Archive for 'PERU'

 

Her birthday was actually May 5, but she was in Amsterdam, after a month of traveling through France, Italy, Croatia, and then Netherlands with her husband. I feel sooooo sorry for her! NOT. *_* Anywhoo, we did a belated surprise celebration near home with some mixed berry birthday cake, some Veuve [because you always need Veuve to celebrate friends], and a Peruvian dinner.

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My friend Carmen here went to UCLA and then traveled to Peru with me and Kat 3 years ago. Ever since I’ve known her, she’s been wanting to go into the Peace Corps. Obstacles and challenges have come and gone, and well recently, she got approved and appointed to Cameroon, Africa!! She just landed last week in the country, and is now settling in with her host family!


I’m so proud of her for doing this, fulfilling her dreams, traveling, and doing everything she ever wanted to do. She will be an amazing asset to the country! She also started a blog called Peace Corps Adventures in Cameroon, so I’ll be following her via her blog! You should check it out! It’s a great way to learn about the country’s history, economics, and share in her experiences with the culture…and maybe inspire you to do something as awesome!

Learn to Be Foundation banquet

club monaco dress, H&M earrings

Ironic Sidenote: When we’re not trekking around 3rd world countries, we sometimes look real nice here in CA! *_* I wear this dress sparingly because I’m deathly afraid of getting it dirty. I only bring it out when I know I won’t be eating any pasta, pizza, or buffalo wings. It’s one of my most prized dresses, perfectly fitted, and tailored to perfection. Needless to say, it will not be coming with me to Southeast Asia later this year. *_*
 
April 21
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viva el peru

When i was in Peru, this little one stole my heart. Peru is one of my favorite countries that I’ve visited so far, so when I saw this photoshoot, I had to repost. Where I found this editorial, there were no captions pertaining to where this shoot took place, but i didn’t need them. The colors that embody that country are fantastic, so vibrant and distinctly Peruvian.

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February 06
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It’s been 3 years already but it feels like just a year ago. Peru is one of my favorite countries to travel to so far so I don’t know why I never blogged this trip. I made one post back then, but the pictures weren’t ready. Here is the link to the post I made when I got to Cusco. Debby In Peru

It may have been the Vietnam trip right after Peru or the frantic move from ucla to law school when i got back. Anywhoo, here are some of my favorite images of that trip.

oh, and ahem…all the outfits in these pictures were khaki pants, long sleeve shirts, and tank tops from H&M. I love their outdoorsy stuff because I use them for the trip, and then trash em before I go home.

However, there is one pair of pants that EVERY woman travelling should have. Those would be my Bebe pants. I wore them throughout the hikes and walks through Cusco and Machu Picchu, to dinners every night from Huacachina on, and they NEVER lost their shape. They are slimming, comfortable, and are just the BEST pair of black pants you can invest on. I don’t have any pics of them since I wore them in my worst hour or when we went out to eat at night.

Note: I’m leaving this post on this date although I should back date it to May 2007. It just brings back tons of great memories.

Rios Amazones from the air. We flew into Iquitos, the only way to get into the Amazon.

me and a millipede

because of global warming

“whatcha gona do with that machete??” – best line ever.

a pocket monkey!

this parrot loves beer…he stole mine :/

They gave me a boa us a boa constrictor.
Although the fear is the same, the different reactions are priceless.

and the anaconda…..

a pic with the anaconda…snake slime is dripping down my shirt..ewwww

amazon group

straight as a cue stick

the best little boy ever. he lives here with his siblings.
he was conscious about his scar, but his personality and smile shone like no other

monkeyssssss

this wooley monkey was so human like


carmen got humped in the face with this monkey.
kat and i have never laughed so hard in our lives. never.

this is our amazing tour guide Renalto. We got to see this monkey island because of him!


damn monkey stole my hat as soon as this pic was taken!

Huacachina, Ica

sand surfing and dune buggying was the highlight of my trip
put me on a hill and tell me to go down headfirst, i’ll be first in line

i won by going the furthest before stopping!

amazing day

just look at that background

Machu Picchu

the sign said do not touch and the guard was watching us take this pic ^_^

the most breathtaking view

my view from the terrace

paragliding in Sacred Valley

the crew that took us up

on Lake Titicaca

Isla de los Uros…this whole island is made of reeds. Everything sinks just a tad because it literally is a floating reed island. So amazing…

this girl sand Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and my heart melted

 
May 10
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So I´m alive. And bitten raw from mosquitos. I think i have Deet poisoning, I used so much. But i´m utterly happy and excited from what i have accomplished in the last 2 weeks.

