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South America and Antarctica

January 2018 - September 2019
Currently traveling
  • Day47

    Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

    March 17, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Our day started with brunch and local songs by two young boys. They asked for 3 soles each but we gave them 5 each ($2). They were more than delighted.

    Then came the train to Machu Picchu town, at the base of the site. It was a spectacular trip, hugging the mountain side as the railway followed the river.Read more

  • Day46

    Saqsaywaman

    March 16, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Saqsaywaman (or as it is pronounced- sexy woman) was part of the gateway to Cusco during Inca times. It was part of a series of various stations enroute to Cusco, which acted as checkpoints / customs points to regulate the number of people admitted to Cusco at any given time, and also to ensure animals did not enter the city either.Read more

  • Day45

    Pisaq

    March 15, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    After overnighting in Ollantaytambo, we went to Pisa’s, to explore local craft markets, and on the way, had the chance to see how guinea pigs are prepared and roasted.

  • Day44

    Ocucuan co op

    March 14, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    The Ocucuan cooperative has been established about 15 km from Cusco, as a working example of traditional agrarian practices still utilised by Incan descendants.

    We were treated to a traditional greeting, and shown a variety of produce the cooperative grows, including many potato and corn varieties.

    Later, we were treated to a traditional lunch including a flavoursome quinoa soup...all locally produced ingredients.
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  • Day43

    Cusco

    March 13, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Cusco was the centre of the Inca empire, founded in the 1200s. A road led from each of quarter to the corresponding quarter of the empire.

  • Day41

    Lima, Peru

    March 11, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    What a contrast. We arrived from Uruguay Sunday morning, and found that Sunday was the day that all the locals descend on the ‘centro’. The city was alive!

    There was entertainment everywhere in the streets, as well as the ceremonial changing of the guard at the presidential palace, and markets everywhere.

    Dave and Zawadi went for a long walk around the city, and toured the historic Basilica de Lima, including its catacombs.

    Lima seems to have police for everything, and there are always riot police and water canons around the central city. Kalashnikov semi automatic rifles are held by every second policeman. Despite their tough appearance, they were incredibly approachable. Lima also has official money changers in the streets, who charge one Peruvian Sol commission (or 40c). The government have put a lot of effort into providing a safe and pleasant experience for the traveller.
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  • Day39

    Montevideo

    March 9, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Montevideo is a bit of an unknown place for Australians to visit, but we were glad we did. It has a far more laid back feeling to Buenos Aires, and without the major high rise. People seem more conservative in their dress, yet the society is more tolerant of minorities, especially the gay community.

    In many ways it felt like a Uruguayan version of Melbourne.

    We visited the Museum of Historic Art (Muhar), and viewed numerous Aztec artworks, along with antiquities such as an Egyptian mummy.
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  • Day38

    Go southeast to Montevideo

    March 8, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    So with the change of the plan, we traveled southeast to Montevideo and the Atlantic Ocean.

    The western and inner (gauchos) parts of Uruguay are primarily agricultural, and Australian eucalypts are everywhere. In fact, apart from driving on the opposite side of the road, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was rural Australia.

    Cattle and horses dominate the landscape, and given the gauchos supposedly originated here, there is a mythical appearance of people going on horse rides, as if to reconnect with the past. Also,as many of the properties are smaller than Australian farms, and the availability of ready labour, horses are a logical choice.
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