South America travels…..
by Grove Travel
Recently Richards daughter came back from South America, here is a taster from her travels…
Our first day here has involved buying some nice havaianas flip flops (these are comfy, indestructible flip flops that Rio is famous for), poking round a market and walking up and down the whole length of copacabana beach and up to the forts at either end for views. Tomorrow we’re going to chill out on beach then do sight seeing from Monday. I want to walk around the historic centre which we came through on the bus late last night and looked impressive.
First impressions of Rio not what I was expecting, more obvious wealth around than I thought and such tall buildings everywhere (I thought this would only be on beach front)! Obviously can see favelas in hills though. But sure impressions will change over next few days.
The trip has been amazing so far, the Inca trail and macchu pichu the definite highlight, not only because we had a fantastic group doing the trail with us (including two couples aged 62 – 65!!) Had a few acclimatisation issues but then was first to campsite on day three, winner! I think the pride and love of Peru from the tour guide really rubbed off and would love to go back and explore more of Peru (Lake Titicaca and the Amazon). Peru had only third oldest civilisation in the world after mesopotamia and Egypt which archaeologists only really confirmed in last five years.
It was sad to leave cusco for Brazil and iguazu falls (sad and we had hangovers from Machu picchu celebrations). We found a nice hostel bar next to our hotel in iguazu town where the owner sorted us out for trip to the falls from the Argentinian side for about half price our hotel were charging (fun guy – this is why you should stay in hostels not hotels when young in my opinion, you meet great people!). The falls were absolutely incredible, I’ll describe better with photos when home, we got there after five days of rain so the water was very high and we got soaked on some viewing platforms which was really fun.
So that’s about it from me. Eating far too many pao do queijo (cheesy bread bites) and trying to recover from burn on first day in cusco!!!