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    ZWT 7 Off The Beaten Path Adventure ~ Central/South America

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    Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:59 am
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    magpie diner wrote:

    GREAT submission! Now I want to go glamping in Uruguay, it looks very inviting, and that cobblestone road is one I want to walk upon icon_biggrin.gif

    Thanks for your submission!

    magpie diner wrote:

    As second sous chef to Hokies I will be making Argentine Red Sauce and Marinade #304838. Although it has Argentina in the title, it is very much the same marinade made in neighbouring Uruguay.

    Terrific, just let me know in a NEW post when this is completed and I will mark you as finished icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:29 am
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    The Saucy Silverado's took off on an adventure to Belize. Jubes, our wonderful ZWT tour guide, naturally took charge and found us a great tour guide for all our activities.

    Maryland Jim took off first thing in the morning to go deep sea fishing and caught a huge Blue Marlin.

    Breezermom, Random Rachel and diner524 decided to go ziplining through the tropical rain forrest.

    They also spotted a bunch of Howler Monkeys while on there adventure!!

    Bonnie G #2 and Morgaingieser decided to go and hike around the Maya Temples.

    Starrynews and Jamilah's Kitchen decided to go snorkeling off the reefs of the islands. They had a great time enjoying all the fish!!

    Charmie777 and Vanja77 decided to go river kayacking and enjoyed the scenery and wildlife.

    The whole team met up, after our separate activities, and went cave tubing!! We had a blast!!

    By the end of the tubing, we were all tired and hungry. Bonnie G #2 was a great sous chef and made us Grilled Chili Chicken, which was devoured by our team. Now it was time to head back to our resort for some drinks and relaxation!!

    The girls were hot and ready for the resort pool and our drinks!!

    Maryland Jim's muscles were sore, after reeling in that huge Blue Marlin, so he decided to take his cocktail to the hot tub!!!

    What wasn't to enjoy? We had great adventures, fabulous food and drink and a gorgeous resort. We all agreed we would like to return to Belize.
    mary winecoff
    Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:19 pm Groupie

    The Golden Gourmets were off on a quick tour of Columbia, South America (not to be confused with Columbia, South Carolina).

    We landed first in the mountains of Columbia

    and were told to select a tour guide: Carlos or Bob

    Even though CJAY and PapaD grumbled that it wasn't fair, the girls (Nif, Maritt, LifeisGood, Chelsea W., Queen of Camping, Strawberrybird and tomsawyer won out (the vote for Carlos was 8 to 2)

    Sprinting to our buses, we all became very excited about the experience to come.

    Travel through the mountain was great. We saw new sights

    We had a few local beauty treatments

    and ended up at the beach

    We ran into these guys with some great lobsters

    and after a quick trip to the market

    I played sous chef and cooked up a native dish called Papas Chorreadas (Colombia, South America)

    We had a wonderful time!
    Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:55 pm
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    diner524 wrote:

    Terrific job Lynn! I've always wanted to go cave tubing, it looks like a blast icon_biggrin.gif

    Great submission, and great recipe choice icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:58 pm
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    mary winecoff wrote:

    Thanks Mary, GREAT submission!
    What are those strange creatures? They look like stuffed animals icon_lol.gif

    Your recipe choice looks delicious! icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:06 pm Groupie
    I finally got around to check out the story posted by our team. I was reading along and saw this

    kellib626 almost picked up the blue legged frog

    And I am looking at that picture thinking to myself "those things are poisonous" and when I scrolled down to read the next bit.

    When Nyteglori gave of warning yell that they are poisonous!

    I almost died laughing.
    mary winecoff
    Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:43 pm Groupie
    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    mary winecoff wrote:

    Thanks Mary, GREAT submission!
    What are those strange creatures? They look like stuffed animals icon_lol.gif

    Your recipe choice looks delicious! icon_biggrin.gif

    They are spyder monkeys (sorry I should have said that!)
    Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:17 pm
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    mary winecoff wrote:
    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    mary winecoff wrote:

    Thanks Mary, GREAT submission!
    What are those strange creatures? They look like stuffed animals icon_lol.gif

    Your recipe choice looks delicious! icon_biggrin.gif

    They are spyder monkeys (sorry I should have said that!)

    They are so CUTE!! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:13 am Groupie
    Good morning Leslie! My captain noticed that The Hot Pink Ladies' Argentina adventure isn't marked complete yet. It's posted on page 1. Just want to make sure we get credit! icon_smile.gif
    Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:49 pm
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    PanNan wrote:
    Good morning Leslie! My captain noticed that The Hot Pink Ladies' Argentina adventure isn't marked complete yet. It's posted on page 1. Just want to make sure we get credit! icon_smile.gif

    wave.gif Hi Nan! I had posted this on page two, but forgot to give you your little cheerleader!
    Sorry about that, and thanks!
    She's there now icon_cool.gif

    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    PanNan wrote:

    Nan, excellent job! I loved reading about the wool, so interesting icon_biggrin.gif
    GREAT choice for your grill too.
    Thanks for your submission! icon_cool.gif
    magpie diner
    Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:20 pm Groupie
    Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:08 am Groupie
    I will be posting for

    and we'll be going to Venezuela
    Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:15 am
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    Perfect, thanks Magpie!
    That photo looks good enough that I could lick the screen icon_eek.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif

    Marking your Team as Complete now icon_biggrin.gif
    Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:16 am
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    momaphet wrote:
    I will be posting for

    and we'll be going to Venezuela

    Gotcha, thanks momaphet icon_biggrin.gif
    Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:57 pm
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    Team Witchin Kitchen Flew to Peru and we all met up in Cuzco,the ancient capital, to discover for ourselves the sacred places of the Inca's with a side trip through Peru's Amazon. On our first day and evening we explored this beautiful and ancient city. Chocolatl, who is familiar with Peru served as our guide and lead us through residential areas and local markets.

