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Peru was cool!

My first jaunt was a week out in the Amazonian outpost of Puerto Maldanado. I met an English woman named Sylvia, and we stayed at the hostel,which was a thatched unit that the couple made themselves.  We did a 5 day trek out into the wilderness. We hired a boat to get us across the river, hiked all day through the rainforest, then made camp on the river at an abandoned (nomadic) hunting camp (several thatched roofs). The next day we cut down several balsa trees, and built ourselves a nice raft. The third day we hopped on the raft and traveled 15 miles downriver. Just before sunset, we say a small boy up on the riverbank, and waved to him. He smiled and waved back. Our guide yelled something to him; then his Dad showed up, and said something like "come on ashore!". We stayed with them overnight, had dinner and breakfast, and took a hike together the next morning. The whole trip was unreal!

Somehow I got myself invited to assist a Smithsonian Institute group with a bioassessment of incredibly diverse interior Amazon backcountry. I was helicoptered into the middle of nowhere for five awesome weeks. Someday I'll post the whole story!

Cusco was great!  Of course, I did the trek up to Macchu Pichu!  That story also needs a whole page!

I did a great 4-day mountainering trek up near Huscaran. Crossed some very high passes!
 Some day I'll add to this page, so check back later!
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