Lima: Ceviche, Pisco and a street party

I’m running about a week behind due to sheer laziness and an overly comfortable hotel bed. As such, I may forget a few of the details but, to balance this, I may well invent a few too – cosmic equilibrium maintained. I arrived in Lima around 6pm and made my way to the Miraflores district:…

Rematchu Picchu: the finale

Days 1-3 of this 5-day trek to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay trail have been covered in previous posts so this final part of the trilogy begins on the morning of day four; a day that would lead us down into a valley, along the train tracks and, eventually, to Machu Picchu village, a hot…

Inca-redible experience: Salkantay and Machu Picchu: part 1

The setting is Cusco, the time is 6:30pm the evening prior to a five day hike, via the mountain of Salkantay, to Machu Picchu. We participants had been informed we were to attend a briefing at the headquarters of Alpaca Expeditions, the agency in whose charge we had placed ourselves.  Most uncharacteristically, I arrived late…

Cusco, Peru 

After a brief layover in Lima airport, I boarded my internal flight to Cusco, the Andean city from which most tourist journeys to Machu Pichu typically begin. I had been advised by the tour company with whom I had booked to arrive a day or two before the start of my trek in order to…

Montevideo #2: the rowdy bits

Sorry for the leave of absence: I have been off-grid for a few days trekking in the Andes (is there a way to say that without sounding pretentious?). Update on that to follow. Meanwhile, let me take you on a journey back to Montevideo and the second half of my week with Bart and Nathalie.  The…