dire que pour avoir un réel  aperçu il aurait fallu qu’on se paye un vol à 90 USD par personne hors de notre budget. Nous avons donc juste gravi la tour métallique à moins de 1USD chacun, certes moins cher mais très décevant. Je cois que c'est supposé représenter un arbre.<p></p></span><br><span lang="FR"><br></span><span lang="FR">Finally we pitched up at the 'observatory' for the Nasca lines.  erm yes lines in the desert.  Seems the only way to truly appreciate the lines is by a 90usd per person plane ride.  Others say that the planes only make you sick.  Who pays to get sick???  Not us.  So we ponied up the 1USD to climb up a 4m tower and say awwwww.  They say this is a tree.  Sure it is.</span></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dlOYPQ66fFg/UM5KppSKgDI/AAAAAAAABLY/Yzb7qmzyS3Y/s1600/DSC_5229.JPG"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dlOYPQ66fFg/UM5KppSKgDI/AAAAAAAABLY/Yzb7qmzyS3Y/s320/DSC_5229.JPG" width="320"></a></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><span lang="FR"><br></span></div>

In the desert, Peru

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La connexion internet est tellement mauvaise que je ne peux pas télécharger mes films. En attendant, quelques photos… Internet in Bolivia is crap.  Thus while we search for someplace with stronger internet to upload the vids, we leave you with…
<div>Perú begins to solidify its identity as we move upwards into the mountains- not surprisingly where the <i>Indigenes</i> have lived and left their mark for thousands of years and have since been marginalized in modern times..  This voyage through the Cordillera Blanca is breathtaking - both from its beauty but also due to its elevation.  We are mostly above 3000m and have slept at 4200m and hiked up to 4700m.  </div><div><br></div><div><span>Le voyage à travers la cordillère blanche nous a coupé le souffle dans les 2 sens du terme par sa beauté mais aussi par son altitude. On a passé la plupart de notre temps au-dessus de 3000m, dormi à 4200m et marché jusqu"à 4700m d'altitude. </span><br><span><br></span>To get there we started the journey by following the River Santa into the Canon Del Pato (Canyon of the Duck) where we saw the inside of the belly with some 35 hand dug tunnels.<br><span><br></span></div><div><span>Pour atteindre la cordillère blanche; nous avons traversé le canyon del Pato (le canyon du canard) avec ses 35 ou plus tunnels.</span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bQ5J1IvE11s/UM3_y5pE8KI/AAAAAAAABDI/0JCNHQomnU8/s1600/DSC_4929.JPG"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bQ5J1IvE11s/UM3_y5pE8KI/AAAAAAAABDI/0JCNHQomnU8/s400/DSC_4929.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Canyon del pato</td></tr></tbody></table><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-idCJz9XN_-Q/UM4TSnY50PI/AAAAAAAABDs/0qA7WekmMPY/s1600/DSC_4933.JPG"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-idCJz9XN_-Q/UM4TSnY50PI/AAAAAAAABDs/0qA7WekmMPY/s400/DSC_4933.JPG" width="266"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Canyon del pato</td></tr></tbody></table><div><br></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hLJY46WlWDo/UM4zg9t-o2I/AAAAAAAABJA/UVDu3SdIJRg/s1600/DSC_4926.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hLJY46WlWDo/UM4zg9t-o2I/AAAAAAAABJA/UVDu3SdIJRg/s400/DSC_4926.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Canyon del pato</td></tr></tbody></table><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>In the last video, the drive to Cajamarca left us tipsy and dizzy with vertigo (and a bit timid of oncoming traffic!) but the lack of oxygen in the mountains leaves us breathless; and not a little bit cold too.  Laguna Paron (after digging out of the mud) was a glacier fed lake at 4200m.  Later we visited Laguna 69 even higher in a mountain bowl whereas the pre-Inca archaeological  site of ancient pilgrimage and finally our visit to the rare Puya Raimondii trees, all in the Huscaran National Park, drove us to almost 5000m.  </div><div><br></div><div><span>Dans la dernière video, la route jusqu'à Cajamarca nous a laissé étourdi et avec le vertige (et un peu peureux avec la circulation en sens inverse), mais le manque d'oxygène dans les montagnes nous a laissé à bout de souffle, et gelés... Laguna Paron (après s'être embourbés) est un lac alimenté par les glaciers à 4200m d'altitude. Plus tard, nous avons grimpé jusqu'à la Laguna 69, une superbe randonné encore plus élevé (on a marché jusqu'à 4700m d'altitude dans le creux des montagnes, puis visit</span><span>é</span><span> le site archéologique pré-inca Chavin de Huntar, ancien lieu de pélerinage et finalement notre visite</span><span> des Puya raimondii, des arbres rares (qui me font penser à des danseuses tahitiennes) le tout dans le Parc National Huscaran qui nous a conduit à près de 5000m d'altitude.