Coffee of Colombia

While in Colombia Connor enjoyed a coffee tour which he says “was amazing! It’s located on Los Santos which is a table top in Colombia. It is based around a 130 year old “home” that has 6 rooms to sleep with a very colonial feel.

We continued on a plantation tour where they grow the top 10 coffee in the world, across 320 acres, all organic and pesticide free. It was really interesting to see shade coffee, which is grown under the cover of shade, and the bird life was quite extraordinary, with dozens of species coming up to eat right beside you as you travel through the plantation.

A few other highlights so far have been the “Chicamocha canyon” which is currently being looked at by UNESCO. With a maximum depth of 2,000 metres, an area of 108,000 hectares  and a length of 227 kilometres it is the second deepest canyon in the world. We also went mountain biking and white water rafting through the canyon, which was fantastic!

Besides that the guides have been absolutely spectacular and the food, amazing”!

Ollantaytambo & Machu Picchu

Well we made it to Machu Picchu…what an experience this has been!

After hiking the last few hours to the town of Ollantaytambo, we stayed the night and then took the train the next morning from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes – the end of the line. Once there, we found a bustling little town built along the railroad with seemingly 1 purpose – to get people up to the ruins of M.P.

We were fortunate enough to spend the day and evening at the beautiful Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, one of the Unique Lodges of the World properties in the Andean cloud forest. With 12 acres of natural beauty – hummingbirds, the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock, orchids, and a tea plantation, we were in awe!

The next day we lined up with all the other tourists, climbed aboard a bus and made our way up to the site. It’s a busy spot with all the adventure seekers ready to make their pilgrimage through the ruins and to get their iconic photos of this incredible masterpiece. Believe me…it does not disappoint!

Mountain Lodges of Peru – Day 3

Our mountain lodges of Peru day 3  took us to a village visit and ceremony for the good health and blessing of the community’s sheep flock. We were able to hike up to an archaeological site of Pumamarka – a pre-Inca defensive Fort up on the mountain top with a picnic lunch overlooking the valley. After lunch it was time for our beautiful hike to Ollantaytambo- seeing the “half-moon “ terraces up the hillside and many stone granaries up high in the mountains to keep their grain and supplies cool.

Mountain Lodges of Peru – Day 2

We stopped at Ancasmarca and hiked up to the old Inca granaries and met some ladies who were selling Alpaca scarfs so I bought one! Drove through the Lares pass up to 14,500 ft and made it to the small village of Choquecancha.  We walked part way up the hillside to a cute spot where we stopped for a delicious lunch! Our favourite dish was a stuffed pepper (stuffed with Quinoa/spices and served with a light crunchy topping – delicious!)

We then continued up the hill to some ruins for a lookout of the town square (found in the photo by the cross)

We finished the day at the stunning Huacahuasi lodge where I tried out their lovely yoga room followed by delicious dinner and a private jacuzzi! Mountain Lodges of Peru runs a smooth operation!

Explora Valle Sagrado – Peru

Kathy is at the spectacular Explora Valle Sagrado – a beautiful and classic property set amongst the corn fields and fertile lands of the Sacred Valley, Peru.

“We spent the morning on a brisk bike ride around the area and along the Urubamba River that brings water from the glaciers down through the Inca aqueducts (still in use), to the farm lands.  In the afternoon we hiked to a nearby village and learned more about the flora and fauna in the area. This was followed up by a trip to the very unique and lovely spa that was carefully built among some ancient ruins.

Explora is spoiling us with 5 star food and service and the rooms have wonderful huge picture windows looking into the valley and the majestic Andes mountain range”.

Chile’s Great Adventures

We’ve been hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting (class 5), horseback riding, and hiking some more! We leisurely floated downriver, eaten gourmet meals and drank superb Chilean wines, taken in a cultural visit for the ladies to compare recipes and even played some traditional field hockey just as the locals have done for 100’s of years.  My biggest thrill was the helicopter ride over an active volcano at sunset, how very civilized!