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South America » Peru February 17th 2018

The walk to the railway station is only 10 minutes from our hotel. It is yet another early start but it is a lovely morning. It is best to pre book the train, bus and the Macchu Picchu entrance tickets before you come out here and have them at the ready. The train takes an hour and half going and two hours coming back. It is comfortable and the scenery changes as we follow the river which eventually reaches the Amazon, so finally we are in tropical rain forest. A Japanese tourist boarded. He had obviously been taken by all the things for sale and was wearing the Peruvian jacket and embroidered shoulder bag and of course was carrying a stuffed llama- very useful for going round Macchu Picchu! We were offered a drink of tea ... read more
View from the train
On the way to the bus
First glimpse

South America » Peru February 17th 2018

Both remembered Valentine Cards Another relatively early start and long drive. No guide today, only Miguel the driver, who doesn’t speak any English and we don’t speak Spanish except to get around bars and restaurants, where everyone speaks English anyway. First stop, an Inca site in Pisac, more excellent stones and lots of steps. Peru keeps you fit! Second stop at Moray where there are rounded terraces the size of large roman amphitheatres. Apparently these were an agricultural experiment by the Incas. We are a high altitude but if the terraces are done in circles then the heat is trapped so they can grow more. Clever little buggers those Incas. By the way, to get to these places we have to drive down very bad, bumpy roads so don’t bother if you get car sick. The ... read more
In my little Inca house
Tiz in front of Sacred valley
More steps up to that building

South America » Peru February 17th 2018

There are many Inca sites around the pretty city of Cusco and it is worth buying the big tourist ticket which includes entry to many of them. Our first stop was Tambomachay which is a water fountain still running today. The Incas were very clever at directing water from the mountain springs to wherever they needed it. Next stop was Puka Pukara a sort of fort where the stones are perfectly cut and aligned. Next we went Q'enqo an interesting labrynth in the middle of which is a very cold slab on which the Incas preserved the very important people by mummification. They remove the organs and then dry the body. On we went to Saqsayhuaman (pronounced sexy woman!). Here are really massive stones which had to have been moved from 3 to 5 kilometres away. ... read more
Beautifully cut stones
Entering the labrynth
Deep in the labrynth

South America » Peru February 13th 2018

The drive from Puno to Cusco is about 10 hours with a few stops on the way. We had to drive through Juliaca again, the dreadful muddy ugly town but were soon out on the Altiplano, the flat agricultural plain surrounded by volcanic mountains. Our first stop was at Pukara, a tiny village from the pre Inca era. It has a tiny museum of ancient statues which are worth going to see. (If you ever travel through Peru remember to take loo roll and tissues as they are in short supply).The second stop was for lunch at a smart place which had a set price buffet which was very good for 38 soles each and extra for wine. All the coaches stop here and it must be a gold mine. On we drove stopping next at ... read more
Ghastly Juliaca- main road in centre!
Pukara stone
Stefan high in the Andes 4335 meters

South America » Peru February 12th 2018

Puno is one of the largest towns on the shore of Lake Titicaca and every year people come from all over Peru and Bolivia and even Chile to take part in the Festival of the Virgin. It lasts a week followed by a week of Carnival, the largest in Peru. Thousands of people line the streets to watch the parade go by even in the pouring rain. The drums, tubas and trumpets make an unearthly racket all playing vaguely the same tune over and over. At 6.30am on the first Sunday all the contestants go to the stadium where they are judged for which group does the best dance. Regrettably we were not party to this spectacle! We had a sleepless night on our arrival as the partying went on close to our hotel, The Royal ... read more
The men
Dancing ladies
All good fun

South America » Peru February 10th 2018

It is a long drive from Arequipa to Chivay. The outskirts of Arequipa are a nightmare for traffic as the road is the main road to Bolivia and Brazil and is full of large lorries. Eventually we were in the volcanic countryside and on the way stopped to see Vicunas, Alpacas and Llamas. At least I now know how to tell the difference between them. On the way up the mountains we stopped at a cafe as we were about to arrive at the highest point in Peru and in order not to suffer from altitude sickness we were told to drink tea made out of coca leaves.. It is not a pleasant taste but we had it anyway and when we got out of the car at the highest point we did not have any ... read more
Stefan in the landscape

South America » Peru February 8th 2018

Sitting on metal chairs outside a KFC in Lima airport was not exactly how we had envisaged the beginning of our Peruvian adventure. All had gone swimmingly with a very pleasant flight via Madrid, arriving at the Airport hotel for a few drinks in the bar before retiring. Our problems began the following morning at Domestic check in for our flight to Arequipa. Apparently, we should have checked in or something the day before and now the flight was full and we didn’t have a seat so had to wait for a later flight. The galling thing was that we could have caught an earlier flight on which there were seats and of course we were awake early because of time difference. We spent an hour at the desk finding seats on the next flight. We ... read more
Totem carved from dead tree
Church in the original Indian quarter
Overlooking the terraces

Central America Caribbean » Curaçao November 30th 2017

Our final destination on our Caribbean cruise was to Curacao the last of the Dutch protectorates. The buildings are definitely Dutch heritage and the place is pretty and clean with lots of pedestrian walkways. The two halves of the island are spanned by a high bridge for cars but pedestrians cross over by means of a floating pontoon which has to be floated to one side when big ships come in. If the pontoon is not available there is a ferry to take people over. Both sides of the island are full of shops and bars catering for the tourists and there is a very nice fruit market on the Punda side which has some great fruit for sale. Everyone wants to sell you some! We bought our souvenirs and then stopped by a water front ... read more
The flaoting bridge joing the two halves of Curacao
The fruit market
Dutch influenced buildings

Central America Caribbean » Aruba November 29th 2017

The second of the 3 Dutch Caribbean islands we are visiting is Aruba. Another very hot day with the North Easterly Trade winds the only way to cool the island. We caught a taxi with a lovely lady driver who took us all around and related the history and showed us all there was to see. This was much cheaper than going on an official tour and also avoided the trip to the Aloe Vera factory! Like Bonaire it is on the whole flat with a few scattered volcanic hills. The local fauna are the Divi trees and Cacti. It has a bigger population than Bonaire ,12000 people, with tourism as its main industry. We went to the Casibari Rock formation and climbed up the top to get good views of the island. She then drove ... read more
A pelican by the ship
Casibari Rock formation
Steps in the wind

Kralendijk on the island of Bonaire is part of the Dutch Caribbean. We had a lovely Dutch guide who showed us the island travelling in an open top large lorry. The native plants are the Divi tree and the cactus which grow everywhere on this very flat island. Even some of the fences around properties are made using the cacti. It is hot but the NE trade winds blow constantly across the island. We drove to the National Park where there are flamingoes on the salty flat marshes. Salt has been an important production for many years. We also saw other native birds such as the Heron, Frigate Bird and a tiny little yellow sparrow like bird- sorry forgot it's name. There are also lots of wild donkeys on the island.The other plants which grow in ... read more
Stefan finds a good piece of coral
A cactus fence
Cactus and Divi trees

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