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An October 2008 trip to South America by catsholiday

Exploring Cusco Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: We did a wonderful tour with Kuoni which included Lima, Cusco amd Pueuto Moldinara in Peru. Huata Hata, Copacabana, Tiwanaku and La paz in Bolivia,. Santiago in Chile , Buenos Aires and Iguacu in Argentina crossing into Brazil near Iguacu and finally flying to Rio where the tour ended.

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Somewhere You Must See Before You Die"

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If you were asked to write a list of places you MUST see in the world I believe this would be on most people’s list. It was certainly on my list; it is a destination of a lifetime, a dream come true and one of the most fascinating archaeological finds of recent times. Everyone interested in travel recognises the picture postcard view but nothing prepares you for your own first sight of Machu Picchu when you see it for yourself the first time.Machu Picchu was made a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1983 and on July 7th 2007 it was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. Conservation experts are now becoming concerned about the damage that is being done to the site because of the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 11, 2010

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

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Attraction | "I Am Not a Celebrity so Leave Me Here!"

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Photo, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
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We flew from Lima via Cusco to Puerto Moldinardo with a very short stop in Cusco to let some passengers off and others to board. The flight was pleasant and we had a little box of biscuits and cake as a snack as well as drinks – I think non-alcoholic only – of your choice.On arrival at the Airport we reclaimed our suitcases and took any toiletries, mosquito repellent and sunscreen that we needed for the jungle out of them and put them in our overnight hand luggage bags. The suitcases were stored by Inka Terra at the office in Puerto Moldinardo. We walked out of the tiny airport to be greeted by Inka Terra staff with bottles of cold water and shown the ‘bus’ which was a lorry with wooden se...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2010

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Libertador Hotel Cusco

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Hotel | "My palace in Cusco"

Exploring Cusco Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Libertador Palacio del Inka hotel - CuscoThis is a large busy hotel just five minutes walk from the main square and next to the Inca Temple of the Sun . It is a traditional 16th century Pizzarro’s Palace with Spanish colonial additions beautifully decorated in Spanish/Peruvian style. The lobby is large and airy with many areas for sitting comfortably in groups to share a cup of the complimentary coca tea which is on tap 24 hours a day. The coca tea was essential to avoid altitude sickness and I found I needed several of the little cups in the day and when I woke in the morning if I didn’t have a cup fairly quickly I did feel a little wobbly and shaky particularly the first morning...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2010

Libertador Hotel Cusco
Plazo Leta Santo Domingo No 259
Cuzco, Peru
(511) 518 6500

Emperador Hotel

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Hotel | "Is This Hotel Fit for an Emperor?"

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Emperador hotel Avenida Del Libertador 4201001 Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina(0)11 4131 4000 The hotel is situated within walking distance of most areas in Buenos Aires and is close to the main railway station. The entrance is modern looking with gold revolving doors, there is at least one doorman at all times to welcome you in. The lobby is quite spacious and very well appointed, there are flower arrangements on tables which are fresh and look welcoming. The reception desk is on the left as you walk in to the hotel and they will also change money at a reasonable rate here. On the right hand side is an open looking bar with comfortable seats and tables. At the bac...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 25, 2010

Emperador Hotel
Av Libertador 420
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 41314000

Hotel Libertador Lima

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Hotel | "Comfortable but a Long Way from Tourist Sites"

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Libertador hotel LimaLos Eucaliptos 550Lima, Peru511-421-6666The hotel is very small only 56 rooms and is situated next to the golf course and country club. The lobby is very small with a few comfortable seats but was very functional rather than a place where you might sit and chat with friends. There is a side room with a couple of computers offering internet access but there was free wifi access in the rooms as well which was accessed by a code given by the reception staff if you asked. The reception desk would exchange currency at a reasonable exchange rate which was safer than going into the town and very convenient.On the same ground floor as the lobby th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 25, 2010

Hotel Libertador Lima
Los Eucaliptos 550
Lima, Peru
511-421-6666

Libertador Hotel Puno

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Hotel | "Is That a Liner I See on the Horizon?"

Libertador Hotel Puno Photo, Puno, Peru
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Libertador , Puno, Lake Titicaca, PeruWe stayed at the Libertador hotel in Puno, Lake Titicaca which was built in the shape of a liner snuggled into a hillside on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is the only five-star hotel in the region, and all rooms have a view of Lake Titicaca. The views which were stunning and we watched both sunset and sunrise from the lobby area of the hotel which has floor to ceiling windows so that the views are not spoilt at all.Having said the hotel is 5 star is a bit misleading, it is possibly the best in the area and certainly the position is wonderful but the hotel is showing signs of its ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2010

Libertador Hotel Puno
Isla Esteves S N
Puno, Peru
51 51367780

Catedral de São Sebastião

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Attraction | "Cathedral or Cooling Tower?"

