Category Archives: international

Leaving Machu Picchu and on to Cuzco

When we finished our half day touring Machu Picchu I was wore out and thirty. We went directly to the restaurant next to the Belmond Lodge right at the entrance to the Machu Picchu ruins. It was set up for … Continue reading

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Natasha visits Machu Picchu: #1 on her Bucket List

If you are a regular blog reader you know I have done extensive international travel, much of it before I even started the blog. My bucket list for travel ebbs and flows, but for many years now the number one … Continue reading

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

We woke up in our gorgeous hotel in the Sacred Valley in the Andes Mountains of Peru ready to start the next phase of our Peruvian adventure, discovering the sites of the ancient Inca culture. Late this afternoon we will … Continue reading

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Transition Day: from the Amazon to the Incas with a trip to the Manatee Rescue Center

Today we transition from the river cruise portion of our trip to our journey of discovery related to the ancient Incas. We will disembark the Amazon Aria today, fly first to Lima, and then on to Cuzco to do a … Continue reading

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Natasha goes Piranha Fishing in the Amazon

Today is the day. I have seen them. Saw their red bellies and their sharp teeth. I have even tested fate by swimming in their river. Today, Natasha is going to catch a piranha. But fishing is for later in … Continue reading

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Looking for Lily Pads in the Amazon

This morning as we took our morning ride along the Amazon, I shot a lot of videos. We saw so many of the beautiful white birds in flight. The color contrast of the white birds against the green foliage and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Peruvian Amazon: Cocktails and Caimans

Another amazing day on the Amazon, today I really noticed the water line on the trees, realizing the water level is dropping fast. One of the first things we saw was a line of long nose bats on a tree … Continue reading

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Natasha Goes Swimming in the Amazon

More than anything else I heard from friends when I announced I was going to Peru, and in particular cruising along the Amazon, was don’t get in the water. No hands, no feet, and certainly no one had even contemplated … Continue reading

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Natasha and the Anaconda

So after that tremendous first full day on the Amazon and its tributaries, I didn’t think our naturalists could top it. It is always a toss up. Its nature; you never know what you will see. The schedule changed a … Continue reading

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Birthplace of the Amazon River, Peru´┐╝

Our Amazon River Cruise is starting in Iquitos, Peru, a large city for the country with almost 500,000 residents (even more if you consider the squatters and the metro area) and a gateway city to the Amazon. It is the … Continue reading

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