Great Railway Journeys – The Andean Explorer


It’s 380 km by train from Puno on Lake Titicaca over the Andean Plateau to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital in the Sacred Valley. The Andean Explorer takes ten hours for the journey but the train is luxurious, hospitality and on board entertainment excellent and the scenery is breathtaking. The train leaves Puno at 8am…

Ballestas Islands


243 km. and two hours and forty minutes south of Lima on the Pan American Highway, the fishing village of Pisco is another launching point for excursions to the tiny former guano islands, Ballestas, off the Pacific coast of Peru. You  drive through vineyards to come off the Highway towards Paracas National Park and soon…

Pan American Highway


We leave Lima at dawn on a bright April day and drive through the urban sprawl and power and waterless shanty towns and endless chicken farms with black vultures circling overhead, on to the Pan American Highway along the Pacific coast towards the Chilean boarder. The landscape is desolate and desert like with the odd…

48 hrs. in Lima


48 hrs. in Lima in April 2012. Day 1. Peru – Here We Come! The day starts at 2 am. We take the dawn flight out of cold and wet Leeds/Bradford. Amsterdam is shrouded in mist. At 10 am we mix the first G&T in Schipol‘s Menzis lounge. The flight to Lima is at midday.…

Travels in Peru


I met Martha in London last November and we talked about Peru. “Late April is the best time to visit,” she said. “The countryside is green and lush after the rains and the crowds are still waiting for June.” I asked her about the Amazon. “A camp is good enough. The cruise boats cost four…