Lima Peru

Lima Peru

Cheap tickets to Lima Peru are not easy to find. We flew from ​​Bogota Colombia​​ on VivaColombia (Fast Colombia SAS!). The experience started quite badly. For the first time I’d bought a ticket with all the add-ons including a “rapido” check-in. It turned out to be anything but “rapido”.

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Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca Ecuador

We visited Quito and Cuenca Ecuador after Peru. Our trip planning wasn’t the best in that we had to pay the flight premium for going back north.

This happened as we'd spent longer than planned in Costa Rica with our Spanish lessons and the date for the Inca Trail had been fixed months before.

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Colombia bus travel

Bus Travel in Colombia

Accepted bus travel in Colombia takes longer than flying but:

  • you see the country,
  • the seats are more comfortable,
  • you don’t have to arrive hours before departure,
  • there is far less bureaucratic sludge to tramp through (all for you good you know!),
  • you can make jokes or comments about the driver or baggage handler without threats of prosecution!
  • there's no delay waiting for your assigned luggage carousel to start spitting out cases. 
  • there’s no luggage lottery hoping to see your suitcase.
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Bogota Colombia

Bogota Colombia – Not Just a Big Dirty City

In Medellin we were told that Bogota Colombia "is just a big dirty city". From our experience there's nothing further from the truth. While there are parts that are "big" and that there are parts that are "dirty" there’s a lot more to the city than the “big” and “dirty”.

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Machu Picchu Inca Trail

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

I took on the iconic 4 day 3 night Inca Trail Expedition a month before my 70th birthday.

It has a number of physical challenges but acclimatization, or acclimating, is very important.

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Thanks Colombia

Thanks Medellin – To The Young Woman and Metrocable Attendants

Thanks Medellin! Firstly to the young Paisa woman who came to my assistance and to the Metrocable attendants at Line L who then recovered my phone.

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Downtown Walking Tour in Medellin

Downtown Walking Tour in Medellin

Our Real City Downtown Walking Tour in Medellin gave us an interesting and informative overview of the city and its history. The tour lasted about 3 hours.

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Medellin Colombia

Medellin Colombia A Very Normal City

Arriving at Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Medellin and being in a new country our first mission was to buy a SIM card. Where to do this is not immediately obvious as there are no mobile company booths. After some enquiries we discovered that they are only available from a small shop next to the ATM’s on the 2nd floor.

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Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour

Medellin Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour

The Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour in Medellin was enjoyable and informative. With stories brought alive by our guide, Oscar, who has an extensive knowledge of the history of Medellin and the areas we visited and delivers it with passionate enthusiasm.

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Panama Boquete Quetzal

Visiting Panama

We travelled by bus from Uvita in the south of Costa Rica through David to Boquete in Panama.

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