Staying far, far away

“Far away” is more than distance. When we have traveled around the world to developed areas, we know what we can expect – everything from roads to electricity, internet connection, and stores … On our 9-day trip to visit Peru’s Manu Biosphere Reserve we would be “far away,” and our expectations had to change.

We don’t expect fancy when we travel. We’re pretty happy with simple places to stay, and simple accommodations are what we got.

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Manu Wildlife Center, just outside the national park, had the most deluxe cabins of the trip.

We loved the thatched roof and the solar-powered light to supplement the candles.

We loved the thatched roof and the solar-powered light to supplement the candles.

All of our accommodations turned out to be basic wood cabins with no decoration and a few screened windows. Mosquito netting draped over the single beds. None of the cabins had electricity and most had no hot water in the simple bathrooms. (Yes, bathrooms! A huge plus!) Candles lit the cabin at night.

The Cock of the Rock Lodge had beautiful grounds and sparsely furnished cottages.

The Cock of the Rock Lodge had beautiful grounds and sparsely furnished cottages.

By candlelight every night, we uploaded all the photos we took that day to the MacBook Air.

By candlelight every night, we uploaded all the photos we took that day to the MacBook Air.

The dining rooms, lit by candles, had a very nice ambiance, but also offered a useful electronics charging station in the corner from 6-9 pm, courtesy of a generator.

The dining rooms, lit by candles, had a very nice ambiance, but also offered a useful electronics charging station in the corner from 6-9 pm, courtesy of a generator.

One day in the cabin, an incredibly small bug walked across Beth’s notepad.   It stopped. She snapped its photo. We suspect this was not the only bug to share our accommodations.

One day in the cabin, an incredibly small bug walked across Beth’s notepad.   It stopped. She snapped its photo. We suspect this was not the only bug to share our accommodations.

 

 

July 2016

Note: Before our visit to Peru, we did lots of research and chose Manu Expeditions’ 9-day “THE COMPLETE MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE EXPERIENCE.”   

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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8 Responses to Staying far, far away

  1. icelandpenny says:

    Simple accommodation, but elegantly simple, with essential needs met. I am very impressed!

  2. arjukhan says:

    I always wanted to travel like that, go to the lesser known roads, experience something unique and apart from the other tourist. I never got the chance to travel. But reading your blog, I found an alternative……for now;)

  3. That really is a true get away. We did a similar thing in Oman and each night our accommodation was simple and traditional, except for the last night when we were in a hotel. It’s fun to do something completely different. Thank goodness you were able to recharge your camera each night.

  4. jack says:

    Marvelous portrait/virtual scrapbook of Manu. What a discovery!
    Jack M.

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