Making The Most Of Tingo Maria

It was pissing down with rain when I rocked up to Tingo María just as it was getting light. Fail. After checking into Hostal Roosevelt, drying off and having a wee nap I located the tourist information centre and put my limited Spanish to work trying to find out where all the cool stuff was; [...]

The Inca Trail

I'd had my little heart set on doing the Inca Trail even after Roraima highlighted my inefficiencies when it came to getting up hills and I'd renounced any thing resembling a multi-day hike, especially if it involved portions that can only be described as inclines. I didn't want to do any alternative treks either. Oh [...]

Bloody Incas And Their Bloody Hills

There were six more ruins left on my boleto turístico. I managed three which isn't bad going really considering the travel time involved, the fact that some of them require extra effort to get to once you get to the nearest town and that all this getting out of bed to an alarm clock was [...]

Broken Stuff And Ruined Things

If you don't want to fork out S./130 for a boleto turístico which is necessary to see 16 of the attractions around Cusco you can buy the S./70 ticket which gets you into the four Inca ruins closest to the town. See, isn't Cusco good to you? I bought the big boy on account of [...]

Mad Dash To Cusco

I'm not a fan of mad dashes regardless of how shiny and comfortable the buses are and here in Peru the days of your fellow passengers being of the feathered, egg laying variety are long gone. They can put some airlines to shame, the only chicken you'll see is the one in your little metal [...]

Visiting The Moche

Huaca Del Sol. It's a big pile of adobe bricks and sand, they haven't started digging it up properly yet. Huaca De La Luna. Now that's worth a look. I wasn't going to bother but I had free time and Jasmina was keen to check it out so we headed over with her mate from [...]

Chimú Ruins And Ugly Dogs

Got to Peru. Tried to log into Facebook. Fail. Someone had hacked it and changed my password. They also got to my Hotmail, Skype and this blog (2019 Edit: This blog used to be hosted on the now defuct Travelpod) which they deleted but yay for Jacques at Travelpod, he restored it all and let [...]

Shut Up And Take My Money

I've fallen in love again, this time with Ecuador's little town of Baños but she's not a cheap mistress to keep. It's one of those epically cool places where you might as well hand over your wallet when you get off the bus. It's touristy as all hell which means it's never short on activities, [...]

Getting High

At 2850m Quito can be described as pretty fucking high up which means you can blame the altitude for everything. Drunk after two drinks? Altitude. Can't walk up a flight of stairs without dying? Altitude. You're looking a bit porky these days, Claire. Yeah, can't help it, it's the altitude. But if 2850m still isn't [...]