The Dash 8 turboprop plane I flew to Colombia-- 36 seats.
My neighborhood in Cartagena.
Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, one of the biggest Spanish fortresses in the world.
Streets of Cartagena, Colombia.
Yes, the brand name really is Snob.
Just outside my hostel in Bogota
The view from above. A tiny slice of it at least. You can see the entire city spread blow you and out of sight if you take seven pictures like this one to span it all.
Cable car going down from Monserrat-- family enjoying the view.
Yes, this is what you see walking down the streets of South America.
Students in the Candelaria area of Bogota.
Great traditional costumes, but please, please, stop using the backbeats of 80s electronic keyboards as the backbone of your music. Please.
A good piece from the Bogots gold museum.
Vendors outside the stadium.
Cali Deportiva (white and green) versus Cali America (red).
Cali America fans.
Flag waving after victory.
Nightlife in Bustling Cali. It's not a city that never sleeps-- it just shuts down during the day so they can party all night every night.
Just look at that face puddle across the floor. Prbably the biggest dog I-ve met on this trip. Really likes having the base of his tail scratched.
The nighttime streets of Pasto, Colombia.
I've seen a lot of christmas lights as I go, but these were some of the most impressive. Look at the people on the left for perspective on size.
"Get out of the country and cities, Paramilitaries."
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the mountains of Colombia.
See this line? This is about half of the whole line. It's not very long. I spent FOUR HOURS in this not very long line just to get into the country.
Soap on a stick. Perfect for all you restaurant owners who keep getting your bars of soap jacked.
aAHHH HE'S FOLLOWING ME AHHH!!!!
I really like these street bands with pan pipes. Especially the ones that don't use electronic keyboards like they do in Colombia.
The hats and ponchos are becoming more common as I go south, especially with the older population.
This is Quito, Ecuador.
It's raining on a parade in Quito. Still a pretty cool parade. Now if only they hadn't marched it right through a concert that was happening in the square at the time...
Fire twirler in a parade in Quito
As someone who sees tourist souveneir shops on a regular basis, I found this sign absolutely hysterical.
A fearless galapagos finch, Santa Cruz island.
...is that supposed to be God or Darwin at the top there?
I couldn't take any piucs underwater, but I got this at least: some of the least colorful fish at least feeding off our boat.
Galapagos hawk in the background watching a male sea lion.
Lava lizards. Thiny fast little guys scurrying all over the island. Trained to spot movement of small things, it was really easy to get them to chase pebbles.
Our guide, Whitman, on the left with the brown hat and sunglasses, showing us around Santa Fe Island.
This is a cactus... tree. I thought the cross-section was really interesting. These guys could get to be very tall on some islands.
Get over here kid.
The hilariously unfortunately named Blue Footed Boobies in their natural habitat. I can't even begin to tell you how many guys wearing "I like boobies" shirts I saw on this trip.
Count the iguanas.
Male land iguana following female land iguana with one thing on his mind.
Land iguana guaring her nest.
Hard to make out, but it's sea turtles mating. Specifically it's one of two pairs nearby mating while five others swim around waiting their turn. Because that's how Sea Turtles do these things.
Unfortunately not every animal we meet is still alive...
Most of the pics I got were of very very adorable sea lions.
As you can tell, our group had no sense of humor whatsoever.
One of the most famous views of the Galapagos.
This fella decided he wanted a lift. That's our boat he's sitting on.
Male frigate bird showing off to potential mates. We saw that red part swell up way bigger than that too.
In the blue shirt is our wisecracking barkeep and server, Ivan. By day two he had nicknames for all of us, and if if you ever asked what you were eating... well, the menu of chicken, etc. quickly turned out to be "pelican", "iguana", "sharks eyes", etc.
Inside the Millenium. We were living in style.
Sea lions aren't unique to the islands, but the little ones are still pretty damn cute.
Kids parade to a an early christmas service, the friday before.
Now that's a costume.
Looking at Peguche falls from the top.
Martha, a shaman's granddaughter who showed me around her hometown. To her credit, she didn't know this picture was coming until after I snapped it.
Dawn over Cuzco on Christmas day.
The most fascinating thing in Copacabana was behind the immense Moorish church-- the candle chapel. Concrete walls with wax sarawlings lined slaps covered in white candles. It had the feel of an underground resistance headquarters.
I have traveled many places and seen some absolutely disgusting toilet stalls. This may very well be the worst I've seen on this trip. You can't really see what's wrong with the toilet seat in this pic, or that all the pink toilet paper in the corner is used (you can't flush it in SA) but you can probably see what's wrong with the floor around the thing...
The beautiful, if unfortunately named, Lake Titicaca.
Candles in the Candle chapel in Copacobana, Bolivia
Those are in fact coca leaves in my tea. Gives you a caffeine like buzz if you're actually thinking about it when you drink. Some people love it, I didn't really think it tasted like much. Supposedly helps with altitude sickness among other things.
