Bogota, Colombia

I’m back in the U.S. It’s been a crazy whirlwind of a few days, to say the least. First, the long flight back. Then getting settled in at my oldest son’s home. Making a quick run up to Santa Barbara to visit with my granddaughter before she moves out of State. Adjusting to the small, but still discombobulating time change. Anyway, I’ve finally got settled … Continue reading Bogota, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia…. more or less

I considered naming this blog post something like, “The Burnt-Out-on-Cities Person’s Guide to Medellin” or some such thing, but I figured that was a tad too wordy. I’ve had a strange (but surprisingly enjoyable) time in Medellin. It’s not what I expected, anyway. And there’s the problem…. ….expectations. I’ve been staying in a nice hostel in a nice neighborhood surrounded by nice people, which is … Continue reading Medellin, Colombia…. more or less

El Dia de los Museos en Bogota

I’ve been in Bogota, Colombia a few days now. I’m enjoying this colorful city and especially the people. There’s a different vibe here. Everywhere I’ve been in South America, the people have been lovely, kind and helpful, yet a bit closed off (to foreigners, anyway). But I didn’t realize that until I got here where there’s a more openly friendly atmosphere. Walking down the street, … Continue reading El Dia de los Museos en Bogota

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco (aka: Cusco, Qusqu and Qosqo) was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the mid-16th century when the Spaniards made their presence known and changed everything. It is now officially designated as the historical capital of Peru. However, the Inca were not the first peoples here. There were quite a number of pre-Incan cultures in the area, but not much is … Continue reading Cuzco, Peru

2 Day Tours Outside Cusco, Peru

I’ve been in Cusco, Peru seven days now. The first few days I just wandered around the city. I’ll give you my impressions of it in the next post. But this last Friday and Saturday I took two day tours to see a few sights outside Cusco. The tours were fairly inexpensive …. and perhaps I should have kicked out a bit more money for … Continue reading 2 Day Tours Outside Cusco, Peru

Arica, Chile & Arequipa, Peru

I returned to San Pedro de Atacama after my wondrous adventure in Bolivia. I stayed there another few days, after which, took a night bus to Arica, Chile. I then took a taxi from the bus station to the hostel and, though it was an early arrival, they let me in and showed me to my room…. then went back to bed. “You can pay … Continue reading Arica, Chile & Arequipa, Peru

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – First Impressions

I left Buenos Aires on Friday, November 3rd and after a long, exhausting day and night, arrived here at San Pedro de Atacama, Chile on Saturday. My flight took me from B.A. to San Jose, Argentina where I had a brief layover. From there, we flew over the Andes to Santiago, Chile and here are a few pics from that flight. This first pic is … Continue reading San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – First Impressions