Cusco and Mahcu Picchu - why people visit Peru July 27th 2012 Instead of enduring a 21-hour road journey to Cusco, Angela and I boarded a Lan Peru airliner that took one hour. After the gloom and greyness of Lima, Cusco was a welcome change – blue sky, bright sun, an imposing mountainous backdrop, and the promise of a trip to Machu Picchu later that week.
Breathing was difficult from the start. With an altitude of 11,200 feet, wandering the picture-post ... read more
South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1... ... read more
My aim was to visit at least 100 countries, and with Brazil, I finally did it. I'm now loitering at 104. Or is it 105, I lose count...
Unlike a lot of fellow travellers, I tend to only dip my feet into a country, quite often only staying a day or two before heading off somewhere else.
Country numbers 54 and 55 were my first trips alone - something I never thought I'd do.
In 2013 I published an e-book entitled The Red Quest, detailing my mission to visit each and every country of the former Soviet Union. Along the way I sa... full info