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Soggy stories from the Inca Trail

The 12-passenger van pulled over about 6 inches below where the snow stopped and the guides started unloading the bicycles from the top. We all spilled out of the van, shivering and huddling together,...

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Colca Canyon

After our bout of sickness seemed as though it was over, that is our fevers had broken and our ability to stand/walk independently had returned, we decided to celebrate our return to health by...

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Arequipa

The bus ride from Ica to Arequipa was a bit grueling, and we all arrived in Arequipa a little worse for wear. On the way down to Arequipa we got the great news that...

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Drinking in the Desert

Thank you Nick Biller for titling this post 🙂 The area surrounding Ica (the big city) and Huacachina (the mini oasis clustered around a green lagoon) is known for its Pisco bodegas. [flickr]photo:5868527014[/flickr] As...

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Cowabunga!

I peered over the edge of the impossibly steep and frighteningly high sand dune. “Hmmm, I don’t know about this one” I said white knuckling my sand board and looking back and forth nervously...

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FRENZ

As our loyal reader may have noticed (Hi Mom), we have been a bit behind with our blog entries lately. This is partly due to the happy fact that we have been joined in...

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From Lima with Love

Little did we know that when we stepped off the bus in Lima, we would be stepping into the open arms of the Zevallos family. From the moment when Enzo (Tom’s brother-in-law’s brother) picked...

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Family time in Trujillo

We were warned before embarking on our trip to South America to be careful of the frightening strangers who would try to steal from, hurt or otherwise take advantage of us. We were not,...

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Warriors of the Clouds

The people of Chachapoyas spent about 1,000 years building a totally bitchin’ fortress to protect their crops and peeps from all the other groups who were constantly hating on them. Originally this was the...

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Caverns and Sarcopho-guys!

Hmmm… I thought looking down at my rainboots uneasily. I was about to spend the next couple of hours scrambling over slippery wet rocks in a dark cave system wearing rain boots a size...

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Dinosaurs + Humans in Chacapoyas

“As you can see, these are clearly petroglyphs of Dinosaurs, proving that they may have actually co-existed with humans in this region of Peru” Tim, our guide said both confidently and casually before going...

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Bridging the Best Border

As I write this now Tom and I are sitting with our current travel companions drinking wine (from a bottle-not a box!!!) and eating dark chocolate and shortbread. Not a bad ending to our...