Everything good must come to an end!

For the very last time, welcome to our blog!

The three month journey has come to an end. It’s been an incredible road to Buenos Aires and here is what happened before we headed back home.

After Mendoza came Cordoba – a big city in the middle of Argentina. Here we met some cool people to hang out with and we spent a day in German village called Villa Belgrano. A city with inhabitants that are linked with the German officers of World War II. Of course you wonder why…….. A German battleship sunk outside the coast of Uruguay. The survivors fled to this village in the country and founded a German city with weissbier and music from Tirol. They even host an annual Oktoberfest. Prost!
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Also in Cordoba we wanted to try out some of the best bird hunting in the world. We spent a day with an outfitter and some crazy guys from Kuwait. All in all a great day with lots of shooting, delicious food and great company. Pidgeons/doves everywhere!!!!
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We had steak, sausage, chicken and of course doves for lunch.
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Last stop on the journey was Buenos Aires. We spent almost a week here doing lots of things:
Visiting the waterfront with a giant swing bridge – quite impressing
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Visited the colorful La Boca neighbourhood including stadium of Boca Juniors where many great football players have played (Maradona, Pelé).
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The famous Recoleta cemetary
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Football statues (this one real size Messi statue)
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Tango! We were expecting beautiful young Argentinean women and lets just say we got the Argentianean part….. Show included
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Horseracing!
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HUMONGOUS STEAKS!!!!!!!!!!! 800 grams / 1.5 lbs
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Golf….. more or less
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That was about it from Buenos Aires. It has been a pleasure doing the blog and even more so to do the travel!
Thanks alot for reading along and commenting.

Take care
Erik and Soren

PS: If you feel it’s necessary to somehow pay us back, don’t worry about it…. We have opened an account for tips and everything is welcomed (big or small – bigger the better)…
It’s been real.

June 19th, 2014
Fredericia, Denmark

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Another edition of the blog now in the making. Loads of great experiences the past three weeks. We´ve been in and out of Argentina and Chile several times visiting astonishing places (at least we think so.)

From Puerto Natales, Chile we did a one day tour to the National Park of Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine). A small mountain group with “towers” of rock evolving from the ground. We were supposed to do a trek in the mountains and surrounding glaciers, but the due to bad weather the trek was closed. We did visit by bus and here are some of the sights that met us. No further comments needed – just enjoy!

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The three towers in the middle are the Towers of Paine.

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In the center of the picture you see (or maybe not) a glacier. The glacier is melting creating and we drank the pure and cold water straight from it.
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On the way home we visited a giant cave!
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Our journey went back into Argentina. Calafate was next and here we had one thing on our agenda: Perito Moreno Glacier! A giant glacier stretching 30 km long, 5 km wide and 60-70 meters tall. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves all though a little story from real life is suitable: We did a boat tour to get a little closer to the face of the ice. The boat stopped at a distance of 300 meters and we thought it would be better to get closer… Good thing we didn´t control the boat, because an enormous piece of ice broke off and into the water creating a large wave that made the captain of the boat flee the scene a little… (wussy) The boat made it safely and so did we.

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A great couple of days spent in Calafate before the journey went a couple hours more north to El Chaltén. A small village of only 600 people with no phone reception and barely any internet connection. People only go here for one reason – to trek Fitz Roy. We came for the same purpose. Expecting a great 7 hour hike to a viewpoint like this
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Instead we hiked in snow and wind up to the same viewpoint. This is the picture and view that we had.
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Still a great trek!

