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Sucre, Bolivia

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Sucre was a breath of fresh air after the smoggy chaos of La Paz. The city is the second capital of Bolivia, and is known as “La Ciudad Blanca” (the White City,) because just about every single building is painted bright white. It creates a wonderfully clean and peaceful aesthetic. Sucre is much more quiet and calm than other South American capitals. There are several universities in town and thus an abundance of young students in the area; however, that …

La Paz, Bolivia

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Some fellow backpackers from Copacabana recommended a hostel for us in La Paz called Wild Rover. Knowing nothing about it, we headed straight there in a taxi from the bus station and immediately, we could tell that it was a party hostel by the rows of lockers, stale cigarette smoke, loud music and clusters of grumpy twenty-somthings that looked like personified hangovers. We checked into a 6-person dorm room at about 2PM and found three boys still sleeping off their …

Copacabana, Bolivia

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Let’s hop in the time machine and travel back about seven months… After the Machu Picchu trek and a recovery period in Cusco, Murray and I separated from Meghan and Kyle for a bit to check out Bolivia. Our first stop there, (after a brief stay in Puno and a mini-tour of Lake Titicaca on the Peru side,) was a small beach town called Copacabana—or as Murray called it, “Coco Banana.” It’s a quaint place with one main road that …

An Ending and New Beginnings…

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I am officially the last man standing on the Juicebox Journey! (Well, JBJ Part 1, at least. I think it’s safe to say that all three of us have developed some degree of Wanderlust and the next few years will find us on another adventure… But that story will unfold in due time!) Kyle went back to Delaware in July to be the best man in his brother’s wedding and also focus on his web design business. At this exact …

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 …