Author: noutlaw

Machu Picchu:  Trains, Busses and Llamas

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Peru

  Well we did it, made our way through the sacred valley to Aguas Calientes and then up to Machu Picchu.  This is an amaing place that was built over a period of 60 years by the Inca.  800 of the most influential people lived here, and it was abandoned in 1534 when the Spanish conquered Cusco (the capital).  When leaving the city the Inca destroyed the only two paths into M.P. and as such […]

Lake Titicaca, Travelling Puno to Cusco

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  So we spent the last couple of days in Puno near the Peru/Bolivia Border and Lake Titicaca – one of the largest lakes in the world – at 13,000 feet.  Yesterday we took a boat expedition to a floating people that live on islands that they make of reeds, as well as an island where we had lunch and bought some local wares.  Today we drove from Puno to Cusco (7 hours) and we […]

Colca Canyon: Yanque, Chivay, Andean Condors and being a tourist again

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    So we made the trek from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon (Yanque) without much trouble.  The car sure doesn’t like passes at 15,000 feet – but we pushed through.  The Colca Canyon is a huge place where Inca used to farm, and locals still do on terraces all the way down.  On different terraces they grow different things due to the weather changes at different levels.  We spent the day driving the canyon, […]

Iquehue, Arica, Arequipa Peru (made it, but protests here)

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Peru

This will be a shorter blog post as we spent nearly 12 hours in the car today getting to Arequipa, where we were met with burning tires, boulders strewn in the roads, and people blocking all traffic.  Overall we are fine, although I don’t think I’ve ever been in the center or near this type of activity before.  Our hotel is safe as well as the car- so we might bunker here until Sunday then […]

San Pedro de Atacama, Crossing at 15,700, Salt Flats, Valley de la Luna

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Chile

  So we’ve spent about four days in San Pedro de Atacama at 8,000 feet doing some pretty amazing things in the great outdoor desert.  The Atacama desert is one of the driest places on earth and has 10% humidity, making it great of star gazing, as well as having nearly nothing grow.  I was sort of shocked a bit when we arrived into the town as it was bustling with tourists, tour operators, travel […]

High Altitude Driving, Crazy Roads:  Salta, Cafayate, Cachi RN40 Argentina

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Argentina

    Well its been a busy week or so, mostly without internet access.  We have been around the Salta region checking out the less travelled tourist path – mostly which turned out really nice.  We stayed for a couple of days in Cafayate in a very small Hostal that Cindy found.  Basically I think we were staying in the back of these peoples house.  We always evaluate a place by the bathroom, this one […]

Zipping Across Northern Argentina- Iguazu to Salta – RT16

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Argentina / Travelling

    Well we were in Iguazu Falls at the northern “shoe” portion of Argentina and our plan had always been to get across to Salta – before heading over into Chile and up into Peru.  Salta is an amazing place – we took the boys today to go see children mummies that were sacrificed by the Inca 500 years ago and planted on the peaks of the mountains – 22,000 ft.  It wasn’t a […]

La Sportiva Shoes, the good, the bad and the ugly…  Visiting La Boca, Puerto Madero

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Argentina

    Ok – I typically don’t write or comment about products in general.  But I’ve spent about 1/2 the day dealing with a broken shoe lace and it’s sort of put a twist in my shorts.  This is my secon pair of this exact La Sportiva Shoe – the first pair split in the leather so JAX did an exchange for this pair.  Personally, my expectation is that a shoe should be designed to […]

Buenos Aires – Adventure Continues – over 1/2 way in our travels

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Argentina

    Well it’s official now – we are over 1/2 way on our journey through south america.  Technically it was last week (9th) that’s the 1/2 way mark, but last night we were talking about all the things we have done in the first three months, sort of wondering what’s coming in the next three.  We leave on Monday to head to Iguazu Falls – should be a three day drive, then back down […]