Huaraz & The Cordilleras (Peru)

We decided to get away from the cold in Trujillo with a weekend trip to Huaraz and the Cordilleras. 10 hours on the deluxe night bus (pretty cozy besides the token snorer on every trip), and we arrived in Huaraz just after 8am.

As soon as we checked into the hotel, we booked over to the tour company for a day of mountain biking. I insisted on full suspension bikes for us both (expensive, but worth it), and only an hour later we were on our way with a guide and a shuttle climbing up the Cordilleras Negras hillside.

The city I enjoyed the most in Peru was definitely Huaraz. I loved everything about it: its warmth in all meanings of this word (the people and the weather), its streets, cafes and bars. We liked it so much that visited it twice.

It takes about 10hours from Trujillo. We traveled by the VIP buses run by Linea (http://www.transporteslinea.com.pe/) that includes snack, tea/coffee, pillow and blanket, movies and super comfortable seats. I enjoyed Linea VIP …

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Volunteer Teaching in Trujillo, Peru: Another Photo Blog

We spent the month of September living & volunteering in Trujillo, Peru. Our favorite volunteer site was the USDA (Una Sonrisa de Amor) school in Alta Trujillo, an underpriviledged neighborhood about 40 minutes outside of the city center. There we spent time teaching English to young children ages 4-9. We hope you enjoy this photo blog of our volunteer teaching experience!

Vasilisa Teaching "Thank You" at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa Teaching “Thank You” at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

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A Photo Blog of 3 Mexican Cities: Guadalajara, Mexico City & Oaxaca

In Mexico we visited three of the most important cultural / historical centers – Guadalajara, Mexico City & Oaxaca. And we saw everything from Mariachis, to street Shamans, to a shipwreck in the middle of Mexico City. We hope this photo blog gives you a taste of these 3 incredible Mexican cities!

Bubbles in Guadalajara (in park near Zocalo & Cathedral)

Bubbles in Guadalajara (in park near Zocalo & Cathedral)

Mariachis outside Guadalajara

Mariachis outside Guadalajara

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Backpacking & Canyon Train Ride: Copper Canyon, Mexico

By the time we got to Creel, we were exhausted from 20+ hours of non-stop buses. Luckily, we found a great little place to stay called Huespedes De Margarita. And as soon as we got into our room, we hit the bed for a much deserved nap.
20h on the airplane, almost 20h on the bus and I’m in the middle of Mexico on the top of the copper canyon, rushing to set up the tent before the storm hits us…

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Border Crossing: Tuscon – Agua Prieta – Chihuahua

When I met Vasilisa, she proudly showed me her shiny new, ultra-sleek, super-compact sleeping bag.  My 12 year old bag, in relation to her´s, looked like an antique that belonged in a sleeping bag museum!

We started out trip to Central America from Tuscon, USA and caught almost the last shuttle to the Mexico border which cost US $30 each.

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