Monthly Archives: January 2019

Colca Valley

Thursday early morning, January 31, 2019 There was no guarantee that we’d see the Andean Condor today. They glide on thermal currents, using the wind and the sun to soar. Today, it’s cloudy and chilly, but we arose early this morning … Continue reading

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Traveling to the Colca Valley

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Our guide’s name is Jaimie. She said that this is not her Quichua name, but rather an “American” name. Her Quichua name is Naiwita. Many of the Quichua adopted American names because they were being discriminated … Continue reading

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Exploring the Marañon River

Monday afternoon, January 21, 2019 We went out again with the skiff, stopping first at the park office to register as visitors. While waiting for our guide, several local children and mothers approached the dock, trying to sell us some … Continue reading

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Leaving Galápagos

Saturday, January 19, 2019 We left our ship, taking a zodiac to shore, in a downpour. During the 30 minute rain, we managed to get quite wet, in spite of our rain jackets. It appears that several items in our … Continue reading

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Forest Walk in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Amazon

Monday after breakfast, January 21, 2019 Following breakfast, we were treated to a hike in the Casual Forest, in a section called terra firma forest, meaning that the area never floods. It is, however, quite muddy, and we wear high … Continue reading

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Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Amazon

Monday morning, January 21, 2019 The Pacaya-Samiria Reserve is a protected region covering five million acres of forest in the Loreto region of Peru. Bordered by the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, it is an area of low hills and seasonally … Continue reading

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But Wait! There’s More!

Monday, January 28, 2019 We flew from Lima to Arequipa, Peru this morning. The city of Arequipa was established in 1540 by Garcí Manuel De Carbajal, a Spanish lieutenant who explored the area as an emissary of Francisco Pizarro. The city sits within … Continue reading

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