</span><br><span><br></span>At the Laguna Peron we, erm, went a little too far and found ourselves a bit 'stuck in the mud', but Bippers amasing 4wd system got us out of a bind with the help of the sand-plates.  Cleaning up was a bit more of a challenge as the water was cooooold!<br><br></div><div><span>A la laguna Paron, nous nous sommes embourbés dans de la glaive gelée. Il a fallu creusé, mettre des pierres, etc pieds nus puis aller rinçé le matériel dans le lac gelé... </span></div><div><span><br></span></div><div></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2oMqoKszdf8/UM4Tw40ZHRI/AAAAAAAABD0/-mglRmtFbJA/s1600/DSCN3323.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2oMqoKszdf8/UM4Tw40ZHRI/AAAAAAAABD0/-mglRmtFbJA/s400/DSCN3323.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Laguna Paron<br><br></td></tr></tbody></table><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NuvZYlRCz0M/UM4ywfwolAI/AAAAAAAABI4/jaZ5BCuUr6w/s1600/DSC_4942.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NuvZYlRCz0M/UM4ywfwolAI/AAAAAAAABI4/jaZ5BCuUr6w/s400/DSC_4942.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aBQsttviEKA/UM4UbzLcAaI/AAAAAAAABD8/sAGGDQ8AdnU/s1600/DSC_4945.JPG"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aBQsttviEKA/UM4UbzLcAaI/AAAAAAAABD8/sAGGDQ8AdnU/s400/DSC_4945.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Lagunas Llanganuco</td></tr></tbody></table>This section was the prettiest part of the Andes we have seen to date.  The mountains climb upwards over 6000m elevation and have snowy caps.  Lakes are emerald green and glacier fed.  Waterfalls are omnipresent.  Our climb up to Laguna 69 took us to 4700m and we lost our breath - AND we lost our backup fog-lamps.  'I will keep an eye on your car, no worries' are some famous last words.<br><br><span>Cette partie des Andes a été la plus belle que nous ayons vu jusqu'à présent. Cette région montagneuse du Pérou est pleine de lac émeraudes entourés de glacier, de pics enneigés et de cascades. La randonnée qui nous a amené jusqu'à la lagune 69 en est un bel example.</span><br><br><br><div></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NstyQGuUpUQ/UM4ZemrK9FI/AAAAAAAABFA/8Xa8m4CRRgw/s1600/DSC_4956.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NstyQGuUpUQ/UM4ZemrK9FI/AAAAAAAABFA/8Xa8m4CRRgw/s400/DSC_4956.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Hiking Laguna 69</td></tr></tbody></table><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UulC1yJOjVY/UM4ZnnQxciI/AAAAAAAABFI/CenCdK0n6fE/s1600/DSC_4965.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UulC1yJOjVY/UM4ZnnQxciI/AAAAAAAABFI/CenCdK0n6fE/s400/DSC_4965.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Hiking Laguna 69</td></tr></tbody></table><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QKoMYmf7AXg/UM4aFmI4nPI/AAAAAAAABFQ/_4E8A4P1gYo/s1600/DSC_4987.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QKoMYmf7AXg/UM4aFmI4nPI/AAAAAAAABFQ/_4E8A4P1gYo/s400/DSC_4987.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Hiking Laguna 69</td></tr></tbody></table><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BZVdguyc4Z8/UM4aLv6xRKI/AAAAAAAABFY/gBqyMsV0Smk/s1600/DSC_5002.JPG"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BZVdguyc4Z8/UM4aLv6xRKI/AAAAAAAABFY/gBqyMsV0Smk/s640/DSC_5002.JPG" width="640"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Laguna 69</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MbtsZmMzyC0/UM4brapBC5I/AAAAAAAABFg/OYdkPvC8GHg/s1600/DSC_5027.JPG"><img border="0" height="264" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MbtsZmMzyC0/UM4brapBC5I/AAAAAAAABFg/OYdkPvC8GHg/s400/DSC_5027.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Laguna Llanganuco</td></tr></tbody></table><div>Exhausted and frustrated by really bad dirt roads (cheers for Bippers for keeping her legs under her this time!)  we decided to take a TOUR to the ruins of Chavin.  We stopped for the compulsary photo-op with dirty frozen children with their fluffy baby animals...at Laguna de Querococha.  Fanny took her coca tea.</div><div><span><br></span></div><div><span>Fatigués par les routes non pavées, nous avons décidé de laisser un peu de repos à Bip Bip et au chauffeur et de prendre une excursion organisée pour visiter les ruines de Chavin. Nous avons fait un arrêt à la lagune de Querococha où j'ai pu prendre mon thé aux feuilles de coca, très bon pour lutter contre le mal de l'altitude.</span></div><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z8fcAp-nMDA/UM4cIvXaN_I/AAAAAAAABFo/uD389Sfoh_U/s1600/DSC_5038.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z8fcAp-nMDA/UM4cIvXaN_I/AAAAAAAABFo/uD389Sfoh_U/s400/DSC_5038.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Laguna Querococha</td></tr></tbody></table><div>The ruins of Chavin were constructed as a pilgramage site way before the Incas way back between 1200-800 BC.  