Peru Travel Stories, Page 19

Pucallpa to Cusco Peru Flight

Pucallpa to Cusco Peru Flight
182 U.S. two separate tickets with Aero Condor, leaving tonight at 10:00 pm, and I get in Cusco about 12 hours later, with a long nap in the Lima, Peru airport while in Transit.

I am very happy to not have to stay in Lima, Peru for the night, other than sleeping on the floor of the Airport. I am now attempting to bypass all these big cities in the way to better locations on the planet...

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Monday, June 9, 2008
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I am ready to change channels again, Cusco, Peru is a pleasant city with great market, and a few more Gringos explaining how they hate their country.

I will work on my Windmill Backpack.

Pucallpa to Cusco Peru Flight


Obsessing on Windmill Backpack

Obsessing on Windmill Backpack
I cannot go to the Yurua River because the river is too low, I have started to obsess again on the Windmill Backpack, me chasing the ideal, perfect, ultimate backpack design to make and manufacture.

I am going to Cuzco to try some ideas, I made one there before, and they have the minimum amount of materials needed.

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Monday, June 9, 2008
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I have two Kelty Bags, thanks to Chris and Marc and Taia bring them to me in Guatemala, they are good starter bags, the harness part is good. The guy on top of the bus unstrapped the harness to use to tie the bags now, not they are hanging loose waiting for a problem.



Me looking at the too stupid for words Kelty Backpack pockets, thinking to myself,
“What is the F@#k fell out of the pockets?”
What is the point of a pocket zipping down, everything falls out when I open? Then the flat does not hold things inside the pocket. What do I do, climb a mountain and a carabine falls on the person below me?

I was changing Chicken buses in Los Encuetros, Guatemala, getting on a bus and the small boys not to gently throwing the Kelty Backpacks down and back up on the top of the buses..
“I do not have time for this stupid design stuff.”
The bag is not locked, too many pockets and toys, and bag is not carry on size, smaller, but not carryon, it will not fit above seats because to fat, and will not fit in the airport text box, what is the point. The Kelty Backpack is so close yet, so far…

Cusco or Cuzco has many textile type businesses in the city; this may be the best place on the planet to manufacture my bags. I am debating now between the USA, Guatemala, and Peru, the brains of Guatemala think expensive, or inflated USA prices, so tougher, the USA, is just too complicated in a way, no room for mistakes in cost of manufacturing.

I have to buy all the material and ship to a location, they do not exist in one location, and I do not fancy trying to explain to Chinese people how to sew, I still sort of think about the Philippines, it is possible.

In the end, Peru or the Philippines gives me the most to do while I am waiting for the bags to be completed.

I on the other hand think from a global help the world basis, the country of Peru needs some real products to produce.

I will try to buy a ticket today to Lima, hope to transfer, but probably not, and then to Cusco on Wednesday.

Please tell me what you love or hate about a Backpack.
Backpack Survey of Pros and Cons

Obsessing on Windmill Backpack


Why I Like Wheels For a Backpack

Why I Like Wheels For a Backpack
I buy a two-wheel luggage cart when I go to Europe, nothing in Europe is convenient or cheap, the worlds most expensive Continent.

I also need one for Africa, because I want to carry many books, nothing worst than being bored with nothing to do in a remote village with no electricity. For a real adventure, outside the Guidebook Path, off the Electrical Grid, I need to go heavy, I need equipment, I cannot go wimp, but I can buy a cart with wheels.

Going light is not a solution, it is not carrying what we need or want, because you are either weak, lazy, or too silly macho to use wheels, the simple invention that man has used for thousand of years, however many people are too macho to realize they makes sense.

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Sunday, June 8, 2008
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However, for the life of me, I cannot find a way to integrate two-wheels onto a bag that does not cause problems. I can make a bag that allows a cart I purchased in the Airport to be attached.



This more or less is one of them cart you can buy in the Airport for about 30 U.S. dollars or in Mall for about 20 U.S. Dollars.

