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Sunshine in the desert — warm at last!

Departed Lima in the rush hour, our conclusions are: Debbie indifferent about Lima, Sven reaching a view that he quite likes the place. It’s yet another very heavy, overcast day. We wonder if Lima ever sees the sunshine! We’re travelling south and the drive down was a complete surprise. Beyond the beaches which are popular […]

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Deepest, darkest Peru — home of Paddington Bear

We arrive at Lima Airport, Peru. The airport is in the north of the city and we have a 40 minute taxi ride south to the area called Miraflores where we are staying. Our first impression is how Americanised the city is. This is a place that McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks and other US chains […]

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No hay lugar como Galapagos!

Our trip to the Galapagos has been a magical and unforgettable experience. The islands are renowned for the fearless wildlife that roam and swim about but no amount of knowledge can prepare you for the endless encounters with the wildlife here. We are guests in their home – it’s very humbling. We’ve been snorkelling with […]

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Following Darwin’s Footsteps

Friday found us stepping off the aeroplane onto Isla San Cristobal (formerly Chatham Island) in the Galapagos like a couple of excited children. Here we are in the most important zoological area of the world in the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Darwin. We are ready for further education and enlightenment. We want to […]

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Travelling south through Ecuador

It may come as a bit of a surprise that despite us being away we still have a lot of ‘administration’ to do – emails, phone calls, banking and even haircuts. Our ventures out into Quito before we headed south required us to find a bank that accepted our cards, a hairdresser for Sven where […]

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Quito: Hola mis amigos!

How do you prepare for and mentally adjust for Latin America following the USA. By taking a long-haul flight where the crew were indifferent, the food was horrible, the lounges only offered weak, luke-warm coffee and the in-flight entertainment was broken – then everything else shall be perfect by comparison! Our arrival into Quito was true Latin […]

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