Astounding Incan ruins at Tipon – the building work is incredible
This is clearly very overdue, but I’m determined to finish what I started and these round-up posts were some of our most popular. Plus, this is the last one from our RTW! Please bear in mind that all costs are from August and September of 2013 so average prices will have changed. The exchange rate has also improved against the Pound but I’ve kept to our original figures.
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The majesty of the Cordillera Blanca
I’ve debated over what to do about this for ages over the Christmas break and then I just thought sod it. I still have plenty of stories to tell from quite a long time back, I’ve just been rubbish at actually getting them down on paper. I didn’t know if they would still be relevant or interesting and then I realised that the main thing I love about this blog is having my own record of our adventures and if other people read the stories then it’s a bonus. So, here we are… me writing about somewhere we visited in 2013!
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Paul doing far better than me at sand boarding
After spending quite a lot of time in cities and also hiking in Peru we decided to kick back and enjoy the gringo trail for a few days in the desert plains of central Peru. Throughout this trip we’ve pushed ourselves do things that we aren’t entirely comfortable with or that maybe scare us a little and there were enough of these activities lurking in the Peruvian desert to keep us busy for a few days.
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The stunning vista of Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon is an enormous hole in the ground situated 6 hours from Arequipa in Peru, famous for being home to the phenomenal condor. It’s hiked by an awful lot of visitors to Peru but many will visit for just a day or two. We decided to make the most of our time in the area and had an absolutely brilliant 4 day backpacking trip.
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Sandoval Lake at dawn on day 2, the mist on the lake was beautiful
For me one of the things that screams South America is a visit to the Amazon Jungle. We’ve spent time in jungle environments before but this is the Amazon, the mother of all jungles that spans 9 countries across 2.7 million square miles. The mighty Amazon River is responsible for a staggering 20% of the world’s fresh water that flows into the ocean and the jungle is the most bio-diverse rainforest on the planet. You’ve probably realised by now how much Paul and I love spending time in nature and one of the main reasons for this is wildlife, we were determined to have a wildlife experience in the Amazon and one particular little lake had some animals we’d been dying to see for years.
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The profound beauty of Machu Picchu
You know when you harbour a dream for an incredible amount of time and then when it is finally realised it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s exactly how my lifelong dream of hiking the Inca Trail began. Bear with me, it does get better I promise but we had a fair few mishaps and calamities on the way and it unfortunately didn’t live up to my lofty expectations. This post will be completely about our own personal journey, warts and all and no holds barred!
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