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Huayna Picchu climb: best view of Machu Picchu?

Huayna Picchu climb: best view of Machu Picchu?

“Climbing Huayna Picchu has the most spectacular views of Machu Picchu.” All the blog posts and tourist guides promised that the best views of this wonderful archeological site were from the summit of Huayna Picchu. Huayna Picchu - you know - that fabulous, pointy...

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Rainbow Mountain Hike

Rainbow Mountain Hike

Someone asked me recently what was the best thing we did in Peru. Without a doubt, this was the hike to Rainbow Mountain. Machu Picchu takes some beating, a trek over the Salkantay is fabulous, exploring the Sacred Valley is a must and Lake Titicaca is wonderful, but...

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Stock Ghyll Force: a waterfall walk near Ambleside

Stock Ghyll Force: a waterfall walk near Ambleside

Visiting Ambleside or Windermere and fancy a country walk, but have limited time? Stock Ghyll Force ticks all the boxes. Stock Ghyll is a 70-foot-high waterfall situated in a lovely, woodland setting. It is absolutely beautiful. The water tumbles down the hill towards...

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Is it worth visiting White Sands National Park?

Is it worth visiting White Sands National Park?

It is in a desert, miles from anywhere and in the middle of a missile range. Given these facts, is it worth visiting White Sands National Park? The short answer to this is: "Yes! White Sands National Park in New Mexico has the "Wow Factor." This makes it well worth...

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The Gila Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico

The Gila Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico

The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico is one of the most remote parks we have visited in the USA. Is it worth taking the long and winding (very winding!) road to visit these ancient dwellings carved into the side of a cliff? Without a doubt, yes!...

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Is it worth visiting Chiricahua?

Is it worth visiting Chiricahua?

..."You must visit Chiricahua!" We love chatting with people on our travels, both locals and fellow travellers. This is how we often find new places to explore and pick up lots of tips and inside knowledge. It was chatting to a couple at the RV park in Lake Mead that...

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Visiting Carlsbad Caverns

Visiting Carlsbad Caverns

Visiting Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico was one of the highlights of our road trip in this area. The caverns are huge! The formations inside the caverns are spectacular. I am tempted to say that this subterranean landscape is "out of this world" and, figuratively...

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Visiting the World Expo, Dubai

Visiting the World Expo, Dubai

Our visit to the World Expo in Dubai was a fascinating experience. A phantasmagoria of light and colour, the Expo was a wonderful demonstration of how art can be created by technology.  At times, visiting the Expo was like being in a giant kaleidoscope.  Each...

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Lochnagar, one of the best hikes in Scotland

Lochnagar, one of the best hikes in Scotland

Our recent hike up Lochnagar turned into one of the best hikes we have tackled in Scotland. The fabulous weather with which we were blessed certainly went some way towards cementing this view, but the landscape around Lochnagar would be spectacular in any conditions....

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Hiking Ben Cruachan – watch out for starships!

Hiking Ben Cruachan – watch out for starships!

It is a few weeks now since we set off to hike Ben Cruachan in the Scottish Highlands - and found ourselves in a galaxy far, far away! It was quite a dreich day for a hike, misty and threatening rain, but Peter had wanted to climb Ben Cruachan for some time, so we...

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Pet Hates From My Travels

Pet Hates From My Travels

I’m feeling grumpy today so thought I would have a rant and share some of my pet hates when travelling. Actually, these are pet hates when not travelling too, so really this post is just about pet hates – or what my American friends call “pet peeves”.   Pet Hate...

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Ennerdale Water and the West Coast of Cumbria

Ennerdale Water and the West Coast of Cumbria

Ennerdale Water is probably the least well known lake in the Lake District National Park. Although we live in the Lake District, we had not visited Ennerdale Water until recently, mainly because it is way out west and quite remote. However, we were on our way to the...

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Hiking in Peru: a trek to Machu Picchu

Hiking in Peru: a trek to Machu Picchu

I thought my days of camping in a tent were done. How then did I find myself hiking in Peru on a trek to Machu Picchu and sleeping in a tent? Well I did and loved it: hiking in Peru (including the tent) turned out to be a fabulous experience which will always stay...

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Cycling in Cambodia

Cycling in Cambodia

“How do you fancy cycling in Cambodia?” he asked. My initial response, I think, was something along the lines of “Aye, right!” – that wonderful Scottish double positive, which roughly translated means “Don’t be ridiculous!” I hesitated because I am neither a skilled...

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High Sweden Bridge: one of the best walks from Ambleside

High Sweden Bridge: one of the best walks from Ambleside

The walk to High Sweden Bridge is one of the best walks from Ambleside and one of my favourites.  It is a relatively short walk, but it gives the feeling of being right in the heart of the Lake District. It is one of our go-to dog walks and it never disappoints. The...

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One Day in Arches National Park

One Day in Arches National Park

Arches National Park in Utah is one of my absolute favourite National Parks. It has the most amazing geography and geology and is stunningly beautiful. The other-worldly red rock formations, natural bridges and unique arches make for a wonderfully dramatic landscape...

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Wansfell Pike: a walk with a view

Wansfell Pike: a walk with a view

Wansfell Pike has the most wonderful views across Lake Windermere and over the Lakeland Fells and mountains. This is the latest post in my Lake District series and describes one of my favourite walks. Wansfell is situated high above the village of Ambleside and is...

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