Jungle Juice

Iquitos, Amazon Basin Just back in Iquitos, after an interesting week of heat and hallucinogenic experiences in the jungle of the Amazon Basin. Unsurprisingly, I had a heavy cold after 4 days of sleep-deprivation and sitting on a glacier at Qoyllur Riti, so when the opportunity came up to see a shaman in the jungle, it seemed like a good way to cure my cold … Continued

No Sex Please, We’re Pilgrims

Cusco I have just returned from a pilgrimage to a sacred mountain called Ausangate, which involved four days of sleep-deprivation, freezing cold, squalor, non-stop noise and dreadful food. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I went to the festival of Qollyur Riti with a troupe of traditional dancers. I was lucky to be hooked up with a band of spiritual brothers who allowed, … Continued

Going for Broke in Bolivia

Majes Valley, nr Arequipa, Peru Above: Follow the yellow brick (Inca) road… You know you’re broke when you’re trying to flog your flip-flops to a cafe owner to raise the bus fare home… Last week, my friend Chris and I spent a couple of days in Copacabana on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, where the Isla del Sol lived up to its name and … Continued