I want to carry heavy items:

1. Books, I carry seven at all times, in Africa, I will carry 15, a person cannot be a tourist 24/7, and it just is not real life.

2. Cooking equipment, this saves me about half the cost of eating and allows me to eat healthy.

3. A liter of Alcohol for cooking, sometimes I carry the lighter electric hotplate.

4. Solar Charger, Batteries, BGAN Satellite Internet Access, 2 Motorcycle Batteries to go off the Electrical grid and live for two weeks. 10 Kilos just to have these toys.

5. Food, a bag or rice ways a pound, spaghetti is heavy.

6. It is also nice to have a can of shaving cream, a bottle of hair conditioner once in awhile; I do not like to always shave with a bar of soap. (I am not going to shave my head, this is not a solution, it is a denial.)

In Asia, South America, Central America, many places in Africa, I do not walk; I take a taxi for one to two Dollars. The most I walk with a backpack is about 200 meters, until I get back on the road to catch a taxi.

I have a policy,
“I try to buy gear I can replace on the road, anywhere in the world.”

Now, this is not a black or white policy, yes or no, on or off, 1 or 2, you have to be flexible, I do carry difficult to buy items. Good backpacks violate this policy; I cannot replace them anywhere in the world. However, I can purchase a two-wheel cart at about any airport on the planet.

I am thinking I will just adapt a bag I am desiging that will allow a person to securely attach almost any cart they purchase, however targeting the types sold in Airports, because I can replace in any country. I lost one in the Turkey Airport because I forgot it; I left it behind by accident because it was not attached properly.

The shorter the trip, the more people need large bags, and wheels; because they always buy about two bags of souvenirs, they are a slave to temptations. When I carry three bags for any reason, I lose in the game of security and brains.

Survey to help me design backpack

Ten Things to Bring With You

Why I Like Wheels For a Backpack


Kerosene and Wood Peru Stoves

Kerosene and Wood Peru Stoves
Here is a couple photos of interesting stoves I found in Peru, one is Kerosene and the other is a wood box full of mud, used inside a building with firewood.

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
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I found this in the Pucallpa, Peru Market, it is interesting how various types of fuels are used for cooking, this is a Kerosene Stove.



This is the way a person uses firewood to cook inside a building, the construct a box out of wood and fill it up with dirt or gravel, sometimes sand. I liked the Chicken, added to the photo.

Kerosene and Wood Peru Stoves


WARNING ATM Bank Machine Esmeraldas Ecuador Banco Pachinca

WARNING ATM Bank Machine Esmeraldas Ecuador Banco Pachinca

A person submitted a nightmare post about an ATM or Bank Machine, called Cajero Automatica in Spanish that took his money in Esmeralda, Ecuador.

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Sunday, June 8, 2008
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The comment is on this link below, and truly this type of problem is my nightmare waiting to happen, I take great care, only use the ATM machine connected to banks, for sure I do not use the ones in Bar, Restaurants around the planet, no bank attached, no use of ATM.

The post:

ATM Machines Ecuador

Name: Darrell Futrell

City: esmeraldas
State: esmeraldas
Country: ecuador

Subject: atm machines at banco pachinca

Comments:
I want to inform travelers to be very carful using banco pachinca atms in ecuador. I have lost money on 3 different occasions.When I disputed the errors I always got to same answer. The machines were working correctly at the time of my withdrawal.I have only had trouble with that bank. I do not use them anymore.Out 800 bucks, lesson learned.

WARNING ATM Bank Machine Esmeraldas Ecuador Banco Pachinca


Low Water in Amazon River Tour Problem

Low Water in Amazon River Tour Problem
As best I understand the water on the Amazon, Ucayali and all the headwater and tributaries are now receding. I wish to fly upriver on the Rio Yurua in the Department of Ucayali, Peru, then paddle and float downriver during high season to the Village of Breu whereby I would fly back to Pucallpa, Peru.

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Sunday, June 8, 2008
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This trip is bereft with danger and problems. The anticipation of problems and timing are not strong skill sets of Peruvian people, this is more along the lines of Germans.

