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Howler Monkeys at the Juma Lodge

This picture was taken at the Juma Amazon Lodge in Amazonas State, Brazil. We stayed in the Amazon for about a week, it was a very interesting trip. The Juma is a cool place to stay, but be advised that none of the place that you’d be staying in the Brazilian Amazon are likely to have air conditioning, there are going to be bugs, it’s going to be hot, and there are going to be limited dining options. That being said, the stuff that we saw was absolutely worth any discomfort. This lodge was nice and they have activities for tourists/ travelers to do. These include jungle hikes, tree climbing, visiting an indigenous village, fishing, canoeing, and more! I liked the lodge a lot, but it’s definitely a little on the secluded side, so bring some books and be prepared for some downtime, it’s unlikely that you’ll be out during the hotter parts of the day.

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Chichicastenango Market

This picture was taken in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Chichicastenango, also referred to as ChiChi, is one of my favorite places to visit in Guatemala. On Thursdays and Sundays they have market days, which are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never been to the town on a not market day, though i’m sure it’s still really interesting, but the market itself is just a great experience. The streets are lined with stalls selling all sorts of hand made things, ranging from tapestries to wooden statues, to purses to jewelry. Some of the stalls sell things that aren’t handmade too, Machetes and knives can be found here, as well as some antiques. ChiChi is just a great place to walk around, but it’s also a really fun place to shop, a place where you can find really unique Guatemalan souvenirs. The vendors are friendly and are usually totally willing to haggle on prices. ChiChi also has numerous stalls for food, and, if you aren’t feeling adventurous enough for street food (or if you want a place to sit down and enjoy a cold beverage for a bit) there are also a few restaurants around. Aside from the market itself, ChiChi is also home to a really unique church. The church, which is sort of in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the market, has a large set of stairs leading up to it’s doors, on market days these stairs are covered with people hawking flowers. The church is also worth a visit, and, at least when I was there last (June 2011) the church was opened to visitors. If you are visiting Guatemala definitely try to swing by ChiChi on a market day, it’s a fantastic experience!

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At The Market

This picture was taken at Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon. The market is a great place to hang out, people watch, shop, take pictures, and eat a variety of foods. It’s a great weekend event, it happens on both Saturday and Sunday, and it takes place in a nice little area right near the waterfront. The Market has lots of interesting things to shop for, most of which is handmade. I like the market because it’s a great place to just hang out, and all the vendors are friendly. It’s a great traditional Portland event, and I’d highly suggest a visit!

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Watching

This picture was taken at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the Ugandan Highlands. This is a Highland gorilla, this forest is home to over half of the world’s (highly endangered) mountain gorilla population. In order to see this you need to go on a trek, and the length time which you trek is dependent on how quickly you find the gorillas. There aren’t any paths, you sort of just dive into the forest, walking sticks are advisable, especially if you have trouble on uneven terrain. I’m not a fan of walking sticks, but I still found it helpful. Also, make sure you are in appropriate attire before you go; really do your research! DON’T GO IN SHORTS! Wear long pants and tuck them in to long socks, there are biting ants in Uganda, and trust me, you don’t want anything distracting you while you’re seeing these amazing creatures. Also, wear long sleeves, it’s hot, but you’ll want the protection, lightweight travel shirts that dry quickly are advisable. Once you’ve found the gorillas you are only allowed to spend one hour with them. All of the information you need will be provided by a park ranger/ guide, but it’s good to know what you need ahead of time. Honestly, i’ve seen a lot of amazing things, and I don’t know that i’ve ever been so in awe in my life. It’s expensive to go, but if you can afford it and you aren’t afraid to sweat a little GO! It’s worth it.

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Elephant in the Field

This photo was taken at Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. Samburu is a great reserve, it’s a different sort of environment than you get with some of the other parks. It’s really hot here, so the vegetation isn’t particularly green, which can make it a bit harder to spot certain animals. However, I highly recommend this reserve; we’ve been there twice and have had nothing but good luck, the animals are usually out in the mornings and evenings (when you normally go on game drives) because it can get so hot during the day.

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