Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim

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Grand Canyon

Have you ever had one of those experiences that you genuinely can’t believe is happening? As I set off on the Kaibab Trail from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on that crisp and snow covered morning, I still felt like I was in a dream. There was just one guy in front of me on the trail, we were the first people to walk one of the busiest trails in the National Park Service for nearly 2 weeks – unbelievable.

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Peru budget round-up

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Inca Tipon Peru

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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Hiking Smackdown in Huaraz

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Cordillera Blanca Peru

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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Take 12 Trips – our 2014 in review

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2014 photo collage

Well, I was a crappy blogger in 2014 but I’m glad to say that I wasn’t a crappy traveller! In early January I stumbled across Need Another Holiday in my quest to find other folks out there who had the burning passion for travel but who also maintained a fixed address and standard working hours. Clare did all of those things and she had also set down a challenge for readers of her blog to ‘Take 12 Trips’. The idea was to make sure you take one trip per month, anything from a day out at a museum to a full blown holiday, but you had to have that one date for exploration set every month.

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A drop of adrenaline in the desert

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Paul doing far better than me at sand boarding

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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A visit to the Peruvian Amazon

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Sandoval Lake at dawn on day 2, the mist on the lake was beautiful

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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