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Chicago: A Walk Around the Downtown

During the Easter holidays the Travelling Monkeys went for a trip to the USA. Their first stop was Chicago. For Bambina it was her first time visiting the country of skyscrapers. Chicago was the perfect city to get the first glimpse of impressive buildings aiming to touch the clouds... [Read more..]

Ekaterinburg: More Motley Than Expected

If you consider Siberian cities to be grey and boring you haven't been to Ekaterinburg yet. Ekaterinburg is a city with a colorful culture and an interesting mix of architecture. Follow the Travelling Monkeys on a sightseeing tour past an over-sized keyboard, a monument to 'The Beatles', and an unfinished TV tower... [Read more..]

100 Photos of Kazan

Despite being among the 25 biggest cities in Europe, Kazan is relatively unknown to most travellers. This has to change! Kazan is an amazing city and it definitely deserves bigger attention. In 100 photos The Travelling Monkeys will show you what they found beautiful, amazing, surprising, interesting, touching, but also disappointing about Kazan... [Read more..]

A Few Days in Rural Russia

The Travelling Monkeys had an opportunity to experience the real rural Russia. They stayed in an old house with Babushka Olga, who had her own garden and honey bees. They tried fresh honey, ate pies baked in a Russian stone oven, drank fresh milk from the neighbour’s cow, berries from the garden and mushrooms from the nearby forest. The food was simple, but full of flavour. That you will not get in a supermarket nowadays... [Read more..]

The Pink Dolphins and the Brown Water

The trip from Iquitos to Yurimaguas on the Bruno was quite different to the one with the Arabella-I on the Río Napo. Even that the two boats looked quite similar a lot of factors could not have been more contrary: space, food and hygiene... [Read more..]

Welcome to the Jungle - Iquitos

With roughly 600.000 inhabitants Iquitos is one of the biggest Peruvian cities, nevertheless it is situated completely isolated in the Amazon basin, and only connected to the rest of the world by air and water... [Read more..]

From Pantoja to Iquitos

The first day of the trip seemed to be the longest one, as they were standing most of the time loading the cargo. In the middle of the day it rained heavily, the other time the sun was just burning. The next days the weather was similar. For lunch the monkeys got some rice with some pork, which was one of those pigs who they saw struggling to stay on the shore just a few hours ago. The portion was quite small, so they stayed hungry again. In the evening there was the same rice drink with dry bread again as for breakfast. Then Bimbino and Bambina eventually realized, that they were doomed to stay hungry for the whole trip... [Read more..]

To The Other Side

It was one of the most beautiful boat rides they had ever had in their life: stunning, a little bit scary, smooth, and chanting. Bambina had to get used to the feeling of instability of the boat, it took some time. But, when she finally could confide in the captain and trust in his knowledge of the river, she was able enjoy the ride. Being so close to the water changed their perception of the river and nature around. It's like the difference between going by car and by bicycle on land. This boat was a bicycle. They were so much more in contact with the surroundings, they could easily touch the water, they saw white birds flying around, and the jungle seemed much closer this time... [Read more..]

Last Preparations in Coca

Puerto Francisco de Orellana, better known under its short name El Coca is a small city located at the confluence of Río Coca and Río Napo. Coca is well connected by road to the west of the country. Everything that’s located east is predominantly only accessible by rivers. Coca is the base for the exploitation of Ecuador’s oil reserves. The city is full of workers on the way to their work places deeper in the Amazon, or just returning from there. And the water of Río Napo is full of rainbows and smells like gasoline even worse than the Guayas in Guayaquil... [Read more..]

From Coca to Rocafuerte

Nuevo Rocafuerte is definitely not worth a visit, at least not if you only hang out in town and don’t visit the surrounding national parks or work on an oil plant. Town actually would be the wrong word to describe this place with only around 800 inhabitants. Village describes it much better. Located directly on the Peruvian border Nuevo Rocafuerte is the most eastern town in Ecuador... [Read more..]

Swinging Monkeys

The Swing at the End of the World is a place that was as magic as the monkeys had imagined. A place where the time stands still. Located on the top of a mountain high above Baños the swing hangs on a lonely tree under a small tree house. Swinging here is like a journey into infinity. Once you start getting into motion you feel like flying as you don’t see the ground anymore but only the mountains with their white peaks and the endless blue sky. A place where one can easily get lost for hours... [Read more..]

Good Times in Cuenca

Hitchhiking in Ecuador is just awesome, better than going by bus. You put your thumb out, wait five minutes, and you have a ride. Bimbino and Bambina made it in two rides, first to Puerto Inca, and afterwards directly to Cuenca. The road climbed and winded up into the mountains, through the mist and cold of the heights to the welcoming sunny valley of Cuenca City... [Read more..]

Adventures in Guayaquil

Guayaquil is famous in Ecuador as "la ciudad de monos" - the city of monkeys. That is why Bimbino and Bambina where so keen on visiting it... [Read more..]

A Lost Sunday

The adventures of Bimbino and Bambina had already started a few months ago, but those tales to be told later. This first story took place in the beginning of December, in a little Ecuadorian village called Montañita... [Read more..]

5000 Years of the “New” World

When people think of Peru, the images to appear in their minds are of the Incas and their ruined city Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is the main tourist attraction of Peru. Most tourists visiting Peru see no other archaeological site in the country, although there are many others worth visiting. "Oh, more Inca ruins?" - you might wonder. Sure, but the Incas are only the tip of the iceberg! Many other civilizations settled in Peru: some as old as the Inca Empire, others thousands of years older... [Read more..]

Paracas: Romance of the Sea

Most people dream of visiting the Islas Galápagos when travelling to the west coast of South America. The majority of these people, however, never reach that goal. Instead they end up taking a trip to Peru's Islas Ballestas, another marine fauna sanctuary and a place that few people have heard of before travelling to South America... [Read more..]