They say they are the most ancient evidence on the continent.  All about peace and mathematics I hear...</div><div><br></div><div><span>Les ruines de Chavin ont été construites entre 1200 et 800 avant JC par une des civilisations les plus anciennes du continent.</span></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VIQiltzVO9k/UM4lU2L22vI/AAAAAAAABGQ/SWRUPmiaoBc/s1600/DSCN3362.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VIQiltzVO9k/UM4lU2L22vI/AAAAAAAABGQ/SWRUPmiaoBc/s400/DSCN3362.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Chavin de Huntar</td></tr></tbody></table><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8-SqVZJc9Ps/UM4labKpu6I/AAAAAAAABGY/R1OiYtjebCI/s1600/DSCN3375.JPG"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8-SqVZJc9Ps/UM4labKpu6I/AAAAAAAABGY/R1OiYtjebCI/s400/DSCN3375.JPG" width="300"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Chavin de Huntar</td></tr></tbody></table><br><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_vc0TpkpCxw/UM4mfN1wsDI/AAAAAAAABGo/GHItzbQFii0/s1600/DSC_5056.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_vc0TpkpCxw/UM4mfN1wsDI/AAAAAAAABGo/GHItzbQFii0/s400/DSC_5056.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Chavin de Huntar</td></tr></tbody></table><div><br></div><div><br></div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sOYXhqIABAA/UM4l0BCL10I/AAAAAAAABGg/uhbrY9OgePs/s1600/DSC_5044.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sOYXhqIABAA/UM4l0BCL10I/AAAAAAAABGg/uhbrY9OgePs/s400/DSC_5044.JPG" width="400"></a><br><div>The final scenes of the Cordillera Blanca found us climbing yet again over 4500m in the rain and cold to check out the famous and interesting Puyas Raiimondi trees.  Folks cuddled in tiny stone huts with wisps of wood smoke spoke of an ancient past.</div><div><br></div><div><span>Voilà la dernière partie de la Cordillère Blanche que nous avons exploré: encore des lacs mais surtout les arbres Puyas Raiimondi, les minuscules maisons en pierres où vivent les amérindiens de cette région et un pietroglyphe.</span></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4fU_j5D-ru4/UM4pMOtotOI/AAAAAAAABHQ/9prUho-HlZM/s1600/DSC_5059.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4fU_j5D-ru4/UM4pMOtotOI/AAAAAAAABHQ/9prUho-HlZM/s400/DSC_5059.JPG" width="400"></a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JpG54nDNo2w/UM4ptJ9amCI/AAAAAAAABHY/VD8NU8SWDdk/s1600/DSC_5060.JPG"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JpG54nDNo2w/UM4ptJ9amCI/AAAAAAAABHY/VD8NU8SWDdk/s640/DSC_5060.JPG" width="640"></a></div><br><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4C6Oc7A938A/UM4p060mUWI/AAAAAAAABHg/MeDnIrmVd30/s1600/DSC_5081.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4C6Oc7A938A/UM4p060mUWI/AAAAAAAABHg/MeDnIrmVd30/s400/DSC_5081.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hbFI7S9UANw/UM4qMEPxuhI/AAAAAAAABHo/sP93YK5PSo4/s1600/DSC_5086.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hbFI7S9UANw/UM4qMEPxuhI/AAAAAAAABHo/sP93YK5PSo4/s400/DSC_5086.JPG" width="400"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Puyas Raiimondi</td></tr></tbody></table><br><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wS27zfqUcpk/UM4rXNuLDEI/AAAAAAAABHw/N973PXi1gEw/s1600/DSC_5087.JPG"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wS27zfqUcpk/UM4rXNuLDEI/AAAAAAAABHw/N973PXi1gEw/s400/DSC_5087.JPG" width="265"></a></td></tr><tr><td>Puyas Raiimondi</td></tr></tbody></table><br><div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-knqsx2pA-9k/UM4sLFS_n-I/AAAAAAAABH4/AKugfkBS4hk/s1600/DSC_5102.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-knqsx2pA-9k/UM4sLFS_n-I/AAAAAAAABH4/AKugfkBS4hk/s400/DSC_5102.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IiPHwJxKvbE/UM4s-70v5SI/AAAAAAAABIA/GqLkiKGvJFs/s1600/DSC_5105.JPG"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IiPHwJxKvbE/UM4s-70v5SI/AAAAAAAABIA/GqLkiKGvJFs/s400/DSC_5105.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><div><br></div><br><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>Our long drive from Nasca to Cusco crossed the Cordillera above the 4000m (twice) until we descended into Cusco at 3500m.  Piece of cake.....  It will be a long time now before we see the sea.</div><div><br></div><div><span>La route entre Nasca et Cusco traverse la Cordillère (pas la blanche) 2 fois jusqu'à la descente à Cusco à 3500m. Les doigts dans le nez!!! Nous ne reverrons pas la mer d'ici peu...</span></div><div><span><br></span></div><div><span><span></span><span></span><br><span></span><span></span></span> </div><div><br></div><div><span></span><span></span><br></div><div><br></div><span></span><span></span><br><br><div><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4646756750088854498-8389903122034025854?l=bipbipamericas.blogspot.com" alt=""></div>

