Peru Travel Stories, Page 13

Meet Explorers in Lima Peru

Meet Explorers in Lima Peru

Before I flew to Pucallpa, Peru, I visited an office for explorers.

Where would you go if you wanted to meet explorers of the planet? Are there unexplored areas of the planet? Where would be the best place to meet explorers in Lima, Peru?

The South American Explorers Club?
Maybe, but I think I know a better place, there is an office in Lima, Peru that has maps.

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Pucallpa, Peru
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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This is the topographical map room of the “Instituto Geografico National” in Lima Peru.

I was told to ask for “Instituto Geografico Militar.”
http://www.ign.gob.pe/




This is the building of the Instituto Geografico National in Lima, Peru.



This map may help you if you wanted to visit the Instituto Geografico National in Lima, Peru.

I purchase two map for 69 Soles about 29 dollar for the two, one if of Breu or the Yurua River area near Pucallpa. The other is of the state or department called Ucayali.



I am in the state of Ucayal in Peru, this is a map that shows the general region.

This office had all the topographical maps of Peru, it was a good office and when you want to get serious this is the place to go. There are two aspects of exploration and expeditions, one is the fantasy perspective that is prevalent and reality. This office full of maps of the topography of Peru is for when you get real.

Are there unexplored areas of the planet?

MAPS AND FACTS
Gobierno Regional de Ucayali
Instituto Geográfico Nacional Topgraphical Maps
Ucayali Region - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ucayali River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Explorers, - Expeditions

Meet Explorers in Lima Peru


Search for Flights Backwards Travel Tip

Search for Flights Backwards Travel Tip
Here is a travel tip on how to search on the internet for a plane ticket. Normally we just obey the box; we enter the departure location and our destination. To get the best prices we need to understand the airlines routes and pricing.

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Lima, Peru
Maria Jesus Area of Lima
Monday, January 12, 2009
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I just used StarPeru.com to fly from Lima, to Pucallpa, Peru for 83 US Dollars. The normal way to search is from Lima to Pucallpa. If you look at the graphic, you can see there are five locations that StarPeru.com flies to from Lima.

Cuzco
Tarapoto
Pucallpa
Iquitos
Cajamarca

BIG Airport to little...




Lima
Iquitos

Little airport to other airports.
---- These are two common routes for planes in and out of Pucallpa.

When I search backward, I see that flights from Pucallpa only fly to Lima and Iquitos.

Why does this information help? I now know the common routes into Pucallpa with StarPeru.com and normally most airlines.

I was in Guatemala, I checked to see if I could fly cheaper to Iquitos than to Lima. I was trying to do a stopover in Iquitos on the way to Pucallpa.

Guatemala - Iquitos - Pucallpa is more interesting for a trip than,
Guatemala - Lima - Pucallpa.

By searching backwards I realized the regular paths of the airlines and it becomes possible to find the best paths and learn how the airlines think.

Airfare, - Around the World Airfare


Search for Flights Backwards Travel Tip


Peru Food by the Kilo

Peru Food by the Kilo
The large grocery store close to the Hotel called Plaza Vea sells Peruvian food by the Kilo. A person goes to the buffet counter, chooses their food, weighs it, then pay for the kilos of food.

A kilo is about 2.2 pounds.

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Lima, Peru
Maria Jesus Area of Lima
Monday, January 12, 2009
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The girl has weighed my bowl of beans and soon I will pay, I was eating something close to ham and beans my mother made at home.



The food at this buffet counter seems to change daily; I enjoy the opportunity to see what I am eating, before I buy it. One of the annoying parts of travel is going into new restaurants and never being certain what I will eat because it the first time in the restaurant.



There is an incorrect belief that Peru is primitive, this area of Lima is modern and expensive, and this grocery store reminds me a large Krogers or Walmart in the USA.

The truth is almost every country in the world is a combination of modern and primitive, the farther you go from the city the more primitive it becomes.

The farther you go from the city the friendlier it becomes and cheaper.

Food, - Peru Food

Peru Food by the Kilo


Peru Architecture has a Hole

Peru Architecture has a Hole
I woke this morning with the sun shining into my room here in the Pretty House Hostel here in Lima, Peru. I looked out the window and thought to myself,
“that is a lot of sun for just looking at the wall.”

A rectangular shaft runs from maybe the fifth floor to the ground floor and allows air and sunlight to enter my room. What a good idea, I have seen this before, however today it hit me, this is nice.

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Lima, Peru
Maria Jesus Area of Lima
Sunday, January 11, 2009
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I live in the tall Hotel; truly a place my mother would love if she spoke Spanish it is called the Pretty House Hostel.



I went up on the flat roof to look down the rectangular shaft, there are two of them. One is next to my bed and another is in the restroom. It actually provides ventilation and sunlight in my room.



I am looking down this rectangular shaft, one of the windows down there is to my room. I think on the bottom there is a door that enters into this small area.

What is this architectural feature called?

Architecture

Peru Architecture has a Hole


Robin in Nairobi, Kenya Called

Robin in Nairobi, Kenya Called

I had an “are you sane," conversation with Robin today, I wanted to know if she was sane, or just another crazy, idealist traveler.

Robin of Gadtramp.com wants me to fly to Kenya, whereby we could team up to travel across the Congo together. I would say I am 80 percent on board with this idea and maybe 90 after our conversation with here on Skype.com.

