The End of the Adventure

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. Three weeks ago today we dropped Ricky in Sidmouth and headed for Heathrow for the night before catching a plane to South America. Those three weeks have felt like three months, and they’ve been an epic three months at …

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Tawantinsuyu – The Four Provinces

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December 2001 Kenda and Verdon give us a book as a Christmas present: 10 Places You Must See Before You Die’ which is a beautifully photographed series of places, amongst them is this image of Machu Picchu. I can remember …

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Beauty Queens, Poker Players and Guinea Pigs

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  We’re sitting on a coach heading to Pisac, Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley just outside of Cusco. There are 15 people in total and our guide, Adriel. We’re sitting near the front and briefly talk to the four …

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Cusco

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  After the 10 hour train journey from Puno we arrive in Cusco, met by Larry who is not an American piano bar host, just another Peruvian with an unexpected name. He takes us to our hotel and gives us …

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Murder on the Andean Explorer!

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Imagine the scene, the camera swoops down along the street as the great detective arrives at the train station in deepest Peru. It’s a rainy, misty, somber morning. The scene unfolds without words as the detective and his assistant are …

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Strange Bedfellows

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Sunday in Puno and our first day off from trekking and sightseeing in two weeks. We’re in the Titilaka hotel which while super luxurious does have its faults such as the water going off when the pipe from the lake …

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A Place of Contrasts

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  This trip has been very much about contrasts, Temperatures ranging between zero to 38 degrees, landscapes of beach, mountain, planes, and lakes, altitudes from 0 to 4080m, and feelings of despair to elation.     Leaving Bolivia we almost …

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The Islands of the Inca

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  Iñak Uyu    . 1517 Iñak Uyu For we are here at Iñak Uyu,  the house of the chosen Virgins, we are honoured to have been taken from our families to live our cloistered life in this place. I am alone …

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The Long and Windy Road

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  The city at the edge   . Rodrigo’s minivan is winding its way through the rainy streets of El Alto, Bolivia’s newest city incorporated twenty years ago. Up to that point it had been part of the ever expanding …

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Going Through the Mangle

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 . Why do this to yourself? This isn’t a holiday this is an assault on the body. . I had no idea when we booked this trip quite what we were letting ourselves in for, it all seems so exciting …

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