From El Chaltén we wanted to catch the bus to Bariloche (around 1400 km and a what feels like 1.000.000.000 hours of busride north), but (luckily) the roads were closed. So we took the airplane which was around the same price and only 1.5 hour! Fantastic with a little change.
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Bariloche turned out to be a cool place. They had a great bar with happy hour draft beer and peanuts (hard to beat that). And nothing much else to offer actually… We went into Chile, because we had heard it should be beautiful around Chilóe Island. We arrived there in terrible weather and it continued the next day. The other backpackers we met weren´t really impressed by Chilóe either so we kicked it back to Bariloche after just 2 days. Back in Argentina we rented a car with to German guys. We rented a car to cruise around the famous 7 lakes. We had unfortunate weather but still a nice day.
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Bariloche is well known for chocolate making and here are some of the crazy things they do out of chocolate.
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After just a day in Bariloche we took the bus to Pucon, Chile. (yes back into Chile again…) Here there is huge active volcano that you can trek! All the way to the top! While waiting for good weather to go to the peak of the volcano we went on another full day trek to a couple of lakes in the mountains surrounding. Here is one of the lakes and you can see the massive Volcano Villarica (that we climbed) in the background.
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We spent another day visiting natural thermal springs outside of Pucon, still waiting for good weather… Good fun and very relaxing
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Then came the day! We were picked up super early in the morning yet ready to do it. We started at 1000 m and climbed all the way to the peak at 2846 meters. The first part with regular trekking shoes and the last kilometer with spikes attached!
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A great experience and this is what it looked like on the top.
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On the way down we sledded (kaelkede) in the snow. We have a video of it but the blog wont let us upload… Crazy fun!
After a long and exhausting day climbing an active volcano, we decided to go big: SUSHI TUESDAY! Woohoo. All you can eat sushi for 7500 pesos chilenos equivalent to 13 $US dollars.
Unfortunately we overheard the waiter when she said that the sushi rolls come in 4´s. She did look at us with unusually big eyes when we ordered two of each kind. And to our big surprise out came 32 sushi rolls instead of 8….. Bon appetit!
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From Pucon we stopped over in Santiago de Chile (the capital) to see what´s what. It was good times but we weren´t overly impressed and went straight on to Mendoza, Argentina – the city of wine. Here we went to the local market. Great fish, cow tongues and whole pigs on sale?!
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We did a wine and olive tour in Mendoza. It was really cool and we tried different wines and saw how they produce olive oil.
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First they grind the olives and then they press it under many tons of pressure. Smells and looks really nice!
Then onto wine tasting

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In the last picture are wine bottles with etiquettes of the most popular Argentinian football teams. They are football crazy here!
In Mendoza we also did a horseback ride in the sunset. Good fun topped off with all you can eat steak and all you can drink wine.
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Before leaving to Cordoba, where we currently are now, we went out to have a good piece of steak. Lets just say mission complete…..
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Now with less than two weeks to go, we are getting closer to our final destination of Buenos Aires. We´ve been going pretty slow lately, but some might say it´s about time.
Here in Cordoba we are hoping for good weather and cold beer (cant blame us for being high maintenance..)

So far so good! Take care
Erik and Soren

Cordoba, Argentina
May 29th 2014

South we go!

¡Hola Hola!