Anyway, I do it; the best time to navigate this river is during the months of January or February. The collection of information for this trip will take at least one month of preparations, not full time, yet daily collecting of equipment needed.

The cost of airfares is raising rapidly, the cost to return here in six months will be close to 1500 U.S. dollars minimum from wherever I am on the planet.
Money, travel is always about money, the blocker in the way.

Low Water in Amazon River Tour Problem


Hotel Internet WIFI Idiot Management

Hotel Internet WIFI Idiot Management
Woke up this morning, the Wireless WIFI Internet was not working; I walked downstairs to the Internet Room.

The idiot management touched it.

Do not touch what you do not understand…

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Sunday, June 8, 2008
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The night manager of this new hotel I moved into decided in his great wisdom to shut off the Electrical Cord that runs the Wireless Router. It is just like watching children in Hotels; I must continually monitor the staff of the Hotels with WIFI and hope they keep their stupid fingers off the Wireless Router.

I have decided that I need to take great care in choosing hotels with WIFI, I must have 24 access to the Wireless Router box or I am in default control of management lack of knowledge of Internet.

The basic idea of hotels is this,
“I do not need it, so why do you?”

I remember the American owner of a hotel in Panajachel by the name of Richard saying,
“You do not need to wake up at 4:00 am and use the Internet.”

I have tech who live in Goa, India, this is about 11:00 pm for him, I have a need to communicate on the same time, just another idiot hotel owner saying,
“I do not need it, so you do not need it.”

I turned on the Electricity here in Pucallpa, gave the man a stern look and told him not to shut off, just like children. It helps if you are an Alpha Male and know how to intimidate.

In the real world, outside the USA, the people give you what you expect from them, no more, no less, you must give commands, not request, this is not Kansas.

My collection of Internet Office problems and solutions:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/mobileoffice/

Hotel Internet WIFI Idiot Management


Jamaica Smuggler Backpack

Jamaica Smuggler Backpack
I accidentally came upon one of the best backpack design I have ever seen in the Iquitos, Peru Airport. It is called the Jamaica Smuggler made by a company called Stahlsac.com.

http://www.stahlsac.com/products/W421-B.shtml

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Saturday, June 7, 2008
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This is the Stahlsac.com Bag, called the Jamaica Smuggler, and sells for 190 U.S. online.



Mike a man from the USA had this bag, he said he was a scuba diver and this bag was good for him. I was impressed with two features, the Hasp Slider for the zipper that are easy to lock, plus all the zippers seem to be full size number 10, maybe 11, this is an excellent zipper system.

The bag opens like a book, or folds open, it is large enough to carry all the normal persons gear. The handle of the wheel cart was still the cheap stuff, however overall better than average. The wheels were heavy duty, and big enough maybe to pull through a mud puddle.

The backpack harness was ok, however for sure not comfortable for a mountain trip; this was a strictly road trip bag, trains, planes and buses, not a mountain bag.

People continuously mix up their needs, a traveler does not need a mountain bag, and a trekker or mountain climber does not need a travel bag, they are different types of needs. I recommend people buy a day bag to carry their computer inside, and use it for the weekend trips that can fit inside this big bag. I really can live out a small bag for a week, and I do not need this large of bag for a week or three-week strip, so stored inside would be better.

Again, I would like to thank all the wankers who buy the mountain climbing bags to travel, I appreciate you volunteering to robbed, and be the soft target so I am not noticed.

I have two Kelty 3100 nountain bags now by accidental need, and availability, they are a super problem, I am going to fly to Lima or Cusco soon, I hope to change all the zipper, cut off outside pockets and customize to something acceptable. I suppose it would be cheaper to just buy this Stahlsac.com bag and avoid the hassles.

Oh yes, the two handles, the one on top, and the one on the side are super heavy duty, a truly heavy duty bag.

Please help me to design the perfect long-term travel bag by filling out this survey.
Survey of Backpack Pros and Cons

Jamaica Smuggler Backpack