Peru & Bolivia

Lima, 7.6 million people, located right on the Pacific

Oh was nice to finally fly the time again! From Mexico to Ecuador, we are only traveled by buses, except for the steel rat from Panama to Colombia. The distance from Quito to Lima was us just a little too big for a bus trip and therefore we have booked a flight. This luxury :-) ! Although the waiting times are also annoying, but once again walk with the rich sheikhs through the duty free shops was great!

In Lima itself we were only two nights and one day. The city is divided into several huge and district. We were stationed in Miraflores and Barranco also have in addition to this district expired. Beautiful area with many expensive undendlich Housings, beautiful balconies and thick carts in the garages, beautiful parks and sea view. The rest of the 7.6 million inhabitants of Lima lives not quite so decadent! It is also interesting that 1/3 of the total Peruvian population lives in the capital, and this is the second driest city to Cairo in the world!

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Huacachina, 200 inhabitants

From Lima we are 5 hours south down to Ica to visit the lagoon and the Sanddühnen of Huacachina. And during this bus ride is actually happening. I was the victim of an attempted theft! The pig! My new backpack that I had placed a lack of space between my legs, was slashed. And I did not notice? Yes, I know, actually, the backpack always heard on the lap, not in your hand luggage rack and not on the floor. But as I said, the seats were so close! A bus Asked pointed out to me that it would be better to put the backpack on the lap, what I then did. A few minutes later that I noticed this:

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I do not know to this day why the lady has just spoken to me out there were also other gringos on board. Probably it has something observed or received a tip. Anyway, it was missing NOTHING! Probably the objects were too big fish out to them under the seat or the thief behind me was disturbed. In any case, a blessing in disguise and minus a backpack :-) !

Huacachina is a giant playground and weekend destination for many locals as well as a Touriattraktion. There are dozens of sand buggys how stupid the dunes up and down in a lousy race pace! Again and again, the buggies, allow passengers to fly on wooden boards head first down the dunes. A great fun :-) . The trip was rounded off with an impressive sunset!

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On the second day we tried our sand-boarding. We were able to pick up the boards and boots at 11 clock and then trudge the dune high. Pretty soon it was clear that this was not our best idea during lunch time at about 35 degrees. The heads were quickly blazing red and the strength was. We tried a few races, but you can not slide on sand long as supple as down on snow. Also, turning only under enormous efforts was possible. So we gave up after about 1 ½ hours and spent another half hour trying to get the sand out of every crack :-)

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Cuzco, 350,000 inhabitants, 3300 meters above the sea.

With the luxury night bus from Cruz del Sol (own screen, blanket, pillow and something like a stewardess), we drove 17 hours to Cuzco. A beautiful city, strictly speaking, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the entire continent! Cuzco was once the most important Inca stronghold and can be seen in and around the city several ruins and walls coming from the Incas.

The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 changed Cuzco but more than anything else since the arrival of the Spaniards. Today, it is lined with the tour provider, alpaca clothing shops, exchange offices and equipment for Treckingbekleidung. At least when the streets look like this:

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... It is clear that you are in the vicinity of a wonder of the world. If have opened a restaurant then even Starbucks and KFC, all is actually lost :-). But at least, nicely integrated without logo or other advertising in the colonial facades.

Whether tourist or not, Cuzco really has a lot to offer historically, beautiful viewpoints, impressive streets and a huge selection of crafts and cuisines from around the world.

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Mercado San Pedro

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This luscious dish gave it for 1 franc

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a few steps through the steep streets are over 3000 meters to the effort already!

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Wall Art at Casa Simona

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Everyone wants to sell you something ... Andy first sunglasses, pictures, socks, and suddenly come more quotes like: Weed, Cocaine, good party?

Not only for the Swiss police, he apparently fits visually into the typical drug user image :-)

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Once again I am in love with a dog. But this time in my absolute dream dog, a Golden Cocker! That's really, I've googled! So if even a dog, then as a:

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Töggeli-night tournament

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Machu Picchu

Of course, we were for a reason in Cuzco: The nearby Inca city of Machu Picchu.

So we do not have to drive all the way by train from Peru Rail, as this is totally overpriced, and the revenue flowing into the pockets of American entrepreneurs, we decided for a more complicated and longer version. We went by bus about 6 hours from Cuzco to Santa Maria. As we climbed into a taxi, some of us in the trunk!, And are 1 ½ hours down gravel road with great views into the depths up to Santa Teresa. After 10 minutes of driving, the driver was so nice, and has a lady charged with luggage because the luggage compartment with five backpacks and I have not yet been fully completed. The only positive was that I saw the dangerous streets sections and other obstacles, always only when they were already over :-)

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Once in Santa Teresa, you can either three hours along the tracks walk to Aguas Calientes, or like us, take the train. Exactly, although again the same overpriced Scheisszug, but from the side, only 1/3 as expensive and 1/3 as long. Approx. 45 minutes later we arrived thus in the mountain village of Aguas Calientes. A small, unfinished mountain village, which has adapted to the 1-day tourism. The hostels are very scantily furnished, all 5 feet will be offered one a great Thai massage and the food is more expensive than in the rest of the country, but rather inedible. There is also in Aguas more pizzerias than in all of Rome. Someone has probably once told that tourists like to eat pizza. And what's obvious to offer than pizza when the 10 neighboring restaurants do exactly the same? -> Peruvian logic. Also very striking is the large collection of Asian tourists. We were sure that Japan must be like swept clean!

From Aguas out you can either one or two hours up the mountain hike up to Machu Picchu, or take the bus. There and back costs 18 USD, which is about as much as a 10-hour bus trip through Peru. That all prices in USD are written, and not as in the rest of the country in Soles, speaks for itself.

Queue to the buses, in the morning at 7:

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Nevertheless, it is worth the trip and the ruins are incredibly impressive. Or as we find, not necessarily the ruins themselves, but the situation. The height of the mountains, the vastness of the Andes, even more breathtaking. Next to the entrance to the ruins themselves we also had a ticket to the Machu Picchu Montana, so we have moved the stone stairs of the ruins (2360 meters above sea level) up to the peak on (2960 meters high). It takes a little over an hour, and you breathe and breathe, but somehow in vain? It whistles and panting and is just insanely hard. Since the coca leaves did not help much that we got on the road offers. More proud we were when we reached the top:

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and arrived back down at the ruins:

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The Incas have worked in between some sloppy:

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On the way back back to Cuzco, we then selected the faster version with a longer train ride, but early in the morning, as prices then are only half as expensive as the afternoon. So we again spent a night in our nice hostel and enjoyed a gourmet pizzas :-)

On the way back towards Cuzco, we have inserted a stop in Ollantaytambo. Again, there are ruins of the Incas to see as well as ancient city walls with narrow, cobblestone streets. Walking through this town you get the feeling that nothing has apart from WIFI access in the last 700 years changed!

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Pisac, 2000 inhabitants, 2715 meters above sea

On our last day in Peru, we went to Pisac, an hour from Cuzco. The village has a hint of very spiritual, with a large selection of dream catchers, Reiki, Yoga, Ayuhuasca ceremonies etc. Some tourists stay longer than planned, looking for something new or for oneself However, we were more at the Sunday market interested in the traditional costumes and handicrafts, eating, and the countryside around the city.

First we were in funny Café Blue Llama

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What's there to see? No, just he never falls on :-) ...

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These cool things call themselves Toritos (little bulls)

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In the evening we got on the night bus from Cuzco to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. The journey has begun confident and calm, but was interrupted by 7 clock in the morning by a road blockade. We were informed by the driver that the people here have placed several kilometers repeatedly stone blocks and our journey to Copacabana for about 3 hours away is suspended until further notice. There we stood, in the middle of nowhere near the village of July, without food or drink, with verschiessenem, occupied by flies, Busklo.

So we tried to make the best of the situation, which looked like this:

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The other side:

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The evil stone blockade:

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After a while our French group leader, baptized by us Napoleon tried to negotiate with the protesters. We wanted to ensure that the paths for the tourist buses are exposed, as they can hardly be blamed for the rise in bus prices of the locals. Napoleon was so insistent that he could even talk to the "president" of the demonstration, but was put off again and again.

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The negotiations over the prices were in any city currently in progress, and we must be patient. Again and again we have heard voices, who have said that this blockade is not expected to be resolved date 6 clock in the morning the following day. Many people have already made their way on foot to attack, and after 7 hours waiting and hoping, even we, along with 5 other fellow sufferers, decided to run. So we strapped our house on the back and are losgewandert. After about 30 minutes we found a shop that sold us bread and Coke, what we have swallowed gratefully. Some time later we were able to persuade a villager to drive us with his station wagon to the next, not passable by car road blockade. Convinced of our price offer us the man has moved on a few miles, on a route that we would have never made it with our luggage.

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After the last blockade were minibuses, who drove us to the border, where we are (right here close the border crossings at 19.00 clock yes) arrived 30 minutes before closing. After crossing the border, another minibus brought us up to Copacabana and with about 8 hours late we arrived at the beautiful Hotel cupula. We could not believe our eyes when we read in the menu "Fondue de queso para dos". With tearful eyes we have enjoyed the class and Fondue are then fell exhausted into bed. In our coach were some passengers who had the next morning had a connecting flight to LaPaz. We still do not know whether the blockades were resolved, or when the bus was able to continue and if these people have their flight still caught. Moreover, it was in the bus at night determined really cold, and food was probably nothing.

Summary Peru

Population: 29.5 million

Duration: 02/13/14 to 02/24/14

Used beds: 4 + 2 bus seats

 

Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, 54,000 inhabitants, 3800 meters above sea

Copacabana is not a beautiful city, very touristy and rather boring. However beautiful the view from the mountain "Cerro Calvario" on the huge lake, and our hotel with a garden was perfect to relax for 3 days and to enjoy the sun.

View from the garden of the hotel:

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A few backpackers:

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From here we took a day trip to the Isla del Sol, where we hiked to the south side 4 hours from the north side, and then chugged with an incredibly slow boat back to Copacabana.

