Just came back from 2 days of visiting the islands near Puno in Lake Titicaca – This photo is from the island of Taquile looking towards the island of Amantani. We spent the night on Amantani, in a lovely room in the house of the President of the community, Valerio. It was an amazing couple of days! Now I’m on solid ground and I feel like I’m still on a boat… #blogthis http://instagram.com/p/cusFoPHEZp/

Looks like a postcard, but it’s really my photo! We finally got to Machu Picchu! We got there before sunrise – watching the sun come up over the surrounding mountains and light the land was amazing. Saw lots of swallows and some llamas. And a couple (thousand) other tourists. Not too bad though, we managed to keep finding quiet spots. Again, GOOD ONE PERU! #blogthis http://instagram.com/p/cmUFs7nEdL/

Scuba diving in Taganga

We’re currently in Taganga on the north coast of Colombia – it’s stinking hot mostly, and the best solution is to jump in the water. Rob and I did an introduction dive course this morning – It cost just $70 each and included a briefing, boat ride to a nearby bay, 2 dives (25mins and 40mins, max depth of 12m) and snacks in between dives at a cute beach hut built up the cliff from the bay. Really awesome thing to have done! Our instructor was a german guy, Julian, very chilled out and friendly.
Scuba diving is something I’d wanted to try for YEARS! I was always curious to see if I’d get scared or be calm, and I can happily day that it felt AWESOME and I was really peaceful and relaxed. I can’t wait to do more diving sometime, somewhere!

We saw lots of small fish, some really bright blue ones stood out, some puffer fish including one about 50cm long, an octopus, and some rainbow coloured parrot fish. Lots of massive brain coral too!
Super excellent experience! #blogthis #scuba http://instagram.com/p/a_3LZJnEQ0/

Cafe del Mar

Very happy accident! Stumbled across Cafe del Mar (THE Cafe del Mar of the chill-out music empire) atop the old Cartgena city walls just after sunset. We stopped off for a couple of cocktails as the light disappeared. Rob spotted a table next to the edge of the wall, overlooking the water and the road below (complete with crazy drivers and local buses done up with fancy lights). The wind picked up a cooled us down – an added bonus in near constant 30+ degrees! ¡Salud! #blogthis #cafedelmar #bar http://instagram.com/p/a40FwjHEWG/

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Cartagena – the start!

Last night our midnight flight left Santiago in 1•C temps. Today we are in Cartagena where it’s around 34•C. Being north of the equator on summer solstice will do that!
Our accom booking messed up and we had to wander the streets in the baking midday heat to book our hostel for the 2 nights after tonight. That’s now sorted.
Next mission was food! We got 10 small cheese rolls (baked a moment earlier), water, yogurt, fresh squeezed lime juice (with added sugar water and ice) and a cup of mango slices for around $5. Ate it on the hostel balcony – the photo is the view from the balcony complete with a shower, just to cool off. Nice work #Colombia!
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