Accommodation Review – Gringo Bill’s, Machu Picchu Town

Despite the rather strange name, I was rather looking forward to staying at Gringo Bill’s in Aguas Calientes, also known as Pueblo Machu Picchu (Machu Picchu Town). I imagined to be something of a tourist institution I guess, run by a crazy old American dude called Bill with a constantly packed bar of drunk foreigners …

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Andy’s Travels – Then and Now

Travel. Backpacking. Both have changed an incredible amount in the last two decades. My first solo trip was 18 years ago now. Early February 1999 and I headed out on my first round the world adventure stopping in Thailand as my first stop. Khao San Road was far more basic compared to today. No fast …

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Train Journeys – Cusco to Machu Picchu

There are a few ways to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu. If you’ve a mind to it, many like to brave the trek over the mountains, the Inca Trail – there are several versions of it. There is apparently some back way in via road but you have to go a long way out …

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Accommodation Review – Posada de Cacique, Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa is a large town (or is it a small city?) in the high Andes in Peru. It’s home to a famous mummy which can be seen at a local museum. It’s a pretty town, hilly, interesting. From here I went on a day trip to the Culco Canyon (not advisable, take longer if you …

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Accommodation Review – Hotel Tren Dorado, Riobamba, Ecuador

Riobamba is around four hours by bus from the Ecuadorian capital Quito. The drive is quite impressive at times with the mountains and so on, and Riobamba itself seemed like a nice small city, with a bit of a University vibe. I was there to catch a bus to the Nariz Del Diablo, the Devil’s …

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Buildings of Buenos Aires – Palacio Paz

South America has some amazing historical buildings. Yes – many are colonial and perhaps a remnant of a darker past, but others are newer and many just blow your socks off. One such building is the Palacio Paz in Buenos Aires. And if you are looking to have your mind blown by a combination of …

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Around Melbourne – A Day on the Green With the B-52s

Howdy again folks. So, if you like music and you’re in Melbourne during the warmer months, ‘A Day on the Green’ may be for you. They have regular concerts out in the Yarra Valley, particularly at Rochford Wineries, which feature all manner of musical guests and there usually is an event every month or so …

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