Koko Head Crater Hike Oahu, Hawaii

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Some people call this hike The Stairs of Doom but I think it is a great hike to see Hawaii Kai as well as much of the Southern part of Oahu. Yes, it is about 1050 steps going up but it’s a good workout with a great view at the end.  I have done it 5 times and always enjoy being up top.

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Koko Crater Trail is a 1.8 mile hike and from the top, you are able to see Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Kai, a part of Sandy’s Beach, Makupu’u and obviously Koko Crater. As you can see in the other pictures you climb up railroad tie almost all the way to the top. At certain parts of the trail, it is a lot steeper and more strenuous.

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Depending on how fast you walk or climb it could take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. My wife and I hike it in about 25 minutes and with my parents, it was an hour.

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There is anther way to way to climb up but it is much longer and more dangerous, you can start in the botanical garden and hike along the ridge all the way up to the top, it has great views along the way but is much longer.

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It is definitely a hike I would recommend if you find yourself in Waikiki and are looking for a good quick hike to do. It is easy to find, free to hike and has plenty of parking down at the bottom.

Peru! Lima, Not A Place For the Faint of Heart

 

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El Gringo In Machupicchu November 2015

 

Where do I start? Peru has it’s pretty parts as well as it’s not so pretty parts. Most people are familiar with Machupicchu and recognize it as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. 2 Novembers ago I went to Uruguay, Peru and Chile and was able to go to Machupicchu and see other pretty things in South America but recently my wife and I spent 3 nights in Lima and it was completely different.

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Torres Family, who let us stay with them at their house

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the interior (not city part of Peru) but Lima was mind blowing for me! I lived in Montevideo Uruguay and Vancouver Canada for almost a year and neither are similar to how crazy Lima is.

 

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Mika with our tiny Kia Picanto

 

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First of all NEVER I MEAN NEVER rent a car in Lima! It was insane driving there in Lima. We almost were ran into more than 50 times in less than 2 days. Everyone there is extremely aggressive when driving and never follow any of the so called “rules”. The police hardly do anything to help. Public transit drivers are the craziest, bus and taxi drivers will do anything to steal your lane. My wife was freaking out most of the time becasue she was scared we were going to get hit. I was trying to stay calm and not show that I was nervous as well. I used the car horn like I was going to be in an accident pretty much the whole time I was there and it felt like it could happen at any moment.

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We rented a car the second day were there and met up with some friends of Mikaelas brother and then we went to the city center (Centro), and parked in a playa (which are parking places around Lima). We walked all over the city center and saw many cool buildings and old architecture. After being in Centro for a while we were hungry and went back to Callao where we were staying with some friends. Mika and I got my favorite dish Lomo Saltado and we decided to pay for their lunch as well and in total it ended up only being $17 which I found ridiculously cheap for 4 people to eat.

Later on, we drove to El Barranco (the cliff) and walked around that neighborhood which is more lively at night. It was fun seeing all the interesting people walking around and some crazies dancing humorously.

The second day we wanted to take it easier and wanted to go surfing at the beach Miraflores. The drive from Callao to Miraflores is different because it is right on the coast and has a lot of trash and rubble everywhere. Even though they are close to a pretty coastline it isn’t very well kept. The highway down to Miraflores is nice and they don’t drive as crazily over there. As we were driving from Callao to Miraflores the scenery gets progressively nicer, they are working on cleaning up the coastline and making it look more touristy I think. The surf there was pretty decent on the day we went and we decided to rent boards. We walked to many vendors and we asked them prices for a board for the day. Most of them are 20 Soles which is about 6 dollars but their selections are pretty limited and not very nice. We finally got one to lend us 2 boards for 30 Soles. We surfed for 2 or 3 hours and had a great time in the water.

 

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La Chilena enjoying the beach at Miraflores

 

On the way back to the airport before we returned the car there were 4 legal lanes of traffic which was then funneled into 5 by local traffic. We were bumper to bumper for about 15 minutes and I was very liberal with the horn when taxis or buses tried to steal my spot.

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Viviendo al estilo de Hawaii!

