Posts Tagged "South America"

The Gringo Trail

Posted by on Jun 15, 2009 in Featured, Geoventures, Travel, Videos | 2 comments

The Gringo Trail

Having spent several weeks in Cusco my time in Peru was rapidly drawing to a close.  With still so much of this beautiful country left to explore I decided to hop on the tail end of the infamous “Gringo Trail” and embark on a reverse tour of its southern reaches. Beginning with the Peruvian gateway to Lake Titicaca, I eagerly set out from Puno to visit an intriguing culture with a uniquely sustainable way of life.  At almost 4000m above sea level on what was ambiguously known as the “highest navigable lake” in the world, was the home of a pre-Incan people referred to as...

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Aldea Yanapay Volunteer Organisation

Posted by on Jun 8, 2009 in Featured, Travel, Videos | 0 comments

Aldea Yanapay Volunteer Organisation

A chance encounter in a Peruvian restaurant with a fairytale themed menu, led me on the path to an inspiring volunteer program. “Aldea Yanapay” (meaning “Help” in the Incan Quechua language) is a self-funded and completely self-sustainable volunteer organisation, providing positive change in the lives of the children of Cusco. The vision of an amazing young Peruvian man named Yuri, the Aldea Yanapay volunteer organisation fosters a unique environment of love, tolerance and creativity, opening the eyes of all those who visit, to another way of...

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Cusco City Guide

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Featured, Travel, Videos | 0 comments

Cusco City Guide

The streets were alive with rainbow apparel as music and dance entwined in procession. Drums and pan-pipes, adults and children, vibrantly expressing the beauty of their culture. My heart was dancing also to be standing in a city that had long inspired awe and wonder. The archaeological capital of South America, former centre of Inca civilisation, and destination as a finalist in the ‘Hostelworld.com’ travel video competition. I wandered the narrow cobblestone streets with the bitter-sweet after taste of ‘mate de coca’. At 3300m the dreaded “soroche” (altitude ...

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A Place Called Trindade

Posted by on Mar 21, 2009 in Geoventures, Travel, Videos | 0 comments

A Place Called Trindade

In the simmering days leading into Carnival, Rio de Janeiro’s population swells with an additional 500,000 foreign tourists.  Creating inflationary pressures to rival those of 2008 Zimbabwe I ventured down to the Rodovario (interstate bus terminal) in search of more peaceful horizons, where I could see out the preceding anarchy and later return once the real festivities began.  A chance encounter with a Brazilian who lived and studied in Australia just houses away from mine, was enough to convince me that perhaps the universe was sending a message.  This being her suggestion to...

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