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5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

If you only visit one museum in Lima, make it the Larco Museum. It is one of the most impressive museums we have visited anywhere in South America. Did you know that Peru is recognised as one of the ‘cradles of civilisation’, alongside Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China...
Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

The mountains east of Pisco are some of the most scenic in Peru – we are glad we detoured… It’s just 225Km from Pisco to Lima along the coast of Peru – most of it Autopista. But if you have the time, and want to experience the Andes in all their majestic...
9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

Ayacucho (formerly called Huamanga) doesn’t have the beauty of the sillar stone in Arequipa ; it doesn’t have the hordes of tourists who make pilgrimage to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley ; and it doesn’t have the pull of Peru’s capital, Lima. But Ayacucho,...
Is Arequipa the Most Beautiful City in Peru?

Is Arequipa the Most Beautiful City in Peru?

Our three visits to Arequipa are almost not enough. This city prompts the use of descriptions such as ‘Peru’s pride and beauty’, ‘picturesque’, ‘graceful and harmonious’, ‘prettiest’ and of course ‘beautiful’. The main reason for the city’s appeal is that its...
Out of the Ordinary: Travelling with Family in Peru

Out of the Ordinary: Travelling with Family in Peru

It’s exciting when close friends or family members want to come and visit us on our overland journey. They want a taste of our life – to share our day to day experiences. It’s not always easy to work out how best to do this in a limited time, but we have managed it...
Unexpected Delight for Bird Watchers: the Ite Wetlands

Unexpected Delight for Bird Watchers: the Ite Wetlands

Seemingly endless sections of the coastal highway in Peru can be rather dull and boring. It’s an extremely arid landscape. Everything is bone-dry and dusty – nothing but endless sand and rocks. And then, driving around a bend, you suddenly sit up in surprise!...
The Sacred Valley in Peru Now and Then (2008)

The Sacred Valley in Peru Now and Then (2008)

This was one of the occasions during our current trip, when we went back to what should have been ‘familiar territory’: the region around Cusco in Peru, better known as the Sacred Valley. We spent longer there than expected in 2008 , mostly because both of...
9 Impressions from the Road in the Last Year

9 Impressions from the Road in the Last Year

It’s often the little things which make or break an overland trip. When we write regular blog posts we tend to report about major destinations and sights. Thus little things sometimes aren’t reported because they don’t relate to any topic we write...
10 Things to Do in the Most Northerly Part of Chile

10 Things to Do in the Most Northerly Part of Chile

For the past 2 years, we keep thinking that we’ve left Chile for the last time. Then we find ourselves back there. When we decided to leave Bolivia, the most northerly part of Chile was the closest and lowest place to go. So we found ourselves in Chile again. In 2008,...
Street Art Brazil – from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia

Street Art Brazil – from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia

I had told you that, when sorting through photos and naming them, I found a lot more street art photos from Brazil. To end the year, and to finish our reports from Brazil , this will be our last post of streetart images from Brazil. This header image shows a stunning...
From Unbelievable Wealth to World Heritage Status

From Unbelievable Wealth to World Heritage Status

The Saltpeter Extraction Works of Humberstone and Santa Laura in Chile Chile has very few UNESCO World Heritage sites compared to neighbouring countries. In the far north of the country you will find the Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, which were large...
How it Feels to Be a Tourist Cow in Bolivia

How it Feels to Be a Tourist Cow in Bolivia

“The tourist is like a cow. You milk it until it’s dry!” When Yasha stayed in Nepal in the 80s, the then Nepalese king was famously quoted as having given this advice to his citizens. It could apply equally to some policies enforced by Bolivia’s Evo...
Along the Way See Bolivia’s World Heritage

Along the Way See Bolivia’s World Heritage

After experiencing the wonders of the diverse World Heritage sites of Brazil , we made sure to check out those on offer when we travelled on from Brazil to Bolivia. Bolivia has 7 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites: 6 of them are cultural sites, 1 a natural site. We...
More Unique StreetArt from the South of Brazil

More Unique StreetArt from the South of Brazil

I had promised, in my last post from Florianópolis , that there will be more street art galleries from Brazil – here is my next instalment of pictures taken in the South of Brazil (north as far as outside Rio de Janeiro). The oldest of these photos, the...
How we Crossed a Border with no Border Crossing

How we Crossed a Border with no Border Crossing

In this post you’ll learn how we wanted to get away from altitude and ended up much higher than we have ever been before. Along the way we crossed a border without border crossing facilities, dealt with some awful road conditions, drove some surprisingly good...
It’s a pity, but pretty Sucre didn’t wow us

It’s a pity, but pretty Sucre didn’t wow us

When we learned that Sucre, the official capital of Bolivia, is a World Heritage City we got all excited. We were given a Lonely Planet (not the guidebook of our choice) and it states “Sucre is Bolivia’s most beautiful city”. So you can imagine that our...
Florianópolis is the Perfect Place for Top StreetArt

Florianópolis is the Perfect Place for Top StreetArt

We recently finished sorting and naming our many thousand photos from Brazil. I had always thought that I should publish another street art gallery from there. But once all photos were sorted I realised that we have many many more than I expected… So, for the...