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Beach time - Peru

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overview / intro

It's summer in Peru, and everyone in Lima tries to escape the city and head to the beaches that are 30 minutes to 3 hours south. Most weekends are packed on the roads; it reminds me of ski season during the winter in Colorado w/ traffic jams for hours.

We have spent several partial weekends at Betty and Carlos' beach house in Asia. It is right in front of the beach in the town of Asia, Peru. There are dedicated shades tents for their house, there's a malecon walkway for 10+ miles along the beach and shores with the other resorts, and there's a beach volleyball court right in front of the house.

For beach volleyball, we have made some good connections. I have played with one of the teens that were on the 18 and under National youth team for beach volleyball. I am trying to connect him up with anyone I still know that coaches college VB in the US. We went to a town on an island south of Lima called Pucusana to play there. Also, have been playing at 6 in the mornings for a few weeks in Lima with a group of guys that play frequently. Most recently I met the coach of the National Peru beach volleyball teams, and I practiced with him.

Trip Map

Videos

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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 17:28 Archived in Peru Tagged sunset beach peru sun volleyball 2022 Comments (0)

Mancora 2022 - Peru

the north remembers

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overview / intro

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)

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)

Beach trip 2020 - California USA

Long Beach visit

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overview / intro

While I'm working remotely (mostly from the couch at home) and while flights are cheap (within the US), we decided to take advantage and visit some friends and family in Long Beach, California.

We were able to work from there fine during the week and then enjoy the beach at night and over the weekend. We got in some stand up paddle boarding, running, swimming, and walks around the canals of Naples Island.

Recommend:

  • restaurants on 2nd St
  • the local beaches (hidden beach if you can find it)
  • running / biking along the beach and shore

Pictures

see more on Facebook Murk Travels albums

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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 07:16 Archived in USA Tagged me beach california run usa 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

Cartagena 2018 - Colombia

enjoy the Caribbean


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Hot

It was so hot and humid when we were there, you couldn't go outside anywhere without getting drowned in sweat. Our favorite ways to pass time were hang out at the beach, hang out at the condo pool, find shade, drink water, and take naps. Which was a great way to end the vacation after all the activity of Bogota and Medellin.

Highly recommend:

  • Old town walled city
  • Cafe Del Mar for sunset
  • Boat ride to an island beach (or Bocagrande beach)
  • Fort San Felipe
  • Getsemani neighborhood

Trip Map

Pictures

more at : Colombia 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 attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 09:56 Archived in Colombia Tagged beaches beer beach travel sunsets caribbean colombia cartagena south_america 2018 Comments (0)

2018 Belize and Panama

a quick week trip in February 2018

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Belize

This is probably the easiest country in Central America to travel to, with English as an official language and the US dollar not only accepted but also pegged directly with the Belize dollar. It also presents a wide range of opportunities all within several direct flights hubs within the US. One can check out history and ancient civilizations with Mayan sites, relax on the islands, or head out to sea for water activities.

Recommend:

  • Scuba diving or snorkeling
  • Checking out one of the islands (Ambergis Caye or Caye Caulker)
  • head inland for a Mayan tour ... TBD for me

Panama

I don't have much to report on Panama since I had a layover there. It was 24 hours but a chunk of that was spent at the hotel and the airport of course. Other than that I saw a quick overview of Panama City, and the sight of the Atlantic and Pacific ocean as we were flying in. It was enough to know that I want to head back and spend some more time in the country

Pictures

See more of these and pictures from the events that I attend & countries I visit on the Facebook Murk Travels albums.

Links

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

Posted by MurkTravels 18:26 Archived in Belize Tagged beer beach travel caribbean panama belize central_america 2018 Comments (0)

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