Jodi on November 30th, 2008

Pictures will be added to this post when the author regains her┬ápatience with slow internet connections….. Throughout our travels, fellow backpackers talked about Argentina in grandiose fashion. “Wait until you get to Argentina”, they said – “Oh, the chocolate, you’re going to love the chocolate and the buses are out of this world – it’s [...]

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Jodi on November 25th, 2008

Hearing about the salt flats while planning our trip, Chris decided the Salar de Uyuni and its surrounding environs was a place he wanted to see. He thought cruising over the world’s largest salt flats in a 4×4 would be “pretty awesome”. I, on the other hand, had my doubts. But, the Salar proved me [...]

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Jodi on November 16th, 2008

In La Paz, we visited a few different agencies operating ecolodges in Madidi National Park. After visiting quite a few, we wandered into the offices of Madidi Travel and were greeted by Rosa Maria. Her friendliness and warmth immediately drew us in. As it turns out, she played an integral part in setting up Madidi [...]

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Jodi on November 16th, 2008

In venturing to South America, the Amazon Basin was a must-see destination for us. Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil feature protected parts of the Amazon—and each claims to be the best in terms of wildlife protection and conservation. After a fair amount of research, we narrowed our sights on Manu National Park in Peru and [...]

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Jodi on November 6th, 2008

The classic Inca trail is a grueling, yet amazing 4 day, 3 night trek covering 33 kilometres to Machu Picchu. Our trek began with an informational get-together with our group the night before our hike (Read: a meeting to size each other up). As usual, we are the weakest links. We are joined by several [...]

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