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BA - Week 2 - Christmas and Culture - Wednesday, December 28th 2005 10:05 PM
Buenos Aires at Christmas was bit odd, especially Christmas Eve when everything was closed. It seems that everyone spends Nochebueno with their families before launching an...
Buenos Aires - Week 1 ! - Wednesday, December 21st 2005 8:59 PM
Buenas Aires has been a great city so far and we seem to have done so much in a week. We have browsed the antique market in San Telmo and been treated to free Tango shows in...
Rosario - Thursday, December 15th 2005 1:30 PM
Oh wow, we loved Rosario. It is set by the banks of the Rio Parana which flows all the way down from the Brazilian Pantanal. It is very cosmopolitan and we felt very at home....
Cordoba - Monday, December 12th 2005 9:24 PM
We spent 12 hours overnight on the bus from Salta to Cordoba. It was probably the most comfortable bus journey we have had. The seats reclined almost all the way back and were...
Salta - Saturday, December 10th 2005 9:24 PM
Leaving Bolivia behind and crossing into Argentina was like re-entering civilisation. When we reached the city of Salta we realised just how underdeveloped Bolivia is! Salta is...
Tupiza - Tuesday, December 6th 2005 6:19 PM
It is always nice to finish off a country with a highlight and we have had a wonderful time in our last stop in Bolivia. Tupiza is a small town near the Argentine border famed...
Tarija – Bolivia’s Wine Region - Saturday, December 3rd 2005 6:05 PM
We are great fans of wine so it would have been a shame not to have visited. Our tour of the vineyard was disappointing but our tasting sessions in local restaurants were...
Santa Cruz – One Last Time - Wednesday, November 30th 2005 6:45 PM
Our final visit to Santa Cruz was a time to say goodbye to friends. We had afternoon tea with David and Claudia, how awfully British! Then we went to the cinema to watch Harry...
Jesuit Missions of Eastern Bolivia - Saturday, November 26th 2005 3:43 PM
Back in Bolivia we took the train halfway back to Santa Cruz arriving at the small town of San Jose de Chiquitos in the middle of the night. It was the first of several towns we...
Brazil – The Pantanal - Monday, November 21st 2005 3:29 PM
A 14 hour bumpy train ride took us from Santa Cruz to Quijarro, on the border with Brazil, where we met Patricia from the Green Track hostal. That was good luck as we intended...
Samaipata - Sunday, November 13th 2005 3:00 PM
Samaipata is a tranquil, beautiful town up in the mountains to the West of Santa Cruz. In the Quechuan language it means “rest in the highlands” and that’s pretty much...
Santa Cruz - Monday, November 7th 2005 2:59 PM
We made it to Santa Cruz with no further hassles. It was late when we got there so we stayed in a cheap hostal near the centre. The next morning we moved to a reasonable hotel!!...
Cochabamba - Thursday, November 3rd 2005 12:49 AM
We spent an incredible week in the city of Cochabamba where the climate was perfect – hot by day and warm by night. We were there to improve our Spanish with a week of lessons...
La Paz - Wednesday, October 26th 2005 7:35 PM
The trip here wasn’t too bad, except for the bus struggling to make it up hill and the blockades of the El Alto suburb meaning we had to go off road for a while to get here!...
Copacabana Bolivia - Sunday, October 23rd 2005 11:40 PM
It’s hard to believe that it is 13 months since we left Bolivia last time. Our first port of call is Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We are staying in the same...
Puno and the Uros Islands - Friday, October 21st 2005 2:43 AM
Puno is a bigger town than we had imagined it to be. Even so, we were only really here to visit the Uros Islands. They are made of reeds and float out on the lake, anchored a...
The Train from Cusco to Puno - Wednesday, October 19th 2005 2:41 AM
From Cusco to Puno it takes about 7 hours on a bus. Instead we decided to treat ourselves to a luxury train which does the same journey in a mere 10 hours! I guess it takes...
Cusco - Tuesday, October 18th 2005 2:32 AM
An overnight bus, with seats reclining almost like a bed, took us to Cusco, at over 10,000 feet above sea level. It’s a terrific city and we ended up staying a whole week. The...
Chivay - Colca Canyon - Wednesday, October 12th 2005 9:28 PM
A three and a half hour bus journey up into thinner air took us to Chivay, the gateway to the Colca Canyon. It is a lovely little town and we have felt very at home, especially...
Arequipa - Friday, October 7th 2005 3:04 PM
An overnight bus, with fully reclining seats almost like beds, brought us to Arequipe, Peru’s second city, situated at over 2000m above sea level. It has some stunning...
Nasca - Monday, October 3rd 2005 3:43 AM
The sole reason for coming to this place in the middle of the desert is to see the infamous Nasca Lines. They were hewed into the desert rock surface thousands of years ago by...
Ica - Saturday, October 1st 2005 12:00 PM
We headed for Ica but our guide had suggested we might prefer to stay in the nearby Oasis of Huacachina. How right he was! For about £10 per night we have had a double room...
Pisco - Wednesday, September 28th 2005 11:07 PM
The bus from Lima to Pisco was our first rip-off! We paid $12 each for bus tickets costing just S/. 12 (about $4). It was a rickety old bus when we had expected one of the...
Lima - Sunday, September 25th 2005 11:05 PM
Lima was one of those places that I got to like the longer we stayed there. Full of colonial buildings, there was a lot to see, but the highlight was the fiesta parade we saw...
Lima, Peru - Saturday, September 24th 2005 5:00 AM
What a nightmare! At the airport we were told we would not be able to board unless we could prove that we were leaving Peru within 30 days. My acceptance for the course in...