Back at the desk to tell you what´s happened lately.
At the moment we are about 3000 kilometers south of the last Corrientes (last update on the blog). Here is what we have spent the time doing.
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After another busride to Puerto Iguazu, we were ready to see the largest waterfall on the Planet Earth – Foz de Iguazu.
With an average of 1756 cubicmetres (m3) of water flowing over the 2700 meter edge EVERY SECOND, this waterfall is nothing but astonishing. The falls are located on the border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. We spent two days hiking in the surrounding jungle. First a day on the Brazilian side. Great views with unfortunate weather.
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There is a population of these little (and very agressive) animals called Coitas. They managed to rob a full bag of chips from a German guy. (couldn´t help but laugh…. really loud…. haha)
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The second day we spent on the waterfalls of Argentina. Here we got walk around and all the way to the top of the falls (actually called the “asshole of the Devil”. Crazy and unbelievable amounts of water falling down every second.
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After a couple of days around the falls we decided to head into Uruguay to see what´s good. We went pretty much straight to the capital city Montevideo, but the border crossing on the way was quite spectacular. We had to take the “ferry” (just about worlds smallest ferry…) to cross the river into Uruguay. Though small it was a pretty ride.
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We made it to Montevideo, where we met three English guys. Really cool people that we enjoyed hanging out with. We went to a reformed railway station called Mercado del Puerto where they serve the best barbeque. We had giant steaks and it was delicious!
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Uruguay was a short but pleasant visit before we headed south again. Next stop Mar del Plata: a fishing capital on the Atlantic coast of Argentina. The whole city smelled of fish but you do understand why, when you see the harbor – it´s packed with fishing vessels in all sorts and sizes. We talked alot with the locals on the boats and we managed to book a deep sea fishing trip a couple days later. In the meantime we tried a little handfishing from the shore which worked out really well. The locals were quite impressed with our technique that landed a couple handfulls of fish. We had the fish cooked a couple of different ways at a restaurant by the water. Great eating!
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We managed to (in Spanish) sweettalk one of the fishermen into giving us a fresh fish straight from a fishing vessel. This one we ate as well. Delicious!
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Around the harbor huge sea lions were lying around. The dogs were very unhappy with these 400kg creatures lying on the rocks but they didn´t seem to care.
We tried to feed them with on of our own fish but it was too lazy to move 3 inches towards this tasty looking little fish. We were both quite surprised to say the least……
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The real fishing trip turned out to be quite a succes. We left at 5 in the morning 50 kilometers off shore and fished to the bottom of the reef at around 45 meters depth. We weren´t completely sure what to expect but we were overwhelmed when we started pulling up loads of fish. Here are some pictures.
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Shark! Released afterwards. No animals were harmed during this photo (except for Soren…)
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18 kilogram Salmon Blanco! Unfortunately not caught by us – instead by a local who managed to catch not one but three (!!!!!!) of these beasts… Loco!
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This seagull flew into big bucket of fish, but we caught it and released it. Pollo loco! We saw albatross on the way back as well – amazing sight with a wing span of more than 2 meters.
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All in all a great day with a combined catch of 45 kilograms of fish (only the two of us). We took a couple different fish to the restaurant. Almost still alive when cooked – these fish were some of the best we have ever had! The last 40 kg of fish we left for the captain and deckhand who sold them at the market.
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From Mar del Plata next stop was a national park at Peninsula Valdés. A Spanish friend of ours recommended a trip here to see whales and Orcas (killer whales) eating seals of the beach – HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!
But….. no whales or killer whales at this time of year. A little disappointing however we saw sea elephants, penguins and the best of all – an armadillo (baeltedyr) – which as a matter of fact is just as cool if not even cooler than whales and killer whales…
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This is where the killer whales supposedly jump onto the beach to eat the sea lions and seals. But unfortunately no one appeared that day…
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Imagine that we have traveled a more than halfway down the Atlantic coast of Argentina and next was Rio Gallegos. A small (and windy) town on the way to Ushuaia. We slept in a small hostel and stacked up on snacks before heading to Ushuaia. Started snowing…
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Ushuaia – better known as the World´s End. This town with a population of 60.000 people is the most southern city in the world (yes there are people on Antarctica. no they do not live in a town.) Ushuaia only 1000 km from Antarctica!
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A great but cold experience especially for one of the two faithful backpackers who accidentally left his only pair of long underwear in a salt desert in Bolivia… The other fellow viking had his own issues to deal with since his only warm pants were and still are covered in fish… Now he´s in jeans and long underwear. Since none of us know how to do laundry, our pants will be very smelly once we arrive in Denmark a month from now – sorry mom……
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The southern tip of Argentina offered a great variety of eating options of which Centolla was a highlight. Caught in the Beagle Channel right outside of town, we shared this monster. The pictures speak for themselves
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The Beagle Channel is famous for its crab fishing and beautiful nature. We did a boat excursion where we got to see penguins, sea lions and (a lot of…) birds. We even walked around on an island in the middle of the Beagle Channel to watch the sun go down behind the mountains of Ushuaia.
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BIG BOY!
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View from Bridges Island – Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
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To complete one of the best boat rides so far the captain served ice cold beer on tap to finish the day. Draft beer(s) can always save the day and even though we were frozen, the local brewed Beagle Pilsner managed to heat our hands and body up to a delightful level to say the least…… ¡Cheers!
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Now writing from Puerto Natales in Chile, new adventures lie ahead of us. National parks and glaciers are just some of the exciting things on our path further north. Once again we hope you enjoyed reading along – feel very free to say hi in a comment below, that´d be great.
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(still rockin´ the sweater like a boss)

Lots of love from Chile
Erik and Soren

One month – still going strong

¡Bienvenidos!

