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Nazca Lines

June 6, 2018

For our “backpacking” part of the trip we travelled by bus from Lima to Nazca (6h), overnight to Arequipa (10h) and with the last very comfy bus to Puno (7h). Final bus transfer from Puno via Copacabana to La Paz was no more shiny buses with wide leather seats reclining 180 degrees and personal entertainment […]

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Santa Cruz hike – part 2

June 5, 2018

Initially we planned to do the four day Santa Cruz Trek trek on our own, renting trekking gear in Huaraz. Luckily we decided instead to take an organized group trek with Quechuandes. First, we met some great people to hike with, Erica & Maxine from Toronto, Debbi & Michael from Zurich and our crew, Héctor […]

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Santa Cruz Hike – part 1

June 4, 2018

Initially we planned to do the four day Santa Cruz Trek trek on our own, renting trekking gear in Huaraz. Luckily we decided instead to take an organized group trek with Quechuandes. First, we met some great people to hike with, Erica & Maxine from Toronto, Debbi & Michael from Zurich and our crew, Héctor […]

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Huaraz – acclimatization hikes

Peru, May 17-June 2 Back to Peru, back to Lima. The food here is great, the city itself is meh. We quickly moved on to Huaraz, the hiking capital of Peru. There was not a single person on that flight not wearing hiking boots and carrying hiking poles. The Cordillera Blanca is the highest mountain […]

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Cuenca

May 28, 2018

For our last few days in Ecuador we went to Cuenca, a laid-back colonial town in the south. From there it was only about an hour by bus to Cajas National Park. With an altitude of 3000-4000m, hiking here was a good exercise to get ready for the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. It was our […]

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Galapagos – Isla San Cristóbal (video only)

May 25, 2018

On Isla San Cristóbal, we had an early morning snorkeling at Kicker Rock at 6am which was the perfect goodbye to the Galapagos. We had multiple sightings of hammerhead sharks – most impressive (and slightly scary) one that dove up towards us. There were lots of grey reef sharks forming a big circle, we counted […]

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Galapagos – Isla Española

Isla Española was another excellent island for birds and sea lions. During our morning walk we got very close to sea lion colonies with their babies playing in the shallows, saw rocks covered with sea iguanas and watched the beautiful waved albatross, arriving to the island to start their breeding season. In the afternoon, we […]

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Galapagos – Isla Floreana

May 24, 2018

After two calmer days, we were back to five activities a day on Isla Floreana, with two land trips and three snorkeling opportunities. At Post Office Bay, we could leave postcards behind for some other travelers to pick them up and hand deliver to their receivers (we shall see how long that takes for Constanta). […]

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Galapagos – Isla Daphne, Isla Santa Fé & Isla Santa Cruz

May 23, 2018

Isla Daphne was a dinghy ride to the mangrove forest to spot sea turtles and golden rays, followed by a visit to Isla Santa Féto look for land iguana. And some of Darwin’s finches. In the evening, we arrived on Isla Santa Cruzand could go for drinks to the town. The island was all about […]

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Data privacy, oh no…yet one more email

May 22, 2018

Data privacy & opting-out At some stage in the past, you chose to opt-in to receiving my newsletter (thank you!)  I hope you enjoyed the pictures I shared with you 🙂 As part of the General Data Protection Regulation new rules that come in to effect this 25 May, I need to advise you of […]

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Galapagos – Isla Bartolomé

Isla Bartolomé had the best viewpoint and a very interesting hike through black lava fields. Also, the superb snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock. We saw eagle rays, whitetip reef sharks, tiny Galapagos penguins and sea lions. On our afternoon sailing to the next island, a big pot of bottlenose dolphins swam with out boat.  

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Galapagos – Isla Genovesa

May 20, 2018

Galapagos, May 6-13 We had very high expectations for Galapagos with everyone having been there before raving about it. And it did not disappoint! We chose an eight day cruise on yacht Eden, where we would get to a different island every day. The boat was nice enough, although the cabins were rather small (our […]

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