El Cañon del Pato y la Cordillera Blanca, Perú

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Perú begins to solidify its identity as we move upwards into the mountains- not surprisingly where the Indigenes have lived and left their mark for thousands of years and have since been marginalized in modern times..  This voyage through the…

Ramble on, Peru

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After the warm reception of Colombia and then the warmer embrace of Ecuador we are finding Peru a bit troubling.  We are having a hard time coming to grips with Peru and its identity.  For example, we find,  at times,…

Le coeur de l’Equateur

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Je ne sais pas trop quoi raconté mise à part qu’on a beaucoup aimé l’Equateur. On a continué notre périple dans les hauteurs qui contraste pas mal avec la côte du pays. We really grooved on Ecuador – the price…

La costa pacifica, Ecuador

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Quand on pense à l’Equateur, ce ne sont pas forcément ses plages qui nous viennent en tête et pourtant… Nous avons longé la côte de Esmeralda à Canoa. Ce n’était pas forcément la meilleure saison ni pour le climat (saison…

Ecuador, j’adore! Ecuador, I adore!

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Voilà la première partie de notre voyage en Equateur soit le nord du pays. Nous avons passé une dizaine de jours chez Graham, un australien qui vit à Ibarra et qui accueille les voyageurs comme nous chez lui. Il faut…

Familia Mojica!!!

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De paso obligado para la familia de mi amiga de la infancia Caroline. No es sólo una recepción cálida, pero como si fuéramos miembros de pleno derecho de la familia. Pasamos 3 días maravillosos con Irmele, Ricardo y su hija…

La Serrana, Selento

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Ayant un peu de temps à tuer et ayant trouvé un site magnifique, nous avons décidé de rester 2 semaines en tant que volontaire à l’hôtel La Serrana à Salento. Attention ! Rien de compliqué, un peu d’aide au petit-déj et…
One year today since we left Canada.  45 000 kms under our belt and on the tires of Bip Bip.  An interesting statistic - the circumference of the earth at the equator is 40 075,16 kilometers.  That means we have been  'aro...

Happy Anniversary/ Bonne Fete!!

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One year today since we left Canada.  45 000 kms under our belt and on the tires of Bip Bip.  An interesting statistic – the circumference of the earth at the equator is 40 075,16 kilometers.  That means we have…

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