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Dec 22, 2012 - Day 49 ... Bush Camp between Cafayate & Mendoza …

Today was the 2nd consecutive drive day to get from Cafayate to Mendoza – beautiful scenery really, between the northern and central Wine Regions of Argentina. Nothing much to report (as usual for a Drive Day) and our camp for tonight was on the side of the highway again. When selecting Bush Camps on the side of the highway, Mel & Franco always try to find somewhere that they can park Frida a reasonable distance from the road – and usually behind some form of shield from the traffic – so that camp will be as secure as possible …...

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Dec 18, 2012 - Days 41 & 42 ... Uyuni and the Salt Flats.

The drive from Potosi to Uyuni was only about half a day - we left Potosi around 1:00pm'ish, and arrived in Uyuni around 6:00pm'ish ... pleasant enough drive - nothing special to report. Upon arrival in Uyuni we all settled inot our rooms and then made tracks for a nice place that Mel & Franco know, and we then proceeded to celebrate Jamie's 25th Birthday! Pizza was the dinner of choice ... drink flowed freely ... birthday cake was served ... then a 2nd cake was produced, and Franco convinced Jamie he had to take the first bite without...

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Dec 18, 2012 - Days 45 & 46 ... Salta!

There was much anticipation on the truck today as we approached Salta. We crossed the border from Bolivia into Argentina just before Uyuni, and so we were all looking forward to our first Argentinian Steak (grill or BBQ) here in Salta ... and on top of that, those on the truck with travel guide books are getting into the habit of looking up our hotels/hostels/campsites in their guide books to get the inside edge about our accommodations before we actually get there. From these guide books it was revealed that apparently the campsite we were...

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Dec 18, 2012 - Days 43 & 44 ... Tupiza and Jujuy - drive days & bush camps.

This entry will be very short and sweet (while I am in catch-up mode) ... we basically spent 2 very long drive days on the truck, stopping only for lunch and occasionally for a photo opportunity or two ... camp both nights was in the middle of no-where with camp fires and lots of ground cactii ! Much fun really, just nothing too special to report ... Probably the biggest thing about these two Drive Days was the scenery. I know we have been to South America before - and I know that we have raved about the continent based on that last trip -...

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Dec 18, 2012 - Day 40 ... Potosi - short but sweet.

We left La Paz having sampled only a brief wedge of it's culture, and we were both a little saddened by this because we both quite liked it last time. Last time we had only 1 free day before rolling out, and this time we thought we would have 3 days to really see La Paz but by the time Paul was done in the Specialist Centre we had only 1 afternoon to see all we could - and then Paul was too sore to wander too far for too long - so we saw some, but not a lot. We did find a nice little Morroccan Restaurant for a late lunch, but neglected to...

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Dec 18, 2012 - Days 47 & 48 ... Cafayate - Northern Argentinian Wine Region!

It wasn't too long a drive to get from Salta to Cafayate, and we were setting up camp by around 5:30pm'ish. Our campsite here was only about 5 minutes walk from the central plaza, and there were Wine Bodega's EVERYWHERE! After setting up camp we dawdled for about 15-20 minutes before taking some laundry to be done, then made it back to camp with enough time to enjoy a beer or two before dinner. Cook-Group excelled themselves again by making flat-bread from scratch for our burrito dinner - YUMMY ! After dinner Marilyn, Sarah and I wandered...

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Dec 10, 2012 - Days 37 - 39 ... La Paz, the Capital of Bolivia!

Righty - this is the 4th time I have tried to post this entry ... the internet is VERY unreliable where we are, and I have typed this up a few times now and it refuses to save and post for me ... 4 times a charm, right? So - we left Puno and headed for La Paz ... the actual drive itself wasn't extremely long, but we did have a Border Crossing to get through and they can be ominous things to do here in South America - you never really know how long it might take. Fortunately for us this time it went more smoothly than Mel has ever had it go...

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Dec 9, 2012 - Days 34 - 36 ... Puno, Peru

After leaving Cusco we made tracks for Puno - which is a small'ish town on the northern shores of Lake Titicaca ... the drive here was about the same as always, and the whole purpose of stopping at Puno was for the group to stay on Amanati Island overnight with a local family. Paul and I did this 6 years ago when travelling with Kumuka - Mel said that it would be about the same experience as the last time, so we decided NOT to do teh homestay and instead see more of Puno alone ... So, without getting ahead of myself ... our first night in...

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Dec 4, 2012 - The Classic Inca Trail ... November 26-29, 2012

This is the second time that I have done the Classic Inca Trail ... both Paul and I did it 6 years ago in early April 2006, but back then we didn't get to go through the Sun Gate because a mud slide had taken out the trail between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu City ... Paul decided not to trek this time because of his kidney stone problems and treatment that kept him from leaving home with me back in October, and so i was trekking alone with my new friends from the truck ... Last time was in April - end of the really rainy season - this...

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Dec 3, 2012 - Days 27 - 33 ... Cusco - the Traditional Capital of Peru!

When last I wrote we were enduring the Bush Camp from HELL ... and we survived unscathed fortunately! After leaving that camp we continued on our way and arrived at Cusco around mid afternoon. Again Mel and Franco decided to surprise us and stopped at Saqsaywaman ... yes, say it correctly and it does sound like Sexy Woman ... and we were appropriately excited to stop here because it gives you an awesome overview of Cusco, and our itinerary didn't include a trip up here this time ... Mucho Gracias Mel & Franco AGAIN! After seeing Cusco from...

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Nov 30, 2012 - Days 24 & 25 ... Arequipa.

Day 24 of this Overland Adventure finds us in Arequipa, quite probably the most beautiful city of Peru and close to the southern shores of the country. Paul and I remember Arequipa quite fondly, particularly a little Roof-Top Bar just on the Plaza de Armas ... ah, memories ... We had 2 full days here, and an extra half day for those who weren't doing the Colca Canyon Condors activity ... and Paul arrived on our second night here - probably the most anticipated arrival since the coming of the Lord! For our first day in Arequipa Marilyn,...

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Nov 30, 2012 - Days 22 & 23 ... Huacachina to Arequipa

When last I wrote, the group had just returned to the Huacachina Oasis for breakfast after our Desert Camp ... Brekkie was nice - not completely awesome, but nice - and then we loaded up and climbed aboard Frida and hit the road for Arequipa. The distance to travel between here and there means we need another bush camp tonight and then we roll into Arequipa tomorrow ... and then the day after that Paul arrives! Yes, I know that if you have been following this Travel Journal closely you will know that Paul has already made some entries from...

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