Archive | December, 2013

The Greatest Vacation: Puerto Maldonado

22 Dec
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we conquered the andes, now we’re ready for the amazon


plaza de armas en puerto maldonado

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it took an hour bus ride then an hour and half boat ride to get to our lodge

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a short hike from the river through dense jungle to get to our rooms

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here they are!

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had the whole place to ourselves


the jungle is so beautiful…

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but also terrifying. this is literally my worst nightmare realized.

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canopy beds

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there’s toilet paper in the stalls!

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best friends boat ride

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piranha fishing in the lake.

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i caught one!

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im happy


rio tambopata

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relaxing on the river…ahhhh


deep in it


daytime jungle walks

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everything is so green and lush

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not a bridge, but we’ll cross it


nighttime river rides

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probably our favorite thing about the lodge

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no electricity anywhere in the lodge except for the bar. and even then, for two or three hours at night.

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joel and his ladies


back from our jungle expedition

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this calls for a celebration!


delicious thai food in puerto maldonado

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monkey friendsssss

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hasta luegooo, puerto!



The Greatest Vacation: Machu Picchu

22 Dec
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pre-Machu Picchu night at our murder den of a hostel. so excited!

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they make 5am look gooooood

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sun’s not quite out at 6am. wait for it…

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c’mon sun!

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starting off the Montaña Machu Picchu hike

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don’t be fooled by the smile, its a tough hike!

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straight up stairs for 1.5 hours

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chao!: lee and i break off from the group and continue to the top of the mountain

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up in the clouds

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this view was worth it!

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we make dead tired look gooood

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its obvious why the ruins were never found by the Spanish during the conquest of Cuzco. they’re almost inaccessible, even with modern transportation.

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meanwhile these cuties…

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…were hanging out with this cutie

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taking it all in.

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mid-hike selfie!

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en serio. you have to see this for yourself.

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just lounging here for a little bit.

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Machu Picchu remained unknown to the world from the 1500s until it was discovered by Yale historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.

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traditional inca terraces

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

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una mas!

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hanging out before it’s time to go.

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Pueblo Machu Picchu

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we did itttttt

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The Greatest Vacation: Cuzco

22 Dec
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and we’re off!

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the eagle has landed.

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welcome to cusco!

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plaza de armas

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learned to play ‘chasing the 2’ and our lives will never be the same.

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guess who’s up to their old antics?!

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views of the plaza from our breakfast table.

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silly hats. serious beer funnels.

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the sacred valley

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beautiful green landscapes at every turn.

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14 years of best-friendship across 3 continents ❤

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cholitas guapas.

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heyyy cristi

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ollantaytambo, “the living inca city”

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a living inca princess. i got quechua on my body!

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modern construction built upon ancient inca stonework.

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literally every view from any angle in the valley is breathtaking.

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leggings crew.

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a few centimeters back and the ground drops off, ensuring certain death. maybe the danger adds to the beauty, no?

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harv’s girls!

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dinner at a fancy pisco bar where we did NOT consume any pisco. everyone: “let’s go get beers at the irish pub”


The Greatest Vacation (Video)

22 Dec

This is not hyperbole. This was literally The Greatest Vacation. Carla, Cristi, Diana, Dolly, Jenny, Leland and I went on a 10-day trip that took us from Andean peaks to Amazonian jungle and everywhere in between.

Peru is beyond-words beautiful. And to share it with some of my favorite people in the world was nothing short of incredible.


Viajar es Regresar

9 Dec

Viajar es marcharse de casa
es dejar los amigos
es intentar volar.
Volar conociendo otras ramas
recorriendo caminos
es intentar cambiar.

Viajar es vestirse de loco
es decir “no me importa”
es querer regresar.
Regresar valorando lo poco
saboreando una copa
es desear empezar.

Viajar es sentirse poeta
escribir una carta
es querer abrazar.
Abrazar al llegar a una puerta
añorando la calma
es dejarse besar.

Viajar es volverse mundano
es conocer otra gente
es volver a empezar.
Empezar extendiendo la mano
aprendiendo del fuerte
es sentir soledad.

Viajar es marcharse de casa
es vestirse de loco
diciendo todo y nada con una
Es dormir en otra cama
sentir que el tiempo es corto
viajar es regresar!

Gabriel García Marquéz

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