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Mancora 2022 - Peru

the north remembers

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Checking out the far north west corner of Peru with a trip to the Piura region. We saw the towns of Tumbes, Zorritos, Mancora, Vichayito, Los Organos, Nuro, and Cabo Blanco.

It was over New Years, so we watched some fireworks and did some typical Peruvian New Years traditions with the locals. That includes eating 12 grapes and making 12 wishes after midnight, walking around the block with luggage to bring you good travels, wearing yellow, champagne (obviously) and pomegranate. The other days, we just took it easy and learned about the region and the nearby cities.

It is said that it's a surfing coastal area. We saw waves, but only a few surfers. Maybe it's the off season. There are several beaches (Nuro) where you can swim with giant tortuous. We definitely did that, even in the freezing water of the Pacific. We paddle boarded, we swam, we relaxed on the beach, maybe got a bit sunburned, and saw amazing sunsets.

Recommend:

  • try the local seafood
  • swim with turtles
  • check out the wave obstacle course in Zorritos
  • the shopping, hotels, and beach life around Mancora

Trip Map

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my more current trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my past trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 01:54 Archived in Peru Tagged beach peru sand sun newyear 2022 Comments (1)

on the water 2022 - Ecuador

boat tour

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Nothing really of note, but we did a boat tour of mangroves in northern Peru and souther Ecuador, so we crossed the border into another country. There was a crazy bird island with thousands of residents, and lots of clam, crab and mussel farming in the swampy mangrove areas.

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 18:28 Archived in Ecuador Tagged trees birds boats peru south_america ecuador 2022 Comments (0)

2021

time to move

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Looking Back

2021:
Well, the pandemic continued. And I got cabin fever just sitting around in the US, so found ways to travel as usual.
The big news was that I left the boring bank job and moved to Peru to live for a while.

Well, here's the quick review:

Activities

Things that happened in 2021:

Big Travels

Challenges
Didn't get to do any 14er hikes, or trail runs, or any new crazy challenges this year. But I got to enjoy snorkeling in the Indian Ocean in the Maldives, hiking around Machu Picchu in Peru, and visiting more US National Parks. I count that as a win.

Events & other activities

  • bought an investment house in Des Moines - May
  • races: none
  • continued with volleyball, biking, running, walking, hiking, SUP
  • Prudence turned 4 - August
  • move to Lima, Peru - September
  • concerts: local Peru rock band in Lima - October

Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 17:51 Archived in Peru Tagged museums food parks beach peru california mexico colorado oregon lima valley music camp machupicchu national usa road sacred trip travels 2021 murk Comments (0)

Machu Picchu pictures 2021 - Peru

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A follow up from the Cusco and Machu Picchu post: https://murktravels.travellerspoint.com/119/

Pictures

see more on Facebook Murk Travels albums
Peru album

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 22:11 Archived in Peru Tagged peru machupicchu cusco sacredvalley 2021 Comments (0)

Cusco and Machu Picchu 2021 - Peru

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After spending over a week in the Sacred Valley, went took a night train to the town at the base of Machu Picchu, named Aguas Clientes. The next morning was a very early alarm to take a bus to the gate at the grounds. We first hiked up Wayne Picchu, which is a mountain peak that overlooks the city of Machu Picchu. It was mostly foggy on the way up, but cleared for amazing views as we were leaving and hiking back down.

Then we met up with a guide and spent several more hours learning about the history and the specific buildings that make up the old Inca settlement. The name isn't actually known, but it goes by the name of the mountain it's on, Machu Picchu. It was definitely an amazing experience, one of the true wonders of the modern world.
Just a note though, they expect the crowd limitations to continue to be reduced every year, and maybe in 15-20 years have to shut it down completely due to the damage being done by tourists and the foot traffic.

Next we trained back to Cusco and spent several days in the city. There are 5 or so Inca sites around the edges of the town, a local artisan market, several Spanish churches, shops, and a cool plaza.

Recommend:

  • hike Waynu Picchu to get the best view of Machu Picchu
  • hire a guide and spend most of the day at Machu Picchu
  • visit San Pedro market in Cusco
  • eat at local places around the Cusco main plaza

Trip Map

Pictures

see more on Facebook Murk Travels Peru album

Cusco:
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 21:19 Archived in Peru Tagged history peru lima wonder cusco murktravels 2021 Comments (0)

Sacred Valley - 2021 - Peru

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The Sacred Valley is set between Cusco and Machu Picchu. It was one of several main routes in the Incan empire. We spent a week checking out many of the ruins that still stand today and are ready for exploration.

Recommend:

  • get a 10-day pass to see most of the sites in the Sacred Valley and Cusco
  • several of these can take an entire day to explore: Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chinchero (w/ waterfall hike, Perolnyoc
  • get a guide at either Ollantaytambo or Pisac

Trip Map

Pictures

Ollantaytambo - major trading hub and spot between Incan religious sites. It has a Sun temple and water temple.
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Chinchero - agriculture and religious site
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Humantay - a cool crystal blue lake in the Andes along part of the Inca Trail
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Pisac - a large settlement
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Moray - research area for crops and climate
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salt mines of Maras
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 22:18 Archived in Peru Tagged peru machupicchu cusco sacredvalley 2021 Comments (0)

Tingo Maria 2021 - Peru

welcome to the jungle

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Tingo Maria is in the jungle portion of Peru. It was definitely always hot and muggy there.

We took a couple hikes to waterfalls (and jumped in the waters to cool off), as well as a jungle tour and swim in a lagoon.Tried some delicious new food, including cecina (mix of jerky and bacon) and pachamanca (meat cooked underground with fire and rocks). Went to a bat cave, rode in a river boat, went to some parties, watched some local futbol games, and rode in mototaxis everywhere.

Trip Map

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 00:37 Archived in Peru Tagged waterfalls trees peru lake jungle hike 2021 Comments (0)

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