Category Archives: South America Travel

Cartagena, Colombia

Friday, January 10, 2020 Before today, most of what I knew about Cartagena was from the 1984 movie Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. It was a romantic comedy featuring a quiet romance novelist thrust into the … Continue reading

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Gold and Arms in Lima

Monday, February 4, 2019 This is our last day in Peru, We paid a visit to the Gold Museum of Peru and Weapons of the World, originally a private collection belonging to Miguel Mujica Gallo, who was a prominent businessman and … Continue reading

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Sunday, February 3, 2019 Yesterday, our guide told us about a large dance competition being held at the city stadium this morning, in honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Folk dance groups from around the Puno District come to … Continue reading

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The Good Ship Yavari, Puno, Peru

Saturday afternoon, February 2, 2019 After returning to land, we had an opportunity to tour the MN Yavari, a ship that had been commission by the Peruvian government in 1861. It was built by Thames Ironworks in Scotland, then dismantled, … Continue reading

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Colca Canyon and the Andean Condors

Thursday late morning and afternoon, January 31, 2019 The Colca River is the longest river in Peru, stretching from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. On its journey, it creates the deepest canyon in the world, over 2.5 miles, more … Continue reading

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Zig Zagging through Arequipa

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Our guide took us on a driving tour of Arequipa, starting with a view of the city from atop a hill. We noticed many fields and some farm animals within the city proper. There are many … Continue reading

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Final Excursion in the Amazon

Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2019 Our afternoon excursion was on the Yarapa River. This river is outside the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, so there is more water traffic there. We boated past several Eco-lodges, including The Treehouse, where all of the lodges … Continue reading

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