Lazing around in La Paz

The bus trip from Copacabana to La Paz is billed as about 4 hours, but made a bit more interesting by having to cross Lake Titicaca by ferry.  Unlike most ferry journeys we’ve taken we passengers are ushered to a ferry boat ticket office whilst our bus (and all our luggage) is loaded onto a […]

Hello Bolivia: Copacabana and the Isla del Sol

We leave Puno on an early bus and the Andean scenery is just as impressive and even more rural, with locals herding llamas, sheep and pigs against the backdrop of the huge snowy mountains and Lake Titicaca.  Little did Paul know, but he’s left his really quite expensive pair of Oakley sunglasses in the hotel […]

Puno and Lake Titicaca

We’re finally leaving Cusco, and we get fond farewells and hugs from our hostel staff.  The bus trip to Puno is a mere seven hours and the mountain scenery is outstanding.  We pass herds of llamas and alpacas, blue lakes and snowy mountains.     And finally we arrive at the town of Puno on […]

Machu Picchu – Definitely A Wonder of the World !

For us the visit to Machu Picchu is a essential part of our travels, although we aren’t doing the famous 4-day Inca Trail as you need to book that some months in advance (and we hear it’s also very hard work!).  So, on a spare day in Cusco we research our options:  we are prepared […]

Cusco, Ancient Capital of the Inca

We spend a few days in Cusco between our jungle and Machu Picchu trips.  It’s convenient, although exceedingly touristy: everywhere you go in the centre, you are asked if you’d like to buy a painting or a llama hat, or take a picture of a local woman with a baby llama.   We are at […]

Up The Tambopato River into the Jungle

We arrived in Cusco at 5am on the overnight bus.  A short taxi journey took us to our hostel, which is attached to a convent, and part of the same building is a girl’s school.  They were not at all phased by us checking in at 5:45am, so we went to bed for a couple […]