South America

A “Trini Christmas” 12 hours in Santiago

I’ve been to Santiago before for 10 hours and it was uneventful as I was on a layover from Buenos Aires back to Toronto. On my current trip to Antarctica, Santiago is the jump off point to Punta Arenas As you can see, getting from Santiago to Punta Arenas isn’t some little distance either and on the conclusion of the …

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Wednesday Photo Nights #15 : Lujan, Argentina

This morning I was stumbling around the net and I saw this story about the World’s most “dangerous” zoo, where you can ride lions and feed bears with your mouth. I’m not a rabid animal right advocate, but there is something inherently wrong with a person can ride a full grown lion. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, …

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6 hours of Ceviche in Miraflores

For the Trinidadian palate, we’re accustomed to many types of tastes, but eating raw fish isn’t one of them. Now what if I told a Trini that I was eating or making a “chow” … you would instantly see a Pavlovian type response of drool and watery mouth! Peruvians have the same reaction when you mention the word “ceviche”. I …

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Machu Picchu = 52/100 on my Hillman Wonders list

For many of you who follow this Trini’s blog, you’ll know that my first source of travel inspiration was the Hillman Wonders website. There wasn’t anything super special about the list … I even wrote an open letter to Howard Hillman about the low placement of Trinidad … still didn’t get a response. One would think that with no response …

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How to spend 24 hours in Aguas Calientes Peru

24 hours in Aguas Calientes Peru : Aguas Calientes is the jump off point for any trip to Machu Picchu – there is no avoiding it. Aguas Calientes is also a poster child for everything that can go wrong with a tourist boom. With Machu Picchu beckoning behind the hills, you know that it means a lot of tourist foot …

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Getting a taxi from Cusco to Urubamba

Once you’re in Peru, you will have to figure out how to use a taxi or collectivo. I found that getting around in Peru is really not that difficult at all … it all depends on quickly you want to get around and what level of comfort you want while you’re travelling. Here are the 4 options that you’re going …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Tambo del Inka review

After waking up at 5am to catch my 6:50am flight into Cusco, one can imagine a bit of disorientation but once I figured out how to get into Cusco downtown, change my train ticket in the PeruRail office, buy tickets for Machu Picchu at the Ministerio de Cultura and get a taxi to take me to Urubamba, checking into Tambo …

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6 thoughts on planning a DIY tour of Machu Picchu

After my last trip through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, I thought that I wouldn’t have much of a travel challenge for the rest of this year. Well behold a different type of challenge … trying to plan a DIY Tour of Machu Picchu in 36 hours with zero preparation. My brain is completely overloaded with information … so here are a …

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