Thursday, January 30, 2014

Amazon River Adventure 2014

The next two days on the Amazon were just as fabulous as the opening day.  Wildlife everywhere!

In the morning we were treated to a jungle hike where we searched for all kinds of creepy, crawlies.  I was hoping for an anaconda, but to no avail.  The bugs were not nearly as bad as I had expected.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cruising Down the Amazon River with Aqua Adventures on the Aria

The first part of the Peru Expedition 2014 entailed an Amazon River cruise aboard the Aria for a few days.  We flew from Lima to Iquitos which is in the far northeastern corner of Peru.  This is where the headwaters of the Amazon River are located as it flow all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

We were met at the airport and given a short tour of the city of Iquitos before boarding our boat.  The Aria is a three deck boat with 8 cabins on the first level and 8 more on the second.  The third deck is an observation deck as well as bar and lecture room.

The opening night we were given a welcome speech along with safety instructions for the vessel.  Afterwards we were served the first of many extraordinary meals.  The boat has its own chef and to say the food is top notch would not being doing justice.  Every meal was wonderful. We retired to our rooms ready to go for the next day of adventure.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Observations from the Lima Airport in Peru

As I embark on my Peru journey down the Amazon River and then into the Cusco region I thought I would share some of my observations.  Seems I have been sitting through a six hour layover at the Lima airport waiting for my flight to Iquitos.  People watching at its best.  Here are my three main conclusions so far.

Everyone in Peru is skinny.  What the heck?  I myself am a bit pudgy. I admit it. But come on!  I stick  out like a sore thumb here.  Everyone is nice and skinny.  Give a gringo a chance eh? It must be in the genes down here.

At least I have something going for me though.  I am like Dirk Nowitzki here.  I tower over everyone!  I am only 5'10 on a good day, but down here I am a solid head taller than 80%.  I mean it isn't even close.  I could have been a basketball star in Peru!

One other major observation here as I sit at the Lima airport is that the girls here are really hot.  I mean majorly sexy.   No makeup.  Nothing fancy needed.  Just natural beauties.

Ahhhh it is time for my flight into the Amazon jungle.  Get ready piranha, here I come!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Peru Adventure 2014 is off to an eventful start!

The trip to Peru is off to an eventful start.  Nothing ever seems to come easily when it comes to international travel for me.  It is always an adventure. 

 My last flight to Peru in 2012 was a nightmare.  Canceled flights.  Missed flights.  Nineteen hours, six flights, four states and three countries later I made it. Read about the first flight adventure here! This flight experience was not nearly as bad luckily.  Still not perfect though.  The flight from DFW to Lima was scheduled for 5pm local time.   Well there were problems with the plane and next thing we know the flight is pushed back to 9pm.  Four hours! 

Read about the flight adventure from my first Peru trip

 A nice meal at Cantino Laredo helped ease the pain.  Back to the gate to board for the 9:00.   Not quite.  Pushed back to 9:30.   Then pushed back to 9:45.  Finally we get on board.  Off to Peru right? Not quite.  We sit there. And sit there. Thirty minutes later the captain comes over the intercom and says a passenger did not show up for the flight but they have a bag on board and the FAA will not allow a bag without a passenger.  Makes sense for sure, but more wait time. Finally at 10:30 we take off headed for Lima.  

Ready for a good in flight movie I was.  Only to realize the movie something called Austenland.  Seriously?  A chick-flick about a nerdy girl that goes to an English estate to recreate an 18th century British novel? Now what does a plane 90% full of South Americans want with an Old English chick-flick.  

tried to watch, but could only take thirty  minutes before I about died of boredom.   And that was it.  No other entertainment at all.  A six and a half hour flight with one crappy ninety minute movie.  No second movie.  Not even a few sitcoms thrown in. Just a yellow screen that said "three hours to Lima." Oh well.  I guess for every wonderful experience in life we must have a small bit of suffering.  For a few days down the Amazon River and a week in the Cuzco area with the wonderful Inca sites this was a small task to endure. Bring on Peru!