Lost In Latacunga – Exploring Central Ecuador

Central Ecuador - Latacunga, Quilotoa and Saquisili “Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R Tolkien We get off the bus and have no idea which way to go. Latacunga looks dirty and uninviting, and the first hotel we check is small and dark. However, once we get our bearings and into the town center, things change. We find a room at a nicer hotel among the cobblestone streets, and sit down for a couple of sandwiches at a bright restaurant around the corner. [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:03:08-07:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: South America|Tags: , |0 Comments

Wetlands, Wildlife And Waterfalls – Northern Argentina And Iguazú Falls

Over the Border and Over the Falls - Iguazu and Northern Argentina “I beg your pardon, Owl, but I th-th-th-think we coming to a fatterfall ... a flutterfall ... a very big waterfall!” - Piglet (Winnie The Pooh) We cross the Andes for the last time – at least on this trip – and bury our fleeces, hiking boots and Gortex jackets deep in our backpacks. However, the return to warm weather also means the return to Bugworld and Scooterland. And, it seems that the smaller ones are the loudest – [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:06:59-07:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: South America|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Inca Roads And The Gringo Trail – Hiking To Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu And The Inca Trail - Cusco For Christmas “I have come to take away from them their gold.” - Francisco Pizarro We leave Cuzco at dawn on the summer solstice, along the road that follows the Rio Urubamba to Ollaytaytambo. It is a bumpy and steep descent – too steep for our vehicle. The brakes are inadequate, so we must wait for a replacement bus, presumably with better brakes. A local boy sings a few traditional songs to entertain us, while we take the opportunity to become better acquainted [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:08:37-07:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: South America|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Salt Flats And Pink Flamingos – Across The Bolivian Altiplano

Southwest Bolivia - Salar De Uyuni and the Andean Altiplano “Kid - the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia', let's go someplace like Bolivia.” - Butch Cassidy Dotted with cacti and eroded rock formations, the area bears an uncanny resemblance to America’s wild west. It is therefore appropriate that it was here that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid spent their last days and met their end. The southwestern landscape near Uyuni We spend an afternoon riding a couple of [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:25:51-07:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: South America|Tags: , |0 Comments

Samba In The Rain – Blame It On Rio

Carnaval In Rio De Janiero - Samba In The Rain “Come on, let's go, let's go to Carnaval. It’s time to sing and dance my love. I want the happiness and joy that's found in Carnaval.” - Carlos Sanatana Nestled among the mountains of a rainforest and flanked by the palm-fringed beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio de Janeiro is arguably the most beautiful city in the world. All western cultures celebrate the week before Ash Wednesday and Lent, and Carnaval in Rio is one of the world’s biggest parties. We [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:28:49-07:00May 7th, 2018|Categories: South America|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Welcome To The Jungle – Amazon Adventures On The Javari River

Welcome To The Jungle - Amazon Adventures On The Javari River “Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky." - Arna Bontemps River Boats and Border Crossings The flight from Chiclayo offers stunning views over the Andes, and a glimpse of the endless expanse of the Amazon Rainforest. Inaccessible by road, Iquitos is a large city set in the middle of the jungle. Apart from the laid-back atmosphere and the friendliness of the locals, the first thing we notice is the [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:33:30-07:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: South America|Tags: , , |0 Comments