Monthly Archives: April 2013

Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lake Titicaca, Peru

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My friend from San Francisco, Brian, visited Machu Picchu a few days after we did, so we got to meet up with him in Cusco when he finished. His trip got off to a rocky start—the airline lost his bags so he had to skip a couple days of his intended trek. Despite some major frustration everything worked out pretty well and they had a great time on their trip. Fortunately for their group, the weather was beautiful on the …

Cusco, Peru (2)

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When we got back to Cusco after the Ayahuasca ceremony, Murray had already secured our apartment—she went straight back to the city after the Machu Picchu trek and met up with the owner of a place we found on airbnb. It was adorable! Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, living room with cable TV, 24/7 security, etc. (for $45/night.) It even had a jacuzzi that we never ended up using. We all definitely needed some time to decompress after …

Ayahuasca

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Ayahuasca is a medicinal brew that has long been used by Amazonian tribes for divinatory and healing practices. It mainly has to do with philosophical and astronomical virtues; the medicine, containing psychoactive infusions, is administered by a shaman in some places today and is meant to help people open up their minds and connect with their souls. Individuals often take Ayahuasca to meet and conquer their fears, objectively view their pasts and/or envision their futures. In order to prepare for …

Machu Picchu & the Salkantay Trek

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…And so the adventure begins! We had organized our Machu Picchu expedition many moons ago via a ferocious ongoing online conversation. After much debate, we decided to go with the Salkantay Trek, recommended to us by several other travelers as well as convincing online reviews. The selling points were that the trail was more demanding and less peopled than the classical Inca Trail. Our group, composed of tough and adventurous individuals, welcomed the challenge with open arms. The night before …

Cusco, Peru (1)

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I fumbled my way through the Bogota airport at four o’clock in the morning (after a night out at Theatron) on my way to Lima, Peru. I was meeting Murray, my best friend from college, before everyone else flew in to meet up for our anxiously anticipated Peruvian adventure. Despite feeling groggy and exasperated, it was a happy reunion—she had come to join our Machu Picchu trek and the Juicebox Journey! The flight to Cusco was a piece of cake …

Bogota, Colombia

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New website, new conviction: My goal is to kick this nasty procrastination habit and write journal entries right away— I am driving myself insane by putting it off for weeks and then trying to remember details! So bear with me while I catch up and then prepare yourself for (almost) instant updates! Now, back to Colombia… Because we were used to traveling through relatively tiny countries in Central America, we did not think to allocate enough time for Colombia. The …

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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Tayrona National Park sits on Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, 45 minutes north of Santa Marta. Kyle and Meghan had a lot of work to catch up on, so they decided to stay home for the day while Doug and I ventured out. Unfortunately we got a late start, despite all the advice we got from locals about arriving early and spending a full day hiking and enjoying the beaches. Nevertheless, we had a great time! We arrived around 1PM and immediately …

Taganga, Colombia

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Of all the places we’ve been so far, I have to say that Colombia hosts the worst drivers—which is saying a lot since there has been some stiff competition for the title. Someone told us that there are no required driver training courses, so most locals (especially the cab drivers it seemed,) literally do not know how to drive. They swerve through traffic regardless of signs or lanes, barely avoiding scooters, pedestrians and oncoming cars. Like Guatemala, the sound of …

Santa Marta, Colombia

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Santa Marta is a charming beach town located just five hours from Cartagena. The main streets are constantly abuzz with vendors hawking cell phone cases, fresh limeade and yellow soccer jerseys; the side roads are narrow, old-fashioned and (thankfully) easy to navigate. Siesta time is taken seriously in Santa Marta—most businesses are closed from 12-2PM and restaurants shut down from 3-6PM—we quickly learned to run errands and eat lunch early in the day to avoid wandering through a ghost town …