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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Jesuit Missions near Santa Cruz

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[1]http://nick-curry.com/pix/v/SouthAmerica2005/Bolivia/SantaCruz-JesuitMissions/

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Uyuni salt flats, and ascending a 6000m+ peak

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[1]http://nick-curry.com/pix/v/SouthAmerica2005/Bolivia/LaPaz-HuynaPotosi/
[2]http://nick-curry.com/pix/v/SouthAmerica2005/Bolivia/Uyuni-Salt+Flats/
[3]http://nick-curry.com/pix/v/SouthAmerica2005/Bolivia/Sucre/

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Potosi mines

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[1]http://nick-curry.com/pix/v/SouthAmerica2005/Bolivia/Potosi-Mines/

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Bad luck in Bolivia

After dropping Ben off at the airport, I headed over to Sorata in Bolivia, which is famous for its hiking - unfortunately, I caught my second stomach bug in 2 weeks, this time from the first gringo restaurant I had eaten in so far (it was called “Pete’s Place”!), and was out for 4 days. I recovered an headed over to La Paz, only for my credit card to be swallowed by the ATM… When I finally got my card back after 4 more days, a snowstorm prevented my bus from leaving to Potosi…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Heading over to Bolivia

Sunrise on the Isla del SolWe then took the slow route from Puno towards the Bolivian frontier, seeing the curious Temple of Fertility on the way. We stayed a night in Copacabana on the Bolivian side of Lake Titikaka, and then spent a day and a night on the Isla del Sol, which according to Inca mythology is where Manco Inca, the first Inca, appeared. The difference between the Bolivian and Peruvian sides was striking - the Isla del Sol was relaxing, and we could easily have stayed longer. Unfortunately, Ben was running out of holiday time, and had to head back to Los Angeles - it was really great travelling together, the farewell was an emotional moment.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Leaving the Sacred Valley, heading over to Lake Titikaka

Ruins at PisacOur last night in Cuzco involved camping on top of the Temple of the Moon, which miraculously we didn’t get kicked out until the next morning. We quickly saw our last set of Inca ruins at Pisac, and then headed over to Puno, on Lake Titikaka. We took a 2-day Titikaka tour to see the floating islands of Uros, which were mainly occupied by souvenir sellers, and then stayed overnight on the island of Amantani, which was a little strange - the islanders live mainly off of tourism (and day labour in the off-season), and this was a homestay, but because their island had become as close to Disneyland as is possible in Peru, it was hard to establish any kind of genuine contact with the locals.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Macchu Pichu

The highlight of the stay in the Sacred Valley though was undoubtfully Macchu Pichu, which despite the incredible amount of tourists still manages to retain its magic. Sitting down on the terraces overlooking the city was one of those moments in which one truly feels privileged to be given the opportunity to see such sites.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Cuzco and the Sacred Valley

Upon arriving to Cuzco, a stomach bug I had dragged along since Bogota finally caught up with me, and I was out for a couple of days. Thankfully, I was soon able to check out the Inca ruins nearest to Cuzco along with Ben and Juan Jose, whom we had met. The Sacred Valley has some amazing scenery, and amongst the most impressive ruins were Moray, which due to the 10 degree difference in temperature between the top and bottom terraces, had been used by the Incas as an agricultural testing ground. Equally impressive were the Salineras, a salt mine also originating in Inca times still in active use today.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Northern coast of Peru

After finally reaching Peru, I stopped over briefly in Mancora; and, Peru being the Land of Ruins, I headed down to Trujillo to see some impressive pre-Inca constructions, left over from the Moche and Chimu civilizations respectively. Following this, I met up with my friend Ben in Lima. We spent a couple of days in the city, and then decided to head straight over to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, the birthplace and centre of Inca civilization.

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Sunday, October 9, 2005

Heading over to Peru

Sad ZulmaLast time I wrote, I was just about to leave my friend Zulma (don’t be so sad!) in Bogota. Following that, I flew from Bogota down to Guayaquil in Ecuador, on my way down the Peruvian northern coast to Lima. Unfortunately, due to a banana plantation workers’ strike, the journey took longer than expected - 3 times as long in fact, as there were road blocks every 15km for over 250km, which quickly turned a 4 hour journey into a 12 hour one. This was the first strike I witnessed in South America; and from what I saw banana plantation owners in Ecuador are to be definitely not to be messed with…

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