Monthly Archive: June, 2011

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Part 1

Day 1 – Santa Cruz My plane left Quito early in the morning, and – despite a delay in Guayaquil – our wheels touched down in the Galapagos Islands before noon.  There aren’t… Continue reading

Machala and Quito, Ecuador

Another night another bus ride, although this time the guy next to me didn’t snore or smell and I actually slept most of the way.  My plan was to spend one night in… Continue reading

Huanchaco, Peru

A distinct and familiar anxiety swept over me as I scanned each passenger climbing aboard the night bus from Huaraz to Trujillo.  The seat next to me was empty, and the odds of… Continue reading

Huaraz, Peru

Security on my bus from Lima to Huaraz seemed tight, almost excessively so.  We were all searched as we boarded, our passports were checked, and someone snapped a photo of every passenger’s face. … Continue reading

Huacachina and Lima, Peru

From Nazca I’d originally planned to go to Pisco for a tour of the Islas Ballestas (known as “the Poor Man’s Galapagos”).  But then I read my guidebook’s description of a nearby town… Continue reading

Nazca, Peru

I braced myself for another marathon bus ride.  We left Cusco at 2pm and weren’t scheduled to arrive in Nazca (sometimes spelled Nasca) until 7:00 the next morning.  But our driver must have… Continue reading

Machu Picchu, Peru

How you get somewhere can make a big difference.  Here’s what I wrote two years ago after my first glimpse of Machu Picchu: The fourth and final day of the classic Inca Trail… Continue reading

Cusco, Peru

At 7am I climbed aboard the Inka Express tourist bus.  The ride from Puno to Cusco (also spelled Cuzco) normally only takes six hours, but – because we would be stopping at points… Continue reading

Puno, Peru

Taking a boat from Copacabana, Bolivia across Lake Titicaca to Puno, Peru was much slower and more expensive than taking a bus.  But I didn’t have a choice.  The roads were closed.  A… Continue reading