Mountains and Jungle
Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
48Trip End Feb 29, 2008
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Cuzco has many street sellers, most seliing the same thing, we bought some postcards from a boy called Pablo Picasso & later he came back to try again and was called William !! can obviously spot the gullable easliy, but we saw through him & refused to buy more (kim is tough). Ended up in local chinese, menu was in spanish & ended up with 3 soups....still donīt know how !
The second week, we had our own guide for the whole week, yes just the 2 of us ! everyone else seemed to be doing the trips in reverse, donīt know why ?
Most people were doing the inca trail for 4 days (1 in 10 drop out first day) we decided to short cut the system & not go...we took the train which was very tiring as we sat drinking cold beer....we could see them walking up & were with them in spirit
We found walking about MachuPicchu difficult enough......the experience would have been awesome, but not convinced would have lived through it !!!
BUT what a place.....it is completely overwhelming, set in huge mountains topped with fluffy clouds, must be seen to be believed....did the 3 hour tour & then just sat to take it all in for another few hours. After centuries, the inca design is still earthquake proof !
Agua Calientes is the small town at the base of MachuPicchu where we stayed, it was Mothers day here, and full of local festivities, joined the parade of the Madonna (not the singer) & the drinking & dancing action that followed. Colin tried Alpace, but avoided Guinea Pig as we donīt eat pets (Jackie take note) Spent a few hours in the hot springs at night drinking cold beers in the pouring rain (that was warm)....surrounded by mountains.....what a life !
The final part of the GAP adventure was going into the Amamzon, arriving at the frontier town of Porto Maldonato, where we stored the backpacks & took a bus for an hour on the dirt road to the Tambopata river to pick up a motorized canoe for the 3 hour trip, this was more like a sightseeing tour as so much to see.
The Lodge was great, but no electricity only candle, no aircon or fans in 90% humidity is not funny ! mosquitos a plenty, stank of deet, not nice but practical, used all the clothes in 2 days despite 3 showers a day !! but well worth it.....did a night walk in jungle, saw so much wildlife, most of which could do you serious harm, mainly Snakes & Spiders, The guide said after walkng for 45 mins, turn off torches & take in the sounds etc., in the pitch black !! Colin thought this was a great idea !! managed to keep light off for all of 30 secs.....
Next day did a 4 hour hike into the jungle, saw the day shift animals, most of which could do you serious harm (suprise)....didnīt know there were so many types of Ant....army, fire, leaf cutters & bullet which were massive, spiders galore, coaxed a tarantuhla out of itīs hiding place (see photo, but now Jean) we thought the guide was nuts at this point & lost his sanity, but he seemed to know what he was doing, but we thought he could be related to Steve Irwin ?
Final part of tour was to a plantation, very poor conditions for the people, being run by a couple of 60 year olds, lived in a small shack, no electricity, washed clothes in the river & had to take a water taxi into the town 3 hours away each month to selll produce & buy supplies......but they seemed happy enough & tourist money helps....we ended with a night time canoe trip to spot Cayman
We flew back to Lima, where riding in a taxi is classed as an extreme sport, can get dinner for 2 with 5 beers for around a fiver....Colin discovered that some Git in custome had cut off the lock on backpack, Grumpy old man as usual.....did some usual tourist stuff & flying off to Seattle via Houston for a few days, before starting another tour to Alaska, so watch this space.
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