La vida en hawaii la ame fue una experiencia increíble poder vivir con mi esposo y tener una luna de miel por casi 8 meses fue maravilloso tuvimos excelentes aventuras, conocimos gente muy maravillosa de la cual creamos nuevas amistades que podremos ver de nuevo .

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Wow! No se como comenzar a explicar todas las cosas que vivimos porque es sin palabras solo puedo decir que queda en mi corazón , pero si quieren saber sobre alguna caminata les casi prometo que la vamos a saber porque prácticamente vivíamos de aventuras y surf. Tengo por seguro que van a pensar “estos niños no trabajaron o estudiaron”  les cuento que si lo hicimos mi amado gringo se a graduado de la universidad, a pesar de todo siempre teníamos tiempo para poder vivir la vida en hawaii al 100% hawaiian style!

 

Una de las cosas que les aconsejo que hagan cuando vayan a cualquier isla de hawaii pero principalmente en Oahu porque yo lo hice allí es nadar con delfines es una experiencia increíble no tienen la necesidad de pagar a un tour que cobran casi 150 dolares, ustedes solo necesitan las ganas, la suerte de encontrarlos y un kayak(pueden nadar sin nada pero yo preferí llevar un kayak porque fue mucho mas cómodo y rápido), traten de ir temprano en la mañana tipo 6 a 7am al lado Oeste de la isla (west side) porque el océano en aquel lugar es mil veces mas transparente! La playa se llama electric beach o pueden ir hasta el extremo de Yokohama bay.

Y si les da miedo estar en el océano bueno tienen también demasiadas caminatas de la cual podrán ver miradores que no olvidaran jamás o unas cataratas enormes que son de película. últimamente han cerrado muchas caminatas, ahora son ilegales por culpa de algunas personas que son irresponsables, que mueren o se lastiman; Sean prevenidos.            Yo tuve la suerte que nunca me pillaron y me dieran un ticket pero hay gente que no tiene la misma suerte.

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Y se me olvidaba no piensen que por cambiamos a chile no tendremos aventuras… es al contrario tendremos mil mas por contarles asi que sigan aquí para poder decirles mas de nuestras aventuras!!! Nuevas aventuras comienzan yujuuuuuuuuu!!

Valentines Day, The Day After

My wife and I had a pretty laid back Valentines Day this year. I personally believe that it is a huge sales/marketing ploy but that is beside the point. We spent time together and I organized/cleaned the house and washed the laundry when my wife was at the gym. I also surprised her with some Plumeria flowers that I climbed in some trees to get (yes there are flowers in trees). It wasn’t the biggest deal but it’s the thought and the gesture that she likes. Funny thing was that neighbors saw me climbing in the trees and were wondering what I was up to. I even had a broom and was trying to hit them out of the tree which made me look like a complete idiot but I was motivated.

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This was on the way down, as you can see its a bit of a drop! 

I digress from the real story, today I had the day off from school so we decided to go on some adventures. We went to the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout and met up with some people that we had recently met that are visiting from Spain and wanted to go on some hikes. We climbed up to the Pali Puka (Puka means hole in Hawaiian) even though it was kind of dangerous because it was raining and there are parts with cliffs on one side. I personally don’t like heights (except for when I am jumping into water) so I was hugging the side of the trail and going slowly. At some parts on the hike it is about a foot or two wide and is very nerve racking. We finally made it to the Puka and then we went down slowly.

 

After the Pali Lookout and the Pali Puka we went on a waterfall hike nearby. It was a short hike that takes you trough some pretty scenery and arrive at a really nice waterfall. We took plenty of photos and played in the falls while it was raining most of the time. By this time every article of clothing was drenched and were starting to get cold. We hiked back down and decided to go get some plate lunches from a good local restaurant in Waimanalo.

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We then drove and stopped at some scenic points on our way to one of my favorite places Spitting Caves. Took more photos as per usual and then went to China Walls which is really close to Spitting Caves.

China Walls is a popular local hangout spot for Hawaii Kai residents. Explaining it with words doesn’t do it much justice but we jumped into the ocean from a small 10 foot cliff and were able to watch a beautiful sunset with our new friends from Spain. Overall it was a great day!