Peru

Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Easter Island, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South America | 1 comment

Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Well, we are back in Canada! Can you believe that a year went by so fast? I certainly can’t. Over the next week or two we are going to have a series of posts with lots of statistics about our trip – including the $64,000 question. This post is the third of three posts about daily costs around the world. This post includes: Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and several countries in South America. It doesn’t include Australia because of the nature of the family vacation we took there. If you need some help understanding this post, please see my Expenses: Europe and the...

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The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in Peru, South America | 3 comments

The Bad, and The Ugly

Ok, so “Peru was full of highlights”, “some of the most amazing sights that we have seen in our 307 days on the road”, etc. etc., but there is another side to Peru—a darker, frustrating side. What Allison failed to mention about the Amazon Basin is that everything there wants to either kill you or make you want to itch, a lot. Want to go for a relaxing swim to counter the oppressing daytime heat? Watch out for piranhas. Leisurely stroll through the jungle? Beware of the tree that shoots fire ants when you brush up against it. Relaxing in a hammock? Just be...

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The Good

Posted by on Mar 18, 2009 in Peru, South America | 2 comments

The Good

Peru offered some amazing sights, food and incidentals. The physical highlights in Peru were the Amazon Basin, Huacachina, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, Cusco, the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, and the floating islands at Puno. A food highlight was the amazing ceviche available all over but only really edible near the coast. Peru also offers amazing fresh fruit juices and Pisco Sours, a tasty drink made out of grape brandy, lemon juice and egg white. The cama busses, where the seats recline almost 180 degrees, were an overnight treat. And we lucked out with our Inca Trail weather, despite...

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A very expensive experience

Posted by on Feb 27, 2009 in Peru, South America, Thoughts on Life | 3 comments

A very expensive experience

Well, we’ve finally had the quintessential South American experience. We’ve been robbed. More accurately, we’ve been robbed twice. The first time was in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Foolishly thinking we were isolated from societal ills, we left one of our money belts buried deep in one of our bags in our room. After returning from dinner one evening, Allison asked me why I had taken out the passports. As soon as she finished that sentence, I knew. We were out 400 soles (about $160 CAD). Fortunately, the culprit did leave our passports (if you’re reading...

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