Photo Friday: San Francisco

Our final stop in the US of A before heading to Asia was the land of fog and fabulousness, San Francisco.  Two relatively short road journeys, from the Metzger Farm in San Andreas to Sacramento, and Sacramento on to SF, and we were ready for three days of sightseeing.

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A Day at Machu Picchu

When traveling through South America, the majority of people will include Peru on their itinerary, and the biggest tourist attraction by far in Peru is Machu Picchu!

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“It’s super-awesomely-amazing!”

D was in charge of planning this bit of our trip, and if there’s one thing D is bad at, it’s planning.  Ideally, you need to book the Inca trail at least six months in advance – if that is  your chosen route to Machu Picchu – but D didn’t know that. Luckily for us it turned out that almost all tour companies offer one day trips. So we booked ourselves a full day tour, and got ready for the trip of a lifetime.

We wanted to share our experience with you in case it’s on your bucket list and trekking isn’t your thing either (or you and forget to book the Inca Trail, like D!)
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Five Reasons Not to Visit the Potosi Mines

Cerro Rico towers over Potosi. The town was built up around the mountain because of the abundance of silver inside that was extracted and sent to Spain. The Mine Tours take tourists to visit the miners who work inside and now extract tin.

The Tours are the only reason most tourists visit Potosi. Although a few people recommended going, I always knew I wouldn’t. Eventually D decided he wouldn’t be going either, so we had a nice time seeing a few other things that the city has to offer.

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A Tale of Two Hikes – Part 2

Sitting in the hotel reception, we struggled to keep our eyes open. One too many caipirinhas the night before, meant we weren’t really feeling a hike up Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers) today. Plus, our legs were still aching from the Corcavado hike two days previously.

Our guide, Sam, a bubbly Australian came bouncing in and declared it was time to go. He reassured us that it was an easy hike and he’d previously done it in flip flops.

An hour later, we were standing outside a school-cum-sports facility in the pacified favela of Vidigal. We’d taken a metro, bus and slightly dodgy van to get there. Continue reading

48 Hours In: Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro has everything you might want in a city. Glistening beaches, world reknowed landmarks and a shed loads of history to boot. There is so much to see and do that 48 hours just would not give this city the time it deserves.

But we have brought together our most loved parts of Rio into one condensed 48 hour time period that will bring you the best of what this city has to offer.

Visiting Centro (the central business district) is a must, but is unwise at weekends and in the evenings when it turns into a deserted ghost town. Therefore, get there as soon as you arrive, and enjoy the streets teaming with life – modern busyness hiding the colonial past hidden under the surface.

While in Centro, visit Confeitaria Colombo. Opened in the late 1800s, it once served Queen Victoria a cup of coffee. You can really taste the citrus in the coffee that’s grown in Brazil. It will leave you buzzing for hours.

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A Tale of Two Hikes – Part 1

There are so many ways to visit Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), the statue standing 38m tall on Corcovado Mountain, serenely overlooking the Cityscape of Rio de Janeiro. Buses, motorbikes, cars and trains all make their way up, and tours can be arranged through hotels, agents, or the friendly tout on the street.

We decided that we needed to earn the view from the top. So we hiked.

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