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  • Day76

    San Pedro de Atacama

    November 20 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    We weren't able to make the most of San Pedro and we are ok with that. It's been a busy 2 months of travel so far and we were both pretty run down, especially after the Uyunin tour. Anna was quite sick for our first couple days here so we used the time to rest up. We eventually rented a car for a couple days, but ended up having a hard time trying to see the sites we wanted to see.

    Things were closed, we went at the wrong time of day for a couple things, certain drives took way longer than we thought they would, it just kind of didn't work out.

    At the end of the day we are ok with that, lots of the area is very similar to the terrain coming through the salt flats, and it's actually quite expensive so at least we saved some money!

    We used the time to check in with each other, had some good talks, and still enjoyed our time in the small hippie desert town of San Pedro de Atacama.
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    Traveler

    Sounds like it was a great time to rejuvenate ❤️❤️ glad to hear your on your next adventure! Hope Anna continues to get better sending lots of love your way ❤️❤️

    Traveler

    That’s a big black sky with lots of dots hence stars just beautiful ❤️

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    Momma and papa!

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    Stunning ❤️❤️

     
  • Day70

    Uyuni Salt Flats

    November 14 in Bolivia ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Uyuni was interesting. Gorgeous landscapes, (which if course we couldn't accurately capture on the camera) that seemed to change before our eyes during our 3 day 2 night tour from Uyuni in Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.

    We got a chance to take super super Instagram-y photos, visited a Flamingo reserve, spotted tons of wild Vicuña, saw mountain ranges, salt flats, desert proper, different coloured lakes, geysers, a train Cemetery, sat in natural hot springs under the stars and even stayed in a Salt Hotel!

    Car problems were common for everyone on the tour. We got stuck with a flat on our first day, and we were FREEZING as the sunset but at least views were breathtaking!

    We were frustrated with our tour operator as the theme of over promise, under deliver continues, but it was a super cool way to cross a country border and this one we can confidently say was a once in a lifetime experience!
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    Traveler

    These pictures are so darn nice I love everyone of them ! Looks absolutely amazing!!

    Traveler

    Looks a Newfie jig!!

    Traveler

    This is way cool 😎!

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  • Day67

    La Paz

    November 11 in Bolivia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A couple quotes from Anna about La Paz:

    "It's like Italy meets Vietnam."

    "It's not a mojito town, it's a cocaine and craft beer town."

    All joking aside La Paz felt like an incredible mix of styles and eras, with the some colonial portions, both gorgeous and run down, old, busy typical Latin American portions with some beautifularchitecture, incredible geography, all in one beautiful mess of a city.

    We got to see a hilarious traditional wrestling match in El Alto, a sister city on top the hills surrounding La Paz which is also something to see, we visited some ruins outside the city which were featured on ancient aliens, and used our time to rest up and we had a lovely Air Bnb and have been travelling for quite some time.

    Unfortunately we got sick while we were here, though we were lucky to have had the time and place to just hang out for our last few days here.
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    What is this ?

    Traveler

    those are petrified baby llamas they use to sacrifice for good luck!

    Traveler

    She is so adorable I love it ❤️

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  • Day61

    Copacabana

    November 5 in Bolivia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Copacabana was a lovely introduction to Bolivia. Just across the border from Peru it's quiet, very pretty, laid back and nestled on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

    We managed a swim in the cold water of the lake, enjoyed a gorgeous sunset and visited the Isla del Sol for an afternoon.

    We wish we had more time here! It's a great spot and almost certainly under appreciated in the world of travel but we wouldn't mind if it stayed this way forever.
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    Traveler

    It looks absolutely beautiful!

     
  • Day58

    Arequipa

    November 2 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We had a lovely time in Arequipa, a great change of pace from Cusco. Nice to get away from the noise and hustle and bustle of Cusco, Arequipa is quaint, quiet, picturesque and just what we needed.

    We really didn't do much, we tried the disgusting Cuy, (never again), had a couple drinks, had some wonderful breakfasts with cappucinos, picked up some baby alpaca clothing as a souvenir, and generally just enjoyed the laid back vibe of the city.

    On to Puno for just a night as we transit in to Bolivia next!

    Lake Titicaca here we come!
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    Traveler

    Love the door pictures!! Pic are gorgeous

    Traveler

    The doors are Anna's thing but she's got me on to it now, they can be really cool! cielings too :)

    Traveler

    I love doors ❤️

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  • Day56

    Cusco

    October 31 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    There's a lot to unpack about Cusco. It's the hub for exploring the remnants of the Inca Empire. There are SO many archeological sites in the city and the surrounding area its hard to keep track. Pisac was amazing and close by, the fortress at Saqsaywaman, the old temple of Qorikancha, Qenqo, the museums, its crazy! And that's not even to mention the other towns of the sacred valley, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.

