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Gotta love the French

Researching options to climb or snowboard one of the 6,000 meter peaks while I’m in Huaraz, I got talked into a 4 day hike of Santa Cruz to help acclimate. The price was right and it included all equipment, guide, … Continue reading

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Huaraz at last

A crazy ride to Huaraz. What should have taken me one day, ended up taking me five, and involved landslides, mudslides, rockslides, muddy dirt roads, wrong turns, another flat, a crash, and the closest call I’ve had yet, with exposed … Continue reading

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Drinking with the locals

As most of you would know, drinking’s one of my favorite hobbies, so I’m not one to turn down an invite for a beer. Since Ecuador the beer comes in 20 ouncers and it took me a bit to learn … Continue reading

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Huamachuco and the road to the coast

I got up early and headed back to the market to see them start setting up at 7:00am. Another great experience, super colorful, tons of life, and some of the friendliest people I’ve met. I’m really starting to love Peru. … Continue reading

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Cui

I had a sneak preview of Cui (guinea pig) in Ecuador. It was grilled on a stick by a street vendor, as I had seen in so many pictures, but when I ordered it, it was taken inside, whacked a … Continue reading

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Coffee before noon? Are you loco?

Despite coffee beans being a major crop throughout Latin America, good coffee is often hard to come by. For the most part it’s Nescafe down here, and as ashamed as I am to admit it, I’ve grown a taste for … Continue reading

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The northern highlands…

When I left Paita, I headed into the mountains, this time armed with an official Peruvian map I picked up in Piura, which I was told was completely accurate (so far so good). Arriving in Chachapoyas, I encounter a Croatian … Continue reading

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First impressions of Peru…

After a crazy wet ride through the Southern Ecuadorian Amazon, I left Loja for the Peruvian border. It was a damp and foggy morning but appeared to be just a light marine layer so I gambled that it would burn … Continue reading

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Coca and the Amazon

Every guidebook, travel agency, and local advice, claimed Coca as the gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon. There are tours of the Selva or the Cuyabeno but for the true jungle experience, Coca’s the only option, at least that’s what the … Continue reading

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The French know how to cook

I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tough couple of weeks. Ecuador’s beautiful and the people rock, but after the Galapagos I got pretty sick, …pretty damn sick. I suspect a bad flu but possibly a mild case of … Continue reading

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