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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 14th 2017

SEVEN DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS Machu Picchu, voted one of the 7 Wonders of the World Michael was a great help in planning this trip. He has already been to Chile and Peru and gave me ball park dates for this part of the trip. He suggested a couple of days in Lima because I am not big on municipal buildings and museums. I enjoyed my time there, just resting and relaxing, and squeezing in my Nazca trip. I settled on seven days for Machu Picchu, which as it turned out, included Aguas Calientes and Cusco. I totally enjoyed Cusco. It was small enough to get around on foot. I don’t demand too much of myself when I visit another country. I just look at what there is to see and how much I want to ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima January 13th 2017

CHANGE OF FOCUS Visiting the Nazca Lines After diving Costa Rica, Panama, and Curacao, I headed overland to Lima, Peru. Friends and strangers who talk to me about my travels always ask if I have been to Machu Picchu. I have visited temples and sites of ancient peoples, and exactly because it is so popular with tourists, I had no strong urge to put Machu Picchu on my itinerary, but I finally decided to just use it as a stepping stone to Chile, where I planned to take a plane to Easter Island. I had a couple of great days in Lima. I stayed in a charming small hotel, Hostal Kon-Tiki. The concierge was helpful, kind, and interested in the American. While in Lima I found a spa and had a massage and a manicure. I ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Curaçao January 6th 2017

PROFESSIONAL DIVE BUDDIES NAS Dive Shop I called the dive shop that once rented space at the Ritz, where I was staying. I explained that I was an underwater photographer and I would appreciate diving with other photographers, or with a personal Divemaster so I wouldn’t be holding up other divers while I took my photos, waiting for just the right composition. I like long slow dives so I can look in all the crevices and search out elusive sea creatures. I got just what I asked for. The next three days were like heaven. The divemasters, professional divers familiar with the local dive sites, gave assistance when asked, but otherwise were like my good diving buddies at home. We were in no hurry, we just took our time, looked at everything and came up when ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Curaçao December 31st 2016

CURACAO – NEW YEAR’S EVE No Room at the Inn Finding a hotel in Curacao proved difficult. I hadn’t wanted to travel on New Year’s Eve but that was the flight that was available. Time after time the hotels where I tried to book a room responded with the message, “no vacancies” for the dates I requested. Finally I left a request for a reservation and the hotel responded saying I would receive an email within twenty four hours. I crossed my fingers and boarded my plane. Disembarking in Curacao I immediately went to email. My reservation had been declined. It was already 5:30 p.m. and I searched and searched hotels, finally turning to Airbnb. There it was. A room. With taxi service from the airport. I talked to the proprietor and he warned me that ... read more

Central America Caribbean December 30th 2016

HOW TO MISS THE HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TWICE My first question in English, to a Spanish speaking hotel desk clerk, was, “When do the buses stop running?” I asked this again and again; I posed it to the bus attendants and to the ticket agents. The answer was always the same, 6 p.m. The last item on my list of things to do in Panama was to take the Hop on/Hop off bus. There were really only two places I had to see: The City of Knowledge and The Old Quarter (Casco Antiguo/Casco Viejo/San Felipe). I cannot remember what the cause of delay was, I got a taxi from my hotel around 1:30 p.m. but my ticket was for the 3 p.m. bus. The young man at the counter was a diver and we ... read more

Central America Caribbean December 27th 2016

PANAMA DIVING PORTOBELO Wow! Was I ever ready to go diving? I thought I might sleep on the two hour drive to Portobelo; pick up was at 7:30 a.m. but I was busy sewing some darts in my shorts so they would stay up. Peter, a Russian from Seattle, and Alex talked politics non-stop. When I got to the hotel/dive shop, Panama Divers/Octopus Garden Hotel, I had to rush to set up my camera and assemble my dive gear. We did two dives. I dove with Alex’ daughter, Anika. She was a good diver, calm and capable and Raphael was a good dive master. The guys hurried through their air but Anika and I had two long, slow dives. Toward the end of the second dive the dive master left us on the reef in the ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama Canal December 24th 2016

THE PANAMA CANAL When I started my trip this year, I wondered where I would dive, and what I would see. I started in Costa Rica…now where to??? Right on down the map was Panama. On the water so I can go diving. And I haven’t seen the Panama Canal, that I knew was a massive engineering feat. I knew it was a waterway that used locks like those in Seattle but far bigger and grander. I knew it connected the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. I knew it was a shortcut so boats didn’t have to go around the tip of South America. That was about the extent of my knowledge. I don’t intend to give much statistical information. I did look up a few facts…the Canal is 48 miles long. It is considered ... read more

Central America Caribbean December 21st 2016

SURPASSING ALL EXPECTATIONS PANAMA After a truly turbulent flight, I jumped through hoops in the airport with baggage, customs and immigration. At last I stepped outside the airport into hot humid Panama. I paid the taxi and got my hotel key, walked into my room, and WOW!! Coral Suites is probably the best surprise this weary traveler has ever had. My room is huge, with bathroom and full kitchen. There is a small dining table with two chairs, and a long work bench under a large screen TV. My first day I called dive shops and read the Panama Focus, kind of a what to do in Panama booklet. I read about a restaurant that served high tea and decided I really wanted to do that. I found the small restaurant near me, Chez Titi de ... read more

THE OLD AND THE NEW After a day of rest, recuperating from two days of touring Costa Rica, I felt revived and ready to do a little sightseeing. I had the hotel’s excellent continental breakfast and then sat by the pool for a while just enjoying some down time. Then I grabbed my camera and left the hotel to see what I could see on this, my last full day in San Jose. First stop was the dentist office just up the street. The receptionist unlocked the door. All the businesses on the streets in Costa Rica seem to lock the front door. There was a lovely lady sitting on one of the waiting room chairs checking her phone. I told the receptionist I was interesting in having my teeth cleaned. The lady behind me said, ... read more

COSTA RICA TORTUGERO NATIONAL PARK Yesterday’s full day tour to Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs was great but really exhausting. I didn’t get back to my hotel until past midnight. I was actually dreading another long day in a tour bus but I had booked a Tortugero River Cruise the next morning. When I awoke I had time for breakfast. Hooray! Thus fortified I was ready for the day. This bus was smaller and more comfortable and the trip was a little shorter. The guide was a real character. He sang the national anthem for each passenger’s home country as he introduced us. After a couple of hours we stopped and had breakfast. I thought it was very good, with rice and beans, eggs, fruit, and juice. That’s right…I ate two breakfasts. It is my ... read more

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