On the island we have Giusi learned from Olten, also on a long journey, who has worked a building next to Andy, and as we have found some of the same friends like us :-) . Ah, Switzerland is sooooo small! Since we are traveling together, more or less, and enjoy it again to chat Schwizerstrasse Dütsch and also to speak of the home.

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La Paz, Bolivia's government headquarters, 1.4 million inhabitants, 3660 meters above sea

On the way to La Paz:

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TÜV Pending:

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Here are perceived 90% of the cars Toyota station wagon, and almost always white ... I find super :-)

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normal crossing:

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The next day we drove 4 hours to La Paz, in the middle of the carnival! The officially lasts a few days, but innoffiziell about two weeks. Everyone, and I mean everyone is armed with water pistol, water balloons and foam spray! The processions and panels were somehow a minor matter, what matters is who has how many wet and foamy spray. Obviously there were tourists welcome victims, because usually unarmed and Protruding from the crowd. So you could choose to either a rain jacket and ammunition armed pull in the Big War, or seek shelter in the courtyard of the hostel.

On Sunday, Andy and Giusi rode the bike the famous Death Road down what looked like this:

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Fortunately, both came back unharmed, but they have mitgekriegt like a biker had already strayed a few meters after the start of the road and thankfully got caught in the bushes. How did that happen, they have not figured out, but judging by the screams, she survived!

I found that I was involuntarily experience already enough "death roads", and therefore opted for an ego day in La Paz (the first time in almost 6 months, at which Andy and I were separated for a whole day, that's not crass ? And we still dear, what is even more glaring :-) ). However, my ego day was a bit uncomfortable because I always had to change the side of the road and take a different path, to escape the gunmen. Once on this day I dared to take the camera out of the backpack. After I had assured me that far and no other people were to be seen, I wanted to photograph on the opposite side of the street a house. As a car drives by and splashes with this shit foam spray out of the window directly on the lens and my head. Grrrrrrrr. On the way back I was even attacked by a group of pubescent boys and back at the hostel, I decided not to leave the building :-) . As soon as it was dark, the armed knuckleheads were not so much, but the alcohol level increased at the slightly older all the more. Again and again men were sleeping on the sidewalk, some still with foam spray in hand :-) !

Apart from Carnival Chaos and the rest of La Paz is quite a mess. Far too many cars trying without any rules to get through the streets, too many power cables, too many fumes and buildings that fall apart soon. A friend has described the city as "in your face" what we can definitely confirm. However, the traffic problem is to be improved in the near future, when the world's largest cable car system is put into operation. It connects the center of La Paz with the city of El Alto about 10km with 11 stations, 427 cabins and a capacity of 18,000 passengers per hour. In addition, next time should the minibuses are replaced by proper buses called Puma Qatari buses, which should provide even more order. Who knows, maybe the city does so next year already quite a different impression.

However, there are now already calmer and more beautiful corners, but due to the carnival we have seen less than we wanted. The Museo de Coca was probably our highlight, and the Coca candies we bought there was an interesting experiment. The tongue was slightly numb, and as soon as I had my sweet in the mouth, Andy has the idea already regretted :-) ! I remained as calm as ever and we do not have striking patterns :-) detected because it would take probably still a line real powder.

That had to once again be: hash browns & Spaetzle:

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Witches Market:

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After a few days we wanted from La Paz to Sucre, drive to the capital, however, which again was more difficult than expected, as a result of the carnival most of the buses were not running. Apparently all bus drivers are drunk and it would be better still two days to stay in the city. We then still found a company that offered a night bus to Potosi. We bought two tickets with thanks, and after arriving in Potosi at 6 clock found a next bus which took us another 4 hours to get to Sucre.

Sucre, capital of Bolivia, 215'800 inhabitants, 2710 meters above sea

Sucre is the flagship city of Bolivia, is since 1991 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The center is beautifully white with leg-printing, colonial architecture, many socially engaged restaurants and handicraft shops and a huge cemetery. One can see that the richer society here at home. Apparently most of the money flowing from the mines in Potosi in the pockets of the people of Sucre.

In preparation for our next destination, we have the movie "A Devil's Miner" looked at a bar. A recommended film about the sad and hard life of the miners, in the case of a 12-year-old boy.

Sucre is a lot calmer and more manageable than La Paz and we could have stayed here longer. Also, this cozy B & B Casa Verde have made it difficult to continue his journey.

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Also a good taste in music they have in the capital:

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Has anyone ever seen Coca-Cola Shoes? I think I'm not as up to date :-(

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Potosi, 175,000 inhabitants, 4070 meters above sea

The Spaniards discovered the Cerro Rico and its minerals and founded in 1545 the city of Potosi. There was so much silver and other minerals found that the richest city in all of America was. At the time of the silver boom at the beginning 17th century Potosi was even one of the largest and most important cities in the world. The mountain was the main source of Spanish silver, and even today the city of silver and tin deposits of Cerro Rico is dependent. From 1572 has begun to dominate in Potosi coins, which were shipped from here to the whole world.

1611 lived approximately 120,000 people in the city, where 13,000 were working underground and the others were, for example, for the pre-work and acting with food, timber and Coca responsible, as well as for the removal of silver.

In Spanish, there are apparently still a saying "vale and Potosi" which roughly means such as: It's worth a fortune.

The Cerro Rico is 4800 meters high and is said to have died up to 8 million therein. Explosions or other accidents Those who have survived the work, but usually die far too early on so-called quartz dust lungs. Although it has long been prohibited by law, including children working in the mines. Everyone, including the children who chew coca leaves during the work continuously to drive hunger and be able to work longer. potosi44.jpg

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On the first day in Potosi, we visited the museum "Casa de la Moneda". In this huge building, the silver coins were minted earlier that made their way into the world. The process of extracting minerals in the mines up to the lettering of the silver coins and the strenuous conditions of the workers were represented.

The next day we booked a mine tour. We drove to the "Miners Market", where the workers dynamite and coca leaves buy, saw so-called mine villages, right on the mountain, where some of the workers live in very rustic houses without heating to over 4000 meters. The most interesting was the two-hour tour into the mines, crouching or sometimes crawling through the narrow aisles, a few hundred meters into the mountain. Here it is up to 40 degrees hot and biting, unhealthy stench and the 4000 meters in a protective cloth over the nose, making breathing extremely difficult and any movement to the effort.

You get a good impression of the inhumane working conditions in a mine and can imagine how stressful it must be to work in this mountain up to 12 hours straight!

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Tio & I:

The miners believe in God on the one hand, but also to Tio, the devil of the mountain. Him pray and sacrifice him alcohol, cigarettes and coca leaves and hope thus to push on silver or zinc and remain unharmed:

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After this experience we went further west by bus to Uyuni.

Uyuni, 20,000 inhabitants, 3670 meters above sea

Had the tourists not here, you'd think one would be in the middle of a Western movie. The area is like a ghost town and has adjusted fully to tourism. After one night of our three-day tour began at the Salt Flats, and other wonders of nature.

The tour started with a visit to a train cemetery, where many steam locomotives and wagons to their full resolution against rust.

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Next, we went to the Salar de Uyuni, a 160 km long and 135 km wide salt flat, and thus the largest of the Earth. This salt lake is dried up about 10,000 years ago and now serves the salt production and of course as a tourist attraction. The incredible white expanses distort the perception of distances and dimensions, making such images arise:

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You can imagine that I would have an infinite number of other ideas for funny pictures, but unfortunately we had to go sometime ...

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Fish Iceland with giant cacti:

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The second night we spent six of us in one room. In the property there were two pit toilets without flushing and neither shower nor sink, and for a total of about 30 people :-) . The smell in the bathroom was stunning, as well as the desert dust in the face and the hair :-) . There were a hot spring, and to whom the outside temperature of about 5 degrees not mind, could enjoy a wonderful bath at sunset:

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The landscape in this part of Bolivia is truly unique and a highlight of our trip.

On the third day we were unloaded at the border with Chile, where a bus was waiting for us, which took us 30 minutes to remove San Pedro de Atacama. Herein, we stay one night until the morning we drive to Salta in Argentina. From there we fly to Buenos Aires and take our mums on Sunday and my swear in reception!!!! But more on that next time :-)

Summary Bolivia

Population: 9.8 million

Duration: 02/25/14 to 03/13/14

used Beds: 7 + 1 night bus

Thanks to this site for the lovely comments on our website and the nice feedback via email. We would be happy if her and cast a look on our experiences and hope that you just as often to us as we think of you :-)

Big hug, Carol & Andy aka Carolina Munos and Sancho Panza.

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Colombia & Ecuador, from the Caribbean coast to the Andes to the south, with a detour to the Galapagos Islands

Colombia

Cartagena, 945,000 inhabitants

On January 6, has given us the Stahlratte safely at the port of Cartagena ausgeladen.Eine extremely colorful and magnificent city has taken charge of us are the colonial buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries with the floral ornate balconies in the old town and in the neighborhood of Gethsemane well the best we have ever seen. This city has pulled us from the first second in its spell. Countless nice cafes, great restaurants, boutiques, galleries, parks, street vendors and much more. Along with nice acquaintances of the Stainless Steel Rat, we have come to know from all sides of the city. Your great vantage points, the museums, the expensive neighborhood Boca Grande with the skyscrapers and the beach, markets and shopping areas of the locals as well as countless other interesting streets and corners.

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Massaaasch senor? oh no no no gracia, muy amable, pero no gracias:

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ohhh ok ok .... ohhhh this is soooo good:

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Santa Marta, 426'000 inhabitants

From Cartagena, we are about 4 hours northeast drove to Santa Marta, also on the Caribbean coast. The city is smaller and not quite as impressive as Cartagena, but definitely has its charm too.

Business idea for Muzzis?

