Caro 1


2013 will see a small journeyette again! In january I am off on the first leg with Alan and Lucy to Argentina and Chile. They return to winter in Watford and I continue on to Ecuador and the Galapogas islands. So watch this space for a further episode of Caro's travels!

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 3rd 2014

Its been a fascinating experience, and as some if you may know we have not had access to WiFi until we returned to Havana for the third time at the end of our tour..local Cubans have the Intranet, most have no access to the wider world. Our group was small but perfectly formed , All very interesting, widely travelled with views to match!! I was the only singleton so to speak and all made me feel very comfortable so thank you guys for your support and enclusion. The tour was packed with a variety of different places to visit food to taste people to meet and snipits of knowledge was passed on to us by our fab guide Ellie who turned out to be an accomplished musician ,writer, band leader as well as her guiding skills ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hertfordshire January 3rd 2014

Well its January 2014 so it must be travel time again!! So I'm off to Cuba in mid Jan doing a small group tour right round the island using local home stays to get a real feel for what I hope will be a spectacular journey. Al will join me in Havana at the end and we have 4 days exploring the capital with a spot of salsa I hope!! We then head off to Mexico to the Yacatan peninsula to follow the Myan trail. So until then my friends........ read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Isabela Island February 20th 2013

Helloifor the last time! It was with great excitement that we contemplated our trip to the amazing Galapagos. A very early start saw us on the coach to the airport a 2 hour flight to Batra some 1000 kms from the Ecuadorian coast . It is a very arid small island that was the base for the US during the second world war. A further coach trip to the port where we took a taxi boat across the bay, another coach across the island of Santa Cruz one of the 5 inhabited islands amongst the 16 that make up the Galapagos. And that is when the rain started ! The final port destination was in chaos , what with road repairs carnival time and elections pending. The coach couldn’t get through the road works so we ... read more
the Ecuadorian coast

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 8th 2013

Our journey onwards from Quito , i briefly mentioned in the last blog, we had a wet old day visiting a number of towns and not seeing the errupting valcanoes and finally spent the night in a lovely converted Hacienda. we were off again the following morning with two main events planned , the 2 hour train journey on a near vertical route using the switch back techinque - i will explain!! and visiting th e only Incasite in Ecuador of any note - thats what the itinerary said!!! The morning was taken up with the train ride when the engine pulls the carriages up on one track and then moves backwards to change tracks to onnce again journey up the mountain . It is too steep to do this any orher way!! We did this ... read more
On Route to the valcanos

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito February 6th 2013

Hola my Cherubs. Finally arrived in Quito capital of Ecuador after a long old journey going up north to Bogota in Columbia and then down south again to Quito, a total journey time of 7 .5 hours, Direct flights to decrease the carbon footprint do not seem to be on the agenda! Anyway was totally exhausted after the previous days delays and fell asleep in my room and missed the group briefing – so that was a good start! We are 12 people all from the UK and very different , there are electrical engineers, a barrister, civil servants, a voluntary organisational manager and more, most retired, only 3 of us still working- quite an interesting bunch. Ecuador is the smallest of the South American countries but very compact , the guide books say you can ... read more
Old Quito

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 4th 2013

hello my friends , this will be very short as was my stay in the Capital of Chile. less than 24 hours due to our wind battered plane disaster and a long wait in punta Aranos. Poor Al and Lucy didnt get a look in they missed it altogether. ! have to say the hotel was the best so far just fifteen rooms newly converted from an old colonial house and very beautiful it was too so sorry Lou ! I had a guided tour in the afternoon of my arrival and so much information was thrown my way that I remember very little now . I had had virtually no sleep for 36 hours and really could have laid out on one of those inviting sunlouges for the next few hours and had a kip! ... read more
View from my bedroom!- i shall be in there
Thought this was real its not!
The lovely hotel

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 29th 2013

Southern Patagonia is wild ,desolate , windy and home to Chile’s most famous and well visited national park- Torres del Paine. Its crowning glory are the three stunning granite towers (torres) and the whole area is a hikers heaven!! It is full of spectacular lagoons, glaciers, rolling untamed grasslands, and high snow covered peaks. It also the site of Chile’s oldest human habitation , indigenous peoples now alas no longer. The park has an array of wonderful wildlife apart from sheep cows and amazing horses, and we saw foxes, guanacos (a relative of the llama tribe) by the score, the Andean condor ( check out my photo!) and the nandu described by Darwin ( resembling the ostrich but smaller). We also found flamingos, many ducks and the lesser spotted something or other!! We travelled from Punta ... read more
our journey to the park
enlarge the bird its an eagle!
First views of the Torres tho not the last!

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas January 28th 2013

Hola firstly my apologies for the text intrusions in the last blog not sure what that was all about!1 lets hope the gremlins are sorted. Cruceros Australis –well what a fantastic experience- this was be supposed to be our little jauntette ( for Lou and me while Al was battling it against the wind rain and waves) If we thought this was going to be a leisurely sail down the fjords of Tierra del Fuego sipping cocktails sunning ourselves and enjoying the view from our sun loungers, we were to be rudely awakened!!! This was four nights and five days packed with truly wonderful things, presentations and films about the areas to be visited from knowledgeable and good looking tour guides, treks, hikes, journeys on zodiac boats , not to mention great food and what is ... read more
trying on the life jackets
sailing away
cold or what!

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia January 21st 2013

Tierra del fuego where the andes finally meet the sea has become known as el fin del mundo only Antartica lies beyond some 100o kms away. The end of the world and everywhere you see it from the last train to be ridden to the last beer to be drunk a lesson in marketing!!! It is made up of a main island and several smaller ones divided between Argentina and chile and is separated from the rest of South America by the straits of magellan. It is so named because when ferdinand Magellan discovered it in 1520 he saw a series of fires along the coastline as the indigenous indians tried to warn their fellow peoples of the dangers to come , and how right they were. We flew to the city of Ushuaia gateway to ... read more
to remind me where I am!
Views from the plane
some more

South America January 19th 2013

Calafate is on the edge of Patagonia some two and half thousand klms south from Buenos Aires. It is the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park and the mighty Perito Moreno glacier. Patagonia is wild, and in places barren but always beautiful . Its climate is temperate though while we have been here temperatures have been soaring into the late 20sc and beyond!! The area sits in the shadow of the Chilean Andes which blocks the storms and rain , though strong westerly winds gust across the plains. The town itself, named after a small berry, is small with just one main street which stretches for a klm or two, and full of well healed and trademarked outdoor wear shops and teeming with restaurants, coffee bars, chocolate shops and inviting jewellery establishments!!!. It grew significantly ... read more
The beautiful lago Argentina

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