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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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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Our regular trips to the Lake District in Cumbria normally involve a little cottage, walking boots and the odd pub to curl up in after a hard day on the Fells. When Travelzoo approached us about trialling one of their Local Deals, we decided to do things a little differently in one of our favourite spots in the UK and go for a posh overnight stay for Paul’s birthday.
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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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Stunning flamingo lakes
To catch up on part 1 please click here
The evening before had been extremely cold, we slept at just under 16,000 ft in every piece of clothing we had with us and just about managed to stay warm. So it was with great relief that we saw the sun coming up on day 3. It’s not every day you get to sleep on top of the world on a vast tundra with a fair few flamingos toughing it out in a nearby pink lake so it was all worth it!
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