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From here we are 1 hour east down with a much too tight and uncomfortable bus to the entrance of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On foot you can visit here many beautiful beaches. After about 3 hours of walking to get to Cabo San Juan, for eg, a paradisiacal spot in this world. Unfortunately, this is no longer a secret, and then at the time was also a national holiday. But even if we were not the only visitors are the beaches in Tayrona Park some of the best we have ever seen. However, the flows in these creeks are almost everywhere so unpredictable and dangerous that swim with extreme caution is to enjoy. Time and again people killed.:

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most beautiful campsite in the world?

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Even if the sea thus not really ideal for swimming, it's definitely worth visiting the beaches of this National Park. Alone the many trails hide some secrets and there is much to discover.

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A few days later, we have made us with a huge group of other tourists on the way to Ciudad Perdida. A four-day hike through the jungle of the Sierra Nevada. A partially extremely strenuous and steep path, but by an impressive landscape and endless vistas. In addition to the hour-long hike over hill and dale, it was, especially for me, as great a challenge to stay overnight for the first time in a hammock. It was cool, loud snoring by neighbors, and somehow restrictive with all the warm blankets and mosquito net over the hammock. The fact that we "go to hammock" just before a scorpion on one of the ropes have seen her sitting, the situation has not exactly improved.

After 3 hours of sleep we went on the second day ie in the direction of "Lost City". The second and third night we stayed in something like an open air Dorm what I have, however, felt more comfortable than some.

On the 3rd day we have finally found the city to be the first people in history to be understood why the place now since 1/15/14 "found the city" is J!

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The efforts have paid off, the view was stunning:

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The city was built between the 11th and 14th centuries by the people of Tayrona. At one time this people were hunted down and wiped out by the Spaniards and the city disappeared for a very long time in the jungle. Only in 1975 it was rediscovered and exposed. Ciudad Perdida is located at 950 - 1300 meters and is to Machu Picchu, the second largest pre-Columbian cities.

Today, still 3 indigenous peoples in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, including the Kogi that we have encountered on our way again and again live. One of them has even taken an hour to tell us their stories and rituals, which was incredibly interesting course.

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Kogi Wikipedia

Ciudad Perdida Wikipedia

After a few days of recovery in Santa Marta (we had sideways down the stairs and were able to put only with great pain loo) went there by bus 12 hours south to San Gil. The city looks like a Swiss mountain town but with too much traffic. The region around San Gil is best known for her wide range of sporting activities such as cycling, paragliding, river rafting, etc. However, we still had to recover from the hike and were apart of tours for nothing to have.

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Villa de Leyva, 9600 inhabitants

After San Gil we drove 4 hours to the southwest to Villa de Leyva. An extremely quiet and clean colonial town founded in 1572 and consists solely of two-storey buildings. The place is destination for the wealthier layer of Bogota, as the journey takes only four hours here. The pretty town is surrounded by beautiful scenery and hiking trails and is probably also the case of foreigners at a premium. Many gringos are building their house or buy a place to stay for retirement. You can really imagine longer here to stay or will definitely be back. There are countless cafes and a variety of desserts, fine restaurants, museums, galleries, great hotels and small boutiques. Until now it has still managed not only known chain store up to this point, and hopefully it stays that way. Also, for our friend Ted, we still had in their luggage, this was a reason to stay two weeks in the city and to study the real estate market J.

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No matter where we are, the dogs love Andy ... :-)

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Cowboys ...

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In near Villa de Leyva is the world's largest Tonhaus the world, built and partly inhabited by a Colombian artist:

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Bogota, 7.4 million inhabitants, 2600 meters above sea

For us, the trip went after a few days in the beautiful Villa de Leyva continued to Bogota. Shock! After this rest, nature and car-free city of Bogota was stunning not only because of the altitude. It was cold, noisy, dirty and crowded with people. Ordinary capital haltJ. But the Bogota also has quite her beautiful pages. The students Candelaria district is dotted with hostels, extremely cheap bars and restaurants, theaters, museums, and trendy boutiques.

Especially the Sunday flea market in the center was interesting and entertaining, and the world's largest gold museum also has impressed us. We also went for months again in the cinema, for CHF 6. When we saw the huge poster for the Oscar-nominated "El lobo de Wall Street" with Leonardo Di Caprio, who was still only shown in English with Spanish subtitles, the case was clear. And we were not disappointed!

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Find the error:

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For 12 francs I have gotten a couple of suitable height, warm shoes. Pimped down to my style:

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Guinea pigs betting on the street (at least we have not seen in Colombia not grilled)

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Photos Gold Museum:

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Colombia has us really excited and we can recommend to travel to this country highly enough. Unfortunately, Colombia has probably a similar problem like Mexico, because most of these countries combine with negative headlines about drug cartels and guerrilla fighters. Only these problems are now largely solved or the situation has improved, at least in most regions.

I also want to mention that Colombia was the first country where neither on the beach, drugs were offered to us nor in any one city. In any other country we have up to now always be able to buy everything. If you do not mean that in Colombia not everything is available, but that's probably a sign that the country is generally not as touristy as Central America, and not set the locals too firmly to the lucrative drug sales to tourists apart have.

On the subject of coke, a hostel is in my opinion extremely well expressed on his website:

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Colombia has so much to offer, climb of a beautiful Caribbean coast to mountain towns, river rafting and glacier and rides like a cowboy, of great coffee to delicious arepas. And all this at extremely affordable prices.

Well, but now ready raved and stay on the bus from Bogota 9 hours south to Cali once and then fetch the next 11 hours night bus to the border in Ipiales, Taxi, stamp, Taxi, Breakfast in Tulcan and from the bus after Eduador towards Quito, another 5 hours.

Summary Colombia:

Population: 47 million

Duration: 01/06/14 to 01/29/14

Used Beds / Hammocks / open air mattresses: 10

Ecuador

Quito, 1.8 million inhabitants, 2850 meters above sea

The first 3 nights we were in New Town, also known as the Mariscal district or Gringolandia! Here is lined with the hostels, laundries, restaurants, clubs and karaoke bars. Until now I've never seen outside of Asia such a density of karaoke bars! The most amazing thing is that all bars and clubs also usually are full, Fridays, for example, already afternoon by four clock. However, the share of gringos is rather low compared to the local Party Kids.

Quito has much more to offer than Gringolandia! It is the highest capital in the world and is located 20 kilometers south of the equator. There are countless museums, a lot of parks with playgrounds and sports facilities, as well as an old town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From different viewpoints you can offer an impressive overview of this seemingly endless city.

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Prices in Quito and Ecuador in general are enormously deep. A haircut costs just 2 -, an empanada 1 -, a ride on the bus 0.25 -., And also the Cafecito's for only a Dollarito!

for all the cupcake lovers ... they were delicious!

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There are soooo many bakeries with perverse offer:

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Nutella ice cream in a chocolate cup:

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Otavalo, 40,000 inhabitants, 2550 meters above sea

From Quito we took a trip into the 2 hours north town in Otavalo, for there is one store on Saturday with a huge selection of handicrafts and local specialties:

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Already in Central America, we noticed that people are extremely on the "ropa americana", so all the clothes brands that originally come from America. In Otavalo, it seems downright to be a must to carry at least one, probably the most fake, Hollister or Abercrombie Sweat jacket or shirt. The women were mostly traditionally dressed with skirts and golden necklaces, plus a cuddly Hollister hoodie. On every other street corner, there was a corresponding stall with good and less good copies, but we have even seen real boutiques, obviously nachgeahnt from shopfitting and even the scent forth the great role model. Here, then, were the prices "original" is to be hoped that it is the quality and origin also.

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Galapagos consisting of 13 main islands and about 100 small and tiny islands

In Quito we have a long morning travel agencies scoured looking for the best deal for a Galapagos tour and have finally something "affordable" found. Ridiculous 2,200 francs per person cost us the eight-day tour, including airfare. That's a fortune for us, but if you know that this boat normally with flight costs 4'000-on, then it does not hurt quite so :-) .

We also had an uncanny luck with the eight other passengers, our guide Patricia from Switzerland, and 6 crew members. They were all extremely nice and interesting people from all over the world!

Andy with the birders Pamela and David from Canada:

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The extraordinary and unique scenery and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands are a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and are protected by the National Park. As soon as one enters the first island it becomes evident that one is at a unique place in this world as in another universe. These islands include sea lions, iguanas, birds, turtles and hundreds of other living beings. Most plants and animals on this archipelago are endemic and all live in freedom.

Some islands are inhabited though, most people are here but only visitors that are accepted patiently by the animals. Accordingly, we have also never seen such clean beaches.

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sometimes we had to wait patiently until the bridge to the boat was passable :-)

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This small and large sausages with face are just incredibly cute. The hang out all day, side by side or one above the other and make sounds that we call "submitter" only know of :-) . Oh yes, now and then she still climb and since all only feed on fish, you already smell it from a distance:

The underwater world was overwhelming:

suddenly a sea lion swims past ...

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then a penguin:

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a small shark:

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an iguana:

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and then THIS!!

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our home, The Beagle:

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our messy nice room :-) :

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and vieeeeele more photos to the Galapagos Islands can be found here as always here :

Summary Ecuador:

Population: 16 million

Duration: 01/30/14 to 02/13/14

Used Beds: 4

Then we desperately want to mention that Andy is since 29/01/14 the proud godfather of Maxine Machete Tellenbach! Congratulations again to the place where the parents Kile and Adi, and for the sweet twin sister!

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See you soon, best regards from Peru!

Honduras, Nicaragua, Cosa Rica, Panama, Stahlratte

The last time we reported that we have successfully completed the Open Water Dive Course. After that we made on Roatan a wreck and a night dive, which was absolutely new and overwhelming. The underwater world you can hardly put into words that must be experienced.

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Subway dive shop, Roatan

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After a wonderful dinner in Mark and Alexandra went home the next day by bus to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.

Soon after I said to Andy, that although we have already experienced some uncomfortable rides, death-defying drivers and road blockades, we had miraculously despite the poor road conditions have never had a glitch. And since wars: Pfpfpfpfpfpfpfpf ... glorious. About 45 minutes later, the trip went but already more :-) . However, for me it was too long and I felt the urge again in AC / DC backward step and air guitar playing up the aisle and jump down.

Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, about 1 million inhabitants

Since Tegucigalpa somewhere heads the list of the world's most dangerous cities almost to San Pedro Sula, we also have a room reserved in advance. When we found the hotel at 20.30 clock, we were greeted by staff pointed out, start moving quickly if we still want to eat something, since everything closes at 21.00 clock. However, only up to the next street where there are some fast food chains, continue in any case. Said and done and this city did not make it to convince us that he should stay another night.

Summary Belize & Honduras

Duration: 11/19/13 to 12/06/13

used beds: 7

Managua, capital of Nicaragua, also nearly 1 million inhabitants

Meanwhile, we have learned from our experiences of Central American cities and wanted from the beginning only one night in Managua spend. Unfortunately, were the "mi corazon songs" slowly but surely replaced by the "Feliz Navidad songs" and so it was that almost all hostels and cheap hotels were booked, mainly because traveling locals. After about an hour of searching we are but then found it, but have also found here in the immediate vicinity of the property nothing but fast food chains. Not only in the history of all Central American countries, but also in the presence of the United States have all their finger in it and smell good money.

Léon, 145,000 inhabitants

On December 7 was probably something like Assumption and quite Nicaragua for 2 days in a state of emergency. So to catch a bus from Managua to Leon was an interesting Patience and scramble sample.

Léon is a small tourist gem with a very interesting history and the largest in Central America apparently Cathedral. Since we during two holidays were as I said there, there was already the afternoon state of emergency and all residents and tourists were extremely drinkable.

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The next day we went to the Cerro Negro volcano, the "Vulcano boarding". After a hike to the volcano we whizzed on a wooden board sitting back down. At the end of the following video you can hear pretty well how much debris and rubble flew to the fixed camera on the head, and consequently everywhere else. Despite overalls and shirt my whole top, and everything else was full :-) . Only after the second time wash your hair, I had no more stones in the hairbrush :-)

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We also visited the small, slightly different museum de Revolucion. Here we were told by Mauricio aka comrade 1, the history and the revolutionary war of the people against the corrupt power. And who can do this as someone who was better on the front line?

With full of pride, he pointed to the fighters above the far right in the picture:

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More veterans waiting for visitors:

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Museum tour on the roof (from the roof was then also at war)

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Granada, 107,000 inhabitants

Granada is next Léon probably the most beautiful city of Nicaragua and probably the best known. A colonial splendor at Lago de Nicaragua. It is interesting that the one half of the city extremely revamped, entmüllt, restored and made tourist friendly by a wide selection of restaurants and nice bars. A few streets away, however, the atmosphere is quite different: traffic chaos, noise, garbage, street vendors, rundown houses and few tourists who also never notice :-) :

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the dressed-out page:

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And daaaaaaaaannnnnnnn we were there at the hostel. There was a rabbit's Mom and the babies had füüüüüüünf :-) !!!

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The here I wanted to put in the backpack. But after long discussions with Andy, I can convince myself that the Bunny goes better here.

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San Juan del Sur, about 8000 inhabitants

On the Pacific coast of Nicaragua lies the pretty village of San Juan del Sur surfers. Here we have tried to ride for the first time without a surf instructor a few waves. However, it was pretty clear to us that this is a completely different story :-) . If a no schupst in the right wave and shouts at the right moment "up", you spend much more time with it and herumzupaddeln to swallow salt water. A few times it has worked but then, so that we have the courage and the desire not lost :-)

How it looks when you can do it:

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more impressions of SJDS:

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Frodo at the hairdresser :-) for 2 francs:

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even the fresh orange juice in plastic bags, visit:

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On our last night here, we booked a night tour to La Flor, a bay located about 45 minutes from SJDS to watch turtles. Even alone in the moonlight on that pristine beach was to be stunning, but when we were suddenly watching out of nowhere dozens of baby turtles as they way out of the sand to the surface shoveled free, and then laboriously to move towards the sea was simply indescribable. About an hour later we were able to experience even as an adult turtle came out of the sea to lay their eggs on this beach. We were sitting less than two feet away from her and hear how she panted hard as she over several minutes, a small cave scooped free to lay then in the eggs. Apparently reached 1000 eggs only just an animal, the adult age. La Flor is one of the most important nesting areas in the world, but the most spectacular are the amazing Arribados (Arrivals), when thousands of turtles arrive simultaneously and fill the beaches.

In order to protect the juveniles mainly of dogs and birds, the eggs are collected after the filing of the reserve and stored in large sandbags until the small hatch. It will look like this:

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The next day we went with the chicken bus to the border to Costa Rica:

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If the buses are empty, they look like this:

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And some stops later, they are so full that you can not make more photo. At some godforsaken crossroads we had to change the bus. That is, we were able to push ourselves while driving with our backpacks through all the people and were out the back door while the bus rolled on, let out.

Some time and some rain later, then actually passed another Chicken bus, which responded to our Wave and slowed, but not stopped! This time we were the last who would still pure, so our packs were lifted onto the roof and we pushed through the door. My butt was up to the limit in the fresh air :-)

Summary Nicaragua

Duration: 12/06/13 to 12/19/13

Used Beds: 4

La Fortuna, Costa Rica, 8000 inhabitants

The town of La Fortuna is located in the Arenal Volcano. Here we stayed in a noble tent, so to speak, "Glamping", with sanitary facilities nearby.

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In this region you can all kinds of activities and adventures book tours for a lot of money, as well as hiking, biking, zip lining, rafting, wakeboarding etc. Mainly for reasons of price, we have opted for a first-hike to the waterfall La Fortuna de la Catarata:

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and on the way a dog with dreadlocks made:

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As well as a hike through the jungle to Vulcano Arenal made:

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After a long relaxing hot springs in the journey the next day went via San José to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. A beautiful town that has set with dozens of souvenir shops and several restaurants on the many tourists. The village itself has no spectacular beach, but if you rent a bike and further south, pedaling towards Panama, then you will find wonderful quiet beaches such as Punta Uva:

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On December 25, we traveled on to Almirante in Panama to get the ferry to Bocas del Toro.

on the way to Panama:

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Bridge from Costa Rica to Panama:

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Summary Costa Rica

Duration: 12/19/13 to 12/25/13

Used Beds: 3

All in all, Costa Rica is certainly very impressive, with a huge range of stunning beaches, great surfing spots, jungles, volcanoes, and a paradise for active sports.

Originally Costa Rica became rich from the export of coffee and then through the banana boom. United Fruit Company was the largest employer, which meant that migrant workers from Jamaica and Nicaragua came into the country. After all the plantations were destroyed by a fungal disease of banana plants, the production moved to the Pacific coast and from then on was more set on ecotourism.

The strong influx of expatriates and retirees from the United States as well as tourists, can increase property prices and promotes expensive, geared to that market goods and services. Although foreigners providing much-needed investment, but also drive land prices up. Locals who are short on cash, will be left behind. In addition, Costa Rica had to realize that in eco-tourism is difficult to keep the balance between the profit motive and the environment!

Bocas del Toro, Isla Colon, Panama

Bocas del Toro is the provincial capital and is located on the largest and most developed island in the archipelago, Isla Colon. The town was rebuilt early 20th century by the United Fruit Company. A typical Caribbean town, but with a lot of traffic and waste on the streets.

Here we have made with rusty bicycles a trip to the beautiful beach Playa Bluff. The way there took almost an hour, was bumpy and exhausting had lost a flat tire and a pedal with a 1Gang bike and much more strenuous than Andy on the way back. :-)

jealous, we have observed this boy while surfing:

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Trip to another island of the archipelago, Isla Zapatilla:

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Isla Bastimentos:

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Monster Jenga with Pongi and Nicole from Bern:

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After a few days the journey went with a pit stop in the city of David on to Panama City.

Panama City, 880,000 inhabitants

For a long time we have once again seen a real skyline, huge shopping malls (greater than anything we have ever seen in the U.S.) expensive hotels and rich locals. On the other hand extremely poor neighborhoods, dirty and smelly streets and homeless. Here are some impressions:

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depend on friends:

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also rotate through all before New Year's Eve, when the supermarket at 1.1. is closed! In the white plastic bags is only MEAT!:

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We knew when making the reservation that in our hostel also has a city famous bar, but we were not really aware of what that means for our beauty sleep, and that our bed is only a few meters away from the dance floor.

After the New Year's Eve Beer Party we have laid us by 2 clock to bed. Here is a recording from January 1, 5.30, what the party still going on:

Pretty sleepy we have the "Must Do" in Panama City completed on January 1, the Panama Canal:

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About 50,000 workers were involved in the construction, including even a Brunner :-)

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The channel celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Since then, ships were already driving through over 1 million. The highest ever amount paid for this passage is somewhere around 440,000 USD!

The next day I had a fabulous birthday, when we finally have a shopping mall stormed felt since 10 years and eaten us across the whole candy offerings of the city :-) .

Then we met the nice Berner from Bocas again and spent a great night in a Rooftop Bar in Casco Viejo, as well as against the impressive skyline Panama City.

Unfortunately, there is no better picture emerged :-)

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After 3 hours of sleep we were picked up to go to San Blas. As we steel rat has taken delivery, built in 1903, the Netherlands:

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first all were and everything brought on board:

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The first two nights we spent in the midst of mostly uninhabited fantastic mini-islets.

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Ropeswing:

BBQ on the beach:

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After the second night and a boozy night before, then went 5am the actual clock, 24-hour journey on the open sea in the direction of Cartagena Colombia, go. The fun party sailing ship was suddenly a battlefield. One by one they crawled out of his bed on deck and thought he was the only one who feels like shit. But nothing here, except for the crew, me and a handful of other passengers have puked all throughout the day: Puke Festival 2014! Everywhere were pale faces on the ground, the beds and banks (I included) who wanted, on the eve not unpacked the rum or to have yet taken the aircraft :-)

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Storyteller Chuck:

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Disturbing noise Ausschlafer in Siesta:

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Insights into the interior of the Stainless Steel Rat:

Kitchen

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Living room

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our bedchamber

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my sleeping place of suffering for 12 hours:

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Was no matter how bad been a day too, this trip was an incomparable experience and we have interesting and kind people to know!

and when we arrived after 24 hours of suffering in the morning at 6 clock in Colombia, the world saw for the hardcore-Kotzer among us again beautifully from:

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So, that's it for now. Next time we tell what about Colombia.