Yet again welcome to our blog. Last time we promised to write a little about world`s biggest salt desert – here it is
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We did take the 3-day jeep tour into the salt desert and surrounding volcano landscapes. What an experience! Salar de Uyuni (named after the town on the edge of the desert) has a surface of around 10.500 square kilometers (km2). This is equivalent to 1/4 of the size of Denmark. It also sits 3656 meters above the sea level which is about….. well 3656 meters higher than Denmark…..
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We started from the town of Uyuni and went to a train cemetary. Here there are old steam locomotives from the 20th century. An impressive sight to say the least.
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From here we headed into the salt desert. We were 7 people in the jeep: two vikings, Coco, two Colombian lawyers, a Hungarian bartender and our “english speaking” driver Andres (who did not speak a word of English). We got to play with the salt and take some pictures before heading to Isla Incahuasi.
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You might wonder where all of the salt comes from? There used to be a salty lake that covered the whole area but has dried out leaving loads of salt. There are about 84.000.000.000 cubic meters of salt in the desert. (84 billion m3 – should be enough for a round of popcorn or two…)
Anyways Isla Incahuasi is an island in the salt desert where cacti has been growing for thousands of years. The biggest cactus is more than 3000 years old.
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Same night we went to sleep in a hotel made of salt. Nice isolation towards the cold of the night which can reach -15 degrees Celcius. Here is our view from the hotel room.
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The next two days consisted of a lot of driving around on old sea bed in beautiful mountainous volcano landscapes with lagunas and even flamingos. There were different lagunas along the road. One of them was particularly special – it was red! Here the flamingos eat and their feathers turn pink according to what they eat.
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A tree made of stone? Here it is.
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We also got to see geysers! Incredible hot sulfuric steam coming out of the ground in the middle of nowhere. The water underneath was boiling hot and it felt good to heat your freezing hands in the vapors.
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The trip ended in Chile! Here we stayed a night in San Pedro de Atacama – a city in the worlds driest desert – the Atacama Desert. Here they get an average of 15 millimeters of rain per year!
There were lots of things to see around San Pedro, so we rented a 4×4 truck to explore as much as possible.
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A 10 minute drive from the city was Laguna Cejar. A very salty lake where we could float around (literally). The amount of salt in the water made it possible for us to float on top of the lake.
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(we are not just sitting on the bottom……)

Another part of Atacama that we had to see were the geysers. We got up ridiculously early in the morning to drive to the place of the geysers only to find out that it was still dark when we arrived and about -10 degrees Celcius. We waited in the car for the sun to clear up and then found out that we almost run out of gas, but we managed to make it.
As the sun rose the geysers looked great.
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The rest of the day we spent exploring other parts of the desert. Valle de la Luna was a landscape which looked like a moon valley.
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We wanted to do our own Dakar Rally Race in the Atacama Desert but our amazing race ended before it even started….. We got stuck 20 meters into the sand and had trouble getting back out. The “4×4” truck wasn´t very 4×4 anymore……
We did get out eventually (2.5 hours later)
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Chile was a short but pleasant experience before heading back to Bolivia and towards Tupiza. Explained in the guidebooks as “the wild west of Bolivia”, Tupiza lived up its reputation. We did a horseback ride combined with downhill biking to explore the nature. All in all a great day with amazing views. It should be easy to spot the prince on the white horse.
Riding wise it went very well for both of us, even though the white horse had a mind of its own from time to time……
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Brokeback Mountain?
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Since Tupiza we have travelled into Argentina. So far we have spent the first two days in buses. It has been alright for the most part but we can luckily stay ambitious when they serve helados and delicious empanadas like these
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We stumpled upon some people in La Quica searching for Cristián. He might be in Europe already, who knows… (yes, it is a parrot)
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That was it for now. Next stop world´s largest waterfalls.
Take care and stay out of trouble.

