Retreat to Lima


If we had stuck to my original 6 week Peru/Bolivia itinerary, we would be on a 10 hour bus ride from Cusco to Lake Titicaca (12,555ft), the world’s highest navigable lake. Instead of getting off the plane in Cusco from Puerto Maldonado (main town outside of Tambopata Rainforest), we stayed on and continued directly to Lima, Peru’s capital city, where we started our trip two weeks earlier.

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When we were on our 4N/5D rainforest trip, we both panicked every time we thought about returning to Cusco and being stranded there at 3,400m (11,200ft) surrounded by high altitude. Prompted by our continued bad health and Kees’ unceasing fear of altitude sickness, we decided to reconsider our schedule.

Except for a 4 day all-inclusive package sponsored by Madidi Jungle Ecolodge in Bolivia, I hadn’t booked or finalized any of our plans so would not be losing money or breaking promises…  It…

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