All,

I’m still in Cusco, Peru and feeling ready to move on and to do it quickly.  I’ve been here for 11 days (including the Salkantay Trail and Macu Picchu), so it’s time to go.  I’ll be taking a Bolivia Hop bus with “The Davids”, two guys on the Salkantay Trail both named David from Eastern Germany.  The bus is well reviewed and will be taking us to Copacabana, Boliva where I hope to do the Isla Del Sol at Lake Titicaca.  Then it’s on to La Paz, Bolivia as a home base for biking down The Death Road and Uyuni.  From there I’ll move into Chile and make my way down by bus to Valparaiso, Chile for awesome street art, then Santiago, Chile to catch my plane to Easter Island, one of the most remote civilizations in the world!! I’m happy to say I’ve booked the flight and I’ll be headed to Easter Island late February then to New Zealand early March to live in a van down by the river for a month or two!! I may even have some company on that part of my trek…only time will tell.

The plans are all very “touristy”…but that doesn’t mean they’re bad.  After just chilling in Colombia and soaking in the culture for a month, I’m fine with swinging the pendulum to the touristy side. I’ll just need to be prepared for the gimmicks and headaches that come along with that.  Also, after not having a plan for a few months, it feels nice to have a “goal” and an actual flight date in the future to work towards.  Hopefully it lights a fire under my ass to go out and explore a bit more as well.  I hope to make the best of my next month and a half in South America. Wish me luck and keep liking my photos on instagram!

Peruvians and Rasgos del Sur Salkantay Trail Trek

I’d like to apologize for my previous post.  Thinking on it more I’ve actually really enjoyed the Peruvian people, I think I just booked with a very average tour company for our Salkantay Trail trek, Rasgos del Peru.  However, for what we paid it was absolutely worth hit…here’s a good article on the trek and the company.

Other Links/Advice

click here for Bolivia border crossing for US citizens advice.

Flights – I usually don’t work to hard and I check kayak.com and google flights…this time google flights got me the cheapest.

Hope you’re excitedly planning life in your part of the world.

Eric the WanderGrad

5 comments

  1. Comment by Dad

    Dad January 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Good to hear you got back from your trek to Macu Picchu in one piece. Sorry you need antibiotics. Did you get a bit of food poisoning? A guy I worked with went there and stopped at a village eatery where they were serving rotten marmots. Said he got very sick. Gotta watch what you eat. The photo of you at Macu Picchu isn’t in your blog photography and I can’t grab it from Instagram due to the copy protections. Grandma would love to see that and any others of you in exotic places. If you don’t want to post those send them to me via email. Thanks.

  2. Comment by Dad

    Dad January 17, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Great plans. Can’t wait to see more photos. Be careful.

  3. Comment by Eric

    Eric January 22, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I’ll send the Machu Picchu pic once I get to Valparaiso. Food poisoning happens everywhere…remember I went to the hospital last year from a WhichWhich sandwich back home? I’ve generally stuck to chicken and haven’t been too adventurous for food, but general rule of thumb is walk off the the tourist path a block or two and find a place with a bunch of locals eating at it. It’s cheaper, tastes better, and so far it’s been really “safe” for my stomach. No real issues yet…knock on wood.

  4. Comment by Victor

    Victor January 30, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you very much for sharing our experience on the Salkantay Trail trek. I’m sad to hear that perhaps you did not have as agood of an experience with the company as we did. They were very cheap for us, but also very good. However it was a more barebone experience than the luxury you can find on the Inca Trail for sure. It suited our style though.

    Your site is really beautiful. We especially like the portrait you make of the people you meet on the road. Continue to publish your stories, and of course, continue on the road! We’ve settled back a little now since our RTW tour but it definitely changed our lives for the better.

    So long,
    Victor & Jess @PlanetVagabond.com

    • Comment by Eric

      Eric November 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Hey Victor! First off, thanks for taking an interest in my site and for leaving a comment. It’s been fun to see people actually reading and interacting with it all, so cool!

      Looking back, the Salkantay Trek was one of and possibly the very best part of my trip. Humantay Lake was incredible, I’ll never forget it, and being surrounded by the towering peaks of The Andes was borderline spiritual. Again, our particular experience with the company wasn’t amazing, due to what I believe was abnormal staffing circumstances, but having said that I very much enjoyed the “bare bones” experience you were describing. Somehow it made it feel more authentic, which I enjoyed.

      I look forward to checking out your site and same goes to you…Keep traveling!!

      Eric

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