She appears to be sane, this is a benefit, and it makes talking simpler. It is difficult, if not impossible to find people who will travel around in these parts of Africa. I want a person who has a firm grip on reality, who knows what is possible or impossible in life.

To find sane travelers in Africa, or is not in the Peace Corps also is a problem, I am not saying the people in the Peace Corps are sane, I am saying there are many of them in Africa. They are the normal travelers I encounter in Africa.

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Lima, Peru
Maria Jesus Area of Lima
Sunday, January 11, 2009
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It was a good conversation, I am going to work on the Visa problems and maybe how to write a book, sell magazine articles, and trump up money. I am going to make phone calls to try to arrange money, maybe a sponsor for a Satellite Internet connection.

She is going to map out the route or path she anticipate we would take, Africa is big, you need to know you entry and exit strategies.

We both agree, it would be nice if someone sponsored or helped us pay for these adventure trips. Then again, I think we are going to go either way, we both need a rush to keep the blood flowing.

We both agree that money is a good thing, that is helps make life better for a traveler, and people need money and should not be angry when we try to find it. I would love to be rich, being rich is a good thing and I do not think rich people are bad, I just think they are rich.

Many travelers think it is bad taste to talk about money, to me it is realistic, it is real life, money is what allows me to travel, if I have it I can go anywhere over the rainbow.

Ok, National Geographic, please reply to my email...

Robin in Nairobi, Kenya Called


Only Carry Today’s Budget

Only Carry Today’s Budget

You cannot get blood from a turnip theory of travel.

I do not worry about being robbed when walking on the other side of the planet. The reason is simple, even if they robbed me; they would not get that much. I only carry enough money in my pocket for today.

In Lima Peru, this is about 50-100 soles, and I am planning to spend 20, so I guess I am carrying about 30-70 extra.

If you robbed me today, you would get less than 15 U.S. Dollars.

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Lima, Peru
Maria Jesus Area of Lima
Sunday, January 11, 2009
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Generally when I read travel advice on money, passports, plane tickets and other important papers, I disagree with the mainstream advice. I use the money belts or neck pouches only when I move from city to another and I have all my belongings with me.

When a person tells me a story about being robbed, generally the there is a story because they was carrying something worth robbing.

Is there a difference between money and my camera, I always have my 500-dollar camera with me?

Money, - Budget, - Danger, - Warnings

Only Carry Today’s Budget


Churros

Churros
What is a person to do, I travel the planet, I fall in love with a specific foods, then for some strange reasons I return… I walked by a Churro stand at a Super Market called Plaza Vea in Lima, Peru today.

Ok, so the Churro is not on my diet, not even close, but to say no would be to ignore Peru, that would not be proper.

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Lima, Peru
Maria Jesus Area of Lima
Saturday, January 10, 2009
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“50 Centavos. or about 6 cents USA. I believe they are deep-fried. They are full of manjar. It is a cream made from sweetened condensed milk. They cook the milk over a warm fire until it turns into Carmel. The cream is about the same color as the Churros or a little more brown. Manjar is in everything. One traveller wrote: Everywhere I go I ask what different psalteries are, and then I say, "What's in it?" The common answer is "Manjar". Now I just assume everything has manjar in it and that's fine if you like the taste of Carmel. “
-- October 2000
Andy of HoboTraveler.com in Arequipa, Peru

The price of a Churro is now one Sole, after eight years, it has been a long road back home, “Life is Good,” I have many homes.



This is warm, it has a that melt in your mouth feeling.

From time to time a person you relive his or her past, walk in the same shoes, walk the same path, so we do not forget to be thankful for all the good days gone by.

“Life is good, a life less normal…”

CHURRO
Cheers for Churros » Su Good Sweets
Churro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Churro recipe. Churro preparation. Churro restaurants. Mundoandino culture and attractions
Churros a sweet food sold in Arequipa Peru Photos Pictures Photographs
Churros Recipe - Easy Recipe for Churros - Churros Recipe - Spanish Fritters
Food Porn Churros with Dulce De Leche - Slashfood

Churros


Why is HoboTraveler.com in Peru

Why is HoboTraveler.com in Peru

To get close to less contacted tribes. (Wrongly called un-contacted tribes.)

I was in Peru last June of 2008, and at this time the Yurua river near the Peru-Brazil border was low. I was told to return in January and the river would be high enough to travel by canoe. I am wanting to get near one of the lesser contacted tribes on the planet, they are often called un-contacted tribes, however I tend to thing lesser contacted or less civilized is correct.

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Lima, Peru
Maria Jesus Area of Lima
Saturday, January 10, 2009
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This is a map of Peru; I will fly to Pucallpa, Peru on Monday morning.



This is a Map I modified to show where I wanted to go in June; you can read the post by clicking here: Less Contracted Tribes

So what is up with the less contacted tribes? I want to understand the true motivations and nature of man. I want to remove the culture that we wrap ourselves in and see who we really are before there were cities on the earth where people believe they are civilized.

This is one of them places I consider on the edge of the planet. It is not easy to get to Breu, I am not sure if I can afford the money now, it truly is expensive to rent small planes to travel off the map.

Why is HoboTraveler.com in Peru