Erik and Soren (aka. cowboy 1 and 2)

PS: we managed to get ourself quite the deal earlier this morning. We had bought tickets to Resistencia and slept throughout the night. When we woke up we talked to the bus driver, who said we had just arrived in Corrientes(?!?!?!) We quickly found out that we had driven another 100 km closer to the waterfalls for no extra cost. Extra bus ride and more sleep – what more can you ask for?

Corrientes, Argentina, 22/04/2014
Over and out

Biking, fishing, eating

Hello again to anyone reading along,

It has been a while since we last updated the blog. We have been busy with all kinds of great stuff, and here is just a fraction of it.

After returning from Machu Picchu, we had a days rest in Cusco before going on an adventure mountain biking trip. It was good fun and we saw all kinds of ruins og beautiful landscapes. Amongst these were the Morays – terrases used by the Incas to grow 300 different kinds of potatoes 500 years ago. They are the big round holes you see in the pictures. Here we also saw las salineras which are pools of salt water. Here the water evaporates leaving the salt ready to be picked up (by hand of course, we are still in Peru) and exported to different regions of the country.

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(We tried a local beer called Chicha. It was……..alright)
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The mountain biking trip was the last of Peru, that we got to see this time. From here the journey went on to Bolivia and Lake Titicaca – worlds highest lake (3842 m). Here we lived on an island with great views. We travelled here with a new friend of ours from Belgium. His name is Corentin and we met him on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. He´s a cool guy that we travelled with until today. (to Coco: Thanks for great company the last two weeks! Safe travels on your journey to Columbia)

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Anyways, we talked to a local fisherman on the island, and he offered us to come with him for trout fishing with nets. This fishing trip started at 2 in the afternoon and ended the next day at 9 in the morning. We put out between 5 and 6 kilometers (!!!!!) of net by hand and slept in the boat in the middle of the lake. Our Belgian friend got a little sea sick while the Vikings from Denmark managed to do it without any problems. The next morning we pulled up 5-6 kilometers of net (again by hand….) and we caught……… 2 trouts. At a combined weight of 1 kilogram (2 pounds for the Americans reading along ) We gave the fish to the fisherman and went on in our travels deeper into Bolivia.

Our captain “Lucio”
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Our tremendous catch: two truchas
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(in the background, you see the size of the boat which all four of us shared during the night…)

A well deserved sunset beer in 3800m after 15 hours hours of fishing
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Next stop was La Paz. Here we did another mountain biking trip which was 64 kilometers downhill on “the Worlds Most Dangerous Road”. It was a lot of fun with high speeds of up to 65 km/hr ((40 miles/hr haha…) It wasn`t as dangerous as expected but still a lot of fun.

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We had heard from other backpackers that a restaurent owned by Danish world known cook Claus Meyer was located in La Paz as well. The name is Gustu and they serve gourmet Bolivian food in (very very very very) small servings. We tried the 7 course meal with 7 cocktails included to the price of a good restaurent back home in Denmark. The food was some of the best we have ever had, but very small portions. Here are some pictures

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Potosi was next. A mining town since the colonial times of the Spanish 500 years ago. The Spanish funded their empire with huge amounts of silver from this mine. Of course we had to see it, so we went up and talked with the local miners who offered us a tour in a mine in return of some money to buy dynamite(!!!!!!). It was a great experience, where they told us that they don´t mine for silver anymore, but instead for different minerals such as sulfur. We bought a dynamite 15 cm stick for 15 bolivianos (approx $2 USD) and the miners helped us blow it up. It was quite a boom…

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The dynamite stick! We bought it at the store behind us – no questions asked
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The mines are hundreds of years old and the deepest ones go more than 2 kilometers down into the ground. We went into a mine that was 3-400 meters horisontally deep. “Our” mine was founded in 1952 and is located at the altitude of 4242 m.
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Last stop so far is Uyuni. From here it is possible to take a 3-day jeep tour into the giant salt desert, which is a 1/4 of the size of Denmark! We will post bunches of pictures about this next time, since we´re on a tight schedule at the moment. Here is a little teaser