    Market Place, Cuzco, Peru

    We loved the beautiful faces of Peru.

    We also saw the beauties of Cuzco at night

    The Cathedral of Santo Domingo, also known as Cuzco Cathedral, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cuzco. The cathedral is located on the main square of Cuzco, called the Plaza de Armas. The building was completed in 1654, almost a hundred years after construction began. It was built on the foundations and incorporated the remains of Corichancha, an Incan temple torn down by Spanish colonists. Both sections are visible at the back of the cathedral.

    The city of Cuzco itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst.

    The Music of the Night, Peru Style. Chocolatl snapped this photo as the rest of us danced

    Our hotel and the final stop of the night was much enjoyed by us all. Our Parsley had a special evening and we almost had a bartender for company on the rest of the trip!

    From Cuzco it was on the mystery and majesty of Machu Piccu.

    After debating the virtues of hiking the Inca Trail vs taking the train we decided that the train won out. Chocolatl got a photo of the Machu Piccu station.

    The central buildings of Machu Picchu use the classical Inca architectural style of polished dry-stone walls of regular shape. The Incas were masters of this technique, called ashlar, in which blocks of stone are cut to fit together tightly without mortar. The Incas were among the best stone masons the world has seen, and many junctions in the central city are so perfect that it is said not even a blade of grass fits between the stones.

    Some Inca buildings were constructed using mortar, but by Inca standards this was quick, shoddy construction, and was not used in the building of important structures. Peru is a highly seismic land, and mortar-free construction was more earthquake-resistant than using mortar. The stones of the dry-stone walls built by the Incas can move slightly and resettle without the walls collapsing.

    Machu Piccu is where Kellychris and Marcasite Queen just had to climb the pyramid of the Temple of the Sun

    They were almost arrested for defiling an historical site! With some fast talk from Captain Maven and promises to never return they were eventually released. That was a close call.

    Views taken from Machu Piccu snapped by Chocolatl

    Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Inca's. In colonial documents it is referred to as the "Valley of Yucay", according to recent researches it encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire.

    While there are many intriguing stops that can be made in the Sacred Vally we chose to visit Maras. To reach the village of Maras, we had to take a colectivo. A colectivo is normally a station wagon, a taxi, which takes several passengers on a more or less fixed route. In this case we were ten passengers plus luggage. Our driver even tried to sell us one promising that it was "TOTALMENTE RESTAURADO!". As fine as it may have been awalde convinced us to pass on his great deal.

    Our goal here was the Salineras near Maras. At the Salineras there are natural volcanic springs which pass through salt deposits before coming to the surface and delivering the waters saturated with salt. For thousands of years the inhabitants of the area have collected those waters in several thousand basins where the water evaporates leaving the salt. Today it is still collected without machines and carried away on donkeys. I bought enough for the the whole team to take a bag home home.

    The next stop for our magical ladies was Lake Titicaca and cruise on our private yacht

    to the Las Islas de Uros that are a collection of islands off of the port town of Puno, Peru that are entirely made out of floating mud and totora reeds, and each island actually has its own anchor so that it doesn't’t float away. Little more than a 45 minute boat journey from Puno (which is a total dump, by the way), the islands are a special aspect of the lake that was well worth the couple of hours that we spend away from shore... Who would have expected flamingo's!

    The floating reed islands are amazing and make you feel as if you really have traveled back in time. I got into full dress and with the help of California Jan, a lovely deep tan make up in order to try out one of the charming reed boats still in daily use there in historic style.

    Once back on the shore it was getting quite dark and we were all hungery. Our Baby Kato became camp cook. What a wonderful job she did with Pollo a La Brasa (Peruvian Grilled Chicken) By NorthwestGal


    She managed some "on the sly" shooting of a couple of the village birds with the little bow and arrow that she has bought in the Cuzco market the day before. Gosh that was fun to watch and we were so glad that she didn't shoot herself. Captain Maven ended up paying the owner of the chickens for our lunch because he was a little peeved.

    Next day we had a drive along Lake Titicaca and to ancient and mysterious monuments, such as the millennial-old pilgrimage site of Inka Anatawi, the anciently carved rock face known as the Puerta de Amaru Muru, the place that Dr Jenny swears is a door for alien visitations!

    Well, who knows, she might be right.

    Ollantaytambo ruins seen from afar.

    Children still herd Llamas wearing traditional clothing.

    For the last of our trip we all wanted to see the Peruvian Amazon and early morning treated us to the rain forest through the mist

    As well as the gorgeous and abundant jungle orchids

    to Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. When the morning sun cleared the Amazon tree line in southeastern Peru and struck a gray-pink clay bank on the upper Tambopata River, one of the world's most dazzling wildlife spectacles was nearing its riotous peak. The steep bank had become a pulsing, 130 foot high palette of red, blue, yellow and green as more than a thousand parrots squabbled over choice perches to grab a beak full of clay, a vital part of their diet. More than a dozen parrot species visit the clay lick throughout the day, but that midmorning crush belonged to the giants of the parrot world, the macaws

    Our dear awalde who has done so much for Witchin Kitchen became so entranced with the beauty of the wild scene before us that it brought tears to her lovely eyes. I think we all quietly shed a tear or two to be leaving this country of ancient and wild wonders along with it's modern hot spots.
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