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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Jodi on October 28th, 2008

Yesterday, we attempted for the second time to skirt the Cusco blockades. We are happy to report we were successful!!! The blockades constructed by local farmers are blocking several major roads into Cusco. The farmers are striking because a company wants to build a hydroelectric dam on the major river that irrigates their land. The [...]

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Jodi on October 26th, 2008

We knew we might face blockades in Bolivia, but it never occurred to us our travels would be disrupted due to blockades in Peru. A few days ago, we learned of a blockade blocking the roads to Cusco. When traveling like this, we take things as they come. Thus, we did not concern ourselves with [...]

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Jodi on October 24th, 2008

Yes, I know—Lake Titicaca, get the giggles out now. Chris still remembers snickering with the other boys when his middle school geography teacher said “Lake Titicaca”. He never imagined actually visiting the highest navigable lake, so he was pretty excited when we finally set our eyes on its crystal blue waters. Yesterday morning, we set [...]

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Jodi on October 22nd, 2008

From Arequipa, we traveled to Cabanaconde to hike the cousin of the Grand Canyon, the Canyon del Colca. It is one of the world’s deepest canyons at 3191 meters (9393 feet). It was an amazing trek down the steep slopes of the canyon walls. It was hot and dusty, but we finally made it to [...]

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