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Arequipa

Colca Canyon

sunny 22 °C

Time to stop the high altitude training after completing a three day hike down into the canyon, two nights at villages and then walking out. We started at 5 am to climb up the over 1000 metes of altitude, and it took 3 hours, not a bad effort for the old girl.
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In different parts of these travels you can pick the area by the ladies outfits.
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The first village we stayed in was very basic. It was best not to look into the kitchen, as such, but the food was fine. Found the enclosure where the guinea pigs were kept!
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The second night we stayed at a village , the English name was oasis, and that it was! It was complete with a swimming pool, fruit trees, gardens, lawns etc, so lush in contrast to the arid areas we had walked through, thanks to irrigation from the river.
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Posted by Jen Tallarook 14:08 Archived in Peru Tagged hike Comments (1)

Cusco

P1000702.jpgP1000701.jpgBack after a 5 day hiking and camping trip....I mafe it, just. It was the most challenging thing I have done in a lkng time, but with a great bunch of young people, ie at least 20_30 years my junior. The Salkantay Trek, for those who cant get on the Inka trail and cheaper. Just enjoying my beautiful accomodation in the sunshine after a relaxing breakfast in the courtyard.
On the fist couple of days we walked 8_9 hours, going up about 2000 metres. On the second day after we reached 4500 m my head started showing signs off altitude, but it only lasted a few hours as we decended after 4600 m. The fish night was very cold as we were close to glaciers, but by the end of the second day we were beginning to get into jungle.
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Posted by Jen Tallarook 07:08 Comments (1)

La Paz

The city comes as quite a shock. We landed on the high Alti plain, and the usual confusion of commerce, half finished buildings, honking mini vans, taxis, lorries and buses vying for road space...but then you descend into the canyon of La Paz proper. The buildings cling to the mountain walls on all sides, with a huge snow covered mountain standing guard in the background. I have never seen a city anywhere near this! Just about every street or road is at a gradient that rivals or surpasses the track up to our Tallarook hacienda.
Mary and I went on a very impressive walking tour that covered places and things such as the San Pedro prison, not going there! the market ladies, including their bowler hats and dress, history ect. It was the best tour I think I have experienced, he inserted the right amount of humour and used the group to role play the history.
The Bolivians generally just go about their business and ignore the gringos. However Gerald has a flat just out of the centre where tourists are rarely seen and the locals are more welcoming. It is unusual for English to be spoken away from

Posted by Jen Tallarook 03:21 Comments (3)

Lake Titicaca

Mary, Gerald and I had a two night stay on the island, Isle de Sol. The Incas were there a little moment ago and some of there rock ruins can be seen. Just hard to imagine building and the effort of using all those rocks...makes me tired just thinking about it. The island does not have any powered vehicles on it, so it is walking, a lot of it, or donkeys do the transportation. The island is hilly and very irregular in shape, so a lot of variation in landscape, very spectacular! It reminded me of a barren type og Greek island, without any whitewash, but amazing blue water and sky. We did a huge loop walk of the island, not much short of 20kms, in brutal sunshine..now I see why the locals are all covered up on hot days! The lake itself is at 4000 metres so by the end of the day I was feeling some affects of altitude again, mildly. The hills are terraced with rock walls and potatoes and broard beans are showi.g as young plants, also evidence of, old stalks, corn at other times of the year. Across the hills you see herders with just a few sheep, pigs, donkeys, cows and the occassional llama.

Posted by Jen Tallarook 02:56 Comments (0)

Sucre

overcast 18 °C

The internet here is so so I will delay until La Paz, I am flying there in two days. I am currently with Mary in Surces. Gereald flew back to La Paz after our 4 day jeep trip into the wilds of southern Bolivia. I thimk we are going to Lake Titicaca on the weekend. Hope I am able to update properly soon and add photos. I love to get any messages!!! or emails. Cheers to all. Jen

Posted by Jen Tallarook 16:15 Archived in Bolivia Tagged slow internet!! Comments (3)

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