As mentioned in the last blog, I’ve been in the jungle for the last few days and am now in the jungle village/town of Rurrenabaque. We flew out here (all of a 1 hour flight) but had to wait at the airport in La Paz for 2 hours for the weather to clear before we could leave and then got in land cruisers (very old ones) for teeth rattling 3 hour drive on very crappy roads and then boarded motorised canoes for another 3 hour trip down the river to our jungle lodgings. The river we were on is the Rio Yacuma and is a tributary of the Rio Beni (rio is Spanish for river) which runs into the Amazon. So while not technically on the Amazon we were still in Amazonia. [Read more…]
Before I left I said there was one thing that there was not a hope in hell that I would do….zip, zilch, zero % chance of me doing…..and that was the Downhill Mountain Bikeride on the ‘Death Road’…….well, I did it, in cloud, fog and rain.
Our tour leader managed to make it sound a bit less scary and I decided that if I hated it that much I could always put my bike on one of the support cars and drive down but it was worth a shot. Once we got into the mountains we were clouded in, which was kind of a good thing because I couldn’t [Read more…]
Left the hotel in Puno on tuk-tuk’s (like the one’s in Asia but pedal powered) down to the harbour for a boat ride out to the reed islands. The tuk-tuk drivers earned their money as we talked them into have races and our driver came in 2nd, we were in 1st place for a brief period but the other driver had a sudden burst of energy. Mind you I thought we were going to roll it on several occasions. I was thinking the reed island would be one big island with a few huts on it and just a tourist attraction but there are 45 islands with about 2000 people living permanently on them. Most of the have solar panels and even have small black and white tv’s. Everyone was blown away buy them, much more than what any of us [Read more…]
Sorry for the delay, there is so much to catch up on but I’ll have to do it in instalments. I spent another day in Cusco on my own but didn’t do too much. It was nice to have the time to myself so slept in and just meandered around. The next day I was picked up at the hotel at 6.15am to get the train to Aguas Calientes which took 4 hours. There were 3 others on the trip with me, Lauren (USA), Michael (Swede) and Martin (UK) and we all [Read more…]
I’m back. 2 updates in 2 days, I’ll break out in boils. Well it’s day 2 for the trekkers and this is the hard day so I’m hoping they are all doing well. For me it was pretty cruisy, slept in, went to the post office and then wandered around a bit more. Don’t want to stress myself out too much. 😉
But I was going to waffle about the group etc. As mentioned earlier there are 19 of us plus a tour leader, Sam and driver, Billy. There are 7 Kiwi’s, 5 Irish, 4 Aussies, 2 Poms, 1 Frenchman. Sam is also an Aussie and Billy is South African. I must admit to being surprised that it isn’t a more [Read more…]
I just realised how far behind I am and how much I’ve seen in the last week so this will be fairly lengthy and I’ll try not to ramble on too much….I said ‘too much’. Great, I’m using a Spanish keyboard with the majority of the letters missing, so this could be really interesting.
Okay, we’d arrived in Arequipa (pronounced Ari-keepa). Went out for dinner that night to just one of the many restaurants that serves cuy (koy) or to us mere mortals it’s guinea pig. Yes you read that correctly. Personally I could think of nothing worse as it’s served whole, yup, head, nails [Read more…]
Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been in touch but I haven’t had internet access. Having a ball but have a horrendous cold (see I’m just clocking up the reasons not to do the Inca Trek). There are 19 of us on the trip. 9 started in Quito, we lose 3 in La Paz and pick up 4 (I think), most of us end in Santiago with a few of them going through to Rio. There are 7 girls and 12 guys and no I’m not interested in any of them. There’s only 1 [Read more…]
Welcome to South America. If you can call Santiago Airport actually welcoming but I´m here….woohoo. It´s about 4am on the 31st (Brisbane time) and it´s 4pm on the 30th Chile time, hence the title. I´m having the 30th twice (something like Groundhog Day). So for those of you who have my itinerary, you´ll be a day out, so alter it accordingly otherwise I won´t be where you think I am???? [Read more…]
I am officially on holidays for the next 2 months and don’t have to go back to work until next year…..wooohooo.
As the title says, it’s only 4 more sleeps until I leave. I actually think I was more excited about a week ago, now it’s down to the business end of trying to shovel everything in my backpack. If I didn’t have to take a sleeping bag and thermo-rest I’d actually have a tonne of room….how scary a female that packs light. So I might tackle the dreaded packing tomorrow and that gives me Sunday and Monday to chill out. Although I’m sure I’m not [Read more…]
Yep I’ve been taking Spanish lessons, mind you that’s about all I can say. I find it easy to speak it’s just bloody hard to remember what everything means. I’m doing a crash course in traveller’s Spanish, it only goes for 4 hours over 4 weeks but hopefully I’ll pick something up.
Only 3 more weeks left of work….woohoo. I’m vaccinated to the eyeballs, had the last cholera drink last night so that’s the end of that. Now I just need to get my act together and work out what I’ve got and what I still need to get……ah manana (tomorrow) there’s supposed to be a little squiggly [Read more…]