Puerto Maldonado: Victor, the boat, and the monkeys

On Sunday we hired our own boat, captained by a different Victor, and road down the Tambopata River taking turns driving, and laying in a hammock. We visited an animal conservatory that housed Howler monkeys, and several species of birds.

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Maldonado: Kerenda Homet

One of our visits to a nearby lodge, gave us a look at the conservation occuring in the jungle in regards to medicinal plants and other types of trees. The owner, Victor, also introduced us to some of his many animals and his wife made us a flavorful lunch.

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Puerto Maldonado: Kapievi

We took a weekend trip to the jungle, 10 hours from Cusco, where we stayed in a jungle lodge with daily yoga and meditation. They fed us delicious meals, and helped us arrange visits to some of the other areas of interest around us. We were able to use the pool next door to cool off, and slept in a cute little bungalow with mosquito nets around our beds and a roof made out of palm frawns.

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Puno: Uros Floating Islands

Diana and I arrived on an overnight bus to the town of Puno at 5am on Saturday morning. Not needing to waste a moments time we went to a hostel a friend had recommended and booked a tour that left at 6:45am to Uros and Taquile. The hostel, offered us a very inexpensive breakfast while we waited and then we were on our way. After a moderately long boat ride we arrived at one of the 45 floating islands of Uros.

The Uros floating islands are built on top of soil that is filled with dried out roots causing them to float. On top of the soil the locals thatch together locally found reeds, which they also use to build houses, and boats; as well as it being a source of food supply. These reeds also float very well. The locals catch fish and hunt; as well as make tapestries and other figurines from reeds. They rely on tourism as well, and rah day a different island is visited to spread the money across them.

Our guide, with the help of a local, explained all of this to us, and then we were given time to take a boat ride around the lake, and buy handmade goods.

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Puno: The Island of Taquile

After a short visit to the floating islands we took the motorboat onward to the island of Taquile. This island was naturally formed, therefore not floating on reeds, but was a magical beauty in its own. We hiked up a beautiful walkway to an outdoor restaurant where we ate trout, quinoa soup, beet salad, bread, and tea; all while overlooking beautiful Lake Titticaca. Afterwards we participated in traditional dances with the family and enjoyed the views.

As we traveled onward we were continuously greeted with amazing views and wonderful local children who sold us beautifully handmade bracelets, hats, and belts (because clearly if there is one thing Diana and I know how to do best it’s shop).

We headed back to the mainland, and arrived around 5pm, where we quickly caught a cab to our hotel, which was actually a restored boat from the 1800s.

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Puno: Uros Floating Islands

Diana and I arrived on an overnight bus to the town of Puno at 5am on Saturday morning. Not needing to waste a moments time we went to a hostel a friend had recommended and booked a tour that left at 6:45am to Uros and Taquile. The hostel, offered us a very inexpensive breakfast while we waited and then we were on our way. After a moderately long boat ride we arrived at one of the 45 floating islands of Uros.

The Uros floating islands are built on top of soil that is filled with dried out roots causing them to float. On top of the soil the locals thatch together locally found reeds, which they also use to build houses, and boats; as well as it being a source of food supply. These reeds also float very well. The locals catch fish and hunt; as well as make tapestries and other figurines from reeds. They rely on tourism as well, and rah day a different island is visited to spread the money across them.

Our guide, with the help of a local, explained all of this to us, and then we were given time to take a boat ride around the lake, and buy handmade goods.

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The Yavari: our home for a night

The Yavari is a boat originally built in 1862 that traveled through 6 countries to make it to Peru… (Read the full bio here )

This was our hotel for the weekend.

We arrived around sunset and met our new friend Catherine, who was staying with us for the weekend because she takes Spanish classes with our housemate Sanna from Sweden. Unfortunately, Sanna could not come on the trip because she was dealing with parasites in the stomach, but Catherine still came even though none of knew each other, and we had an amazing time.

The boat was absolutely magnificent, with a lot of the original hardware still there. We slept in bunk beds with potholes overlooking the lake, and not only did they provide us with hot tea, they also have us hot water bottles for our beds.

In the morning we were greeted with an awesome breakfast spread, including eggs, smoothies, coffee, tea, and bread, at a table that was a part of the original ship. Afterwards we were given a tour and then clearly held a photoshoot, before departing for the day.

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I’m On A Boat

My dad and I had an amazing opportunity when we were at Universal when his friend called and invited us to ditch the theme parks for a day and go out on his boat.  We had an amazing lunch, saw so many dolphins, a manatee or two, oh and I got to jump off the top of the boat.  It was great! And such a nice time with my dad.  The boat left out of the Yacht Club at Cape Canaveral.

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