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Peruvian Adventure Series 9 of 9 – Day Ten 5/20/2008 leaving Puerto Maldonado {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima them Lima to Lax. This is the last nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out. It’s been an exciting experience so don’t miss reading all about it.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 – Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

Let’s begin:

This is a very sad day indeed. It was the end of my excursion to Peru. In a few short hours I will be walking the final walk out of the Amazon Jungle, board the boat taking my last trip down the Infierno River. Then I’m going to board the plane in Puerto Maldonado where I’ll fly to Lima. From Lima I’m going to sleep a couple of hours at Carmel Hotel before I board my plane which is going to take me home to LAX.

I’ve met some great people in Peru. First of all I met Keith and Sharon. Husband and wife for many years. They were very kind to me. We had many laughs along the way.

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I could never forget the English sisters. Every night as I try to tuck myself into bed so the bugs or bats don’t eat me alive, I used to say, “good night sisters.” Then each morning I would say, “good morning sisters.”

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Our rusty trusty tour guide Lewis. He was awesome and sometimes funny. I remember the most how he told us, “The Amazon could be very unpredictable.” Lewis, you kept me safe and sound during the day, Thank you!!

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Here we are on a boat riding down the river the very last time.

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Here’s a video of our last boat ride.

We our boat docked we noticed our buses were parked and ready for us. I loved capturing the dirt kicking up from under the bus as we drove to the airport.

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As I look back on the experience, I’m so glad I hadn’t waited for anther time to have gone. I’m glad I had the courage and strength to travel alone. I find that if we allow others or things to get in our way we end up really missing out on once in a life opportunities.

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Peruvian Adventure Series 8 of 9 – Day Nine 5/19/2008 {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick. This is a nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 – Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

Let’s begin. Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

After an early morning breakfast, I visited the clay lick once again in hopes that we will see a lot more activity. The clay lick is a 10 minute walk from the lodge, but next to the river.

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Scarlet and Green Macaw, larger parrots, smaller parrots and parakeets visit this lick. We stood behind the blind where we were able to enjoy a close look at their behavior and take these amazing photos.

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We saw Blue‑headed Parrots, Orange‑cheeked Parrots, Cobalt‑winged Parakeets, and sometimes even the rare Rock Parakeet. View full post »

Peruvian Adventure Series 7 of 9 – Day Eight 5/18/2008 Tres Chimbadas Lake {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake. This is a nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 – Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

In this blog entry I’m going to walk you through my day 8 in Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake.

Let’s begin. Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Before we begin I have to tell you about my first night sleeping in the Amazon. Let me recap how the night started. We returned from our walk to the Canopy Tower. It’s getting late and dark. We arrive back at the lodge for a very late dinner.  By this time the lodge was getting close to turning off the lanterns! I’ve never been in this raw experience before so I’m a little scared. Remember my room is the furthest room into the Amazon.  I’m going to bed with my flash light and a knife in my pocket. It’s hot and muggy and I’m going to sleeping with my clothes on. I climb into bed and noticed so many noises coming from all three sides of my room. I hear things falling or climbing in the trees outside.  The only protection I have between me and the jungle is a mosquito and have you seen them? The net is thin!

I lay down in bed thinking it’s safe and sound as they told us nothing has happened to any guest.  I’m worried about the bugs that might be in my bed as the net isn’t really flat against the bed. I’m afraid if I toss and turn in the middle of night like I do at home, I’m gonna let in some blood sucking insect. So already I can’t sleep. To top it all off I hear things flying around me. I don’t recall what bird flies at night.

Finally I fell alseep only to be woken up shortly what felt like an hour of sleep by Luis our guide. It’ s now 4:30 in the am (1 am California time). We need to head to the lake for day break. Birds and wildlife tend to get an early start.

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Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas.

