After a harrowing 8 hour bus trip from Sucre to Uyuni, I was relieved just to be off the bus and on firm ground again. Our bus driver literally raced another bus the entire trip, jockeying for position and momentarily overtaking before screeching to a stop to pick up passengers and then we rocketed off again. Read more
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Machu Picchu is 2,430m above sea-level, situated on an ‘eyebrow’ between the Andes and the rainforest. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, although the Spanish never found Machu Picchu. It was rediscovered in 1911 and since then has been a site many dream of visiting. Read more
I left for the Mexico City airport at 3am, taxiing through a downpour to the airport, sitting in the front with my bag on my lap and hoping I had remembered all my stuff. It felt weird to think this would be the last time I would be in Mexico for quite some time. Read more
Saturday, May 3rd was an important day of celebration in Teotitlán. Known as La Fiesta de las Cruces, or Cruz de Mayo, the day has religious origins from the 16th Century, and is primarily observed by miners, masons and construction workers.
Traditionally in Mexico, a cross decorated with flowers and paper is placed on the highest point of a building under construction, which will then protect those who labour below it. This same premise is followed in Teotitlán, and a large cross is placed on what the locals refer to as Brother Mountain; Picacho, the peak that overlooks the village, so all living below it are kept safe. It is customary on May 3rd for the entire community to climb Picacho in celebration, and to ask for continued protection. Read more