Location: Cuzco, Peru
We have been in Cuzco since the 30th October and have been loving it. Very pretty little city (400,000) with lots of historic buildings (lots of churches!). Today (6th Nov.) is our last day, taking a night bus to Arequipa at 9pm. We have done the 4 day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and after all the blood, sweat and tears and aching muscles, decided it was one of the best things we have ever done. Highly recommend it to anyone who doesn´t mind a bit of discomfort and hard work. Machu Picchu is everything you hear about the place and more besides. We have taken so many photos its hard to choose which to upload. The weather was very kind to us, no rain just lots of sunshine (we both got sunburnt). So here´s some photos to give you an idea. Ciao
Location: Lima, Peru
We ve been having a fantastic time in Lima, possibly the best city we ve visited so far. We ve been staying in an area called Miraflores which is right near the beach. Everything we want is in walking distance, or a quick, cheap ride in a taxi. Unfortunately the food continues to be unbelievably good and we are both getting chubbier by the day.
We took a couple of days to go to Nasca to see the Nasca Lines. For those not familiar with what these are, I m including a link to a website. The only way to see them is from the air and the little town of Nasca does a thriving business flying tourists around in Cessnas to see them. It s one of the best things we have done, truly amazing.
Tomorrow we are leaving Lima behind and are catching a 7am train to Huancayo. It s a scenic train trip that takes all day, winding up into the mountains. Apparently it is very beautiful so we hope it lives up to what we ve heard about it, I m sure it will.
Time to head off to bed, the wake-up call is at 5.30am!!!!!!
Location: Lima, Peru
I seriously had to think what country I was in when I sat down to write this. (It´s Thursday, I must be in Peru!).
We´ve been doing quite a bit since the last entry including 6 days in Buenos Aires (fantastic city), and a day trip to Uruguay yesterday. Sounds funny, but it was only a 50 minute ferry ride from Argentina so we thought, why the hell not! Spent the day in a little town called Colonia which was an original Portugese settlement in the 18th century. A lot of the buildings and streets are perfectly preserved and extremely picturesque. It sits in a little harbour and every photo has postcard potential. There were quite a few tourists doing the same thing but it was not over run like some places you go to. I scared Mark witless by insisting on hiring a golf buggy type vehicle and whizzing around the town in it. Keep in mind I´ve never driven on the other side of the road before and had no clue about the road rules! It was the best fun, and even funnier was looking up and seeing some other tourist tootling past with huge grins on their faces as well. One hour was enough for Marco, after which he had a beer and a little sit down.
Buenos Aires has 13 million people and never seems to sleep. Mark and I have started having our dinner at 10 or 11pm like the locals. Everyone thinks youré weird if you want to eat at 7/8 o´clock. Might be a bit hard to mantain when we get home. Spent a lot of time just walking around and being tourists. Did not take in a tango show or tango lesson as was suggested. We decided that it was just tooo touristy and cheesy. You can´t turn around without falling over some kind of tango paraphenalia so we gave that a miss. Bought lots of CDs though, they are unbelievably cheap, and of course leather boots for me and Angie, and shoes for Mark.
Not sure what we are doing next, checking out Lima for at least a couple of days, then who knows ...
Location: Puerto Varas, Chile
We had both forgotten how bad overnight bus travel can be, particularly when you are surrounded by snoring men. There should be an exclamation mark at the end of that sentence but I can t figure out the keyboard. Puerto Varsa is about 1000 kls from Santiago so we have come quite a long way. Its at the start of Patagonia and is in the Lakes District. Its really beautiful and its hard making our minds up what to do next, but I m sure we will think of something. The skies are blue but its quite cold so I m glad we brought lots of woollies. Tomorrow we are doing a short tour of the area including the local snow covered volcano that features in all the postcards.
Location: Santigo, Chile
We landed in Chile 3 days ago and have been lapping up the beautiful weather while we get over the jet lag. Santigo is very cosmopolitan and busy, but kind of laid back as well. A good place to find your feet, but we are moving on tomorrow, heading down south to Chillan on the bus. That´s about half way to the Lakes District and should take about 5/6 hours. No problems with our lack of Spanish so far, everybody we´ve dealt with has been really helpful & friendly with lots of smiles, if not a lot of english spoken.