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(didn´t have a crazy haircut, just a bad hair day)

Hope you liked the latest edition of our travel blog. There will be way more to come!
Take care and lots of latino love

Erik and Soren

PS. We took quite the unusual taxi to get to the silver mines of Potosi. It used to be a right-side driven car, but the driver had changed it to a left-side driven car… You almost can´t imagine, but here´s a picure

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Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Inkas

Buenos días friends and family,

We have just recently returned from our trek to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a 550-year old Inka village located at the top of a mountain in the Andes Mountain Chain. In 1450 the Inkas (the native people at the time) built this magnificent city 2430 meters above sea level. When the Spanish came in the 16th century they destroyed pretty much all of the Inka villages around Peru. But Machu Picchu is the most well preserved Inka remain since the time, and was´t actually discovered until 1915.

There are a great variety of different treks and hikes to see “the Lost City”. We did the Salkantay Trek, which is said to be the second hardest trek to Machu Picchu. It was a total of 5 days and 4 nights hiking which began with a bus ride at 4 in the morning to the starting point of Mollepata. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We arrived in Mollepata (2900 m) early in the morning the first day. Here we met our fellow hikers which consisted of a group of 13. Everybody below 25 and from all over the world. We quickly started talking with our new comrads and then the trek begun. We walked for 6-7 hours in mud and on dirt road the most of the way to reach our lunch site. Here the horseman and cooking crew had come before us and prepared a three course meal (it´s really not as fancy as it sounds…) for us. It was pretty much the same meal throughout the trek: soup, chicken with rice and a cup of tea. After lunch we walked three more hours to our camp site in 3900 meters altitude. We had more chicken and rice for dinner and then went to sleep in our tents. A total of 21 km hiking from 2900m to 3900 m. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Woken up at 4.30 am by the cooks coming to our tents with a hot cup of Coca tea, we were ready for another day of hiking. Today was supposedly going to be the hardest day with a 10 km walk to the Salkantay view point 4650m above sea level. The walk uphill was quite tough but we managed to get there in good shape. Unfortunately the weather was bad so we couldn´t see the Salkantay peak which is 6400 meters. You could really feel the thin cold air in 4600 meters, but managed to go on for another 12 km downhill to our camp site in 2900 meters. We played a bit of card games, had dinner and went to sleep after a long day of walking in high altitudes. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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Our third day was way more relaxing than the former two. We walked for only 5 hours on a dirt road (dirt roads were awesome compared to muddy conditions of trek roads). We were now so low (around 2000 m), that we were walking along the jungle. Here the air was very humid and the weather was warm. We arrived at the campsite early in the afternoon. From here we went to the hot springs. The hot springs are a series of warm water baths which was heated up by the water from inside the mountain. It was nice relaxing afternoon before heading back to our tents to go to sleep.
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The fourth day started out wild! We went zip lining in the canyons around Machu Picchu. We zip lined across valleys with the zip line stretching more than 600 meters. It was really cool and we had a great time. Afterwards we trekked another 12 km along rail road tracks to our final campsite in the city of Aguas Calientes (2000m). From here we spent the evening relaxing before getting up super early to trek the final part to the Lost City.
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With the bright awakening of the alarm at 3.30 am we jumped into our clothes and began our walk towards the gateway to Machu Picchu. We stood up front in line waiting for the police to open the bridge so we could cross the river and begind our ascent to Machu Picchu. The signs say that it takes about 50-60 minutes to reach the top (2400m). Both of us made it in 35 minutes and were the very first of all people to wait for Machu Picchu to open. As soon as they opened at 6.00 am we ran as fast as we could to the view point and were the first people of all on the 31st of March to see the Lost City. And what an amazing sight we met! We had hiked for 5 days, more than 75 kilometers and now we stood there overlooking a true wonder of the world! It was definetly worth all the hard work. (Yes we did take all of these pictures ourselves…)
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We met up with the rest of the group to have our final guided tour around Machu Picchu to hear more about this mysterious place. It was good fun and we said good bye to our guide and most of the group before we started our last hike. Additionally we had booked a hike to the peak of Wayna Picchu (the mountain that you see in the background of the iconic picture). We hiked to the very top of the peak (2700m) where we could look down on Machu Picchu. Fantastic view! The sheer culmination of 80 km and 30-40 hours of hiking made us feel like the kings of the world.
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We spent the rest of the day in and around Machu Picchu before taking the train and bus back home to Cusco in the evening. We arrived late at night, and we are now in Cusco getting ready to head on to Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world (3812 m), between Peru and Bolivia (by bus………….)