We had the most AMAZING experience in the Amazon region. We had a speed boat into the Amazon river and rainforest, saw monkeys, all kinds of weird animals, and even an ANACONDA!! We took a picture with it as you can see above. That thing was F***ing heavy too and one of the scariest animals I’ve ever seen.

Then our “guide” took us trekking in the forest with just a machete to clear the way, and tricked us to fall in the wonderfully infested orifice fish water. We also went canoeing and birdwatching, visited the indigenous tribes who taught us to shoot darts from a looooooong tube to kill whatever the heck its supposed to kill. One of the most amazing places in the Peruvian Amazon, however, was Isle de Los Moneies (Island of the Monkeys). It’s a haven for orphaned monkeys of the Amazon, run by some biologist and anthropologist, and is one of the best places to see, touch, hear, and hold monekeys.

The monkeys go crazy all over us. They’re completely social and energetic, and the babies are SOOOOO AMAZING. I want a wolly monkey as a pet. It sat in my arms like a baby and I could not let it go….until it started to poop. =) One of the monkeys was a little kookoo in the head and was just going nuts. One of the pics above is the three of us posing for a pic, and the damn monkey is dangling above trying to steal my hat. It succeeded. The moment the pic was taken, he ran off with it. Then, he tried to hump my friend Carmen in the face while she was trying to feed it. Kat and I nearly peed in our pants laughing. Literally. Humping. We couldn’t even help her, even our guide. Just rolling on the floor laughing. Got the BEST pic of that as well.

We also had somecrazy bird experiences…a macaw drank out of our beer glass and then chased Carmen off her hammock and screeched at her until she ran away. (one of those great moments u had to see and be there for).

We also had the best fish cooked fresh right after the catch and then went hiking. We had no reception on our phones because there was NO ELECTRICTY whatsoever in the lodge. We stayed in bungalows with oil lamps, met some other travellers and shared stories of our travels. Can´t believe I´ve only been here 7 days and did so much.

Then we went to Huacachina to the sand desert and go sand surfing. Its crazy because one day, i´m in a jungle in 100 degree humidity, the next day be in a beautiful coastal town like California, then in the desert, then in the mountains of Macchu Picchu. We rode dune buggies (the most amazing roller coaster ever) and then sand boarded down HUGE sand dunes. The highest one was 200 meters and I won the race to go the fastest and farthest on my sandboard. I almost ran over my group on the way down, i was going so fast! That was the highlight of my trip.

Then we got to Cusco and hopped on a train to Machu Picchu. If you ever get a chance to see this place…GO. Its absolutely amazing. I can´t believe the Incas were able to build something like this and its just a wonderful experience and sight to see. It´s on the list as a candidate to be one of the 7 new wonders of the world as well. We did a one day hike up but many others would go on the Inca Trail itself and get acclimated to the high altitude.

The coolest thing so far at this altitude, is a drink called the coca tea mate. This drink helps you get acclimated to the altitude and helps with sicknesses. Get this: It is also the plant that cocaine is made of. However, it’s not illegal here at all because it isn’t processed, but still in its original herbal form. Everyone drinks it like chai here and it tastes amazing. Soothing like green tea but better. However, I dont know how US customs would feel if i brought some of these leaves home. Does that mean I’m a crack addict now?

In Cusco, we also went paragliding over Sacred Valley. Our pilot Richard was this hippie surfer dude from Orange County, went to OCC, then graduated from UCLA. Small world huh? He was amazing and we also had a professional flyer/photographer fly with us. Our other flyer is Oliver, French extreme sports fanatic and has travelled all over the world doing all kinds of flying…paragliding, kite surfing, skydiving, everything. These are the people that you can meet in travelling, how else can you do that? So many interesting people you neet when u travel.

Afterwards, we all sat around having a picnic and then drove back to Cusco. We sat outside the Plaza des Armas for awhile, shootin the breeze and guessing where the other travellers are from. The only thing I regret about this excursion was that we forgot to take a group picture! I NEVER forget to take group pictures! Boo on me.

We are heading to Bolivia next but this is the last leg of our travel in South America. However, this part will not be as interesting or fulfilling since our friend Carmen’s father passed away and she had to fly home right after Machu Picchu. We’ll miss u Carmen!

Off to Lake Titicaca…..