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Carol & Andy

Revolucion, rain and Reunion

Posted from Bay Islands, Honduras.

So, where were we. We have booked a ticket from Cancun to Havana us and was so thrilled to get to know the largest island in the Caribbean.

Cuba, 11 million people, of whom 2.3 million alone in Havana main source of income: tourism

After a long wait at the airport in Cancun, a short flight and a very long waiting time again in Havana, we have arrived at our casa particulares in a madre. After we shot a few rounds first in the city, it was also clear to us why every passenger has brought about 10 packets into the country and why we have the baggage carousel waiting for our bags for nearly an hour. Everything was imported from walking sticks to microwaves to Playstation. The shops in Havana are all as good as empty and anywhere where there's something to buy or do, there's also long queues. Just before each bank and each currency exchange.

After us, the guide and the travel agent assured that you can pay anywhere easily with MasterCard, we were a little surprised at the airport in Havana that our card was not accepted. Of course, we have already gained such experience, and then just wanted to try out in the city's more. So we changed all our cash in Cuban pesos and go on a very long journey into the world of Cuban banks and cambios. Out of this nearly 48 hour trip could have been shooting a Hollywood blockbuster. A mix between anger management and Bonnie and Clyde.

Long story short: MasterCard is not the same as Mastercard. The key is the bank behind it. In our case, unfortunately somehow linked to America and that's why it was also all over the country no money for us. My personal highlight of our sightseeing tour banks was when I wanted to try with my MasterCard and my pass to my luck (although we have the same card it seemed to know that Andy's card did not work and my will). So I'm standing there in the currency exchange and rich the very friendly lady behind the bars full of anticipation my card and the pass. Having both been thoroughly tested and has consulted another charming lady for advice all the way to the four eyes principle, she announced to me that they can not accept my card. The problem is my name. In the pass, I call Carol Irina Müri on the master card unfortunately CAROL MÜRI. Hm you told me then that explains Müri and MÜRI is not the same. Again, I have to make her then tried clear that it "% points on the u are and that they ver &% & *" in capital letters no feature * can again be glad that we separate these bars. So I went back out and did Andy made with just a glance it clear that he will immediately pull the trigger his last cigarette, otherwise I can not guarantee anything.

So it was that our scheduled 10 day journey through Cuba has been shortened to three days Havana. After we have also tried to send itself via Western Union money, us the Lord of the Swiss Consulate but explained on the phone that Western Union in Cuba only works by living in America send money to their Cuban relatives and friends in Cuba, and he can help us with more than 600 francs emergency money to travel back to our homeland, we have given up.

The transfer of the flight then again cost 100 USD, which we really could pay our last cash. So all in all a short and intense trip and it was us once again made aware of what it means when you have no internet, your cell phone has no reception, and you have no chance to get cash. In a land before time.

But hey, we have seen Havana, which was really impressive. Although everything is extremely schizophrenic with this anti-America attitude but all the American cars on the road, Coca Cola in de restaurants and with the knowledge that most people only survive here, by giving them money via Western Union, which flows out of American companies .

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On the plane back to Mexico I was sitting next to a priest who had the biography of Mother Teresa lie on the lap. Since I was just glad that I have just finished my book before boarding and stowed in a backpack: My Horizontal Life, by Chelsea Handler (sorry, you read what you get at the hostels so, or what the others read as :-) )

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, 100,000 inhabitants

After the Cuban Odyssey we were both ready for a little vacation from our trip around the world :-) . In Playa del Carmen, we have found a super great and cheap rooms right on the beach. The town was exactly what we needed after all the cities without tourists and in off-season mode. Here it were stitched the bear :-) . an endless road with bars, restaurants, shops, and very many, mostly American tourists. Yes, even Victoria's Secret, Bershka and Zara have it up to here. Apparently saw the city a few years ago and completely different from the resorts as well as all other money-making blocks springing up like mushrooms. Investors are constantly working to down the coast. After Cancun Playa comes next and will probably Tulum are inundated by foreign retail chains.

Nevertheless, there are also opportunities in Playa avoid the overpriced restaurants and there are nice bars with live music and a nice beach. At Andy's birthday we were after nearly 10 years relationship for the first time alone in a club :-) have the average age down a bit up drunk 2for1 beer and wondered what would probably say some mothers, when they would see lolling at the moment her daughter on the counter :-) .

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The rest of Andy's Geburi we have spent trying to make a new outfit for Beach it together and met again with our surf buddy Ben from Puerto Escondido. Unfortunately's has also started to rain on the 3rd of November, and somehow no longer stopped since :-)

Tasty margaritas ....

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Birthday Outfit:

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Restaurant Muza and behind our room:

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impressive art by Daniel Lewis, who has also the restaurant and the rooms designed:

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Dia de los muertos:

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before departure:

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From Playa, we were bound to Laguna Bacalar, a large turquoise lake in a jungle region. Here we wanted to kayaking, wakeboarding and visit cenotes in the lake, but unfortunately everything was flooded something:

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So we just tried to take a trip with a mini sailboat. The captain was also the owner of the property and usually, we would already need to know how it ends, after he mentioned that he himself is sailing only since a few weeks and has had about 4 lessons with a buddy.

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After about an hour of boring gonna wind on the lake, no wind but with rain, kindly gave us a motorboat towed and pulled us back towards accommodation.

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Still pretty far out said our captain, that would be enough, and that we would make the rest of himself now. Wrong. There is still little or no windy, so we had all four paddle with our arms to the shore, so to speak, and then run emergency Investing in swimsuit and no shoes on the road to home. Really a great trip :-) , At least the captain has not dared to ask for money after the tour for :-)

Otherwise,'s in Bacalar was not really a bad weather program. We have tried to take a walk with the dog house, but since he had obviously never attended a dog training school, and a lot of stray dogs live in Bacalar, we turned around again soon. Somehow it was us not so well, as we stood there with the huge cattle on a leash and 4 teeth bared and snarling dogs in front of us!

but are'd's good for him :-) :

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Mahahual, Caribbean Coast

After Bacalar we are with Katja from Germany, who was with us on the boat :) , In a taxi driven by Mahahual by torrential rains. A dreamy little Caribbean village, which is only slightly active when one of the cruise ships arrive. Again, most restaurants and cafes were closed due to low season and there was not much to do with the bad weather. We slept in so-called beach cabanas. When we got there was also clear to me exactly what that means. There were quite a lot of mini houses, about 2 square meters small, with 1 bunk bed and barely room for 2 backpacks. So actually a wooden tent. That would also have been okay if it had not rained the whole time, and us, the mosquitoes would not have eaten. I have coped with the fact that under the bed sat a frog and I had to go in the dark to the bathroom, but after 2 nights and just a few hours of sleep I was served.

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So we went to the nearby hotel, which was conducted under the same name and have it were made a little upgrade. For our wooden tent we paid 20 francs for the wonderful hotel room 60 francs. But it was us then well worth it. We have enjoyed the most magnificent shower and the most comfortable bed since departure infinite :-)

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, 14'800 inhabitants, Caribbean Coast

Our bus from Mahahual to Tulum was about 3 hours late, because after a few meters, something was broken and we had to wait in the next village to another bus. So it was that we were waiting for nice encounters with the three other passengers on the roadside.

Actually, we are the last 2 weeks to Cuba only rumgeeiert in Mexico to surprise our dear David and Vanessa on November 13 :-).

We have booked near their hotel accommodation via airbnb, which we did not found even after 3 hours of intensive search. Yes, believe it or not, but no one knew who or where that is, and then when it was dark and in turn has begun to rain, we have searched the internet for another place to sleep.

These beach huts were right next to your hotel, so we have a short shower over sneaked to see if they are already sitting in the restaurant. According to our calculations, the two would have had to arrive approximately at 20.00 clock, and at the moment, as we're looking for the Reception, you get out of the car and can show by an employee of the surroundings. I have made a spectacular pike role behind the next palm tree and Andy was so petrified that he just went straight ahead, directly at the two over with fright. However, since it was pitch dark, and the two had a long journey, he went undetected :-)

After she had her room-related, we have made ourselves comfortable in the restaurant, knowing that David's stomach before sleeping 300% yet what needs to eat. But nothing there. Although David came time for the reception to ask a few questions about what we have of course seen everything, but the two just wanted to eat anything :-( . Since we did not want to disturb them again after the long trip, we went a little disappointed but still a lot of adrenaline in the blood also to bed.

After I woke Andy in the night in the middle to get our things together, if we must leave the hut emergency basis because it does not consider all the rain date, we went back to the hotel to the other to surprise at breakfast. Of course, we were the first, and it went for another hour until the nightcaps finally walked into the restaurant. Four large eyes stared at us and Topi asked completely outraged, what we do here :-) ! After solid hugs, tears and a two lots of laughter then we sat there for hours and have spoken!

breakfast reunion:

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Later we tried again our airbnb property to look for and these also have actually been found. Unfortunately, the house was not completely waterproof, it was hardly light, no hot water and no curtain, which is a bit stupid if right outside the door is a construction site and an after showering 4 construction workers watch (the bathroom was as it were in the bedroom and only the shower was walled by a 1.5 meter tall wall). So we have decided to cancel the booking, and since our friends had two huge beds in the room, we were invited to stay with you. Of course we did not get around it to pay the hotel for a bit, but at least we were right where they were and we spent 3 great days together. The almost 72 hours of rain have indeed challenged us something, but we knew how to deal with us and have countless rounds of UN played a lot of talk doofes stuff, dancing, singing and turned blurry videos.

