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Chachapoyas 2022 - Peru

Amazonas

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In the north central part of Peru is an interesting area. It's part of the highlands, we were around 10,000 feet of elevation a lot of the time. But it's also part of the rainforest. The rivers here are part of the system that feeds into the Amazon rainforest and waterways eventually throughout all of Brazil. There are waterfalls, and deep canyons, and historic sites from pre-Inca times.

We based most of our travels from Chachapoyas, a large city in the Amazonas department of Peru. From there we hiked to several waterfalls, and saw rock carvings that are ancient sarcophagus, some of which haven't even been open yet and have mummified remains inside. We explored some caves that also include historic artifacts, and walked around the ancient fortress of Kuelap.

Unfortunately Kuelap was closed due to a recent rainstorm damaging one of the walls. It's set to be the next Machu Picchu site in Peru with lots of foundations that remain from rock walls and buildings.

Recommend:

  • any of the hikes around the area
  • Chachapoyas market and shopping / pedestrian street
  • Kuelap site
  • Sarcophagus of Karajia
  • Gocta waterfalls

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PANO view of the first hotel eco lodge
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taking a picture of the photographer taking a picture of Gocta waterfalls
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one of the valleys and view of 2nd hotel by the river
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Sonche canyon, just a 1600 foot drop to the bottom
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Cave with ruins
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hillside sarcophagus of Karajia
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Kuelap fortress
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Posted by MurkTravels 18:04 Archived in Peru Tagged culture history peru waterfall hike ancient 2022 Comments (0)

Trujillo 2022 - Peru

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North of Lima along the coast are several towns with historic and archeological sites. We took a long weekend trip up there to check it out.
First we flew into Trujillo, capital of La Libertad department. We checked out Chan Chan and the Huacas of the Sol and Luna.

Just north from there is the town of. Huanchaco, famed for it's reed fishing boats and surfing. There is also another site called El Brujo, with the remains of a pre-Inca female ruler of the area, during the reign of the Moche culture. It had a fantastic museum and they were continuing the excavation of the site.

After that was a bus ride north for several hours to the town of Chiclayo. The historic site up there is Sipan, also from the Moche time. It had the remains of other rulers as well. The actual bones, gold, and treasures they found are in a museum in town.

Recommend:

  • El Brujo site was my personal favorite
  • The Sipan museum has the most artifacts

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Trujillo main square
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Chan Chan site
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Huaca de la Luna
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El Brujo artifacts
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Sipan grave excavation
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Posted by MurkTravels 17:30 Archived in Peru Tagged culture history peru 2022 Comments (0)

Beach time - Peru

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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.

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

outside Lima 2022 - Peru

archeological sites

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We spent a few weekends checking out the historic sites just outside the city limits (1-3 hours away from the center of Lima).

The first was Pachacamac to the south. It has been around for thousands of years, and has many different civilizations use it as a religious and commercial center on the coast. There is a very informative and modern museum there at the entrance. Then you can walk, bike, or drive a car to the rest of the locations on site. There are excavated and partially repaired temples, agricultural sites, meeting buildings, pyramids, walkways, and military style buildings.

The second location was in the north and is named Caral. It's believed to be the oldest built site in Peru and possibly all of the Americas at over 5000 years old. It has pyramids, houses, theater, and government buildings.

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PACHACAMAC

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CARAL

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Posted by MurkTravels 14:15 Archived in Peru Tagged museums temple history peru national south_america inca 2022 Comments (1)

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

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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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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

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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)

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