By the time I arrived at Machu Picchu in June 2007, I’d been on the road for over a month. I had travelled southwards from Quito in the north of Ecuador, dabbling all too briefly with the rainforest, before crossing the border into Peru and travelling along the coast through Punta Sal, Pisco and the desert towns of Nazca and Trujillo to visit ruins of South America’s ancient civilisations.
I’ve really enjoyed talking retrospectively about my time in these countries and today Peru is still one of my favourite places in the world because of its wonderful diversity.
Before I start reminiscing about my onward adventures into Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, I thought I’d share something rare on Home Is A Feeling: A behind-the-scenes look at the things I did when not writing in my travel diary!
Post bridge swing in Ecuador, I dangled for a few moments contemplating what I’d just done!
The Panama hat factory in Cuenca, Ecuador gives the history of the famous hats, as well as producing them to order on the day
My first view of the Pacific Ocean – on the way to the beautiful Punta Sal, Peru
These are the ponchos we purchased for our Ballestas Island trip – they stopped us from getting covered in guano!
I travelled through South America with Tucan Travel. Our wonderful, knowledgeable guides showed us the continent on this big yellow truck. Truck days were long sometimes but this sight became our ‘welcome home’!
The highest pass we drove through on our way to Colca canyon looked more like Mars than earth. Please excuse the sandals and socks!!
Small 6-seater planes take people up to see the Nazca lines from above – an unforgettable experience.
One of my favourite animals on my travels through South America: Alpacas. A farm just outside Cuzco allows some interaction with these comical characters.
Sadly, as the image title suggests, shortly before this photo was taken on day three of the Inca Trail, I’d accidentally stepped in human excrement! These boots went in the bin on my return to Cuzco!!