Trips over. Processing Time
My trip is now finished. Now the processing begins.
I had planned this trip to help discover myself, more than to discover Peru. I did discover a bit of both, and over the next few months I will have lots of thinking about what I learned on this journey.
I have been sitting here for the past few days getting caught up entering these travel blogs. Some of them take up to 2 hrs. to upload. There has to be a faster way to do this. (Now that I am all done, I just found out that there is a bulk up-loader option!) A person needs to take a small computer with them, so when they are on the bus or lacking something to do, they can do all the typing and edit the photos they are going to use, down to a smaller file size for uploading. Internet is slower in Peru, than in Canada.
I missed lots of good photos, being that I only brought along a little Pentax W90 waterproof camera that I always carry with me. A full size, high-speed SLR, with at least a couple of zoom lenses would have been much better. My camera was just too slow. The lens quality is so so. And the focal length of the lens was not always what I needed.
I also brought my camcorder and am going to have allot of video to edit.
I wish I had read some books on Travel Writing before I left. With a bit more knowledge on how to write for Travel and a better camera I could have had a much more interesting blog. But being this is my first attempt, I won't punish myself too much for all the short comings I now see in this blog.
What would I have done different on this trip if I did it again? Only spend 5 days in the jungle and not 3 weeks (would have missed lots though). Spend more time at each location, so I could have relaxed more and made new friends. Found better restaurants!
It would really have been nice to have learned some Spanish. One can get by on none, but it can be quite hard to communicate, and even harder to make friends. I brough a small Kwick-Point translater, which is a picture book along with me. It came in handy a few times. A good Spanish to English/English to Spanish dictionary is a must. And a phrase book is good for having conversations.
The two most important Spanish words I learned on my trip where 'Bano' and 'Sin-Gas'. Bano means bathroom and Sin-Gas means no gas. They sell lots of carbonated water in Peru. You learn what Sin-Gas means quite soon in your journey after you open up a bottle of water and it bubbles out all over the place.
The first thing you should do when you arrive in a city is to check out the iPeru tourist centre. They are very friendly and helpful, and you can even store your luggage with them until you find a place to stay. Go and check out all the tour operators or hostels you want and then come back to iPeru who will tell you if there has been any problems reported about the companies in question.
The Trip Advisor web-site and the Lonely Planet web-site are good places to go for getting information on lodging and tour information. There are lots of reviews by their members. If there are lots of bad reviews, check the dates on them, because sometimes the said businesses do make changes and all the newer reviews will show up as positive.
Make sure you bring some of that nice Canadian toilet paper with you. The toilet paper in Peru feels like a cheap paper-towel. I found that you can buy genuine Kleenex there, and a couple of sheets of it, beats any toilet paper they have.
I think I would make a few changes in what I brought with me. You can check out what I brought at this amazon link. Travel Light, With One Bag If you have any questions on that stuff, feel free to ask. The people in Peru dress no differently than the people in North America.
The best food on my trip was in Iquitos. I am not sure if it was because my Guides took me to good places, or from some of the info I got off this great blog Captians Blog that is written by a Texan. I do know that the worst meal of my trip was at the Saskatoon airport, at "Crossroads Grill". I had a burger there that tasted like Spork that was deep fried in a salt brine. I only managed one bite of it, and the rest went in the garbage. Totally disgusting.
I seen a German couple that were touring Peru on their motor-bikes. I am curious to what the advantages and disadvantages to that would be. If anyone wants to comment on this, send me an e-mail please.
I figured out my costs for this trip. I used my Aeroplan miles for the airplane ticket so all I paid was the tax. I think a normal return ticket is $1,300.00 . Everything comes to approximately $4,350.00, for 5 weeks. I could have saved $300.00 by not using my rental phone for long distance. I didn't get a phone card because I don't understand Spanish. I would get one next time and let someone else place the call for me. I could have saved $50.00 by not using my credit card in payphones. Don't ever do this. They automatically bill you $10.00. I could have saved $100.00 by using cheaper buses, but I wouldn't recommend that. I could have eaten at more back alley restaurants and saved at least $200.00, and probably have stayed healthier. I did stay in the jungle for 20 days, at $60 per day. That price would have been a bit cheaper without the included medicine. I always stayed in private rooms at the hostels so could have saved $200 over the two weeks out of the jungle. Another $200 for souvenirs could also be subtracted. (I had to update the above paragraph (Mar.28), being that I found new charges. Always write it down in a notebook each time you make a ABM withdrawal, and make sure you keep your receipts.)
I think a person could live as low as $20 a day there, plus transportation costs and also whatever the costs are for tours you may take.
If your interested in using the same Jungle Guide I did, his name is Wilder(will-der) Palla Flores. 051-065-765841 firstname.lastname@example.org . His business partner and cousin is Gerson Pizango. You can look at his web-site at Amazon Jungle Guide for contact details, or call him at 051-065-965-013225 email@example.com. Gerson also knows French and German.
I did actually get diarrhea one more time after arriving back home. I should have been a little more careful in my eating habits down there. It is so nice now to once again to not be scared of farting!
And as I promised everyone in the jungle, the first thing I did when I got home, was to get into my bathing suit and go for a roll in the snow!
P.S. I will be updating this last page in the future when something new comes to mind.
October 28, 2011
- I am attempting to put this Blog into a picture book format. It would have helped if I kept dates with my notes *sigh* I did keep all my receipts so I think I have them all figured out now. I have no idea where I got the dates from on this blog!
- While going through my receipts looking for dates, I think I got charged for a days worth of Cell phone use from Peru Rent a Cell. Another good reason to keep track of dates.