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Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. The otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM. View full post »

Peruvian Adventure Series 6 of 9 – Day Seven 5/17/2008 Puerto Maldonado {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day 7 – Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas. This is a nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 – Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

In this blog entry I’m going to walk you through my day 7 in Puerto Maldonado on my way to Posada Amazonas.

Let’s begin. Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 – Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

The morning begins with me finishing packing my hotel room in Cusco and getting ready to head to the airport so I could fly to Posada Amazonas. Just the thought of flying to the Amazon is exciting to me still to this date. It’s a point in my life I’m proud to experience. If you couldn’t tell, I really do love nature. The funny thing, I love nature but what I’m about to experience is nothing short then a raw experience. When I booked my trip I was going to orginally visit Lake Titicaca. But I had the option to book the Amazon instead. I thought I would be adventurous as it would give me the chance to see wild life. As you’ll learn the jungle could be very “unpredicable”.

As my plane flies over the Amazon floor I couldn’t help notice the shadow from the puffy clouds on the ground.

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To get to Puerto Maldonado you’ll need to fly from Lima or Cusco. Takes about 90 minutes.

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I’ve never been in such a small airport. It was something I’ve only seen in the movies. Puerto Maldonado only has two terminals.

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Peruvian Adventure Series 5 of 9 – Day Six 5/16/2008 City and Ruins Tour {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day Six – City & Ruins Tour. This is a nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 -Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

In this blog entry I’m going to walk you through my day 6 in Peru Cusco City with a City and Ruins Tour.

Let’s begin Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

As you can imagine a trip full of tours can be a bit overwhelming! Thursday night I felt exhausted and really had enough of tours and ruins. I guess my body had enough. So Thursday evening after dinner I decided to call my tour company and cancel the City and Ruins Tour.

Friday morning I woke at 10 am after a restful night sleep. I straitened my hotel room and got things semi packed for my next adventure to the Amazon Jungle. I went through the gifts I purchased at the Pisac Market and noticed I didn’t buy enough Serpentine bracelets for the ladies in my life. So now the hunt was on trying to find more.

I spent half the morning running around in every gift shop trying to find the exact match of bracelet. I found a couple but not the amount I needed. So after a long and exhausted try I decided to purchase similar bracelets but different stones. This day was suppose to be an easy going one but turned out to be exhausting as I ran out of time and only had this day left to make my purchases.

The rest of my day I organized my photographs and uploaded a few to my Flickr stream so my family and friends could view the places and people I’ve seen and met.

When I did my research before booking my trip to Peru, I looked at many photographs of Cusco. A few photographs I wanted to capture myself. I photographed Cusco plenty in the day time when I arrived and now I wanted to photograph Cusco at night.

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I love the center of Cusco as it has so much spark. Below I wanted to photograph the fountain, the shops and the people who come out to rest or stroll through the main square. I’ve photographed the center during the day, now I wanted to capture it at night.

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I had some fun below. I set my shutter on 1/20 to capture no visible cars but captured their headlights as the drove past me. View full post »

Peruvian Adventure Series 4 of 9 – Day Five 5/15/2008 Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day Five – Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo. This is a nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 -Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

In this blog entry I’m going to walk you through my day 5 in Peru at Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo. Let’s begin.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

My day started at 8:30 am traveling through the a scenic landscape to the Urubamba Valley, the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”.  Before we arrive at the town of Pisac we make a quick stop at Awana Kancha. At Awana Kancha I got to see all 4 camelids: Alpaca, Llama, Guanaco and the famed Vicuna with its super-fine wool.

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We were given a short presentation about two brothers who created the idea of Awana Kancha (translated: Palace of the Master Weaver) back in 1989. They informed us of the history of the animals and their importance as a source of food and clothing in Pre-Columbian culture and the current peoples of Peru.

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Peruvian Adventure Series 3 of 9 – Day Four 5/14/2008 Machu Picchu, Peru {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day Four – Machu Picchu. This is a nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 -Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

In this blog entry I’m going to walk you through my day 4 in Peru at Machu Picchu.

