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Getting There -eventually

INDIA | Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | Views [352]

After three weeks at home I was starting to feel settled again... well almost. I was surprisingly nervous about leaving this time, being away for so long and a lot of the time on my own. So a few days of sad goodbyes and the inevitable "am I doing ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


The trip home

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | Views [313]

We slept well at the Raddison, had a long breakfast and then took the shuttle into the Santiago. We were surprised by how deserted everything looked and later discovered that the whole country goes on holiday at that time of year and only food and hospitality ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Winding Down

PERU | Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | Views [334]

The next couple of days were really just winding down and getting ready to head home. Macchu Picchu had been the climax of the trip and we were happy and tired. On the 17th I wasn't feeling very well and spent the morning recovering in our room while ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Macchu Picchu

PERU | Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | Views [380]

So this was the day we had been waiting for - and the main reason we had chosen this part of the world for the current trip. Our visit to the Inca City Macchu Picchu. We arose at 5:00 to walk to the top , though a noisy neighbour (obviously happy with ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Hot Waters

PERU | Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | Views [338]

Apart from trekking, the only way to get to Macchu Picchu is to take the tourist train from Cusco to a small tourist town at the base of the mountain called Aguas Calientes, which I understand translates to Hot Waters. We had booked the train well ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


The Sacred Valley

PERU | Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | Views [320]

There is much more to area around Cusco than Macchu Picchu - the Inca's called the area the Sacred Valley and there are many other buildings and relics etc. The one which seemed the most interesting to us was Pisac - an Inca village on a hillside. We ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Back to Cusco

PERU | Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | Views [326]

It was a restless sleepness night at the Colonial Hotel and we weren't in particularly good cheer when we boarded the early morning bus "out of there". It was a long and mainly uneventful bus ride back to Peru, changing busses in Puno which ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Yumani

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | Views [580]

The little village at the top of the "Incan Stairway" is called Yumani - it is picturesque with lovely views across to the Isla del Mond and beyond to the mountains in Bolivia. After the long trek the previous day and with the altitude and ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Trek to Isla del Sol

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | Views [335]

We had a long interesting trek (about 17k) from Copabana to Yampupate from where we planned to catch a boat across to the Isla del Sol (Island of the sun) where apparently the first Inca rose out of a stone. We passes through a couple of small villages ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Puno to Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Views [361]

Breakfast was included in the room price at Don Julio and was the best we had had for a long time - and we felt it worth the extra money. After a misunderstanding with a bicycle rickshaw driver that saw us dropped at the wrong place - we got a taxi ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


The missing Condors

PERU | Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | Views [345]

We took a local bus in the morning to a lookout quite close to the "Cruz de Condor" lookout where it was anticipated that we may be able to see some condors. It was a beautiful peaceful place and we sat around for about an hour - no condors ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


In the Canyon

PERU | Saturday, 8 Sep 2007 | Views [363]

We awoke, again to the sound of the marching band. This time they were no longer practicing but carrying out their parade in celebration of some religious festival that I don't remember the name of. They were a group of five, colourfully dressed and ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Colca Canyon Tour Day 1

PERU | Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | Views [1099]

We were in very good cheer as we set off bright and early for the three day / two night tour (trek) in the colca canyon. Since Cusco we had really joined a well trodden tourist trail, and although it lost some sense of adventure in that we were joined ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Arequipa

PERU | Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | Views [708]

Although it took a while to get started the night bus to Arequipa was fine and we arrived in the morning in reasonably good cheer. The city itself was magnificent and the hostal we chose was very nice, well organised and friendly with big clean rooms ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Nazca (lines)

PERU | Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | Views [781]

The Nazca lines are famous - and to my mind deserve their reputation. There are plenty of theories about how they came to be and what they represent and obviously that is well documented. In the here and now of our journey it was fantastic day and a ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


A brief stop in Cusco (The navel of the world)

PERU | Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | Views [405]

One of the reasons for heading to cusco at this stage was that we had yet to make a decision as to whether or not we were up to the 5 day trek that gets you to Macchu Picchu and also that we had heard rumours from other travellers that the crowds were so ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Trujillo

PERU | Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | Views [320]

Perhaps it was because we were very tired, but everything seemed to be going wrong for us in Trujillo. We reluctantly decided we would have to "take to the air" (thereby missing huaraz - which was a real pity and in retrospect a mistake). It ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!


Express to Peru

PERU | Saturday, 1 Sep 2007 | Views [422]

After Puyo - the need to move quickly through our planned itinerary became apparent and although there were several more places we wanted to visit in the south of Ecuador we realised which would need to prioritise and focus on ensuring we kept moving so ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Puyo - secondary forest

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | Views [803]

Advertised as a "Jungle Tour" - we took a two night / three day guided trip from Baños , via Puyo to the secondary forest on the edge of the Jungle. The first day of the tour was by van to Puyo and then into the forest via a dirt road. Before ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


Banos Cascades

ECUADOR | Saturday, 25 Aug 2007 | Views [832]

There are lot of really nice cheap places to stay and eat plus plenty of activities based out of Banos, so it's worth planning on staying a few days. After the vigourour walk up to the lookout we decided to give our knees a rest. We hired bicycles and ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


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