A Work of Pure Fiction

Mike and I have been together 24/7 for about 10 months now. Perhaps this has addled our brains a bit. Oftentimes we were the only gringos we saw for weeks, though lately we’ve been in some heavily touristed areas. Unfortunately, we’ve forgotten how to act around other people. At Machu Picchu, Mike was so thrilled … Continue reading

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the Holy Grail of any trip to Peru, and we finally made it there after 5 1/2 days of walking. Our trek turned out to be much more involved than the traditional Inca Trail. On the 6th day we woke up before the sun rose and started hiking up the last mountain … Continue reading

Salkantay Trek

Mike and I originally planned to travel through the central Peruvian Andes to get to Cuzco, but when we discovered that it would take at least 5 buses and 60 hours of travel time to do so we changed our plans. Instead, we took a bus to Lima. While there, we joined the South American … Continue reading

Huaraz

After returning from the jungle and recouping in Trujillo for a day, Mike and I went for the other extreme: we headed into the mountains. We caught a bus to Huaraz, which is the trekking center of the Peruvian Andes. All of the serious mountaineers, trekkers, climbers, etc. find their way to Huaraz eventually. There … Continue reading

Cha Cha Cha

As much as we liked taking a boat down the Amazon, the return journey wasn’t quite as fun. Not that it was a bad trip; it was just same-old, same-old. It took a little bit longer too, so we ended up spending 3 nights aboard. Banana raft. Which reminds me…while we were in Iquitos I … Continue reading

Amazon Expedition

Note: Mike has requested that I include a Haiku to spice things up. I’ve decided to include many; in fact, all of my picture captions will be Haikus in this post. (I am not a poet.) Since Iquitos is really a large city in the middle of the Amazon, we weren’t convinced that we were … Continue reading

Jungle Animals

Mike and I have been very busy hiking in the Andes, but I’m not going to tell you about that until a later date. For now, it’s just my excuse for the time between posts. I still have a lot to catch you up on from our Amazon jungle visit, so we’ll just have to … Continue reading

The Venice of Peru

The day after our arrival in Iquitos brought us to the neighborhood/”suburb” of Belen. This entire area consists of houses on stilts, mere inches above the water that laps at their front doors. Although some of the houses are connected by rickety plank walkways, there are no roads or sidewalks. Instead, locals paddle the waterways … Continue reading

Arrival in Iquitos

Let’s see…I left off just as we were arriving in Iquitos, right? Well, that turned out to be quite the ordeal. Mike went camera-happy, snapping photos of all the cargo being unloaded. I just wanted to find a hotel so that I could shower, but I let him have at it. My one concern was … Continue reading

On the Amazon

After our long bus trips, Mike and I were excited for the boat portion of our journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Not really knowing what to expect, we simply headed toward the boat docks in search of something that would take us to Iquitos (the largest city in the world that can’t … Continue reading