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Final thoughts, Well as we await our chariot to the airport, we thought we would kill some time putting our final thoughts down as we reflect on the last 5 and a bit months. Firstly, thanks to our loyal followers – always nice to get messages and to know that people have actually been reading the blog! I think Irene and Graham get the award for most messages sent – thank you. Also nice to find out that after over 5 months and 20-odd blogs, my Dad actually worked out how to read them the week before we go home! So, 3 continents, 19 countries, 3 Wonders of the World, a lot of miles, thousands of pounds, one tropical disease, mucho vino and lot of laughs, it is time to go home – our 6 month ... read more
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Can you believe it....how 6 months have flown by...... So we made it to Brazil and had a few days at the beach in Paraty, the place was really quaint and they obviously knew how important the Beaumonts’ are as they had flags up on the cute cobbled streets, fireworks at night and a real fiesta atmosphere – even dancing in the main square for us!!! Not really sure what the fiesta was about…..unable to speak a word of Portuguese has been interesting!!! Anyhow we had a very nice relaxed time here and on one day when we had a long boozy lunch – i drank Lambrusco (something i have not done since uni) and it was nice!!!! Danny in a drunken state even took on a local boy at a penalty shoot out – Rooney ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Paraty June 11th 2011

After our day of bird and sea lion spotting, we got the bus back to Lima and headed straight for the airport. I am not sure most backpackers do this much flying but at Ryanair prices (plus you get a reserved seat, don’t have to pay to check in luggage, get food and drinks but disappointingly there is no cheesy music when you land saying “another on time flight from Air Peru”) then why not! We caught a flight to Buenos Aires (at 1 am!) then got a taxi across town to the domestic airport for our flight to Iguazu. This is our 3rd time in Argentina this trip – does that mean we can say that we have been to Argentina 3 times? That evening was spent mostly sleeping then we were up early to ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 4th 2011

Ok so we were no longer illegal immigrants so I informed Danny that we need to do something cultural.....a museum or something....and I found the perfect place...a chocolate museum...to learn all about cocoa and how to make chocolate etc.....awesome!!! And yes I did make Danny spend some money in the gift shop!!!!! We then met for lunch with our no longer refugee buddies and headed back to our hotel in time for our Inca trail briefing.........only 6kilos was to be carried by our assigned porters...... for a 4 day tour...otherwise we had to carry it ourselves...not good news!!!! I AM A GIRL...I HAVE FASHION NEEDS! That evening we got an email from our Irish buddies, Nora and Dave, who we did our Africa tour with, they had just come back from Machu Picchu so yes we ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco May 30th 2011

So after our 5 day mountain biking and jungle extravaganza, we decided that we hadn’t had enough of tours so upon arrival in Rurrenbaque, we immediately booked a 3 day Pampas tour (mainly due to the fact we now have to get a wriggle on to get to Peru to do the Inca Trail!). We took a 3 hr drive deep into the jungle on the world’s dustiest road to our eco-lodge. Nice room(although finding a huge tarantula in the lodge on night one was a bit scary!) and great food – especially when dinner on day one was piranha that we caught ourselves that afternoon with just a hook and a bit of meat for bate (up yours Bear Grylls). The 1st night was Carrie’s birthday and there was no booze in the lodge so ... read more
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Ok so with Danny now recovered from altitude sickness, we headed 6 hrs north/east to Potosi. We got a bus costing 3 quid each and I now understand what my Mum means when she says you pay for what you get......the bus journey was horrific. Bolivia is basically 1 big mountain range and the roads are terrible – we saw 1 truck that had slid off the road so instead of taking that turn easy our bus driver overtook at speed on a blind corner......oh and did I mention this was all happening with snow so you could hardly see.....................we survived and made it to the world’s highest city at 4020m above sea level. By this point a gang of us had formed (i.e. the 6 guys and gals from our salt plain trip and a ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni May 11th 2011

Into Chile and Bolivia... So with my face back to its handsome normal state, we left Salta and headed across the Andes into Chile. San Pedro de Atacama was our destination, in the heart of the Atacama desert. It is a gorgeous but tiny little town, basically built to cater for tourists venturing into the desert. On our first day we took a half day trip to Death Valley and the Lunar Valley – basically a geologist’s fantasy set amongst loads of active (but not since 2006!) volcanoes. We took in sun set which if I wasn’t trying to catch my breath after the climb (remember we are at 2000 meters – good job I remembered my inhaler) would have been amazing! We then had a night out on the tiles with a guy called Jack ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta May 5th 2011

Disaster strikes....... Ok, so from Mendoza we umm..ed and ahh..ed whether to cross to Santiago (Chile – the country not the weather! ) or head up north in Argentina and investigate more wine regions.......and so we headed north h!!! First stop was Tucuman – to be honest not too much to write home about, but I needed a break as we had been on a bus for 14 hours and I wanted to catch a glimpse of the royal wedding......I know the worst republican ever, but I wanted to check out the dress!!! Anyway this place had a nice central square and we even saw some protests going on, we then headed north again to the quaint (and my favourite spot so far in s America) little village of Cafayate. It is total wine country and ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza April 28th 2011

So we left Montevideo on a 10 hr bus to Rosario back in Argentina. The buses in South America are really good – airplane style meals on trays, almost full beds and films in English so although a long journey, we had a good sleep so was pretty good. We arrived in Rosario on Good Friday and found out that everything was closed for Easter and our hostel was nowhere near the centre of town and was nothing close to the online description so we were not happy Easter bunnies! With nothing to do in a strange town we did what all sensible people do....we had a long lunch and got stuck into the Argentinean wine. That took care of day 1 and we then booked a bus to Mendoza for the next evening. Luckily the ... read more
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Part 3 – South America.......the journey continues........ Sorry for the delay we have been quite busy! Before i start, it has been brought to my attention by my delightful brother in law (Little Shrimp aka Josh) that my blogs are long and rambling........therefore for this entry only – i have decided to do an executive summary which he will hopefully be able to stomach! So...just for you Josh: Made it to Buenos Aires this place is cool –eaten loads of steak, seen the sites, went to a tango show (Danny fell asleep)......then headed to Uraguay (via boat) had one day in Colonia (had a long, boozy lunch) this place is really pretty, then headed to Montevideo (capital)had to stay a few extra days as no buses out – but this worked out – hired a bike ... read more
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