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{Peru} Colcapampa to La Playa

You’re never alone in the Andes. Subsistence farms with their tiered gardens and noisy chickens hang tightly to the mountains. Couples much older than I pass you with heavy loads on their backs. A guy on a burro is led by a man holding an old radio to his ear. But still, we’ve been out …

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{Peru} El Maizal to Yanama

We woke up at El Maizal to find ourselves on a terrace, surrounded on three sides by mountains across deep valleys. Since we arrived in the dark we didn’t know exactly what to expect; we weren’t disappointed. El Maizal is a little farm perched on the side of the Andes. I didn’t write down the …

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{Peru} Choquequirao to El Maizal

First off, Henry said I should tell you how to pronounce “Choquequirao.” It took me a little practice–the quechua words are tricky. Show-kay-ca-row (that “row” rhymes with “cow.”) I don’t know if that helps, but there you go. It seemed that the campsites in this little slice of the Andes kept getting better and better. …

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{Peru} Cuzco

Me in Peru I’m back from Peru, and it was great. The ruins were otherworldly, the mountains were steep and lush, and the new friendships are timeless. As you know, I take a lot of photos, but I am restricting myself to ten(ish) photos per post. Lots of mellow street dogs in Cuzco. Narrow, cobblestone …

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Buenos Aires

March 24, 2008 Yesterday we pretty much got packed up, returned the rental car, flew to Buenos Aires, took a cab to the hotel and had food. That was about it. Henry met us at the airport in BA, which was a nice surprise. A small side note: There is a super annoying song in …

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Last Full Day in Bariloche

March 21, 2008 Today was much more pleasant than yesterday’s cryfest. I only took one picture, so use your imagination. It will be a nice break because there are a lot of pictures coming up in the next post. We started the day with a yummy buffet breakfast at our hotel–Hotel Huemel. Then to the …

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