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one my favourite travel was in 1984 from Lima,Peru to Rio de Janeiro,Brazil
one month with an italian adventurer travel agency, about 30 people
with a Turin (Olimpia winter games city)ski teacher guide and his two friends.
We traveled by air, train, bus, boat and even an iron truck climbing the Andes
mountains between Chile and Argentina
in Lima we tried to visit the Inca Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) but it was closed
we were robbed along the main street anyway
then we reached by a night train Cuzco (the Inca empire capital) at about 4,000 mt high and that was the craziest journey in my life: train overcrowded, ticket checker literally flying as he could not pass the corridors, smelt of shit as toilets were full of it and the door opened, poor indigene people with sacks full of oranges and bananas
it was anyway funny and pleasant as we italian sang all time our folk songs while the locals sang theirs
unfortunately we could not admire the panorama as it was dark
Cuzco is one of the places in the world that I miss so much
the market where the indigens sell wool colourful clothes, the porches of old houses under which we used to have dinner at the restaurant women selling their tasty soups,
the bars were we use to spend our nights drinking pisco sauer and listening to the amazing alive music (El condor pasa style)
by train we reached Machu Pichu, the famous archeological site, which remains a mystery: was it a nun monestary or the refuge of the last Inca king?
anyway at the base we overnighted in a wooden hotel and took a bath in the hot waters inside a concrete swimming pool (the place is called Aguas Calientes: hot waters)
we walked through a white path to the top of the Machu Pichu and we were alone until hundreds of tourists arrived at 10.00 am
it was sunny and hot and it was amazing to walk through the ruins (little stone houses without roofs) until a lama spit me a green liquid while I was trying to take a picture of him
We climbed the Huayna Pichu mountain next to Machu Pichu and from the top of it we could admire all the beautiful panorama of the mountains and the valley below with Urubamba river
The following day we went down this river inside our kayaks among rough rapids. It was very exciting but also dangerous as one girl fell into the water and we could save her just in time
furthermore we remained wet and frozen some hours waiting for our pickups to take us back to our hotels, so we drank a lot of tequila and ran up and down to get warm
we visited various interesting Inca sites as Sachsuaman (with giant walls), Pisac with walled terraces, Ollataitambo a military fortress
we then arrived by train to Puno on the Titicaca lake and took the boat to the Uros islands, made of roots named totora and without earth under , so you walk dancing all the time!!
we saw the famous sun gate at Tiwanako maybe the oldest southamerican civilizations aged 1500 B.C.
we entered by bus in Bolivia, the South America's Tibet
it is a wild country, at 4,000 mt high included La Paz, the capital with some sky scrapers,the Brujos market selling strange things as fetuses of animals as lucky objects and a lot of colourful indigen people
we visited the moon valley with its strange hills and climbed the Chakaltaya mountain on a little bus reaching the Astrophysical observatory at 5,270 mt of height and 30 km far from La Paz, climbing a curved narrow iced road without protective edges arriving on iced top and admiring an amazing view of mountains and Pacific Ocean
We visited then the amazing Salares of Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square meter, all white ice in the middle and with high volcanoes all around
We arrived in the middle by high trucks hoping not to go inside the soft earths like the tourist group of one month before!
We arrived then at Potosi,at 4000 mt high, the famous and rich silver mines that in the 17th century was the most industrial complex and the most important silvern supplier for Spain,so rich to have the roofs of the housese made of silver!!
we visited a deep silver mine and climbed the trash high paths around
we then arrived in Chile, the marvellous long country 4,270 km long coastline like Europe from North Cape to Sicily!that starts with desert, continues with mediterranean landscape and ends with canadian forests and ice
In the north we visited the open air giant cupper mines and the Atacama desert
reaching a romantic little white village (San Pedro de Atacama), then the coastal city of Antofagasta upto the beautiful capital of Santiago where we stopped allowing the Turin friends tto ski at Portillo on close Ande mountains
then we reached Puerto Montt with its cold lakes and mountains where the coastal road ends and took an iron little truck to pass the Anden mountains and arrived in Bariloche, the winter ski Argentinian resort, enchanting place with its lakes and forests
the argentinians officers at the border could not believe that we had arrived from the mountains covered with 2 meters of high snow
We then visited the amazing waterfall of Iguazu at the border among Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil and reached Buenos Aires, the South America Paris with its Italian restaurants, the tango taverns, the broadest street in the world, the Casa Rosada,etc...until our night bus took us in one of the most beautiful city in the world: Rio de Janeiro, citade maravilhosa
we enjoyed the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the Corcovado and Pan de Azucar, the discoteques and the walkings along the seaside until our flight back home