Aug 26, 2015 - Lima to Quito (or not)....
So there always has to be one shitty day during a holiday and this was it. After our stop at Sillustani and then our flight from Juliana to Lima - we arrived back at Casa Andina. Mick, Tash and Felix chilled in the pool and I took advantage of some fast wifi!! We had an interesting supper at Saqra - just down the road from the hotel. Interesting Peruvian food. As we were heading to the airport, our flight all looked good and on time. At check-in I noticed that our flight was due to take off at 15.35 as opposed to the 12.25 we were...Jump to full entry
Aug 24, 2015 - A few days at Lake Titicaca
Being so high and also being the dry season, the air is exceptionally dry, we woke many times during the night to drink water and lots of it. When we woke up we were not disappointed by the view or the weather, it was a beautifully clear day and the hotel is situated right on the shore of Titicaca. it was beautiful to get out on the lake in kayaks, Toby and Felix shared, Dad and Tash shared and i went with the guide in a canoe, where I didn’t have to paddle nor did I get wet unlike the others. Felix and Toby took this as an opportunity to...Jump to full entry
Aug 22, 2015 - The Andean Explorer to Puno
So we are sad to leave Cusco as we really enjoyed our time here, but again we are off on another adventure. We left The Monasterio at 7.15 for a short trip to a different train station to board The Andean Explorer for our 10+ hour journey to Puno. We arrived at the station shortly before 7.30 and true to form Carmen arrived with our tickets shortly after. We almost immediately boarded the train and found our “armchairs” which were to be our home for the next 10 hours. as well as the 4 carriages there was also a bar carriage and the...Jump to full entry
Aug 21, 2015 - Cusco...
So our trusty driver met us at the train station station and transferred us to our beautiful hotel in the cultural heart of Cusco, the Monasterio. As you can well guess this hotel used to be a monastery but was converted to a hotel during the 1960's!! And joy of joys it has a bath, which is the one thing I have been hankering for since we came on holiday!! So ditching the dirty hiking socks, pants and boots, I unashamedly wallowed in a bath... It was late when we arrived, but we wanted to explore a little. We left Toby , who apparently...Jump to full entry
Aug 19, 2015 - Machu Picchu and Aquas Calientes
So after our brief visit - just passing through - to Machu Picchu yesterday, today was the day to see it properly. So once again with our trusted guide Edgar, we stood in line for the bus back up yo Machu Picchu, the bus from Aquas Calientes takes about 25 minutes and traverses 13 hairpin bends to get to the gate of Machu Picchu. It is really hard to describe the sheer magnificence of the place - and remember that it is over 500 years old. As with many things these days, there are obviously a lot of tourists, but we were able to find some...Jump to full entry
Aug 17, 2015 - The Inca Trail
So finally we woke up to a beautiful day on the 15th of August - we had packed our duffel bags with the 5kgs each that we were allowed on the Inca Trail and everything else gets sent back to Cusco. We will only be reunited with the rest of the luggage in 6 days time. Edgar and our driver were right on time and we drove for about an hour to a small town called Piskacucho or more commonly 82 - as this is how far it is from Cusco. This is were we started our hike after going through the checkpoint and get the requisite stamp in our passport....Jump to full entry
Aug 14, 2015 - Bikes and horses in the Sacred Valley
On Wednesday we got home in time for Felix and Tash to feed the baby alpacas - very cute, but very greedy!! this evening we decided to eat somewhere other than the hotel - and after our pisco tasting at the bar we headed into town to Paca Paca. I wouldn't exactly say that it was authentic Peruvian, but it was a nice change and everyone apart from me had a pizza. Funniest moment of the holiday so far was the crazy dog at the restaurant. Can't remember what breed the woman told us it was, but it was bald other than its head and completely...Jump to full entry
Aug 13, 2015 - The Sacred Valley of the Incas
It really was quite cold when we arrived in Cusco and it took a while for us to thaw out on the bus as we made our way through Cusco and out into the countryside heading for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our hotel, the Belmond Rio Sagrado, is absolutely amazing, as George said it would be and out Villa is like a home from home - three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, dressing room, kitchen and lounge. Underfloor heating in all the rooms - absolute bliss, especially as my feet were still quite cold. We took a while to unpack and being...Jump to full entry
Aug 12, 2015 - Into the Amazon
Nothing to do on Saturday morning, other than pack our bags and wait for our transfer to the airport. The kids and Mick played in the hotel pool, but as it was half open-air I really wasn’t particularly tempted! We transferred through the frenetic Lima traffic to the airport and were very happy to have a guide as it was a bit of a bun-fight checking-in - although according to our guide Lima is one of the most efficient airports in Peru. Lunch was unfortunately a MacDonalds, which made the kids happy, before we boarded our plane to Puerto...Jump to full entry
Aug 12, 2015 - From the Amazon to Cusco....
And so on Tuesday morning we said goodbye to our little lodge in the Amazon, boarded our boat back to Puerto Maldonado and after a very very short stop at the butterfly farm - photos on previous entry, we checked in for our flight to Cusco. Flight unfortunately was delayed about an hour due to "weather" in Cusco, but thankfully when we were airborne it was for only about 40 minutes a very quick up and down, where our in-flight service was one sweet!! In Cusco it was wet and cold - we just don't seem to be getting this weather right, but our...Jump to full entry
Aug 8, 2015 - Johannesburg to Sao Paulo to Lima....
So it has been two rather full days of travelling, which have left us somewhat tired, but certainly very excited about the next part of our trip.... We left home early on Thursday morning, kids feeling rather smug, particularly Tash as we drove past St. Mary's and all of her friends were heading off to school. Flight to Sao Paulo was rather uneventful, always difficult flying though the day as they want to make you think it is the evening so you try and get some sleep, I think we all did get a little bit of sleep, but certainly not as much...Jump to full entry
Jul 9, 2015 - Leaving Peru and the Girls :(
*Ooo ouch, perhaps one too many rums last night but it was so fun. We went on a walking tour of Cusco with the hostel today - to be honest we have been here over a week now so seen most stuff and a lot was closed due a bus strike. But it was nice being out in the sunshine as today is my last full day with the girls. Also taking in the sights of people selling random things from Pineapple to brooms, the bustling artisan market and loads armed police about. As well as So many crazy dogs here I honestly can't get over the amount and they just...Jump to full entry