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Big Small Journey Off on the adventure of my lifetime: 5 glorious months of sun and snow in South America, then the UK for further fun and frolicking.

Lima - the last of Peru

PERU | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Views [553]

Lima is a real, big, modern, international city. Sure there´s heaps of tourists, yeah they´re hosting the APEC conference this year (annoying that it coincides with my weekend in town), they´ve got all the bits to make a massive but nice city.  For ... Read more >

Gallery: Ica - sand dunning and wineries

PERU | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Colca Canyon

PERU | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Chivay and Cobanaconde

PERU | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

En route to the Colca Canyon, stopped at a couple of Peruvian villages
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Gallery: Arequipa

PERU | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

Send largest city in Peru, and 1/3 the price
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Ica - many thrills

PERU | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [581]

It was awesome! Got to Ica around 7am this morning, slept so nicely on the bus, my cama seat was soooooo comfortable. We drank a carton of sangria and got silly watching She's the Man on the bus TV. Our destination in Ica was Huacachina, this resort ... Read more >

Condors! Lot and lots of them!

PERU | Thursday, 15 May 2008 | Views [555] | Comments [1]

They are really really big. They soar about so lazy-like, so easy. I was jealous. Yesterday, Inna and I left for Chivay, walked around town a bit, both taking lots of photos, then spent a night in Cabanaconde (5 soles, $2, cheapest accommodation yet!).... Read more >

Sick but joyous in Arequipa

PERU | Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [491] | Comments [1]

I´m on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories because of a throat infection, but otherwise, having a ball in Arequipa. It´s the second largest city in Peru, but it´s lovely. Quaint colonial buildings everywhere, and only got harrased by tourist touts ... Read more >

Byebye Cusco

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [685]

Despite the warnings that I would stay longer than I wish, I think I`m leaving just on time. In total I`ve spent about 3 days in Cusco, the rest have been to Machu Picchu and the rafting. It`s a lovely city but doesn`t show you what Peru is really ... Read more >

¨The river is like the vein of the earth¨

PERU | Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [812]

Indeed, it´s alive, and dangerous. Last 3 days rafting was very very fun. First day we had a 4 hour bus drive, then lunch (very nice), then 2 hours on rapids class II and III practising the commands etc. My team consisted of Inna (girl I met while ... Read more >

Gallery: White water rafting in Cusco

PERU | Friday, 9 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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White water rafting - it´s fully sic!

PERU | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Views [603]

Love it love it love it. Went on a 1 day rafting tour of Urubamba river, with class 2 and 3 rapids. It wasn´t very crazy at all, but lots of fun. Tomorrow I go on 3 days rafting tour with class 3, 4 and 5 rapids - that´s when the raft goes vertical.... Read more >

Gallery: Cusco and Machu Picchu

PERU | Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Lake Titicaca

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: La Paz and Coroico

PERU | Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Machu Picchu and other ruins

PERU | Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | Views [876]

Ruins are good, for a little bit, but after a while, they´re not so good. They all start to look a like. Rightly so because all the ruins I´ve seen were built by the Inca. As magnificent as they are, they´re pretty similar to each other, and when compared ... Read more >

Let no-one question my stupidity

PERU | Sunday, 4 May 2008 | Views [735]

I´m on my way to Machu Pichu, yay! I decided to scorn the organised tours and DIY it. Cool idea, except I got stuck in the middle of the mountain, hanging onto thorny branches, with no idea how to get out. This morning I left Cusco with an overnight ... Read more >

Ahora, en Cusco.

PERU | Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [575]

Aqui en Cusco, todo esta tranquilo. I can understand why people get stuck here. It is a beautiful city, very atmospheric, lots of old buildings, little cobbled streets, markets, stalls, food, massage, music, everything a traveller may desire. I shall ... Read more >

The Great Lake Titicaca

PERU | Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [457]

A little underwhelmed by the Bolivian side of things, but pleasantly surprised by Peru. Day 1, bussed to Copacabana from La Paz, a boring 3 hour journey, at the end of which was a sleepy little town by the end of the lake. Got on a boat pretty quick ... Read more >

Coroico: where to go to get eaten by insects

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | Views [1571]

For the record, I came away from Coroico with 30 bites on my left arm, and about 20 on my right. It is no exaggeration. They are very itchy bites as well, swelly and pink and big and ugly. People see my arm and cringe away. So I decided to escape ... Read more >

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