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Exploring the Sacred Valley

13 Sept, 2014 – Sacred Valley The Sacred Valley of Peru is so called because of its fertile land and sustenance producing capability.  During the time of the Spanish conquest, this entire region remained the private property of the Incan king.  And to this day, any...

First (and Lasting) Impressions of Peru

ENTERING PERU – 5 September, 2014 First impressions of Peru making the cross from Bolivia along the western shores of Lake Titicaca: political signage more simple and use of primary colors, towns look surprisingly shittier, people a bit more open and sociable.  The...

Uyuni: White Floor, Blue Ceiling, No Walls

One of the pleasant surprises of Bolivia is its newly paved roads and smooth ascents into the mountains.  Even on crumbling rocky roads between Sucre and Potosi, the going wasn’t so rough. I don’t have much to say about the Salar other than a planned one night of...

Potosí, a Prestigious Past and Poor Present

It’s hard to believe that the city you see here was once one of the richest places on earth and largest cities at the time.  Founded in 1545, Potosi and its silver-filled mountain Cerro Rico was exploited by the Spaniards during colonial times, at quite a high price,...

First Impressions of Bolivia

The first several days in this country have me disoriented.  I feel some familiarity with it, as if we are back in Argentina with a dimension of Paraguay.  So far all the people we have encountered have not made any deep connecting points, just a simple “hello, how...

48 Hours in Paraguay

Paraguay with funny cops, world renowned, or at least in the neighboring states.  We gut pulled over for apparently not maintaining safe distance to the trucks ahead of us, which are definitely tailgating all other drivers in front of them.  This is where the full...
Lazy Days in Huanchaco

Lazy Days in Huanchaco

The breakfast club. Chan Chan–the largest adobe complex in the world.  Yet another superlative belonging to Peru.  We give so much credit and respect to the Incan society–they’re world famous for reaching and maintaining a complex level of society...