Our time in Oaxaca City involved more pyramids, more delicious food, more beautiful architecture and a lovely dog that walked us home on our first and last night. This dog was definitely a highlight as he found us at two different restaurants and walked us all the way back to our hostel both nights, he even waited outside a shop for us while we ducked in for water.
Fun day trip. . Hierve el Agua. These natural rock formations were beautiful. They resemble cascades of water and are formed by fresh water springs that are packed with calcium carbonate and other minerals. . Tule tree. This tree was 2000 years old and had a circumference of 54m.
While in Peru we had the opportunity to stay with a family in a small community outside of Cusco. We absolutely loved our home stay family and the experience. We were able to have conversations despite our very limited Spanish and learnt about their culture, farming and weaving practices.
***LONG POST*** Values are important to us! Before we left Australia, our friend @alyscumines gave us this compass to remind us to be guided by our values on our travels. Values are like a compass. A compass gives direction and keeps you on track while traveling. Our values do the same for our life journey. We have spent a lot of time talking about the values that are guiding us on this lengthy overseas adventure. We thought we would share them with you and the meaning behind them. CURIOSITY - this value plays out in different ways for us. It drives our learning spirit as we learn and encounter different countries and cultures. It also serves as a reminder to be in the present and be curious to our surroundings, to stop and take in a beautiful view with a curious mind. KINDNESS - To treat all those we come in contact with, with kindness and respect. This goes both ways though. To treat ourselves with kindness as well, sometimes this can be harder. FUN - Joel's favourite. We have such an amazing opportunity to see the world for the better part of a year and we want to enjoy it. We love having fun together and with new friends we meet along this journey. COMMUNITY - "happiness is only real when shared" Christopher McCardles (the guy from the movie and book Into The Wild, watch this film if you haven't). We are so fortunate to share this experience with each other but we are also meeting others along the way which we absolutely love. This value also drives us to engage with people on a deeper and more vulnerable level, one in which we can learn and grow together. Thanks for those who read this whole post.
Exploring the colourful town, Guatape, and climbing up El Penol rock. . . The beautiful town of Guatape was full of houses, streets and cafes painted in an array of bright colours. Its hard not to have a smile on your face in a place like this. . . El Penol rock was a lovely site to see and and an even more beautiful view from the top.
We did the Inca Trail! This has been a dream of Emily's since she was 16. Over four days we hiked 44km, reached 4200m elevation, and explored various Inca ruins. It was incredible and we were so lucky with the weather. The last day we finished with the amazing Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Almost a month ago, we biked Death Road in Bolivia known as the world's most dangerous road. This road use to have 200 to 300 fatalities a year due to the 900m cliffs, bad weather and narrow nature. These days there is a longer but safer road for cars and buses and most users of death road are thrill seekers on bikes. Although 1 or 2 cyclists die each year on the road from falling over the edge, we survived to bring you this story though! Big thanks to @mitchjpkholmes who paid for Joel as a gift!
Epic driving in the sandunes and sandboarding, slightly creepy cemetery, pyramids and the Nazca lines. It was interesting to learn about the way they used to mummify people here. They would bury the bodies and belongings beneath the ground. Many years after, grave robbers came, dug up the bodies and stole gold, jewellery and other possessions and left the skeletons lying on the sand.