Lake Titicaca – crossing the border from Peru and Bolivia

•Saturday, 1 October 2016 • Leave a Comment

Today we left Peru – one last shot of the lake at 6am just before we headed off to Bolivia.


After crossing the border, we drove around the vast lake on the Bolivian shores to Copacabana to take a boat to see the Island of the Sun – the birthplace of the Inca Empire. Interesting that the town is only a few miles over the border but has a very different feel to the towns we visited in Peru.


On the island we were introduced to the local Shaman who made offerings to the sun, moon and earth (pachumama) on our behalf and then blessed us individually – a very special experience. The island was beautiful … another fabulous trip!

… and so to Lake Titicaca …

•Friday, 30 September 2016 • 3 Comments

One more shot of the awesome scenery from the rail journey across to Puno … it was so special. The observatory car enabled us to see the scenery in the open air; I learnt how to make Pisco Sour cocktails in the bar and listened to some great live Andean music at the same time – a real highlight!

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It was up at 6am and of to explore the lake … 3 different islands (and there are many more). First off, the island of Uros – housing 5 families on a small island built from reeds.

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Then off to Tacquille Island – very like some of the more remote Greek Islands. Beautiful, unspoilt and peaceful. The light is amazing at 12500 feet – almost translucent. Quite a walk – leg definitely feeling the strain but so worthwhile!!

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From Cusco to Puno on the Andean Explorer train

•Thursday, 29 September 2016 • 5 Comments

Leaving lovely Cusco … a last shot of the narrow alleys before moving on.


… and we are off to explore more of Peru via Peruvian Rail – the Andean Explorer that will take us all the way to Puno and Lake Titicaca – a 10 hour train ride through the Andes traveling up into the stratosphere to an altitude of over 4000m.


The views are glorious.

Another wonderful day in Cusco

•Wednesday, 28 September 2016 • 4 Comments

So many magical moments, it’s hard to choose how best to showcase the city. Here’s a view from a little coffee bar we went to for lunch.


One of many Fran shopping moments today …


We caught a celebration of communion for a number of young girls …


… and exploring the streets  – I’ve fallen in love with all the hats the ladies wear …

Cusco … the heart of Peru

•Monday, 26 September 2016 • Leave a Comment

A 4 hour train ride from Machu Pichu brought us up to the beautiful city of Cusco. Stunning views, gorgeous architecture, delicious food and friendly people … oh, and I forgot to mention fab shopping!  We’re here for 3 nights and 2 full days.


A view from above the city.


… and a visit to the market

Inkaterra Machu Pichu Hotel in Aguas Calientes

•Monday, 26 September 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hard to pick a photo to show the beautiful grounds of our hotel. I had a chilled day (being sensible re bad leg). An orchid garden, tea plantation, fern walk and a herb garden – all gorgeous and inspiring me for my garden in France.

Machu Pichu

•Sunday, 25 September 2016 • 1 Comment

Hard to only post one photo of this magical place …