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Old 01-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #11
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I overstayed my visa once I upon a time to recover from hepatitis. While it was way back in another century, Ausangate is on my bucket list for the SA trip of our dreams. Lived in Chile & Ecuador, travelled in Bolivia (including unwise journeys through Marxist hotspots post Che), passed through Colombia. While I realize the world has changed since then, I saw my fair share of weapons or the potential thereof. I also saw dirt poor people offering me a floor to sleep on with no expectation of any return besides a night of conversation and companionship.

Who knows what triggered this event--local customs perhaps as some have noted. I'm fine if anyone wants to stay home because a random act of brutality occurred somewhere; it will reduce the crowds. But, it's like staying out of the woods because a bear attacked a camper once upon a time.


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Old 01-30-2013, 02:16 PM   #12
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Peru is one of my favorite places I've ever traveled to. I've never been to that village, but I found the people throughout the country to be some of the friendliest I've ever met. We also did a kayaking trip where we stayed on a small island with the local villagers. Granted this was pre-arranged, but we experienced nothing that could even remotely be considered unfriendly.

I would go back to Peru in a heartbeat, even after reading that story. I definitely want to hear more about it as well.
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