Take care and lots of love
Erik and Soren

 

Huacachina and Cusco

Hello friends and family
After Lima we decided to head out for Cusco. We had heard that the bus ride to Cusco was approximately 22 hours, so we decided to have a stopover in Ica only 6 hours from Lima. We found a hostel in Ica and spent the night.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The following day we tried “Sandboarding” in a city close by called Huacachina. Huacachina is a backpackers paradise located in a gigantic sand desert, where we spent the day sandboarding and dune buggying. We enjoyed the activities and the weather (30 degrees) quite a lot.

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After a fun day in Huacachina, we hit the road again with final destination: The Lost City (Cusco). We were told the drive was about 14 hours in bus, but we did not arrive before 22 hours later.. Cusco is a beautiful and charming city which was worth the drive. (One of us experienced what backpackers call; “Rumble in the jungle” during the busdrive. No more details needed..) The highlight of the busdrive was the bingo-game, in Spanish of course. The one without restroom problems had a hard time with the Spanish numbers…. (guess who had which issues)

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In Cusco we have spent the days sightseeing, eating delicious food and shopping new traditionel Peruvian hats. Completely opposite of Lima, Cusco is 3300 meters above sea level. The guidebooks warns travelers against height sickness, but we have not felt a thing so far.

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This famous stone above was shaped 500 years ago by the Incas. It has 12 corners so it fits in perfectly!

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Cusco is known for two unusual meats; the Lama, which is seen all over southern Peru. It tasted like something between goat and sheep. The other type of meat, and the culinary highlight for one and low point for the other, was smoked and grilled Guinea Pig (marsvin). Yes it was a Guinea Pig! It has the consistency of chicken and the flavour of ……
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Today we went River Rafting a couple of hours out of Cusco at a place called Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. We had a lot of fun, and the pictures speak for themselves (they put the strongest and most handsome men up front, as you can see)! We also got the chance to try “zip lining” across Rio Urubamba.

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Tomorrow we are starting a 5 day trek towards one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu, which we will tell you about later on.

Lots of love from South America!
Soren and Erik

Lima – the City of the Kings

Buenos días amigos y familia,

We have spent 2 days in Miraflores, Lima. Quite a nice neighbourhood close to the waterfront. The city of Lima is located approx. 100 meters above sealevel which makes a pretty spectacular view from the beach.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We have spent the days sightseeing just a tad. We went to see the trademark of the Lima: The Cathedral at La Plaza de Armas. (Did anybody see that coming?!) A nice-looking cathedral next to the President´s Palace, where we witnessed the change of guards. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo get to the centre of Lima, we utilized the local transportsystem which consists of buses and unofficial taxis. We tried the bus (no a/c, no legspace for vikings), and the sheer 10 mile drive took 1.5 hours. During the trip our driver managed to ram a small taxi but we barely noticed the “crash”. A bit of swearing from the drivers of both vehicles and 2 minutes later we were on route again.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFoodwise Lima has been an emitional roller coaster. The national dish Ceviche, which is raw fish with corn, onion and (VERY VERY VERY) spicy chili sauce. Our experince with ceviche? Let´s just say, we tried it….
Along with the ceviche came the national cocktal drink called Pisco Sour. Described as “fresh lemon with a delightful taste of tequila” in the guide books, we drecribe pisco sour as soapy water with vodka.
We did have succesful experience or two. Last night we enjoyed delicious arroz de mariscos – rice with mix of seafood.

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We are now headed towards Ica and later on Macchu Picchu.
Feel free to leave a comment, if you want.
Take care

Erik and Soren