Ecuador: The Galapagos Islands Part 2

Part 2 from the Galapagos Islands – see part 1 for lots of animal photos. We spent four days (not long enough – definitely, definitely need more time in the Galapagos!) on board a smallish boat – the Yate Darwin. There’s room for 16 guests and I think about 5-6 crew, so it was pretty […]

Ecuador: The Galapagos Islands Part 1

So ahhhh I’m finally up to the Galapagos (yes friends, we are almost at the end of the trip posts). HOMIGAWD we went to the Galapagos. Yes, it was fricken amazing. Anyway, blah blah blah, you know all about the Galapagos Islands – they’re a cluster of volcanic islands famed for the vast number of […]

Ecuador: Quito РI̱aquito Market

After leaving Peru, we briefly went to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, before heading to the Galapagos Islands. Our hotel was located in the historic center. which is the best preserved and least altered in Latin America, and was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1978.

Peru: Lima – Astrid y Gaston

Astrid and Gaston was the only restaurant I booked before we left for our trip, reserving a table for our last night in Peru before we headed to Ecuador. If you take any notice of those “Best Restaurants in the World” lists, it’s on one of them at number 35. Astrid and Gaston is owned […]

Peru: Amazon – Cayman Lodge

The Amazon was one of the highlights of our trip. We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, a small town in the Peruvian Amazon. It felt like a different country from Cusco. While the air in Cusco was cool (though extremely hot in the sun), Puerto Maldonado was hot and humid. After landing, we were […]

Peru: Cusco – Cuy

I felt a bit sad when we left Cusco. We had a flight to the Amazon next – which was of course, very exciting – but somehow because it was a flight, it felt more final than if we had left by bus. Because we’d had a couple of quiet days in Cusco, I had […]

Peru: Cusco – Inkazuela

After the Inca Trail, Alastair and I were both completely Wrecked. With a capital W. Remember the 3.30am start? We didn’t get back to Cusco until 11pm that night. Longest day ever. We had another day in Cusco after the Trail, and while we probably should’ve used the opportunity to visit the Sacred Valley, the […]

Peru: Inca Trail – Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is Peru’s most visited tourist attraction and I won’t lie – it was the reason we went to South America. I knew a little bit about the Inca Trail, and from the little I knew, I thought it would be cool to do. But I deliberately didn’t learn too much about it. I […]

Peru: Cusco – Chicha

After Puno and Amantani Island, our next stop was Cusco. Cusco used to be the Inca capital, and after being developed by the Inca King Pachacutec, it became the most important city of the Empire. After the Spanish conquered the Incas, they constructed their churches and other buildings on top of Inca ruins. Remnants of […]

Peru: Lake Titicaca – Amantani Island homestay

So. Lake Titicaca. Teehee. Go on. Get it out of your system. Lake Titicaca is located in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia and happens to be the highest navigable lake (by commercial watercraft) in the world at an altitude of 3,812m (12,507ft) above sea level. It’s also the largest lake in […]

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