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On the 3rd day but the sun finally came and we were able to consecrate the comfortable beach beds!

Yeaaaahhhh sun beach and Jack Nicholson :-)

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Our communities rooms :-)

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Topis Laundry:

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The time with you two in Tulum was unforgettable. Thanks again for the hospitality, the cloaca shower and that you are the way you are!

Summary Mexico:

Duration: 09/10/13 to 11/18/13 (3 days including Cuba)

use of beds: 20

Belize

On Sunday night we went to the night bus from Tulum to Belize City. That would actually take about 6 hours, but we lost at the border, in the middle of the night, almost 2 hours. Each country has certain rules and everyone wants a bit of money that you leave a country, or come into a new one. The rules and regulations are quite opaque and probably change according to the state of the moon. Since we wanted to go out of the way of any discussion, we paid $ 20 each, but there were some passengers on the bus who insisted on their rights and information about the exit. After unsuccessful discussions and explanations then the last one has been paid and we were finally on.

Caye Caulker, 1300 inhabitants, Caribbean

This also all know where Belize is located:

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From Belize City we went by ferry to Caye Caulker. Ever since Hurricane Hattie Caye Caulker split, it consists of 2 islands. We found on the southern island a Guest House, the northern island is mostly undeveloped and partly under nature protection.

The center is totally Caribbean, a bit sleepy and drunk, musical and colorful. The largest ethnic group in Belize are the Creoles (descendants of African slaves and British pirates), 1/3 are Mestizos (European & indigenous) and around 10% are Mayans. Next there is in Belize some Europeans, North Americans and East Indians and lately more and more immigrants from Taiwan and China coming into the country. Especially the Chinese one feels very good. You are apparently all supermarkets across the island and in the rest of the country.

Unfortunately, there is not really Caye Caulker beautiful beaches and the sea is littered in many places something. So we once rented a bike to explore the island, which did not take too long for the size. The next day we rented a canoe. Morning at 10 clock we started, equipped with 2 paddles, sun cream and the GoPro camera. Hardly going paddled, gave me Andy, who was sitting behind me had to paddle exact instructions on which side and how slowly or heavily into. So I was drilled to Fight canoeists within minutes. Our goal was to umpaddeln the whole North Island, which should be possible in about 3 hours aschneinend. We have it then actually made it into 3.5 hours, and Andy had even indulged in a short swimming break. The trip was truly a wonderful experience, all alone on the sea, this tranquility that nature, but also very tiring and hot. In any case, the Kanuttis have submitted their registration for the Summer Olympics in 2016 on the same day :-)

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Our Guest House

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At night there was again a terrible storm with thunder, so what we have never heard of. I think I was in bed and I was sure that we are taken either by lightning or that the cabin of the terrible crash will fall apart!

Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, 13,000 inhabitants, Caribbean

As always, we have but also survived this storm and drove the next morning take the ferry to San Pedro, a town on Ambergris Caye. Here some of it was already going over to the neighboring island, but also a lot more traffic. So that Madonna has sung about this island with their hit "La Isla Bonita", we found it not so great now. However, we have seen on both islands beautiful houses can be rent for a bargain price of $ 300 per month, or can acquire favorable for $ 300,000. Therefore, there are probably very many Americans and Canadians here have their holiday homes, operate a restaurant or spend their retirement.

Arrival in San Pedro:

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Belizean English

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On Friday, 22/11/13, we went by ferry, including three prisoners in handcuffs on board, back to Belize City to the mainland. We spent the afternoon trying to organize our onward journey to Honduras. Stood on all posters and flyers that every Saturday at 9 clock drives a boat from Belize City to Puerto Cortes in Honduras. On the phone, the shipping company has said that the vessel does not go end of November, and at a travel agency, we then learned that the ferry leaves at 9 clock since new every Friday This option thus we had missed. Since we are with a friend of mine at 24.11. have settled in Roatan, Honduras, so there was only the following variant: With a bus from Belize through Guatemala to Honduras in 12 hours.

After a fairly sleepless night in an ugly Guest House we have made at 5:30 on the way to the meeting point. Thank God there were actually other people who have been waiting for the same bus. This then popped over an hour on the specified departure time on actually. After also was clear that all the luggage to the roof, we were thrilled :-)

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After a few hours, then fell out of the air, and it rose again people, which probably also had a ticket for this bus, the bus was filled to the last seat and we chugged with a broken clutch, a 1-month-old puppies and a poodle lady in pinkigem dress from border to border. After all, almost only women were sitting on the bus, so at least the pee breaks were secured.

On the border with Honduras, we have also finally realized why the driver has the last hour always done it like pressure and always wanted to go on quickly. The border closes at 18.00 clock well and we made it to the minute, even across the border. Once again two hours later we arrived in San Pedro Sula.

Since we got the hint that San Pedro Sula was crowned as the most dangerous city in 2013, we have picked out in advance a fairly expensive hotel and went directly there by taxi. Since we no longer wanted to get out at night, and would also have been too tired, so we have a pizza ordered at 21.00 into the room and slept like babies in the wonderfully comfortable bed!

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After a birthday phone call without interruption with my Lieblingsschwö (at least it has in the more expensive hotels always good internet connection) we went to the bus station. In daylight we were able to get a first impression of Honduras. Especially in San Pedro Sula, the largest industrial city of Honduras, everything is very veramerikanisiert. There are hundreds of Wendy's, Burger Kings, MCs, KFC, and Pizza Hut outlets. Almost all cars have dark windows and stands at every door at least a Security, all armed. At the bus station we were pretty much the only white and made us feel very observed. The buses to La Ceiba cost 5 to 12 dollars per person, since we chose the more expensive option. We were rewarded with huge and comfortable chairs, including a pillow, blanket and snacks, fabulous :-)

In La Ceiba arrived the ATM money reference problem began again, but fortunately we were able to pay the ticket for the ferry to Roatan directly with the card. I was a bit nervous before the crossing, as I had read that the ship was known as Kotz Ferry. But it was all very quiet and apart from three other prisoners in handcuffs was nothing spectacular on the boat.

Roatan, Honduras, 28,400 inhabitants, 50 km from the coast (La Ceiba) away. Roatan is the largest of the three Bay Islands, 50 km long, 2-4 km wide. 1 main road.

In Roatan Markus have us, his wife Alexandra and Sami, a buddy of Markus from Switzerland picked up. Mark and Alexandra live for several months on Roatan and run a dive shop. They organized us a nice, very inexpensive studio on the island. Our plan was to do on Roatan Open Water Diver Prevet what we have really reached last Friday :-) . Yes I will not now mention again that there is here also already been raining for a week, but in the pouring rain 2 hours in the pool doing exercises to ride in the wind and rain to the sea, and just by licking the lips out if I now just have rain or sea water in the face, and despite long wetsuit to freeze is really not so cool! But what the heck, we have the Prevet in the bag and so pointed looks now even two days full of sunshine :-) . People from the dive shop are all super nice and we spend a few cozy and exciting day!

Mark, Sami, Andy and I:

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Greetings from the Divemuttis

See you soon!

The island life

Rainy day on Isla Mujeres ...

Since we can not just read on rainy days, but in between sort and also write some photos, here already the next update:

Valladolid, at 30 meters, 42,000 inhabitants

After Mérida we drove as always by bus to Valladolid, a sleepy, quiet town, which already belongs to the state of Yucatan. Subheadings many day-trippers come from Cancun, Chichen Itza have booked after the car trips, and still want to see on the way home a really authentic Mexican colonial town.

For us, the city was the starting point for some cenotes ( limestone hole formed by the collapse of a cave roof and emerged with freshwater pear ass he is filled) and for the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. The village is like saying rather small and not so much geared to backpackers, so there was just a backpackers to choose from. So it was that we spent the night 3 nights in a 14er Dorm. Because of the low season but this was fortunately not always fully utilized! So, there I was less than Andy in bunk bed and read this:

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Bon ... even if once a night a wooden slat fell out with my so-called mattress, we still slept well :-) and the hostel was otherwise very pretty:

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Cenote with floating Ranchero :-) :

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The cenotes were with a comfortable Beach Cruiser (with wide saddle) to reach:

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the road we drove past a circus:

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The next day we went to Chichen Itza so. The main pyramid looks beautiful, almost too beautiful. Here we see clearly that there has been much restored, so that the tourists can also make a decent holiday photo. It is probably also the most visited ruins in Mexico, as it is as I said only 2 hours drive from Cancun. After an hour then travel became aware for the first time what it means to visit a tourist attraction right after 6 weeks. The weeks before we were either not heavily frequented tourist attractions or to a quiet season. Here's gave the whole program: Thousands of tourists were stranded here with the monster buses from Cancun, covered with water bottles, necklace and umbrella and purely sent to Disneyland. Terribly.

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Since it was me slowly but surely a bit boring during the visit of the 4 ruins in Mexico, was the :-) :

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and also waiting for the bus away from Disneyland was sooooo boring ...

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Andy told me then promised that we paint the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, and his desire is now gone -.)

Isla Holbox, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, 1,500 inhabitants :-)

From Valladolid runs exactly once per day, or rather night bus to Chiquila, and that's about 2:30 AM! So we dug ourselves for 3 hours on the ear and are then scrambled with our belongings through the sleeping Valladolid bus station. After a restless ride, we arrived in the morning at 5 clock rather squashed in Chiquila and had by 6 clock the first ferry to Isla Holbox. The almost free night but was compensated with this crossing at sunrise:

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and even then hopped yet a dolphin out of the water, really now! That was almost too cheesy!

The island is insanely cute and peaceful. There's only golf carts, scooters or bicycles, and occasionally ends up something like an airplane on the island own airfield. Otherwise, the island is full of delicious restaurants, newlyweds, birds (the animals) and dogs:

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With the golf cart we have a small paradise found:

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because we were happy!

