South America Part Three: Peru (Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

We returned to Cusco from our Amazon trip and Puerto Maldonado but we didn’t stay for long before we hit the road again for our next adventure. This time we had booked a tour from an agency in Cusco that would take us to what must be Peru’s most famous offering: Machu Picchu. There are several different ways of getting there, via the nearest town of Aguas Calientes. You can simply get the train or you can spend several days trekking the famous Inca Trail or the longer┬áSalkantay Trek. Another option is to do what my friend and I did and take the adventure route. Continue reading “South America Part Three: Peru (Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain)”

South America Part Two: Peru (Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

After a 17 hour overnight coach ride from Ica, we arrived in Cusco. The journey wasn’t as bad as it sounds. We travelled with a company called Palomino. The ticket prices weren’t bad but unlike our Cruz Del Sur bus, we didn’t get our own in-bus entertainment screens. There was one TV between everyone on the ground floor of the double decker coach and that was playing in Spanish, which made particular sense since our bus companions mainly seemed to be locals as opposed to fellow backpackers. Continue reading “South America Part Two: Peru (Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon)”

South America Part One: Peru (Lima, Huacachina & Paracas)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

My three week trip to Peru and Bolivia did not start drama free. On the Sunday before my Tuesday flight, I received a text from British Airways, telling me that the first leg of my journey – from Heathrow to Madrid – had been cancelled. Many stressed out minutes later, I had managed to rebook myself onto a flight that would be taking off just an hour before. Crisis averted. Things picked up en route when I got an upgrade for the second part of my journey. I’d be spending the 11 hour flight from Madrid to Lima with Iberia in business class. Continue reading “South America Part One: Peru (Lima, Huacachina & Paracas)”

My UNESCO World Heritage Checklist

After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 1,121 (as updated) preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 58. Only 1,063 to go then – I may complete my Seven Wonders list first: Continue reading “My UNESCO World Heritage Checklist”