Indiana Jones fans, you can get excited right about now. These elongated skulls are real. (The crystal version wasn't on display though, sorry guys).
This guy liked to look in through the window, just watch his favorite people (possibly expecting them to bring him his favorite foods)
I've seen a lotof markets on the streets, but this was the first one I'd ever seen that sold pets. This is why they have so many. Also why I've have about twice as many if I lived in Cochabamba.
Somebody figured out the tickle spot, and it's not the 3 month old kitten in the background.
Mary and Julio showing me around, their way. This is from the rooftop we stuck onto to check out the city view.
I thought the setting of FDR with some of these other figures was interesting.
Elections in Bolivia are in a couple days-- they're on constitutional reforms brought forht by President Evo Morales.
Nighttime in Cochabamba
This is apparently a regular attachment on DvD players in Bolivia.
The baptizee wandering around before getting baptized.
Whole famn damily as my folks call it, all posing at the baptism.
I found this dog's tickle spot, right on the sternum. After that, every time I approached her, she would immediately flop on her back. I would wake up to find her curled up at my feet every other morning. I think in this picture she's figured out that I'm packing up to leave.
Laguna Colorado. Freaky color, huh?
Sunrise. Look for the flamingos.
There's something kind of perfect about the Peronist graffitti on the Tourist Info Center. Look up JP and Evita Peron if you want to know why.
Your local Socialism HQ.
Swung by a free art exhibit. Look for the frogs in the paintings.
The BA Subway system.
Buenos Aires cab in a Buenos Aires street.
Why, yes I am.
View of Ushuaia from 850 meters-- the two sticks mark to top of Cerro del Medio
On the path to Cerro del Medio were a ton of trees that had fallen.
Ferry accross while in Chile. We saw dolphins again!
That's a coatil eating my lunch. I was carrying it by my side, felt a little tug, and then it was gone. Good warning about how I think of where I'm carrying my stuff before going to Rio.
Even aside from the falls, the park is pretty spectacular.
That's odd. The water just ends... lets investigate.
Hmm. Where's the water going?
Welcome to Iguazu falls.
The system of catwalks around the falls was extensive and iompressive-- great way to protect both spectators and the forest floor.
Look carefully and you'll see a bot doing just what my boat did. Man that felt good.
The ruins of an old catwalk next to the new one.
The left half. This is only at the end too. To really get the full picture, I'd need a helicopter.
The right half of the garganta
A hike I took just outside villa de Leyva. A bit overgrown. This was right in my path.
The thinking man's Sea Lion.
A Marine Iguana swimming.
One of my first sights of a Marine Iguana.
Female Land Iguana having lunch,
I think it's a yellow warbler.
A Sally Lightfoot crab. Very colorful. They're everywhere.
Pelican in front, frigate birds in back.
A curious non-native species that frequently occurs in packs on many of the islands.
Marine Iguanas sharing warmth for the night. If you get too close they start spitting.
They go to great efforts to keep human impact to a minimum on these islands, but as you can see from our friend Javier here, there's still work to be done.
I bent down to snap this picture and the little guy ran right up to sniff my leg.
I'm flattered, kid, but no, I really am not your mommy. Your mom doesn't get that sunburned for a start.
The good ship Millenium, my home on the Galapagos.
Up in the hills above Otovalo
This is what it all started with.
This is where things get interesting.
This goes out to all of my friends who wanted me to get a pet monkey sidekick.
Life's rough, isn't it?
Suspension bridge. same kind as the Incas used... just a bit more advanced.
We cooled off in this waterfall on our third day of trekking.
Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu, full of nothing but tourists, toursit shops, a train station, this statue of the 9th Inca, and the christmas tree in the background. By the way, that tree is made out of sprite bottles.
Seriously, Machu Picchu money shot + Alpaca Mommy and Baby = happy camera.
Me relaxing on an Inca trail.
Enlarge the photo (look for the little "all sizes" button just above it). Enjoy the misspellings.
Look closely. See if you can spot the children. One of the most haunting experiences of my trip thus far...
aAHHHH HE'S STILL FOLLOWING ME!!!
Inside an ecuadoran bus.
Hitting the dusty trail down through Peru.
The streets of La Paz
La Paz especially was plastered with posters in support of Evo Morales. His party dominated the signs, and graffitti while the opposition rule the airwaves-- seemingly every other tv ad was against his proposals.
Anyone who knows who Che was doesn't need me to translate this.
La Paz. I found the contrast beween Paz (peace) and Fuerza (force) on the other side intriguing.
See the double rainbow? The first one was actually complete from end to end.
This is the problem we're facing in this region in a nutshell.
This just looked cool. Wonder what will grow in this eventually...
