Book review: The Unconquered, by Scott Wallace

Image by CIFOR via Flickr An adventure in the Amazon is always at the top of my bucket list, even though I’ve could have crossed it off after my 2009 trip to Peru. The Unconquered is subtitled “In Search of the Amazon’s Last Unconquered Tribes” and that pretty much sums it up. Published in 2011, the…

Macchu Pichu

I wrote a long message that didn’t get saved – I will recreate it bit by bit. Morning train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which is the town below Macchu Pichu. Our hotel was arranged by the taxi driver/travel agent in Cuzco and was quite satisfactory. We had the day to wander around town –…

>Festival days in Ollantaytambo

>We found our way to the regular bus station in Cuzco yesterday and got on a bus to Urubamba (1 -1 1.5 hours, but we´re not paying much attention to the clock=, where we changed to a crowded mini van for the half hour to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo we had tickets for the train to…

>From Iquitos to Cusco area

>Walked over to N’s hotel at 7.30 and we left there in a moto-taxi for the airport. Mototaxiing through town is an experience, and plays havoc with the hairdo. Flew to Limi, changed flights and flew to Cuzco – an hour and a bit. In Cuzco took an official airport taxi with the intent of…

Last day in Iquitos

Friday was my last day in Iquitos. It started very rainy but soon cleared up. The hotel people got a guide (really just a friend of theirs named Saul). I wanted to go to the part of town that is the famous floating town and marketplace, Belen (which means Bethlehem) but I preferred to go…

Another sweaty day

Today I relaxed in town. Up at 7, had to dress in my black pants and only shirt since all the other clothes were still not dry. Normally, I don´t care if I put on damp clothes and let them dry on my body. However, in addition to the many mosquito and ant bites, I…

Back from the jungle

In 2009 my daughter announced that she was taking a 6 week field course in the Amazon. I immediately announced back that if she was going to the Amazon, then I was going, too. I had ALWAYS wanted to go to the Amazon! I arrived in Iquitos just before her course finished, with time to…