The Seven Explorers and horseback riding

Aku Avi

The Seven Explorers are the only maois that face towards the water.  These seven are considered the original explorer’s who found the island.  Who they actually are is not a definite.  Some say it is King Motu though no one really knows.

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Easter Island – Birdman Competition

Before the tribal wars but after the reign of the King Motu, it was decided on a yearly competition for leadership – the Birdman Journey.

Every year the  best warrior was chosen to represent his respective tribal chief. The priests, chiefs and chosen warriors would go to Orongo for the Birdman Competition – no children or women.

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The Heads of Rapa Nui – Easter Island

These heads are called Moai. They are representations of important ancestors of a tribe.

The people believed that the spirit (Mana) of the ancestor would be preserved in the Moai, as long as the eyes were there, and this would give the tribe strength and wisdom.

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Day 3 – We made it ….. before breakfast

Andres wakes us at 4:30am for our 5am departure.

Andres is worried about the mule arriving on time. It seems the mule driver is coming from Cabanaconde, exactly where we are heading too. It is considered a 3 hour hike up with a break at each hour.

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Colca Canyon – Day 2 – deserting our guide….unintentionally

We have a good sleep and awake at 7:30am.  We pack our gear, have breakfast and hit the trail at 9am.  It is an hour later than we were suppose too, but everyone seems to be heading out at the same time.  The key is to try and get the hiking done before the heat of the day.

Today is mostly flat and then downhill into the Oasis – our second but different oasis in a week. Everyone is staying in the Oasis but at different hostels.

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Condor’s Pass

We stop here on our way to Cabanaconde. It is only a certain time frame in the morning that you can see the Condor’s flying/gliding.

The lookout terrace is packed with people as there are special tours to come just here.

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Arequipa and the Cloisters

This is a beautiful Colonial city surrounded by volcanoes of which one is still active and smoking.

We arrive in the morning and grab a taxi with pre-arranged prices per sector to our hostel. It turns out our hostel is just down from the Plaza de Armes and walking distance to most places.

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Ceviche and recipe

This is a traditional South American dish which is actually a raw meal.  Depending on where you in South America determines the fish that is used and other ingredients but the basic principle is the same.

This is not like sushi where you are eating raw fish with a condiment.  Ceviche (pronounced say-bee-chay) is marinated in the South American limon and being an acid cooks the fish while also providing great flavour.

The limon is close to a key lime.  When making this dish, if you do not have limon or limes, lemon can be used but it will give a harsher taste.

We have also had this vegetarian where sliced mushrooms were used instead of the fish.

The corn that is used in South America is a pale yellow, very big kernel corn.

The basic recipe for traditional peruvian ceviche is at the Food And You blog.



Tipon, Pikillatay, Alien Baby

For this trip we took a tour bus with friends.  It was good because we had the backseat which was raised so the kids could see over heads, the unfortunate part is not having as much time to see or explore the sites.

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Carnival in Cusco

I have never been to Carnival, and have known that Carnival corresponds with Fashion Week in Europe, along with another tradition of single girls being able to tag the single man they have been eyeing. I do not remember the name of that tradition, but did learn about it while posted in Oberammergau, West Germany – not that the tradition is really needed much anymore.

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