My monkey guide pointing out something interesting just off our path.
This is a path in the Amazon Jungle.
Fungus in the jungle.
"Geologically Unstable Zone". You'd think they'd do something more than just put a sign up.
So, about that landslide I was tlaking about that we hiked across? This is it.
Snapped this one in Oruro. The bowler hat on women is very common in Bolivia.
Interested in Bolivian food? Try these Rice Croquettes. Crab cake consistency, rice, beef and veggie contents. Very tasty. French fries are served with 99% of meals in Bolivia.
Train cemetary. The graffiti nearest says "wanted: mechanic, with experience. Urgent."
our own lame attempts at trick phtography-- that's supposed to be my good and bad conscience
Salt hotel-- all the bricks are made from salt.
Bolivia small town local evangilist.
That's a bowl full of raw meat. When I asked, they said they were keeping it out there to keep cool before they ate it. The flies buzzing around (among other things) made me very glad I wasn't eating it with them.
This was our jeep´s dash. I thought the fork was a nice touch.
Volcano in the desert.
Trust me, the desert looks lush after the salt.
"Keep this Bus clean. Thrwo your trash out the (window)."
Yes it actually says that.
Welcome to Argentina.
This is an Argentine bus terminal. Lil bit different from what I'd been seeing up to this point.
Didn't see scooby or shaggy in the flesh unfortunately.
The main drag. At least this 7 lanes.
"There's no city without poetry". That tells you alot about this place right there,
"Less Police, more poets-- always revolutionaries" Typical small town graffitti.
Only place you see this in the other parts of south america I've been to are in tourist stops. But it's pretty standard in Argentina
I wandered into an "English Club" to find they were having a Jazz night. A couple regulars bought me drinks while I munched on Empanadas and listened to things like Take Five and Autumn leaves. The duet nearly got me onstage to sing for them, but we had a little too much trouble finding songs they knew how to play and I knew all the words to.
Rio Gallegos Mussels (alive alive oh)
Second sign says "GOD bless you, BARACK OBAMA." They were all over this mall-- apparently the owner is a fan.
You get a feeling for just how conscious this place is of its location.
The view halfway up Cerro Guanaco in Tierra del Fuego National Park
Trying to capture how steep this was is kind of tough, but this shot does it best out of the ones I took.
At the very top of Cerro Guanaco we had lunch. Lunch brought us a guest--- a fox.
The view at the bottom of the mountains aint half bad either.
The legendary Argentinian steak with ALL the trimmings-- egg, bacon, fries, lettuce, tomato, and Russian salad (not sure how typical that last one is). Very very good steak, almost as good as the ones my dad grills back home.
Not every day here is a sunny day. But there is stuff to do.
Shout out to my fantabulous high school writing techer and fellow blogger, Shauna James (aka Gluten-Free-Girl), who would totally approve of my use of that word (....right, Shauna?) Argentina is fast becoming more aware of Celiac and the needs of those who eat gluten free. I shot this is the grocery store in the tiny town of Rio Gallegos, so it's not just a big city trend, the country is paying attention.
Check out glutenfreegirl.com.
I love the trees in this town.
OH MY GOD HE'S STILL FOLLOWING ME!!!!!!!!! aaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
Tango in the Streets, tourist edition.
I dunno, it just caught my attention.
Tree roots. Shot from me sitting in a branch thicker than many of the surrounding trees. Love them trees.
San Telmo. I think a lot of what makes buenos Aires feel exotic comes subliminally from the dark cobblestone streets in these patterns.
Abstract behing the realistic.
I love this picture. Traditional Tango Orchestra with the traditional smartass dead center hamming it up for the camera.
When travelling, eat the street food. Pumpkin cheese and corn. Extremely filling gooey orange goodness in a perfectly baked crust. My stomach is growing right now just thinking about it.
Welcome to San Telmo.
Buenos Aires. Brought to you by JTrek photography-- shooting directly into light sources since the year someone specifically told me not to.
BA at night. Do I have your attention.
A couple Colombians and I teams up in the hostel wo make lunch. What you don't see are the rice and beans cooking behind us. They missed rice beans something awful. I'm not kidding.
Fruit. If I told you more specifically what it was, I'd probably be lying.
one of the many many rainbows you see here on a nice day.
Oh God. We're about to get WET.
The brave few of a swarm that was on this spot earlier.
Why hello there.
Keep to that trail.
It looks so placid until it falls hundreds of feel just ten feet off this picture.
Ipanema beach (anyone have the song running through their head yet?)
Once again, imagine this extending for blocks upon blocks.
The wave tile pattern is distinctive to Copacabana. You see shirts and other things with that pattern too.
View from Corcovado, home of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
More floats from the Sambadromo
We're all taking pictures out here.
Imagine this extending for blocks upon blocks with loud music everywhere.