To finish the journey

About thirty years ago four friends decided to go to the mountains near Vilcabamba to the glacial lakes in Podocarpus National Park. They didn’t make it there. Feeling coming old age and lack of strength, they decided to go there once again to fulfil the drams from the youth. They …

The country for old men

In South America there are to valleys, where grow closely related species of trees which have hallucinogenic properties. Both species are called the same in quichua – huilco. In both valleys there are the towns called Vilcabamba. Bamba is cognate with pampa and means plain. When I first arrived to Vilcabamba, I was quite shocked …

A gold digger

If you want to know how I got to Judith’s farm see my previous post.   I bought food for a week. I don’t trust to much the meat hanging on the hooks with plenty of flies stuck to it, so besides sweet potatoes plantains and bananas in three varieties,  …

Over the ocean

So much is going on, that I have no time to write about it. On Saturday (well it was already Sunday in Europe) I reached Quito after over twenty hours of travel. More or less without any adventures, but I must write few words about the airport in San Juan, …

Travel preparations

In few days I’m going to Ecuador. The last days of preparations. Yesterday I bought new memory cards and a map. This one: Also I’ve vaccinated myself and have gone through so called ‘rabies prophylactics’. What’s that? Well, my doctor told me: ‘Don’t pet any dogs, cats nor monkeys. Don’t …