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Mustache and Schwitzschnauz

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The was still alive, I swear! I have so annoyed, until he has one eye open :-)

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If you then as long goofy hanging out all day and is illuminated by the sun, and your only problem is the itchy mosquito bites:

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then you see, or maybe just me, interesting stuff. Zbsp. this plump cleavage, hidden in a palm tree:

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I thought my fantasies were also somewhat influenced by the increasing number of American tourists.

After we went on Holbox to Cancun. However, since there is no cheap accommodation in Cancun right, we slept in the center. But the next day we wanted this Zona Hotelera sometimes watch.

The whole could have been Miami. Here is really done anything to the mainly American tourists happy to vote. That's why everything looks like in America, is written in U.S. dollars and the locals speak very good English. The beaches are beautiful, but not easy to achieve for non-hotel guests. Actually, one must go through the lobby of a hotel go to reach the sea. Although the beaches are public, see the owner but apparently do not like when non-paying guests and locals residing in or near their hotels. They wanted us in a hotel restaurant by the sea not even give something to drink? And other restaurants or bars because there's not.

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So the stinking poor backpackers went on our way back and took the ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Isla Mujeres, island on the Mexican Caribbean coast, 16,000 inhabitants

As initially mentioned, the weather today is not so great, but otherwise the island is very pretty, and definitely the part that was prepared for the tourists.

After our fourth visit in a travel agency, we finally decided to go for it today to fly to Cuba for 10 days and tomorrow we're already going :-) More then next time! Tschüüühüüüsss

Hola from Mexico for the second!

Posted from Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Last time we have about the bad weather in Puebla, as well as almost the entire rest of the country reports. Here still some impressions from our stay in Puebla during the Mexican national holiday:

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Because of the holiday were all over the city concerts, but mostly only heartache Mucke with a lot of "mi amor" and "mi corazon" (bäääääää). It's like 10 KuschelRock CD's pressed into a song, with a lot of theatrical movements and dramatic facial expressions of the singers!

But then we have tucked away in a side street a cool band discovered. About 10 guys in turquoise colored jackets have played really well, and can range from the dance arts of the singer himself bears something to learn :-) Simply incredible moves.

Oaxaca, at 1,550 meters, 260,000 inhabitants

A wonderful colonial city with many students, charming cafés and as always many churches. But above all, most Mexican cities have two features which I can not get enough: colored facades and old cars, just gorgeous. Since there is one of the largest VW plants in the world in Puebla, chug especially old, usually completely demolished "Beetle" around:

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and we would live in Oaxaca, that would be probably our Mexican Earl:

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Due to the storms and heavy rain showers we had to push back a little our date with the surf school. Since we were almost 2 weeks in Oaxaca now, we decided to supplement our knowledge of Spanish in a school:

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the school:

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Andy Ranchero and I were together a class what the whole thing, of course, still a bit more challenging for us made two Schulpfeiffen :-) . Already after the first day we were happy with our decision to have chosen the regular classes (3 hours per day) and not the intensive course (almost 6 hours per day). Rosa and José but gave up real trouble and we have lessons after 7 days will receive a diploma in a ceremony :-) .

In Oaxaca we tried for the first time Airbnb, and landed at Jose. On this platform can actually anyone who wants a room or apartment rent, which is a good alternative to hostels and even more interesting, as you just have to come into contact with locals.

In our little apartment:

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No sooner had we found the address, we sat even at Jose in the car (of course, a Wolgswagn, as the Mexicans call it) and went with him and his uncle in a Mezcal brewery. He had to fill up his own stock and for us it was an interesting trip:

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Of course not you come here as a bleaching face away again, until you've tried the aaaaallllerwichtigsten varieties. So we were already pretty drunk at lunch, or maybe just I :-) :

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Hospitable as the Mexicans are, José took us a few days also to celebrate the birthday of his cousin. So there we sat, Andy Ranchero, Noemi (she was also a guest at José, in his second apartment) and I on Sunday afternoon on the couch a Mexican family in Tlacolula. We were fattened and bottled for 6 hours and have entertained us in Spanish / English about God and the world ... which somehow always worked like better after a few hours! It looked like this:

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And yes, of course I had to dance salsa, but regardless, it was an extremely amusing afternoon and we were once again amazed how incredibly warm and open people are here. There were tears in adopting almost as if we'd known them for years, just beautiful.

Near Oaxaca is Monte Alban, which was the capital of the Zapotec. In its heyday, between 350 and 700 AD, lived here about 25,000 inhabitants:

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Also nearby is Hierve el agua mineral springs with spectacularly situated bathing pools and great views:

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Einmal waren wir auch im Kino, in einem riesigen Kinokomplex zwischen Einkaufshäusern mit Preisen höher als in der Schweiz (also wirklich nur was für die paar % der superreichen Amerikaner)! Die ganze Gegend hätte auch irgendwo in Nordamerika sein können, sah genau so aus. Although we have unfortunately did not understand too much of the movie, as most of was in Spanish and not in English, but nevertheless it was a great film, which had voted me think. Wer weiss, vielleicht schafft er es ja bis nach Europa, in Amerika war er auf jeden Fall auch schon ein Erfolg: No se aceptan devoluciones.

Nach einem Abschiedsessen mit José und Noemi, ging es für uns mit dem Nachtbus über ewig kurvige Strassen in 12 Stunden weiter an die Pazifikküste nach Puerto Escondido. During a week we had 2-3 hours a day surfing. Meine anfänglichen Bedenken, ob ich wohl genug stark bin sowie meine Ängste vor dem Meer, waren sehr schnell verflogen. We were both after the first try on the board, which is probably a good longboard and surf instructors who tell you what shaft is right for you, probably is not too difficult? I do not know, in any case, we had great fun, even though we are certainly got one or the other time in the "washing machine" and have caught a good drink salt water.

Puerto Escondido ist wirklich ein hübscher Ort mit tollen Stränden, riesigen Wellen und in der Hochsaison auch eine Partyhochburg. Ausserdem sind uns wohl noch nie zuvor so oft Drogen angeboten worden wie an diesem Strand: Wanna do boattour to see tortugas? No? Wanna buy Marihuana, Koks, Mushrooms….und dann kamen Wörter die höchstens noch meine Schwö gekannt hätte (nein Montze, Badesalz war nicht im Angebot) :-) Natürlich blieben wir bei Marlboro und Cola aus der Dose :-) !

Wenn wir dann irgendeinmal etwas besser sind, versuchen wir auch ein Foto zu machen, auf welchem wir surfen und nicht nur sitzen und auf die richtige ola warten :-)

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unsere Lehrer, Aron aka Ronaldo, Jesus aka Chicharron aka Jack Black und Oskar aka Patula aka Mona Lisa (Kann nix dafür, die hatten wirklich so viele Namen):

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After-Party-Taco-Fressen mit unseren Surf Buddies Ben, Anders und Hilde :-) :

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Nach Puerto Escondido fuhren wir für 2 Nächte nach Mazunte, nur 2 Stunden südlich von Puerto Escondido. In Puerto low season was even clearly noticeable, but in Mazunte was absolutely dead trousers. Wir waren die einzigen in der Pension, und es sah auch so aus, als ob da schon seit Monaten keiner mehr gelebt oder geputzt hätte. Die Restaurants und Läden waren entweder geschlossen oder leer. So it was okay that the journey continued after 2 days went back inland to San Cristobal.

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San Cristobal de las Casas, auf 2000 Meter, 160'000 Einwohner

San Cristobal ist ebenfalls ein wunderschönes Kolonialstädtchen, ähnlich wie Oaxaca, nur etwas alternativer angehaucht und touristischer. Die Stadt liegt inmitten eines Hochlandtals und ist das Zentrum einer Gegend, in der das indigene Mexiko ganz besonders tief verwurzelt ist. Dutzende von Dörfern der traditionellen Tsotzil und Tzeltal (Maya Gruppen) umgeben die Stadt. In San Cristobal selber wohnen auch einige Sympatisanten der Zapatistenrebellen und es gibt viele Organisationen, die mit er indigenen Bevölkerung in dieser Region zusammenarbeiten.

Hauptsächlich auf Andys Wunsch :-) , haben wir eine Biketour mit Marco gemacht. Marco grew up in the city and knows the mountains and all bike routes in and out. Die Tour war äusserst informativ und die Besichtigung der Kirche in San Juan Chamula war eine Erfahrung der “anderen” Art. Es handelt sich um das Zentrum einiger einzigartigen religiösen Praktiken (hier spürt und sieht man den Mix zwischen Katholizismus und der traditionellen Maya Riten speziell gut), die wir in der Kirche live miterleben durften. Fotografieren ist strengstens verboten aber ich versuche zu erklären was da abging: Ca. 200 Maya's sitting between petals and candles on the floor, saying prayers, drink gallons of Pox (Maya liquor made from corn) and "Delete" to repeatedly Cola. Ein paar traditionell gekleidete Herren singen und spielen irgendwelche Melodien immer und immer wieder, um sich und die Zuhörer in eine Art Trance zu versetzen. Ab und zu sieht man auch sogenannte Schamanen und ihre Patienten, die versuchen Krankheiten auszutreiben. Since the Mayans believe that is possible transfer "evil" on a chicken, is such a well brought ever been in the Church, and sacrificed at the appropriate time. Das eine Huhn, welches wir gesehen haben, lag schon ziemlich regungslos da, jedoch noch mit Kopf. Ich weiss also nicht, wie weit das Ritual da schon war. Auf jeden Fall waren die Bilder, Geräusche und Düfte in dieser speziellen Kirche wohl besser als mancher Mushroomtrip!

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After this village we went on to Zinacantan, where we ate at a family home tacos. Da auch diese Frauen fast ausschliesslich von ihrer Handwerkskunst leben, “durften” wir traditionelle Maya Hochzeitskleider anprobieren. Andy hat sich ja noch Mühe gegeben erfreut auszusehen, ich glaube bei mir hat das nicht ganz so gut geklappt :-) :

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haha, the photo is deleted later :-) ! Und sowieso sehe ich doch eher aus wie Mutter Theresa oder nicht??