Let’s begin. Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

I woke at 4:30 am which is like waking up at 1 am California time. Talk about crazy! Once again I rushed to shower and head upstairs for light breakfast as my train departed on-time at 6:30.  My personal guide took me straight to the train station where I quickly boarded. I knew that the train ride was roughly about 8 hours long so I brought a few snacks with me and had my camera out in case I saw something interesting. I think these next couple of photographs will speak for themselves.

I took the photograph below through the train window. I really like seeing the landscape in the background and the women in the foreground with her baby on her back working hard keeping those cows in line. She wasn’t alone as she had her dog helping.

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View from my seat of the front of the train going around the bend.

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During the 8 hour train ride we passed by so many cities/towns/villages. I saw a few men and women standing their selling their goods.

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Peruvian Adventure Series 2 of 9 – Day Three 5/13/2008 Cusco, Peru {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day Three – Arriving in Cusco, Peru. This is a nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 -Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

In this blog entry I’m going to walk you through my day 3 in Cusco, Peru.

Let’s begin. Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

My day started bright and early with a transport to the airport to take me from Lima to Cusco. Not a long flight as I believe is less than an hour.

The first thing that hits the arrived visitor to Cusco are the Inca walls; enormous granite blocks carved to fit together perfectly without the aid of mortar beds. Many of the walls were simply built upon during the construction of a new Spanish city. It’s a tribute to the Incas that their anti seismic design has survived the test of time while the Spanish colonial architecture has been rebuilt several times following a wave of earthquakes that have hit the city. Cusco was referred to as the ‘Navel of the World’.

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When I travel alone I don’t always have to stay in a 5 Diamond resort. In fact I’m not sure of the rating at the Casa Andina but it was always clean and the staff is always happy to help you with what ever you request. When I’m traveling I only use the hotel for sleeping and showering. This trip my goal was to stay in a clean room/hotel and get me out on tours to maximize each day to the fullest. View full post »

Peruvian Adventure Series 1 of 9 – Day One 5/12/2008 Lima, Peru {Travel}

Every year I get the itch to travel between the months of April and May. As I sit here I think about the trip I took last year around this time. Last year I had the pleasure to travel to Peru. I’ve always wanted to travel below the equator. I also had dreams of seeing and experiencing Machu Picchu which is a forgotten Inca city high up in the cloud forest. To me there is something about ruins. I just love them! Must be some Indiana Jones in me.   So with the help of my friend Matt, I booked my 10 day adventure. A trip I was taking by myself.

A quick overview of what my ten day agenda consist of. I’ll be going over the details as I share each day with you over the next 9 weeks. Here’s the agenda:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 -Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

One thing you must know about me, I like to fill my traveling days with every second. So when my friend Matt and I were booking, I told him I want to leave LA and get into Peru in the wee hours of the morning. So we booked my flight leaving LAX at 1:30 pm and getting into Lima, Peru at 1:00 am. It’s an 8 hour flight with a 4 hour time difference.

My rational as to why I would do this to myself, I wanted to arrive early morning, sleep for a few hours and get out and about sightseeing. I only had this one day to visit Lima so I had spent as much time as I could sightseeing.

With no more delays, here is the recap of my first day.

Day One – Fly from LAX to Lima, Peru

Day Two – Lima, Peru 5/12/2008

My plane landed around 1:30 am. I got transferred to my hotel “Carmel Hotel” around 2:30 where I slept until 9 am. I rushed to shower, had a quick breakfast downstairs in the hotel and walked out to hit the streets with camera in hand. I planned on waking earlier but the fight had me exhausted.

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Lima is located on the central western coast, is large, noisy, polluted and shrouded in a misty coastal fog for much of the year. There is a sunny period, December through April, when many coast and highland people go to the beach. Despite the unimpressive landscape; the friendly people, important historical sites, quality museums, and variety of dining and entertainment establishments make Lima a very interesting place to visit.

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