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Casa de Fierro, Iquitos, Peru
And from the guy who designed the Eiffle Tower. La Casa de Fierro was designed by the French architect Gustave Eiffel and built in Belgian workshops. A rubber baron bought it at the International Exposition of Paris in and brought in pieces to...
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Iquitos, Peru
All I have to say about this is I can't believe I ate any of it. The market down by the waterfront was one of the wildest markets I've ever been to. It's definitely worth the walk, though, but only if you have a strong stomach.
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Iquitos, Peru
To really understand daily life in this city, you gotta find yourself a skiff and a guide and have him show you around the waterfront neighborhood.
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Iquitos, Peru
Its crazy hot in that big swamp so my guide cut down a tree so we could hidrate. Finding a guide to get out into the Amazon was easy, they are everywhere. I HIGHLY recommend ask to inspect the mosquito nets they provide BEFORE you head out into...
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It's best to make sure you travel on these river boats with a few buddies. Three days sleeping on the top deck in such close quarters can be a bit tight and a bit dodgy! The highlight of traveling this way are the stops at the small villages along...
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Leticia, Amazonas Department, Colombia
We were told the only way to get out of Leticia and up to central Colombia is to walk into the local airport, wait for a cargo flight to land, track down the pilot and pay him in cash to take you up there on his return flight. There were no...
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Perito Moreno, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
If you have the time to travel by bus in South America, bring snacks! This is what they served between Buenos Aires and Bariloche. Notice I ate some of it. Didn't touch that brown jelly gook though.
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Peru
This month marks the hundred-year-anniversary of the "re-discovery" of this Inca citadel by Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu deserves its clichés--'place of a lifetime,' 'bucket-list destination'...'mystical'...'amazing'... Sometimes, it's okay to...