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After this fright as I said it was delicious tacos, we had only then yes back, and with a full belly that was much harder than before. I was absolutely of death! Biken war ja noch nie meine Stärke, dieser verdammte Sattel schmerzte so sehr (!), aber das ganze noch auf mittlerweile gut über 2000 Meter ist einfach so unglaublich anstrengend (laut Marco 3x so anstrengend wie in Aarau zum Beispiel :-) ). The stray dogs have already looked at me from the bushes quite questioning, I have gehächelt as one of them, but I saw something different. Wie auch immer, nach einer kurzen Regendusche sind wir vollzählig wieder bei Marcos Haus angekommen, und ich hatte ein bisschen Pipi in den Augen, vor Freude.

Ebenfalls sehr interessant in San Cristobal war das Museum und Forschungszentrum Na Bolom. Es war das Heim der Schweizer Anthropologin und Fotografin Gertrude Duby Blom und ihres dänischen Ehemannes Frans Blom. Die beiden erforschten und studierten die Natur und die Völker der Region und setzten sich stets für deren Erhalt ein. Have also today the legacy of the couple will continue and we still find that the Mayans who live in the Jungle today, now also Internet :-)

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and by the way there in San Cirstobal endless VW Beetle, zwischendruch tuned sometimes pretty cool:

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Nach San Cristobal ging's weiter in den Dschungel von Palenque. Die Busfahrt hätte eigentlich 5 Stunden dauern sollen, da aber wieder demonstrierende Lehrer die Strassen blockiert haben, hat's 10 Stunden gedauert. So haben wir aber wenigstens zwei witzige Australier kennengelernt. Mit denen haben wir dann nach Ankunft um 22 Uhr auch gemeinsam eine Unterkunft gesucht und gefunden. El Pachan, ein kleines Dorf voller Hütten und “Hängengebliebener”. Da's ja im Bus nichts zu Essen gibt, haben wir dann nach erfolgreicher Zimmersuche als erstes Mal das Restaurant gestürmt!

There are actually come to exactly two reasons to Palenque. Entweder man will die Maya Ruinen im Dschungel sehen, oder die besten Magic Mushrooms probieren, oder auch beides. Wir haben uns nach langem hin und her für die Ruinen entschieden :-) ! Was beautiful, with subsequent hike through the jungle, where we climbed not ausgebuddelte ruins.

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After an alcohol-rich evening with the Australians we had the next morning at 6 clock on the bus. On the way from the room to the front desk we first encountered a group, the four of one or have carried into the room, it was not apparent whether dead or alive. Soviel zu den Mushrooms.

Ein paar Minuten später ist es dann passiert….der lang erwartete Moment. Eine Schlange. Vor mir huschte sie über den Weg, morgens um 6 Uhr. Okay, sie war nur etwa 40 cm lang und 1 cm Durchmesser….egal, das hat schon für minutenlange Schnappatmung meinerseits gereicht! Aber hey, ich bin nicht wie erwartet direkt über den Atlantik nach Hause gerannt! Dafür war ich wohl noch zu müde!

Merida, auf 22 Meter, 772'000 Einwohner

Hier waren wir 2 Nächte, ebenfalls ein nettes Städtchen, jedoch weniger attraktiv als die bereits besuchten.

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So, bevor ich diesen Newsletter abschliesse, natürlich noch die Weisheiten des Monats:

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Hola! First sign of life from Mexico:

Posted from Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico.

Hallo ihr Lieben

Zu aller erst möchten wir euch nochmals von Herzen für alle netten Worte und Geschenke danken sowie für eure Unterstützung. Die Schweiz hat sich in unserer letzten Woche vor der Abreise nochmals von ihrer schönsten und sonnigsten Seite gezeigt! Wir konnten (glaube ich) noch alles erledigen was auf unserer langen To Do Liste stand und hatten trotzdem noch genügend Zeit das schöne Wetter und Oftringen zu geniessen :-)

Ein “Extra-riesen-Dankeschön” an alle, die an dem Hammer Video für uns mitgewirkt haben. Die Idee und die Umsetzung sind der Killer! Wir haben in unserem Hotelzimmer in Mexico City Tränen geweint und gelacht, ihr seid einfach unglaublich. Dieser USB Stick wird auf Händen (oder am Rücken) getragen, bis zurück in die Schweiz! Dicke Umarmung dafür!

So, wo soll ich anfangen. Der Flug verlief eigentlich wunderbar, die Schlaftablette hat bei mir gewirkt und Andy schläft ja bekanntlich sowieso überall :-) . Es war Morgens um 6.30 Uhr, als wir mit der Metro den Zocalo / Hauptplatz in Mexico City erreicht hatten, wo sich unser Hotel für die nächsten 3 Nächte befand.

Da waren wir doch zum ersten Mal etwas verwirrt, sah es doch aus wie auf dem Festival Gelände!? Zelte kreuz und quer, Zähne putzen vor dem Zelt, überall wird gekocht und gebrutzelt, beissende Gerüche aus den Ecken!?

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Nachdem wir unsere Rucksäcke im Hotel abgegeben haben, sind wir zuerst mal ins nächste Café um im Internet den aktuellen Mexico City Status zu recherchieren. Es gab wohl bereits seit Tagen oder sogar Wochen Demonstrationen von Lehrern und Studenten wegen einer Reformänderung. Die Demonstranten wollten bleiben, bis der Präsident einiges anpasst, was dem jedoch absolut nicht in die Tüte kommt.

Den Rest des Tages haben wir uns die Stadt angesehen und versucht nicht einzuschlafen! Nach dem Zimmerbezug gab's ne kleine Siesta und am Abend einen Drink auf der Hotelterrasse, mit Blick auf den Zocalo und die Zeltstadt:

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Mexico City ist eine beindruckende Stadt:

Auf 2240 Meter, über 20 Millionen Einwohner, kulturell und geschichtlich wohl eine der interessantesten Citys der Welt…nur waren wir wohl nicht gerade zur touristenfreundlichsten Zeit vor Ort! Nichts desto trotz haben wir einige Museen besucht, viele nette Ecken entdeckt und unsere ersten Eindrücke über die Mexikaner gesammelt, die da wären:

  • Mexikanische Frauen schminken sich immer und überall.
  • Ob jung oder alt, alle sind extrem freundlich und hilfsbereit.
  • Die Hauptstadt ist trotz Besetzung von ca. 10'000 Demonstranten extrem sauber.
  • Saubere Schuhe sind sehr wichtig, überall lässt man sich die Schuhe putzen, auch während dem Abendessen.
  • Die Mexikaner essen sehr viel, vor allem sehr viel ungesundes. Ein dazu passendes Sprichwort: Lo que no mata, engorda (Was uns nicht umbringt, macht uns dicker) -> Ist jetzt mein neues Lebensmotto :-)
  • Und ebenfalls wichtig: ein sehr netter, charmanter, knuffiger Mexikaner in einem Frühstückslokal hat mich trotz beschissenem spanisch gefragt, ob ich Argentinierin bin! Yiiiihaaaaaaa :-) Fazit: die sind halt einfach Machos, oder, die zwei bis drei Sätze die ich drauf habe, haben einen argentinischen Akzent!?

Andy's aller erste Quesadilla, Morgens um 8 nach der Ankunft:

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Carol's Erkenntnis nach dem ersten Frühstück: Nein, huevos rancheros ist kein Rührei, und brennt zweimal :-)

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Wunderbare Flussfahrt in einem der trajineras auf dem Xochimilco (Fluss im Süden der Hauptstadt), das Venedig Mexikos. Früher war da nur Wasser, bis die Azteken schwimmende Inselgärten aus geflochtenen Matten angelegt haben: Xochimilco

Ranchero (Mutti Andy's neuer, mexikanischer Name:-)) bestellt lecker Jugo de Pina:

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Am Tag vor dem mexikanischen Nationalfeiertag wurden die Demonstranten aufgefordert, den Platz zu räumen. Bereits am Morgen früh flogen mehrere Polizeihelikopter über den Platz. Als es dann wie folgt aussah, wurde es Zeit für uns, nach Teotihuacan weiter zu reisen. Leider waren jedoch alle Strassen um unser Hotel blockiert. Demonstranten auf der einen, bewaffnete Polizisten auf der anderen Seite. Da auch alle Metro Stationen in der Umgebung geschlossen waren, durften mir mit unserem Gepäck etwa 45 Minuten lang um die Häuser laufen, bis wir in der ersten offenen Station verschwinden konnten!

Demonstranten blockierten die Autobahn:

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Molotowcocktails wurden vorbereitet: MexicoCity77

weitere Fotos aus der City, von der Flussfahrt auf dem Xochimilco und dem Stadtteil selber sowie über Teotihuacan (Pyramiden) findet ihr in der Gallery!

Das beste Foto von Teotihuacan aber schon mal hier (für diejenigen, die an mehr Infos über diese Ruinenstadt interessiert sind: wikilink ):

das wollte auch nach dem 10. Versuch irgendwie nicht so richtig klappen :-)

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Nach Teotihuacan sind wir mit dem Bus weiter nach Puebla, eine wunderschöne Kolonialstadt, etwa 2 Fahrstunden südlich von Mexico City. Nur leider ist da ja dieses Problem mit dem Wetter. Seit Tagen toben mehrere Stürme durch und um Mexiko. Manuel aus dem Westen und Ingrid im Osten. Bis auf drei Bundesstaaten (Nord-West) waren alle Regionen betroffen. Es gab enorme Überschwemmungen und sogar Tote!

Von daher gesehen hatten wir ja extremes Glück, aber für Rucksacktouris gibt's nun mal nicht allzu viel zu tun, wenn's draussen in Strömen regnet. Nach drei Tagen Mistwetter in Puebla, langem hin und her überlegen wie und wohin wir uns weiter bewegen sollen, und je 5 grauen Haaren später, haben wir uns entschieden, mit dem Bus nach Oaxaca zu fahren. Hier ist das Wetter ganz okay und die Traveluttis sind seit heute stolze Besucher einer Spanischschule :-) aber mehr dazu beim nächsten Mal….