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A final word on Bolivia

Bolivia’s geography is one of extremes and it is this more than anything that defines the country and its people. On the country´s western border the Andes are at their most spectacular, forming one huge, dominating mountain range of snow … Continue reading

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Eating In Peru

At the border crossing from Bolivia to Peru I realised, a little late in the piece, that I was an over stayer. Apparently my visa was valid only for a month and I had been in the country 7 weeks. … Continue reading

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Plan C to Machu Picchu

The series of seven bangs which ricocheted around the valley sounded decidedly like gun shots and put me on edge. Others in the group were less concerned and thought they were fire crackers let off to celebrate May Day. Our … Continue reading

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Volcanoes and the Equator

Of all of the Andean countries, Ecuador feels like the most sensible. Never how you want to be described is it? Here the Andes lose their grandeur and turn into green rolling ranges making it pleasant and fertile farming country.  The … Continue reading

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The Galapagos

My visit to the Galapagos Islands was undisputedly one of the highlights of the trip. It is such a unusual place, the scenery is breathtaking and the wildlife incredibly endearing. I’m not going to write about it here as I’ve … Continue reading

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On the hustle in Columbia

The Caribbean Coast of Columbia is an assault on the senses. Temperatures sit in the mid 30s, humidity is in the mid 90s and its cities, while rough around the edges, pulsate with energy. Everyone is trying to sell something … Continue reading

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The banks of the Amazon

Having failed to make it to the Amazon Basin in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador,  Columbia was my last chance before leaving South America. To this end I flew from the coast down to Leticia at the bottom tip of Columbia. It … Continue reading

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