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Video: Rafting the Apurimac River near Cuzco (Perú)

Video: Apurimac River, near Cuzco, Perú

This one of the best experiences in my life. A rafting trip for 3 days in a canyon near Cuzco (Perú). It was amazing the landscape, the adrenaline and the team. I think rafting is awesome for team-building, on the last day one guy fell out of our boat in the rapid, two of us pulled him out in a matter of seconds, whereas the others continued to steer the boat through the rapid.

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Photo: Off the Road into the Wild

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Photo: Somewhere in Time, Perú This is one of my favorite photos I took in Perú. The right “click” at the right moment. If you shoot more you increase your chances, like with so many other things in life. Listen … Continue reading

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Photo: How to downhill a Volcano with a bike in Perú?

How to downhill a Peruvian Volcano with a bike

Photo: “El Misti”, Arequipa (Peru)

Answer: with a Peruvian guide, a Peruvian driver and 5 European Engineers.

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Raiding the Trains in Cordoba

we are in - taking a look at the nearby buildings

On one of my exploring trips through Cordoba I found a place with old trains, I saw and I knew “I want get in there” :) Luckily a few days later my friend Thomas visited me, before heading to his internship in Colombia. Hence, we took our new clothes, cameras and some stuff with us and headed to the “train cemetery” (later we found out that his was actually the part of an active train station…).

When we arrived there, we saw a wall before us, well it was definitely made to keep small animals out, because it was too low for us…

Moving on - Thomas leading the way
Hence, we were in :) running around the place exploring it and of course posing around. Beware, in these areas it may be common that “homeless” people live. After doing photos for a few hours, we began moving on. While walking along the rails, we realized that this wasn’t a train cemetery, it was the inactive area of a large train station. Hence, he headed towards the station platform. As we reach the platform and want to leave the station, we are approached by two policemen (note: I thought these guys were from the military, since their uniforms were green and the equipment look more army than police like). Now we learned something interesting ;) in Argentina you need a ticket to enter the platform, well since we left anyway, it was no problem at all. Thomas charme and persuasive skills were quite practical too.

Here is a video & gallery with more photos from our little adventure, enjoy! For questions and feedback drop me us comment or mail!

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Exploring – Discovering the Nature of a Place

One of my favorite acitivities is “exploring”. Basically, I take a camera and a map, then I head down the road from the place I stay. I take a look, which direction looks promising and then I start walking, looking and ENJOYING. At every corner and crossroad I listen to my hunches if I wanna go somewhere else or might this be good occassion for a great picture? Time to explore that store? Find out what this building over there is? The freedom to choose. Just to it! (A word of caution beware of too dangerous places. I only had one more or less dangerous situation, but I got out of it without a sratch or giving away a penny.)

This approach is one of the most natural ways to create an immunity against the dangerous backpacker disease called Monumentitis ;)

Monumentitis (n.) the condition caused by repeated exposure to the cultural and historical artifacts of a place one is visiting; usually accompanied by sore feet, sweaty armpits, and a generally unpleasant attitude.

It is amazing what you can learn on such a trip about a district, city or even country. No guide, no pre-canned lines, no tourist areas, just real life, real people and real situations. I love to get hands on the “real thing”, for me culture is not about museums, famous monuments or historic places. It is about the behavior and customs of everyone around. How do you give tip in Peru? Is it “ok” to bring friends to party in Argentina without asking? Where are the rich parts of the town? Where do the taxi drivers wash their cars? etc. etc.

When I am tired or finished I take out the map and try to find my way home or just call a taxi. Also I recommend to ask some experienced people, which places are safe. Yet, I often landed in not so safe places anyway, but I am pretty cautious and high alert.

Stuff to bring:

  • map + address of your residence
  • camera (for me this is crucial cause I take a closer look, if I am on photo tour)
  • water and maybe some food

I also used this “technique” i my hometown. is also applyable to your own hometown! I tried it out, it’s great!

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