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South America » Peru » Lambayeque » Chiclayo March 26th 2014

DAY 37 Another hot & lazy start to the day by the beach before re-packing for a lunch time trip back to the Tumbes bus station for another 8 hour trip down to our next stop, Chiclayo. 3 hrs later the bus went past our hostel, an unfortunate waste of time but just the way the bus system works here. Back on the Pan American Hwy in a very comfortable Double decker bus mainly following the coast with the blue Pacific on one side and vary bare desert hills on the other. Initially past some very basic villages each with a flotilla of boats anchored offshore. Pelicans were doing what they were meant to be doing, dive bombing for food, instead of like the ones at home who seem to sit around tourist areas waiting for ... read more

South America » Peru » Tumbes » Tumbes March 25th 2014

DAYS 35-36 Today we farewelled Equador although the 6.30 am taxi to the bus depot was not welcomed by the group. Loaded up with breakfast & lunch supplies for a 5.5 hr local bus to the Peru border where we had to change busses after clearing customs & immigration. The trip was generally downhill from the highlands heading towards the coast. The outlook was more lush valleys scattered with agriculture & dairy farming communities. On levelling out the land was noticeably drier yet we came across vast bananas plantations. Our guide offloaded us at the border turn-off & arranged taxis instead of remaining on the bus which proceeded to the next town before going to the border. The move proved to be a godsend in saving about 45 min at the notoriously slow border crossing. It ... read more
Fishing fleet Zorritos
Acting Lifeguard

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 24th 2014

Today is the day! We get to explore Machu Picchu! I wake up to my alarm at 2:30am in the morning. Michael is growling. He couldn't really sleep as he has been affected the most by the altitude in Cusco. Cusco is 11,200 feet above sea level. It does make it difficult to breath and I find myself taking deeper breaths than normal in order to get enough oxygen. Cusco is higher than Machu Picchu, which is about 8,800 feet at Huayna Picchu's peak - so hopefully he will feel better there. Michael takes an Advil PM and a pill for altitude sickness - hopefully he'll be able to sleep in the car. Our driver is waiting for us at 3:00 am. We have to leave this early because there is a strike on the road ... read more
Peruivan Countryside - Peru Rail
Peruivan Countryside - Peru Rail
Peruivan Countryside - Peru Rail

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima March 22nd 2014

Next up on the ‘before we have kids’ travel bucket list is...drumroll please… Machu Picchu, Peru! With excitement in January 2014, I began to research flights from Philadelphia to Peru. To my disappointment, flights to Peru for March out of Philadelphia International Airport were averaging about $1,100 a ticket. A friend of mine traveled to Brazil recently from Newark Airport by taking the Amtrak train from Philadelphia (they now have a stop), so I decided to check if I would find better fares from there. I was incredibly grateful to find a pair of non-stop tickets leaving from Newark at 2:00pm on March 22nd. I booked those tickets and a set of Amtrak tickets for the 660 train leaving from Philadelphia at 9:23am. 4 ½ hours should be plenty of time, even considering time allotted for ... read more
Two tickets to Peru!
Beautiful sunset in flight
Golden lights of Lima

South America » Peru » Trujillo March 19th 2014

With a 4.30am arrival in a new area of Peru and once again feeling delirious from exhaustion, it was certainly an unnerving situation. Having managed to book a hostel earlier that which would accept us at the unearthly hour, we finally arrived at the front door after battling with the taxi driver to get us there. However, the drama wasn't over yet, as there was no sign of life. Knock, knock, answer. With thoughts of being stranded in a random city at 4am, with our all our worldly possessions in hand, Rich's blood pressure was once again maxing out. Eventually, with a heart attack narrowly avoided, the un-signposted front door finally creaked open and we were invited in and quickly ushered to our less than glamorous dorms. We squeezed in as much sleep as we ... read more


South America » Peru March 17th 2014

Peru is large country. In most of people's mind, when you say 'Peru', they immediately think about Machu Picchu and inca trail. Well this is the traditional places that most tourists visit, the country has a lot more to offer. In this trip, I went in the Amazon, Puerto Maldonado region, the mountains and the southern desert coast. Many interesting things! . Highlights for me: 1- Amazon region, lodge in the forest: comfortable and deep in the forest enough to see many new animals: anaconda, fer de lance viper, hoatzin bird, etc... 2- Islas Ballestas: We saw sea lions, many flying birds, and a small colony of penguins!! They survive there because of the cold ocean current 3- Nazca lines by plane. Cuzco is nice colonial city, but you are attacked by armies of sellers of ... read more

South America » Peru » Ayacucho » Ayacucho March 17th 2014

This journey I have been on with my mother has, in large part, been defined by my father. It was, as you know, supposed to be his trip with my mother, not mine. And the trips my parents undertook whenever visiting my brother always had a certain unalterable pattern to them, no doubt borne out of experience. It was a configuration they used when visiting my sister as well. The pattern was a way for them of allocating their time between travel and seeing family. The time was divided up equally between both. It was nearly always a two-four-two pattern, that meant two weeks with my brother/sister, four weeks on the road, two more weeks back with my brother/sister. But even the time spent with my brother or sister had a particular configuration, though not as ... read more
Pisco to Ayacucho
Pisco to Ayacucho
Pisco to Ayacucho

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz March 16th 2014

Another early morning arrival, another town and it was once again time to kick off the flip flops and get out the fleeces, waterproofs and hiking shoes. We had arrived in Huaraz; gateway town to the Cordillera Blanca which is home to some of the highest and most spectacular peaks in Peru. Still half asleep from the overnight journey, we stumbled off the bus and into a taxi which took us five minutes around the corner to our hostel. With Gem's belly still not quite right we decided it was about time to see a doctor. Once we had both done our best mime act of a person with diarrhoea to the lady in our hostel, the penny finally dropped and she understood what we were getting at. A couple of hours later, with briefcase in ... read more
Cordillera Blanca
Parting of the clouds...

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 13th 2014

After a surprisingly brief and simple taxi negotiation, we were making our way through the heavy Lima rush hour traffic doing our best to put up with the continual frenetic beeping from the taxi drivers. 20 minutes or so later and we were dropped off in the heart of the affluent district of Miraflores. Surrounded by McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks, we felt a long way from the serenity of only 24 hours earlier. With expectations of dilapidated buildings and crime ridden streets, it came as a huge surprise to be able to comfortably stroll the clean and pleasant streets in the surrounding area. We decided to take a stroll along the two main streets en route to and from the beach. Once reaching the boardwalk, we walked from the lighthouse on the far right, ... read more
Cycle time
Flying high

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 13th 2014

After the inca trail, Frankie and I spent a day in Cuzco. We used the morning to have a lie in and then went out exploring some of the sights, sounds and tastes of the city. The next morning, we were headed back to the airport to fly to a town called Puerto Maldonado in the amazon rainforest. We then took a boat down the tambopata river to the lodge where we would spend two nights. The weather was hot, with about 80% humidity and although our bungalow was about as cool as it could be, it was pretty sticky! That evening, we went out on a night walk around the lodge and saw lots of different insects and creepy crawlies. We had a few minutes where we turned off all of our torches and were ... read more
Our bungalow at the lodge
Frankie the explorer
Plantain at the farm

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