Back in Seattle!

Unfortunately, the arrival home – while appreciated – wasn’t quite pleasant. Monday, my, um, digestive system started to go down hill.  After dinner, it was completely shot.  I had a 101.5 degree fever, major cramping, dehydration, swollen stomach, and a migraine that went through the roof.  Tuesday, I laid curled in my hotel bed until 5pm.  I had 2 pieces of toast and 8 soda crackers…. and somehow managed to go to the bathroom about 10 times (only slight exaggeration).  However, in the evening, we had to make the journey from Arequipa to Lima to Houston to Seattle.  It was …

Native People Around Lake Titicaca

We took a (11 hour!) bus ride from Copacabana, Bolivia to Cuzco, Peru.  It was exhausting.  We had one transfer in the city of Puno, Peru.  Just from the bus ride, Puno looked like a rather built-up but not very pleasant town – the exact opposite of Copacabana.  (The local floating islands, I’ve heard though, are supposed to be very interesting). The large windows on our tourist bus enabled some good shots of the streets…          

Lake Titicaca

As if La Paz wasn’t high enough, our next stop was Lake Titicaca at 3,812m (12,507 feet).  We stayed in Copacabana on the Bolivian side (not to be confused with the other Copacabana in Brazil.) Unfortunately, a combination of rain and me feeling the altitude prevented us from exploring Isla del Sol.  Still, Copacabana was a very pleasant if sleepy place to spend a few days. The morning of our last day, I was feeling a bit better and was able to venture up to the summit of Cerro Calvario.  There was some puffing through the thin area to make it …

Inkan Walls

Incan stonework is known for its large, well cut stone,  mortarless construction and expert precision.  Many different architects & builders worked on the different parts of Machu Picchu.  Some walls have a jumbled feeling.  Others, have an eerily modern “concrete” perfection to them. Different Incan walls in Machu Piccu: 

El Alto Market

In our taxi tour of El Alto, we were able to catch a lot of locals through the window….      

La Paz & El Alto, Bolivia.

a Paz is high.  At 3,600 meters (11,811 feet), you’re definitely up there.  And I felt it.  Even though i was talking Acetazolamide for altitude sickness, I had dizziness, blurry vision, shortness of breath, and migraine.  The first morning we took it very easy.  My boyfriend, the bastard – yes misery does love company – felt fine.  🙂 In the afternoon, I was feeling a bit better and we ventured up even higher by taxi to El Alto, the upstairs neighboring city.  At its highest point, El Alto is 4150 meters (13,615 feet).   El Alto is much poorer than La …

Peru & Bolivia

Very excited!  I’ve been itching for another trip, and Friday night, we’re off!  The current plan is: Fly in to Lima, Peru.  And then on to La Paz, Bolivia. Visit La Paz, wander through Copacabana and see Lake Titicaca. Make our way up to Cuzco Take the 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Wander through the Amazon in Puerto Maldonado Spend last few days in Arequipa. Not sure how much real-time blogging there will be – but expect lots of pictures afterwards!