South and Central America

Colours of Peru – Chimu Adventures

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Be amazed by the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, meet Quechua speaking locals on Lake Titicaca and sample some of the delicacies that Cuzco has to offer on this comprehensive small group tour of Peru. This 14-day itinerary starts exploring the history of the…

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Sacred Valley Explora

Friday, January 10, 2020

We arrived into Cusco in the late afternoon.  As always in this part of the world the descent in through the Andes mountain range was spectacular.  Cusco itself looked from the air just like a large town, quaint and pretty.  We were heading about a 1.5hour drive away from Cusco to the Sacred Valley.  By…

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Galapagos… You Tell Me That It’s Evolution

Monday, October 21, 2019

In my mind it appears so remote, stuck far out in the ocean somewhere off South America, a few specks in the Pacific. There were questions that needed an answer. How do you get there?  Will it take forever?  Who goes there and why do they go? And what is there?  Why is it so…

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Getting Up Close and Personal With Galapagos Wildlife

Monday, October 21, 2019

I was scrambling to finish reading On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection – a book that most will have read or at least heard of – as I packed for the Galapagos Islands trying to imagine what these bizarre and significant islands would be like. We boarded a flight in Quito,…

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Mashpi Lodge

Monday, October 21, 2019

One of only 5 properties in South America to gain a spot on National Geographic’s impressive ‘Unique Lodges of the World’ list, Mashpi Lodge uses unique architecture to blend seamlessly within the lush greenery of the 3,200 acre cloud forest in which it is nestled. Eco-centric, community minded and dedicated to sustainability, I immediately fell…

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Iconic Machu Picchu

Thursday, October 10, 2019

This was a ‘life list’ trip for me and one I had never thought I’d get to at this time in my life.  To say I was blown away by Peru in general is an understatement.  It is simply beautiful no matter where you look.  Surrounded by the Andes, green rolling hills, quaint brooks and…

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Chilling Out In Chiloé

Friday, September 13, 2019

I’ve been to Chile a few times now, but nothing ever surpasses that amazing feeling of flying in across the Andes mountain range. It’s stunning and you just know that what you are going to experience in Chile will be special. I’d never even heard of Chiloé Island prior to this trip.  No bucket list…

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Time to Galapa-Go!

Monday, August 26, 2019

The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its lack of an instinctive fear of humans. Sea lions loll on the beach next to you. Birds land on your camera lenses and stand in the middle of the trail ignoring you as you carefully walk around them. As you contemplate or photograph giant tortoises to your…

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A Special Visit To Sacred Valley

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The views of the Andes from the plane window were incredible as we came into land in Cusco, the ancient Inca Capital 3400m above sea level.  Surrounded by mountain peaks and clouds, Cusco is truly unique.  At the airport we were greeted by our Mountain Lodges host and transported to El Mercardo Hotel. On arrival we…

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