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Across Andes by Frog I should explain the nonsensical title of my journal, 'Across Andes by Frog' - it is a sort of homage to an episode of the drolly funny 1970s British TV series "Ripping Yarns" by Michael Palin & Terry Jones.

Photos: Lima Redux

PERU | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery


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A Last Languid Look at Lima: Indian Markets, Chifas and Catacombs

PERU | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | Views [561]

The tour bus took us out in the direction of the city, but we had gone scarcely any distance at all, still in Miraflores, we come to our first stop and first highlight. Huaca Pucllana is Lima's most famous archaeological site, containing a large adobe ... Read more >


Photos: Watching the Flowers

PERU | Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Miraflores: Flowers, Grass and the Odd Gringo Tourist

PERU | Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | Views [739]

  The Hotel, Antigua Mirafores, has a kind of old colonial hacienda look to it, perhaps more accurately I might say, estancia , as its probably not big enough to be considered a hacienda. Old it is, but it is in good shape and looks like it's ... Read more >


Photos: Juliaca Route 3N Lima Redux

PERU | Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Fly by Night Juliaca, Hot Deals by Day

PERU | Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Views [344]

Insulated inside room 206, upstairs in Hotel El Promedio Anodino Casa , I didn't really hear much noise during the night. But by the time I came down for El desayuno  I realised that the wrecking gang had been at it all night demolishing the building ... Read more >


Photos: Puno Lago

PERU | Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Photo Gallery


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The Floating Islands of Mother Earth: Uros, Puno

PERU | Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | Views [464]

I was collected at the Casa Andina at 7am by yet another braces-wearing Peruvian guide to drive to the (inland) port. The port was quite close by, but as usual we had to go via umpteen other hotels to pick up the other passengers. When we eventually ... Read more >


Camino a Puño: The Pan-American Highway

PERU | Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | Views [468]

The next morning I had my umpteenth cocoa tea in Unaytambo and scuttled out for another early start on the road. I was taxied across town to the Cusco depot of WonderPeru on the other side of Av de Sol. To my relief, given my recent experiences, they ... Read more >


Photos: Wonder Peru

PERU | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Machu Picchu

PERU | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Machu Picchu: Maravilla and Inca Spirit in the Sky

PERU | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | Views [445]

The next day on my itinerary there was a trip scheduled to Peru's own home-grown contender for "8th Wonder of the World", Machu Picchu. The trip started badly (again), the driver arrived 10 minutes late. Then after getting away, we had got as far as ... Read more >


Photos: Rio Urumbamba

PERU | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Photo Gallery


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On the Sacred Inca Trail: Raiders of the Lost Inca World, Monotaxis and Eucalypti

PERU | Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | Views [407]

This morning I was scheduled to go on the first part of the Sacred Inca Trail tour. I was collected early at my hostela by someone I would come to call Braces Guide  # 1, she took me to my coach for the Inca Trail trip. We stopped on the way out ... Read more >


Photos: Cuzco

PERU | Monday, 5 May 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Cusco on High: Footprints of Inka culture and Colonial dominance

PERU | Monday, 5 May 2014 | Views [538]

Despite the baggage stuff-up I still got to Puerto Maldonado Airport way early (why do tour operators always insist on getting you there Über -early?). The good news was that I didn't have to hang around the minimally-equipped outpost of an airport ... Read more >


Photos: Amazonia West

PERU | Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Peru: How far are we actually from the Amazon?

PERU | Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | Views [412]

Lima la parte uno The following day I had another early morning flight to the third country on my itinerary, Peru. Having prepared my bags, etc, the previous night, I set the wakeup time for 4:30 which would allow me enough time to shower and such ... Read more >


Photos: Argent Tres BA II

ARGENTINA | Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | Photo Gallery


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The Eye of La Tigre and Portenos Night Life

ARGENTINA | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Views [2804]

Argentina: La Parte Tres At breakfast the next morning an Argentinian guest at the hotel strikes up a conversation with me addressing me initially in Spanish, until he, a little embarrassed, realises his error. Quite a few of the locals seem to think ... Read more >


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