Making peace with La Paz

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA JUNE 29-30, 2015 The sun beams down in its noon warmth upon my return to La Paz, Bolivia’s major Andean city, so I take my friend’s ‘challenge’ and stay for a night. This is my second pass through La Paz…in the first, the cold late afternoon air made my lungs hurt from […]

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Samaipata, Bolivia

JUNE 2015 The southern cloud forest starts to the west of the Santa Cruz lowlands. Following the slow curvy rise of the Pirai river into the low mountains, the crowded combi climbs through the canyon and its soft dirt carretera.  There are small waterfalls and towering red rock faces covered in green.  The air smells […]

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Arequipa – the ´white´city

Arequipa is a beautiful city, from the volcanoes sitting to the east above it, to the iconic sillar volcanic rock churches, monasteries, and other buildings in the centro. Most of the grey-white sillar material came from Chachani, the craggy, more northern volcano. Even the hostels are sillar with arches, giving a gothic, sonorous feel to […]

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Trujillo, Moche, Chan Chan

TRUJILLO AREA, PERU June 2015 Trujillo is a mid-size city on the Panamerican Norte on the north coast of Peru. The climate is similar to Lima and the central coast, but a little warmer. During June, the season changes from sunny to foggy and gray, which happened over the days I was there. Yellow cathedrals […]

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