After an exhausting five days spent on my computer researching the places and destinations that we wanted to travel to and see in South America, I was struggling to put an itinerary together from so many different suppliers and travel companies.  Given that we had only a short month in South America to tour Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia I realised some help was needed. Read More

South America is full of gastronomical treats and cultural treasures, and you can experience both in a single cup of coca tea.  Arriving in Colonial Quito I look around our accommodation and find a generous supply of Coca tea in tea bag form. Read More

If you are searching the web for information about the four day Inca Trail trek you will find hundreds of travel companies offering this popular experience in Peru. However, many of these companies are acting only as agents for the relatively few specialist trekking companies that actually operate the trek of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Read More

Day 3 – Inca Trail

Chaquicocha to Winaywayna – Inca Flats

Our reward from yesterday’s slog is a somewhat more leisurely scenic six hour day on what is called Inca Flats. In reality the “Inca Flats” means up, down, up down, and then there is a long slow drop of 1,200 metres to the third camping spot Winaywayna – where the luxury of a shower and cold beer awaits – bliss.

Part 1 is here if you want to read it first. Read More

Inca Trail Peru

Inca Trail – Day 1

Km 82 (2720m) – Ayapata (3300m)

The big day has finally arrived. We are actually going to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There has been little preparation apart from alcohol and coffee abstination, but we are feeling confident. We wake at 3.30am on the morning of the beginning of our trek tour along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, it’s still dark and the street lights are on in Cusco. Read More

After days spent trawling the internet for a suitable cruise company to travel in the Galapagos,  I settled on Athala II at Haugen Cruises.  It met many of my pre-ordained criteria for a cruise and we did have a fantastic time traveling and exploring the Galapagos. Read More

One of the reasons people travel to the Galapagos Islands is because they, along with the animals of the Galapagos have been left so untouched by humankind. On your Galapagos cruise, remember that these islands are best left in their wild and unadulterated state. Read More

“Dear Guests – prepare for a Wet landing” – what the heck?

I thought this was a luxury cruise!  Of course a wet landing merely means to get ones feet wet, after all we are in the remote and enchanted Galapagos Isles. We waste no time in wet landing on a small island, Rabida Island is known for its unusual red colored beaches, landing there at sunset to a welcome from the pelicans gives one an appreciation of the loneliness and wonder of this magical island. Read More

8 days aboard the Athala in the Enchanted Islands of the Galapagos 1000km off the coast of Ecuador
and a full circumnavigation of Isabella island. We are in one of the few boats that take this extended route.  Whilst one of the more expensive trips, we decided to let go of the budget here and  it we were well rewarded. Read More

Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Or at sea depending on your view. It’s so hard to choose a defining image or moment from our week long cruise in the Galapagos Islands, aka the Enchanted Isles.

Each day we were surrounded by brand new and special scenes of mating, courtship, territorial disputes, birth and death and every other extreme of wildlife up close and personal. Read More