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Warren and Cynthia's Wacky World Adventures

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Sun
5
Apr '09

Bogota, Colombia

First of all, we would like to thank you all for humoring us as we discover this amazing world that we live in. We are now home, but we would be remiss if we didn’t do our final entry on the very nice city of Bogota. Thanks again for all the nice comments, we always […]

Sun
22
Mar '09

Taganga, Colombia

Opting for the slightly more expensive, but door-to-door service and air-conditioned MarSol van to Taganga, we arrived 4 hours later at Hotel Techos Azules. Taganga is a fishing village just outside Santa Marta. We had over ten days to relax, practice our Spanish and soak up the sun, so we negotiated a room with private […]

Fri
13
Mar '09

Cartagena, Colombia

We arrived at the Cartagena airport and grabbed a 8500 pesos taxi ride to Hotel Vienna in the Getsumani district (backpackers ghetto) just outside the old city. The hotel was booked, so they called Hotel Villa Colonial. A guy arrived and insisted on carrying both our large packs (a good 50lbs worth of luggage) as […]

Wed
11
Mar '09

Medellin, Colombia

We arrived mid-afternoon in Medellin’s large, two-level, clean and surprisingly calm bus station. At the information booth, we showed the woman the address of Melissa’s apartment and after consulting with another fellow, they had no idea where it was – so much for “information” booth. She said for 100 pesos a minute we could use […]

Fri
6
Mar '09

Popayan & Armenia, Colombia

At 7:10 AM, loaded with our big backpacks, we watched several sardine-packed trolleys go by before we decided to act like Ecuadorians and force our way on. Physically propelled off the bus at the stop for the bus terminal (Cumanda), we walked to the lower level and bought a $5.00 ticket for a bus to […]

Sun
1
Mar '09

Alausi, Riobamba, & Quito, Ecuador

and the highlands were completely socked in with clouds, so we stopped in Riobamba to break up the trip to the Midal Del Mundo (Middle of the Earth) outside of Quito. At least we can say we saw one of the indigenous hummingbirds (larger and differently colored). We’ll remember Riobamba for its pork BBQ; there […]

Wed
25
Feb '09

Vilcabamba & Cuenca, Ecuador

Bright and early we slogged in the heat to the Transportes Loja bus station for the only trans-border bus to Loja, Ecuador we could find. After 4 police stops where they boarded, took passports and IDs while we waited (at first nervously and at last, impatiently) the bus dropped us at Peruvian immigration and zipped […]

Thu
19
Feb '09

Huraz, Trujillo, and Huanchaco, Peru

The next day we met Katie and Laura, Canadian girls that wanted to share a taxi up to one of the mountain lakes. Looking at the books and talking to the hostel owners we agreed to split the $40 (120 soles) cost to visit Lake Rajucola (in the rainy season it was the only one […]

Sun
15
Feb '09

Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru

We made our way to Cusco for the same reason that most tourists have, Machu Picchu. Cusco is a beautiful colonial city that was built on the foundations of the capital of the Inca Empire. The stone wall foundations still stand today, surviving numerous earthquakes because the stones are fitted so precisely that they didn’t […]

Thu
12
Feb '09

Puno, Peru (Lake Titicaca)

From Arequipa, we boarded an 8 AM San Cristobal del Sur bus for Puno and Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world at almost 16,000 feet. This bus ride was the first in which we encountered a safety check where officials boarded the bus and actually made sure everyone had, and was […]