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Peru #3: Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Trail

It was without doubt the biggie on my trip to Peru. I’d seen countless images of Machu Picchu, one of the seven modern wonders of the world, and there’s no question that it’s extremely photogenic. 4,287 more words

Peru #2 Cusco: the centre of the Inca empire

Cusco, the mystical centre of the famous Inca empire. Over 3000m above sea level and the departure point for Machu Picchu. It’s a world away from… 1,971 more words


Getting High in Peru and Bolivia

One big caution for travel in Peru and Bolivia is altitude sickness. Symptoms include dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue. In more serious cases, weakness, confusion and other extreme symptoms can happen and need to be treated medically. 274 more words


Love affair with coca

In an Incan legend, a number of men aggressively pursued a particularly beautiful and pure young woman. She resisted all temptation which angered them. The men ended up abusing her, and she responded by committing suicide. 337 more words


Wouldn't Coca Leaf Tea Be An Option Here?

Scientists have announced a remarkable device that is implanted surgically and pumps your food out as soon as you’ve eaten it. They call it the answer to obesity, suitable for just about everyone. 161 more words

The Inca Trail, II

The third morning started with a gang of roosters, who were trying to knock down our tent. Well, what else can you expect from camping in a village with an unpronounceable name. 401 more words


The Dirty Little Word in Colombia

When we initially made plans to travel to Colombia, I must confess, we really knew very little about the country before we started to research it. 729 more words