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Isla Del Sol

Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol is an island of peace and tranquillity in the Bolivian south of Lake Titicaca. We arrived by boat from Copacabana to the ancient Incan 'temple of the sun' at the south-eastern tip of the island, then hiked the couple of kilometres to Yumani village — which is not as easy as it sounds at 4,000 metres altitude…

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The Uros Islands

The Uros Islands

When I was a child I read about islands that were made of reeds and floated on a lake somewhere in the depths of South America. The name of the lake humoured me, as it would any school boy, and the air of mystery and adventure that surrounded them intrigued me. Now, thirty-odd years later, here we were sailing on…

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Sillustani

Sillustani

Forty minutes from Puno and Lake Titicaca, perched on a hill overlooking Lake Umayo, sits the pre-Incan cemetery of Sillustani. With its chimney like structures you could be forgiven for mistaking this for a crematorium, but these stone towers are in fact tombs. It is thought that each would have been the resting place for a complete family of mummified…

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Cusco

Cusco

Our plan for Cusco was to kick back in a nice hotel, relax, and take it easy, while letting our bodies gently adjust to 3,400 metres of altitude, before we headed higher up onto the Altiplano. We'd actually arrived into Cusco a week earlier, but headed straight down into the sacred valley to visit Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray and of course…

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Agricultural Terraces Of Moray

The Terraces of Moray

On the way into the sacred valley we stopped off at the Maras salt mine, and on the way back we stopped off at Moray. Like Maras, the ruins at Moray are a hidden gem in the mountains between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The amphitheatre like circular terraces date back to Incan times and are thought to have been used…

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Having travelled half way around the world, by train, plane and automobile, I was worried that Machu Picchu wouldn't live up to the hype and would be overcrowded & underwhelming - but I'm happy to say I was completely wrong. Machu Picchu alone made our entire South American adventure worth it. Machu Picchu has a reputation for being one of…

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Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo sits at the heart of the sacred valley and marks the start of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The town itself is definitely worth a visit with its Incan ruins that rise up the side of the valley in a series of stepped terraces. Our visit to Ollantaytambo coincided with the Incan sun festival of Ollantay Raymi, and…

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Salt Pools Of Maras

The Salt Pools of Maras

Maras sits in the hills leading into the Sacred Valley in Peru. On the outskirts of the village a natural spring trickles out of the mountain, but for some unknown reason the water is laden with salt. Directed through a network of intricate channels, the water feeds in to hundreds of pre-Incan pools where it is left to evaporate in…

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Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines

When I think of Peru I think of three places - Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Nazca lines. Created by the Nazcas around 1,500 years ago, the lines are a bizarre set of ancient geoglyphs best seen from above, and that's what makes them fantastical. Not only because no one really know how or why they were created, but…

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Huacachina

Huacachina

It is rather surreal to spend the morning on a speedboat and the afternoon in the desert on sand dunes. Huacachina may only be 40 miles from the coast but the sand dunes are quite impressive. We spent the afternoon on a dune buggy, trying our hand at sand boarding and watching the sun set, before going for dinner by…

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The Ballestas Islands

The Ballestas Islands

The Ballestas Islands, known locally as the poor man's Galapagos, sit ten miles off the coast from the small town of Paracas. This was Peru day one for us and we'd been up since 4am. Having spent the last 2 days travelling it was lovely to be out in the fresh sea air. The speedboat whisked us out along the…

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Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

The palace of Versailles — opulent, luxurious and regal. The royal chateaux and gardens are just 12 miles from the centre of Paris which makes for an easy day trip. Once you’ve finished touring the palace be sure to wander through the gardens, past the grand canal to the Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s estate. It was wonderful to see the…

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Mount Nemrut - Turkey

The Heads of Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut is a 2,000 meter peak in southern Turkey and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our curiosity was peaked by the huge statue heads that lay scattered around the summit encircling what is thought to be a royal tomb dating back to 1 BC. We were repeatedly told that we needed a 4-wheel-drive to get to the top, mainly by agents…

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India Map - Rajahmundry To Cuttack

End of the Road

Somewhere between Rajahmundry and Cuttack. With the sun starting to set we were conscious that we needed to find a bed for the night. According to the map we were close to the next town, but weren't quite sure how far we had left to go. Up ahead we spotted the overhead gantries of the next toll plaza. Coming from…

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Teide National Park - Tenerife

Teide National Park

It was an early start for the hours drive from the south of Tenerife up to the Teide National Park and the Mount Teide cable car. The roads were steep and windy, which was fun and kept me on my toes. We hit the cable car at 9am, our internet booking meant we were first on, and ten minutes later…

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  • April 10, 2016
  • News

Hello Adventurous World!

Over a glass of wine a few months back my wife and I sat reminiscing about all the far-flung place we've visited over the years — and once we started everything came flooding back. Things we had completely forgotten about popped into our heads from nowhere. We sat here laughing to ourselves at the ridiculous things that had happened, the…

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For the Love of Momos

We arrived in to Dharan Bazar just after dark, found somewhere to stay, then set out on foot to explore the local town square and fill our grumbling stomachs. Being quite hungry we were quickly drawn to the south-eastern corner where there were a few food stalls. One stall in particular seemed busy, so I tried what can only be…

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Bulgarian Police Car

It was late, almost midnight-late, and we'd had a long day on the road, through Romania, across a rather bizarre border into Bulgaria and pushed on, well past our bed time. Earlier in the day we'd witness the sneaky local police, hiding behind a bush with a speed camera. But we'd had the flash of headlights from a friendly local…

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A Dogubayazit Haircut

Today I went to a genuine Turkish barbers. I know it was genuine because it was actually in Turkey, in the far east of the country, in a little town called Dogubayazit. Although it's close to the Iranian border and in the shadow of Mt Ararat, I doubt they see many tourists. I was long overdue a haircut, and while…

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Family Fun on Loch Ness

After a couple of nights camping at Glencoe we headed through Fort William and on to Fort Augustus at the foot of Loch Ness. I have fond memories of Fort Augustus from many, many, years ago, sitting at the locks of the Caledonian canal sharing a bag of chips with my, then, girlfriend. It was lovely to return almost a…

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