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Machu Picchu – Una Maravilla del Mundo!

Machu Picchu

Although my focus this trip was Bolivia, I couldn’t come all the way to South America, be a stone’s throw away from one of the wonders of the world (“stone’s throw” in this case means a ten hour bus ride) and not visit it.  So I took a 5 day detour to discover the rich, diverse and beautiful country of Peru and its iconic destination, Machu Picchu. Two Quechua Girls in Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru. First stop, Cusco! And yes, I paid each of these girls one sol each for this picture (they were little enterprising things!)…but why not. Cute little Quechua girls with baby goats are priceless, right?…

The Birthplace of the Incas – Lake Titicaca

Copacabana

Thank goodness for antibiotics.  I am not sure what *insert name of ancient Bolivian indigenous leader conquered by the Spanish here* revenge I acquired in Uyuni, but it went dormant only to wage a second, more comprehensive, assault on my body just in time for my flight back to La Paz and subsequent 3 hour bus ride to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca’s southern shore. Always a travel treat, but I survived it with dignity.  (Travel tip if headed to underdeveloped lands:  Bring your own antibiotics. You can get them from a travel clinic prior to trip. I don’t always use them, but I am always pleased as punch to have them when I overestimate…

Sunsets, Flamingos and “The Golag”…Exploring Salar de Uyuni and Southwest Bolivia!

Salar de Uyuni

There is no place like the Uyuni Salt Flats.  Expanding over 4,000 square miles wide and at an altitude of 11,995 ft, they are a natural marvel that is unparalleled…and at sunset their majesty is magnified (the pictures are coming, don’t worry!). But before setting out on a 3 day/2 night tour of the salt flats and southwest Bolivia, I checked into the most unique hotel in which I have ever had the pleasure of staying at, Hotel Luna Salada.  This 23 room wonder was perched right off the salt flat, and to my delight everything was made of salt (minus a few obvious things)!  It is one of those…

Amazonian Pampas – Swimming with Piranhas, Caiman and Dolphins

Me on the Yucuma River

As I write this I am sitting deep in the Amazonian pampas, or wetlands.  Dark storm clouds have rolled in and the sound of crackling thunder surrounds me.  We are suppose to be out hunting for Anacondas, but the cold weather sends them burrowing into the clay.  I feel like burrowing into something too!  It is cold here. Yesterday it was so hot that I needed a shower only moments after I took one.  Today I have several layers on and am dreaming of a little heater to place my feet by…that is if the electricity was on.  Currently they have turned it off.  The Mashaquipe ecolodge where I am…

The World’s Most Dangerous Road aka “Death Road”

The World's Most Dangerous Road

I am currently in a little rural town in Bolivia’s Yungas Valley called Coroico.  I have come here to nurse my aching bum, sore forearms and stiff fingers after yesterday’s incredibly jolting, albeit successful, descent down “The World’s Most Dangerous Road.” My chosen place to rehab is a bit outside of town, but I am finding the solitude, spectacular views of the Andes mountains and chorus of Amazonian birds completely therapeutic and delightful.  In fact, as I write I am being entertained by a myriad of dancing butterflies all around me. I am no longer in the arid high altitude plain of La Paz, but now a subtropical valley of the…