South America

Peru | Lima: August 4th – 11th, 2008

August 4th, 2008 The ride back was fun, and Penny felt more confident driving (having had a few days of driving experience under her belt). But as soon as we got into the city, the crazy traffic started again. It was rush hour, and the traffic was worse than before! We stopped off to use...

Peru | Ica: August 3rd – 4th, 2008

Road Trip – Nazca with stops in Paracas and Ica Final stop – Ica August 3rd, 2008 We took it easy today – with no early starts, but early enough to catch our free breakfast! We are headed to Ica today, to check out the Dunes there. A beautiful drive back the way we came...

Peru | Nazca: August 2nd, 2008

Road Trip – Nazca with stops in Paracas and Ica Second stop – Nazca August 2nd, 2008 The drive was beautiful along this stretch as well. We went up some crazy rocky mountainous roads. And then came back down. There was a little village in the Oasis. It was beautiful to see...

Peru | Paracas: August 1st & 2nd, 2008

Road Trip – Nazca with stops in Paracas and Ica First Stop – Paracas August 1st, 2008 We got to Lima last night, and spent 2 hours looking for a hotel with an available room for one night. Imagine!! High tourist season! Finally found a place within our budget, and after...

Peru | Aguas Calientes: July 28th – 30th, 2008

Macchu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) July 28th, 2008 Our “Vista Dome” train left Cusco at 6 am. Today it was Karthik’s stomach acting out. We were really hoping for an empty train (so as not to make the breathing space unbearable for the fellow passengers), but no such luck...

Peru | Cusco: July 23rd – 27th, 2008

Cusco July 23rd, 2008 We managed to catch our bus early this morning, in spite of some initial worries that our pick-up to the bus station wouldn’t arrive. The bus ride was interesting – we had some wicked seats right at the front of the bus so we could stretch our legs fully. Nice, we...

Peru | Puno: July 21st & 22nd, 2008

July 21st, 2008 We headed off for Puno, a town by Lake Titicaca in Peru. The bus ride was comfortable enough and uneventful, except for glimpses of this massive lake here and there and multiple security stops by the Bolivian military. As we approached the Bolivia-Peru border, we were told...

Bolivia | La Paz: July 18-20, 2008

July 18th, 2008 The highest airport – and a new type of an exit Finally out of Santa Cruz, our flight reached La Paz at noon. Stepping out of the back of the AeroSur plane, we could already feel the lack of oxygen in the air. It got worse as we walked into the airport, and got our...

Bolivia | Santa Cruz

July 14th, 2008 Getting to Santa Cruz was an adventure on its own, so we felt relieved knowing that we had confirmed booking at a nice apartment/hotel, where the manager spoke English, and had even given us a discounted rate (although still expensive for Bolivia). Got to the apartment...