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Travels “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Trek to Isla del Sol

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | Views [295]

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 [327]

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 [296]

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 [307]

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 [1018]

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 [643]

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 [696]

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 [346]

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 [266]

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 [351]

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 [725]

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 [767]

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


back to Latacunga - on to Banos

ECUADOR | Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | Views [543]

There is only one bus out of Chugchilan - which is scheduled to leave around 5:00 am - so we were up before the sun, equipped with our packed breakfast waiting in the freezing cold for the bus. When I say waiting for the bus, I mean waiting for the bus ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Chugchilan

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | Views [2083]

Chugchilan was a highlight of the trip. We set out on horseback for a day long "cloud forest" trek. A cloud forest is (obviously) a forest in the clouds - we were already a quite a high altitude and went up a very steep, winding track on the ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains


Hostal Cloud Forest, Chugchilan

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | Views [1464] | Comments [1]

It was freezing in Quilatoa when we awoke and we had very little to do but wait around until the midday bus. We were still a little fatigued from the walk yesterday and dissappointed that he breakfast was even worse than the day before. There was no ... Read more >

Tags: culture


Laguna Quilatoa

ECUADOR | Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | Views [558] | Comments [2]

We had arranged the previous night to ride in a truck/ute to Quilatoa Lake (Laguna Quilatoa) the next morning so again woke early and arranged to have breakfast on arrival. The breakfast turned out to be one of the worst of the trip - consisting of stale ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains


Quilatoa Loop Day 1

ECUADOR | Sunday, 19 Aug 2007 | Views [533]

After an uncomfortable and sleepless night we awoke early, had a simple breakfast and walked to the bus station, heading for Zumbahua our first stop on the "Quilatoa Loop". It was a rickety old local bus, full from the outset and overflowing ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Otavalo Market to Latacunga

ECUADOR | Saturday, 18 Aug 2007 | Views [757]

  Saturday is Market Day in Otavalo – there is a permanent craft market in the market place all week long, but on Saturdays most of the main streets are blocked off and the whole town center becomes a sprawling produce market.   ... Read more >

Tags: Markets


Laguna Cuicocha

ECUADOR | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [760]

We had an early start for the hike around Laguna Cuicocha. Unfortunately there was no hot water for my shower (a problem that was easily rectified though upon following up with the owner it turned out to be nothing more than the pilot light having gone ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Otavalo

ECUADOR | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [428]

Took the local bus to Otavalo - and became acquainted with our first "Terminal Terrestria" (Bus Station). The bus ride was pleasant and interesting. It was quite slow because it stopped regularly. We also had our first experience with the ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


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