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Oct 14, 2005 - Three-day trek

Well it is now Monday and I am writing this, so I must have survived the Andean trek. I must admit that it was incredibly hard, probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, in terms of physical effort. Before we started out I was a bit concerned as you know, but at least the five days before we started we had already been at a high altitude so my body had more or less acclimatised. Friday morning we got up early, as usual, and started out on the first day of our trek at about 8.30 a.m. We walked up a valley along the river and...

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Oct 9, 2005 - Sacred Valley

Close to Cusco is the Sacred Valley, where the Inca civilisation lived and ruled. After all the lounging around recently, we decided enough was enough and booked ourselves onto a tour. Although we only paid rock bottom prices, we somehow managed to get ourselves on the best tour (good old Peruvian organisation again). When we say "best" we mean it would normally be the most expensive, the clientele consisting mainly of middle-aged toffs! We were in our element! It was more of the same as we came across Andean women and children at every...

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Oct 7, 2005 - Wild life I

Apologies for another big entry, not enough internet cafes in the jungle. So off we flew to the jungle, or more specifically Puerto Muldanado, a jungle town on the Peru/Brazil/Bolivia border. The area is called Madre de Dios, which is a curse in Spanish. A very short flight, and it is very humid and hot here! It feels quite exciting though, and Puerto Muldanado has quite a buzzy feel to it despite the heat. Bit of a frontier town, logging, gold extraction and probably smuggling. There is ocasional trouble (and people killed) between illegal...

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Aug 3, 2005 - Peurto Maldanado Amazon Jungle Peru

We finally arrived at Porto Maldonado after 8:00pm and expected to go to the port to catch the "special boat just for us." But the driver didn't know where we were going. Fortunately, one of the guys had the address of the Tambo Pata Lodge, so we showed up there after having stopped several times to ask for directions. Turns out this was the office for the place we were meant to stay. We were exhausted and bitter, except for Andrew who was happily chatting away in Spanish to other people in the office. They heard our nightmare and were kind...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Muzeca - then the journey from hell!! - Peru

"In the jungle the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee we mo mo moway..." The last part of our GAP Adventure, which we were also really looking forward to, consisted of spending 2 nights in the Amazon jungle. We're long overdue for a good adventure story, so this should tide you over for awhile... We had an early flight from Cuzco to Porto Maldonado. The airport transfer was fine and there was a GAP rep there to meet us. He immediately told us there was a problem with our flight and that it was canceled...

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Jul 28, 2005 - Cusco to Puerto Maladondo - The Jungle

We flew from Cusco to Puerto Meladondo. The heat and humidity hit us like a wall when we deplaned onto the hot tarmac. After a wait we got into a bus and went to the village where we had to unpack our belongings, (my overwieght luggage made it through no problem by the way) and repack for the jungle. We are only allowed 5 kg in a daypack for travel now. I did it. We got on a river boat and had a local lunch. we travelled for about an hour down river and then had to get out to hike overland for 2 miles to the Sandoval Lodge channel to meet...

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Jul 21, 2005 - 3 day Andes Mountain Trek

Somehow I ended up hiking the Andes mountains in Peru when my Inca trail hike didn't come through. The 3 day Andes hike was walked by the Incas on their way to the well known Inca trail that leads to Machu Picchu, but very few tourist do this trek, as opposed to the 500 per day that do the official Inca trail. It is rated as a more difficult trek than the Inca....something I was unaware of when I agreed to participate. However it happened, I ended up hiking and sleeping 4300 feet above sea level, surrounded by snow capped mountains, and...

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Jul 18, 2005 - The Amazon Jungle

After a journey up the river in a small boat, we arrived at Posada Amazonas our retreat that had open rooms facing into the Amazon Jungle. Unfortunately there was a rare cold spell during our stay, so not only was there no way we were going to have a cold shower for the couple of days we were there, most of the animals went into hibernation. We were lucky enough to find a family of giant river otters however (only about 200 in existence and now a protected species). These guys eat around 4 kg of fish per day with their paws and were hunted...

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Jun 22, 2005 - Manu National Park - Welcome to the Jungle

Our itinerary for this leg of our trip has changed drastically during the course of our travels. Originally, we had planned to fly from Lima to Cusco, hike the Inca trail to Machu Piccu, then make our way down to Puno and Lake Titicaca. The plan had us crossing Lake Titicaca into Bolivia, which makes up the eastern shore of the lake. Well, Bolivia has been politically unstable for the past month or so (strikes, food and gas shortages, etc.). We decided to skip that destination. We also realized that it is cheap and easy to get around Peru...

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Jun 7, 2005 - Puerto Maldonado: In the jungle!

From Lima we flew out to Puerto Maldonado a town on the edge of the eastern Peruvian jungle. When we walked off the plane we thought we were standing next to the aircraft's turbine because we were hit with such a blast of heat, but no, it actually is this hot here and incredibly humid and sticky. To get to the lodge it was an hour by jeep down a track to the river, and then another hour in a boat into the rain forest. We had come here to spend a few day in the rainforest at a jungle lodge, a trip that we'd arranged whilst we were in South...

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Mar 29, 2005 - The Jungle

What an experience the jungle was. Oh my.....First thing that needs to be noted is that I had no idea that the weather could change this dramatically in such a short period of time. We flew for 30 minutes and when we got off the plane I felt like fainting. The humidity was 100% and the temp had to be high 20s low 30s something like that. So we catch our Eco Amazionia bus which was hand crafted out of wood. The bottom half was a proper bus and the top half was wood. It was too cute. The we took a river boat for an hour and a half to our...

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Nikki's Journey

Mar 4, 2005 - Puerto Maldonado (The Amazon), PERU

Puerto Maldonado (The Peruvian Amazon Jungle) Day 1 We flew to the jungle to stay at a lodge called Eco Amazonia for a 5 day adventure in which we were to experience all sorts of new exotic flora, fauna and cuisine. On arrival we were overcome by the humidity which was 100% but were met at the airport by a quirky wooden jungle themed truck which took us to our boat for the trip down the Amazon to our lodge.. We were greeted by staff who gave us our first taste of jungle product.. a refreshing fruit juice (which we're still not sure what it...

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