In order to do an obligated practical of two months for my university, I decided to go back to the "Research Center Taricaya" which I already visited for three months in 2013. I planed my practical for September-October 2016. Fortunately, Laura who had finished her studies as primary teacher, decided to do a practical in South America too. By an organisation, she picked a school in Costa Rica where she helped out as volunteer in a primary school in Hereida, next to San José. I was meanly occupied with catching birds and observations. I only did one trip in the jungle where I went with some friends to a clay lick in the Tambopata Reserve. Meanwhile I was catching birds in the jungle, Laura did one month spanish language courses and help out as assistant in the school for two months while she was living by a family in Costa Rica.
After I finished my two months in the jungle, I took a flight to join Laura in Costa Rica. Laura was working during the week and on weekends, we explored the country together. We did a trip to a National Park, a volcano and a peninsula with an cemetery in the ocean. End November we leaved the country to continue to travel to Panama. The first place, was Bocas del Toro which was a paradise in the Caribbean Sea and we couldn't have a better start. We learned how to surf and met some ingenious people. Of course we visited the famous "Panama canal" and we had the possibility to go up the second highest building of Panama city. We celebrated Christmas with an Rastafari, his family and whole neighborhood on the street of Peadsi and watched the firework of new year in Panama city before we continued our travel to Colombia.
Colombia was one of my favorite during the travel. We learned a lot of the bloody history of Colombia. In Medellin, we had the possibility to do the Pablo Escobar tour and visited the dangerous neighborhood "Comuna 13". We climbed up to 4 000 meters above sea level for the first time in Salento and enjoyed the beautiful days old village in Villa de Leyva before I went to the amazing desert Tatacoa and to the sculptures of an unknown civilization in San Agustin.
In March, we arrived in Ecuador. We stayed mostly in the Andean region and enjoyed their handcraft. Ottovalo was our first destination and one of the favorite of Ecuador. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great and we skip the trip to the famous "Laguna Quilotoa", but not the lake. We released our inner child on a huge swing in Baños and climbed up to 5 000 meters above sea level on the mountain Chimborazo. Furthermore, we visited the first Inca site and Laura had the pleasure to met many guitar constructors.
On a two day drip from Vilcabamba to Chachapoyas, we crossed the border to Peru on the first April. It was now the third time I was in Peru and beside Colombia, it was a highlight of our travel. We discovered plenty Inca sites, of course Machu Picchu, where we did the same way I did in 2013. We reached our record and climbed up to 5 200 meters above sea level on the rainbow mountains (Vinicunca mountains), discovered turquoise blue lakes on the Cordillera Blanca in Huarz, surfed on the dunes of the desert in Huacachina. Hike during three days through the second deepest canyon in the world, stayed for a week in the research Center Taricaya and visited the legendary floating islands of the Uros.
The last country on our list through Latin America was Bolivia. We manly concentrated us to get to Tupiza where we started our five day trip to numerous lakes and the Salar de Uyuni.
In total we traveled through 6 Latin American countries during 287 days. We hiked uncountable kilometers, climbed up more than 5 200 meters above sea level, visited incredibly landscapes, learned more about fantastic cultures, met new friends and observed beautiful animals in their environement.
We developed ourselves during the trip while we were faced numerous problems, unknown situations, cultures and languages barriers, we reached many times our limits and learned each time more about our self and about our partner.
I wasn't an easy trip at all but it definitely was worth!
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