Cuenca, Ecuador

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Cuenca, Ecuador is a really nice town to unwind and kick back in. Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city, but does not feel overwhelmingly large. You can find some good places to eat and plenty of sightseeing places to keep you busy.

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Some pictures around the jungle town of Yurimaguas, Peru.

The sunrise in Yurimaguas, Peru.

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Catarina, Nicaragua

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Was I ever in for a surprise when I arrived on a day trip in Catarina, Nicaragua from Masaya. The town is really quaint and lots of pretty flower stands. I was regretting not staying in Catarina for a few nights.
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One reason to visit Guatemala (Tikal)

tikal_2If there is one reason to visit Guatemala I would have to say it is to visit the ruins of Tikal. I would stay at least a minimum of 2 days to explore the ruins.  The best town to stay in near Tikal would be Flores. Plenty of Hotels to choose from. I have stayed in the Hotel Mirador Del Lago and found it comfortable and affordable. The town of Flores is a easy going place to explore and the people are friendly. Guatemala is a very safe country and also very affordable to travel in. A single traveler should be able to travel comfortably for 15 US dollars per day in the town of Flores. Other parts of Guatemala such as  “San Pedro” you can get buy for around 5 dollars per day. Thats includes your hotel and 3 meals. Now understand 5 dollars per day is cooking your own meals or eating at the street vendor stands.

Peyote

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So you are thinking about doing Peyote (you fool). Realize that you are about to open up a new world that will leave you scratching your head and then searching for the truth.

If Peyote decides to find you, then you will begin a journey (yes, Peyote finds you, you don’t find Peyote). Maybe a nightmare into the door of your soul.Imagine walking around a small Mexican town with a loud train that goes right through the middle. Your dead mothers head is stacked 3 feet deep as you walk in search of a way out. You walk with a female police officer and she points to the bus station. You confirm in your mind that you will leave tomorrow and never come back. Walking into a small church Peyote reveals the biggest puppet show on earth.  Outside the church an old man smiles. He knows what gringos do in his town.

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Quinoa a sacred grain

quinoaThe Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as chisaya mama or ‘mother of all grains’, and it was the Inca emperor who would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using ‘golden implements’.

Peruvians used to eat a lot of  Quinoa, but you would be surprised of the younger generations not knowing what the grain is or ever having ate quinoa.

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