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Catedral MetropolitanaThe Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro is incredibly surprising in shape and impact. When we first arrived and were told that this was a Cathedral we didn't quite know what to say. I thought it was such an ugly looking building, resembling n electricity cooling tower rather than a Cathedral. I'm not big into Cathedrals and churches but they are usually quite attractive buildings and often have an interesting history. While we had been in South America we had been into quite a number of the really ornate, ostentatious Catholic churches which were full of gold and silver statues and other gilt decorations and so this was even more of a surprise because...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Catedral de São Sebastião
Praça XV de Novembro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20010-010

Iguazu Falls

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Attraction | "This Must Be one of the New 7 Natural Wonders"

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The Iguacu Falls are part of the Iguacu National Parks on both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides and are designated UNESCO World heritage sites since 1984 and 1986 respectively.On our first day we enjoyed the Upper (or Superior) walk and we were treated to our first sight of these amazing waterfalls. During the walks we were also lucky enough to see a badger-like creative called a Cotymundy foraying in one d the title bins. It was a sort of cross between an anteater ad a badger but about the Size of a small dog. As we walked along we were also able to enjoy a huge variety of tropical butterflies which fluttered around us and even landed on us with their wings opening and shutting to disp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Iguazu Falls
Puerto Iguazú
Iguazu, Argentina

Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco)

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Attraction | "Bolivia's Hidden City"

Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Tiwanaku is about 50 miles west of La Paz and near the south-eastern shore of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco or Tihuanacu) has the Pre – Columbian ruins which were the capital of the state for over 500 years and are in the process of being excavated. The city dates back as far as 1500BC but it is between 300BC and 300AD that Tiwanaku is thought to have been a religious pilgrimage centre and at the height of its importance. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site administered by the Bolivian government. Prior to this there have been a number of archaeological investigations, some more sensitive than others. The price of entry to the site is much less for Bolivians than fore...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco)
Near Shores Of Lake Titicaca
Bolivia, South America

La Paz (General)

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A FEW FACTS:La Paz is the capital of Bolivia which is a land locked country next to Peru in South America. It is one of the poorest South American countries but this I no way detracts from its charm as a country to visit.Strangely in La Paz the wealthier you are the closer to the bottom of the valley in La Paz is where you live. The poorer people live higher up the mountain sides and so get the best views, I'm not sure why this is whether they were closer to the river initially or what but I found it quite odd.LA PAZ AT LAST:The first view of the city of La Paz is breath taking. Quite literally as it is about 4,000m (12,008 ft) high and is the world's hi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2010

Copocabana

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Attraction | "Blessing Cars with Beer, Wine and Flowers"

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We crossed the border between Peru and Bolivia on land. We walked to the Peru passport office and were stamped out of Peru then walked a few yards to be stamped into Bolivia. We got on a bus that took us to Copacabana. Now while it shares the same name with the famous Brazilian beach of Rio de Janiero, Copacabana Bolivia couldn't be more different. It is small town lying on the shores of Lake Titicaca and so it is Bolivia’s main beach resort. Bolivia of course has no sea shore so this is the nearest they get to a beach.The huge cathedral or basilica dominates the town is a highlight of Copacabana it was built around the 17th century it is considered one of the finest in Bolivia. When...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2010

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)

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Attraction | "Floating Islands"

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Puno and the Uros IslandsLake Titicaca is 3,812 m above sea level which makes it the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. It is also the largest lake in South America in volume of water and the deepest point of the lake measures 284m . It lies in both Peru and Bolivia and Lake Titicaca is fed by rainfall and from glaciers on the Andean Sierras. Five major river systems also feed into Lake Titicaca; these are the Ramis, Coata, Ilave, Huancané, and Suchez rivers.Lake Titicaca is one of the nominees for the New Seven Wonders, natural wonders. If you haven't heard of the New 7 Wonders website the go and have a look. They have recently come up with a New 7 wonders list of man mad...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)
Lake Titicaca
Puno, Peru

Corcovado

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Attraction | "One of the New 7 Wonders of the World"

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The famous iconic statue of Christ the redeemer blessing the city of Rio with his open arms is about 30 metres high and is on the top of the Corcovado Hill which is about 700metres high so it can be seen from many parts of Rio on a clear day. Once you are up on the Corcovado hill standing under the statue you have the most wonderful 360° view of the city of Rio de Janeiro provided there are no clouds hovering over the statue. The statue was designed by the Brazilian artist Heitor da Silva Costa alongside the French sculptor Paul Landowski. The statue was built between the years 1926 to 1931 from donated funds. Mr da Silva Costa was the engineer overseeing the construction and the French sc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Corcovado
Rua Cosme Velho 513
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22241-090
+55 21 5581329

Exploring Cusco

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Attraction | "Cusco, a Charming High Altitude Town"

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Cusco is a beautiful city in south-eastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range (its altitude is around 3,300 m (10,800 ft). It is the former Inca capital city of Peru and was also the Colonial Spanish capital for many years. It is the capital of the Cusco Region and the Cusco Province. The city has a population of 348,935 which is triple the figure of 20 years ago. It has narrow cobbled streets and wonderful Spanish architecture and there is something of interest around every corner.We flew into Cusco from Puerto Maldonado with LAN Air. We were met at the airport and taken to our hotel - The Libertador Palacio Del Inka While we were checking in we w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2009

Exploring Cusco
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru 00 51
0051 84 273693

Nazca Lines

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Attraction | "Flying High Over a World Mystery"

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Review of the flight over the Nazca Lines with Air Condor.We took a trip organised through Kuoni as an ‘add on’ to our South American panorama tour. We flew into Lima two days before the main tour and took this trip on the day after we arrived.We were picked up from our hotel at 6am which was interesting after our flight from the UK the day before – but we did it. Our guide was delightful and showed us the sea front of Lima as well as geological information about the rocks we could see on the way out as well as commenting on the crops grown along the way and various other interesting points about Peru generally. The driver was excellent and drove safely and sensibly at all time...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2009

Nazca Lines
Nazca Desert in Southern Peru
Nazca, Peru