Medicines that I carry for emergency treatment of diarrhea.

Medicines that I carry for emergency treatment of diarrhea. This is my personal information and use at your own risk. Can buy in pharmacies in Central and South America without prescription from doctor. Cost is about $10.00 USD for both medicines.

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Churin, Peru (Hot Springs)

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Entrance fee ranges from 1 to 3 Nuevo Soles (less that 1.00 USD) for all the hot springs.

The hot mineral springs are natural. You can drink the water from the source!

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Mercado Central San Jose, Costa Rica

If you happen to be in San Jose, Costa Rica then I would recommend that you go and eat at the Mercado Central. They have delicious seafood served many different ways and some lovely ice cream dishes. If you are a culinary adventurous person then have a go of some cow tongue for breakfast and wash it down with some strong black coffee.

The area is safe during the day, but at night the place goes bad pretty quick. Hustlers, hookers, drug dealers and an assortment of bad characters. I usually stay in a hotel in this area to save money and when I go out at night I walk fast or run with empty pockets.

My friend from Switzerland told me that he stayed in a 6.00 USD hotel in this area and ran to and from McDonalds just because he was worried about the stuff in his room being stolen. If staying in this area I would recommend Nuevo Hotel Central that is super friendly, safe and secure. It will cost you about 18.00 USD per night, but you will not have to run to McDonalds.

6 things to do in Otavalo, Ecuador.

If you are in Otavalo, Ecuador then you might consider some of these ideas for day excursions. These signs are posted at a bus terminal in the city.

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Antioquia, Peru is 3 hours outside of Lima by bus.

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Head to the hills of Antioquia, Peru to escape the rat race of Lima. Someone came into the town and painted it white. Pretty pictures on houses and Bronco Billy running wild through the streets. Watch out for Bronco Billy if you decide to take a dip in the meandering creek running below the town. When you let down your guard for one second a Golden Retriever (Bronco Billy) will jump in the water and try to give you lots of kisses as you fight to hold your head above water.

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Boquete (Panama)

I had high expectations of my visit to Boquete, unfortunately the once quaint town is now overrun with commercial buildings and I think has lost its charm. There is still some charm left, you just have to look a little harder. Maybe I didn’t give the town a fair shot and have a hard look around. After two days I hit the road. Talking to some local folks and a lot of them are moving from the town.Head to Boquete and see what you think. I just didn’t see what the fuss was about.

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Huaraz, Peru

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It took a couple days, but eventually I started to enjoy Huaraz, Peru. Most of the city was destroyed in the 1970 earthquake and the city is not that attractive. But they have some nice parks to visit and relax in. Plus the Andean mountains surround the city.

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Tamales for Sunday breakfast in Peru, South America.

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Every culture has its traditions and eating tamales on Sunday in Peru, South America is a tradition I enjoy. Usually the tamales are made with either a piece of pork or chicken in them. I prefer the chicken tamales.

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Cafe Coca Cola (Casco Viejo)

Location:Across the street from Parque Santa Ana.

Cafe Coca Cola supposedly has a lot of history behind it. Since it was around the corner from hotels that housed the Panama Canal workers, many workers used this restaurant for meals and social gatherings. If you are interested in the history of the restaurant talk to a cook named (James) and he can tell you all about it. I ate breakfast there and it was not very good. Looks like they have good deserts though.

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Antigua, Guatemala

If you take the chicken bus from Guatemala City airport to Antigua. It will take you about 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Public transportation is very cheap and is the way to travel if you are on a budget. Upon arriving in Antiqua this is what is looks like. The bus will stop and everyone must get off the bus.

Black Market in Lima, Peru.

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Location: Avenue Argentina 428, Central Lima, Peru.

So you sure would like to have an ipod touch or a new computer, but you don’t have the money to pay retail. Well there is a place in Lima, Peru, also known as the green market where you probably can find discounted products. I was offered a nice Dell computer for less than two hundred dollars. Wandering around I observed lots of ipods and iphones for sale. Some in working order and others damaged.

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Comedor Antojitos Marisol (Perquin)

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Location: Perquin, El Salvador

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Memorial in Yungay, Peru of the 25,000 people who perished in the 1970 earthquake.

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On May 31st 1970 a massive earthquake caused a mud avalanche and flooding that buried the town of Yungay, Peru in 3 minutes. 25,000 people died at around 3:00 pm that fateful day.

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Pedasi (Panama)

Getting there: From Chitre take mini van to Las Tablas, then catch another mini van to Pedasi. Takes about 1 1/2 hours for the whole trip.

Pedasi is a neat town to go and visit. Not a whole lot to do there and perhaps that is a good reason to go. The two local beaches (Playas El Torro and La Garita) are not the best for swimming, but I liked taking the long half hour hike to reach them. The town offers an assortment of hotels and restaurants to choose from. There is a bank in the town now.The town square below of Pedasi.
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Parque Nacional Cahuita (Cahuita) Costa Rica

Cost:Donation (25 cents is fine)I can’t say enough good about Cahuita Nacional Parque. You’ve got good beaches and plenty of hiking room. You’ve got monkeys, sloths, lizards and other wild life to observe. The entrance fee is what ever you want to give. The village of Chauita is quaint.

I think when you have a picture of what Costa Rica is like in your brain. This is the picture you have. This is Costa Rica! But sadly it’s slowly disappearing to development.

The village offers accommodations for everyones budget. Food is your biggest expense.

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Paragliding in Canoa, Ecuador

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While staying at “Camping Iguana” in Canoa, Ecuador I had a chance to tag along with a guy (Dick) from England to watch him paraglide. We left around 3:00 pm in the afternoon for the steep cliffs overlooking Canoe, Ecuador.

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Ceviche

(Peruvian Costa Rican Sea Bass Ceviche)
Ceviche is a typical Costa Rican food dish consisting of raw fish soaked in freshly squeezed lime juice, which cooks the fish.  Makes 8 Servings.
Ingredients:

  1. 2 lbs fresh sea bass, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  2. 1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  3. 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  4. 1/2 cup purple onion, chopped
  5. 1/2 cup red bell peppers, minced
  6. 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  7. 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  8. 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
  9. Salt and pepper to taste

Place sea bass in a stainless steel or glass bowl. Pour lime and lemon juices over the fish. Cover and let it sit for 1 hour. Add onions, red bell peppers, parsley, and cilantro. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Add olive or vegetable oil and salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Serve on a bed of lettuce or on crackers!

Traditional Christmas celebrated in Lima, Peru.

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One thing you can bet on seeing in the homes of Peruvians during Christmas is Panettone and hot chocolate. Panettone is similar to a fruitcake, but only lighter.

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Images around San Jose, Costa Rica

Traveling in San Jose, Costa Rica I took a lot of photos and these are some of my favorite I took. San Jose is a pretty friendly budget travel destination. You can eat pretty cheap there and find budget accommodations to fit the backpacker budget.

This was taken outside a preschool.

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Mexico City (Mexico)

Mexico City is a nice place to explore. There are about 20 police officers to each block, so you don’t have to worry about much. Lots of great places to eat ( I like the cheap taco stands with cow and intestine tacos).

Plenty of Museums to see and the subway is supper easy and cheap to use.

Churches everywhere ;-)

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