    We spent a week in the area and definitely got our fill of Incan history and ruins. We did the rainbow mountain hike on our last day, and I have to say, the rainbow mountain is NOT the coolest part of that hike.

    The air is super thin, the hike starts at 4200m above sea level and the peak is at over 5000m! The huge mountains on either side of the valley coming up are a sight to behold, and the incredible Auzangate mountain is waiting for you as you crest the hill to the Rainbow Mountain. Of course the pictures do absolutely no justice, but I digress.

    We enjoyed our time here, but it is very touristy and the locals can be quite pushy. After a week we both very much felt its time to get away from the hustle and bustle that is Cusco. Hoping for some peace and quiet in Arequipa, then it will be on to Bolivia!
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    Traveler

    You both look absolutely gorgeous

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    Absolutely gorgeous

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    So pretty

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  • Day54

    Machu Picchu

    October 29 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We made it to the fabled Machu Picchu!

    We weren't sure, and we talked about it a little before coming up but it definitely lives up to its hype!

    You are SO high up in the amazing, steep, tree covered, Jungly Andes, the citadel is by far the biggest we've seen so far, and it's just absolutely breathtaking.

    There's not much else to be said I think. It's incredible, would see again in a heartbeat. Absolutely amazing.
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    Oh my god this is freaking incredible!! Crazy wonderful awesome amazing !!!

    Traveler

    It’s spectacular!!

    Traveler

    Holy cow This is incredible!!

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  • Day52

    Ollantaytambo

    October 27 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Ollanta is a really cool town, halfway between Cusco and the town of Machu Picchu, it's the site of yet more Incan ruins, nestled at a really interesting spot in the sacred valley.

    It's at the junction of 3 valleys, one heading to the coast, one heading to Lake Titicaca, from where the Incas originated, and one heading to Machu Picchu.

    The whole valley and ruins are essentially one big sun calender, with various points in the ruins and along the mountain marking the solstices and equinoxes, and the Incans used these to plan their harvests and when to sow their crops.

    It was also the site of one of the Incans greatest stands against the Spanish. It's terrible to think what we could be seeing had it not been looted and destroyed to such an extent.

    The part of the town we stayed in is also built on thr original Incan stone work, and the streets, alleys, and first floors of the buildings all show the amazing Incan stonework we've come to appreciate greatly.

    We are both very happy we made a stop here for a day to explore. It's been fun, we learned a bit about the history, and tried to relax some, (while climbing like 1000 stairs to get to our view points) it's going to be a busy stretch ahead!
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    Traveler

    Absolutely gorgeous

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    Gorgeous

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    Traveler

    All those pictures look absolutely gorgeous ❤️☀️

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  • Day50

    Pisac

    October 25 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Well if we weren't surprised by what we found here! It's not as though Pisac is some kind of secret, it's in every book and every Google search for things to do in the Cusco area.

    But wow! It's not a super busy place, we almost had it to ourselves, this huge Incan city surrounded by growing terraces high up in the mountains outside Pisac.

    Historians believed it served multiple purposes as a fortress, city, farmland, and may have been built as a gift to Incan nobility.

    The views were absolutely spectacular, the construction was really something to behold (something we are learning about the Incans), and of course the company was fantastic.

    Great day trip from Cusco!
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    Traveler

    Oh wow look at you ❤️❤️ looks gorgeous

    10/25/22Reply
    Traveler

    Love this ❤️❤️

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    Beautiful ms ❤️

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  • Day47

    Arkana

    October 22 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We went to a spiritual retreat in the Peruvian Amazon for a week.

    It's a place to talk about things in your life that are causing you pain, anxiety, whatever it may be, and heal from them. A week felt so short and so long at the same time, our group was absolutely amazing and we leave here having made some great friends.

    We laughed, we cried, we relaxed, we were taken care of so well by the staff and the Shamans, the food was incredible, fresh, and healthy.

    The Shamans guided us through traditional Shipibo healing practices and ceremonies. They shared traditional plant medicines, sang us songs, and encouraged us to look deep inside, find what we need and make good, important changes in our lives.

    We learned about ourselves and by sharing our stories and listening to those of the group we are all grew and have been able to heal.

    It's been such a well of emotion, we both have a lot to unpack and a lot of thinking to do, and that is the point. Our spiritual journeys will continue. It was absolutely one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives and we are incredibly grateful to Arkana Spiritual Centre for having us, teaching us, and helping us heal.
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    Traveler

    It sounds absolutely beautiful! It’s always good to take time and clean your mind and your soul ! it's memories u will have for a lifetime ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Traveler

    Definitely had some cleaning to do but we feel great!

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    Traveler

    I would love to be able to something similar to this ❤️

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