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Peru Hop Route
DECEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Peru is the Peruvian New SOL (I will refer to them as P$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = P$3.36. We (my sister Diane, my brother-in-law Jeff, and I) had completed our tour of Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley. And, our tour of Lake Titicaca. We ended up in La Paz, Bolivia. It was, now, time to make our way back to Lima on Peru Hop … PERU HOP: We had already used Peru Hop to get from Cusco to La Paz. We paid US$219 each for […]

La Paz to Lima – Peru Hop – Journey


DECEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Peru is the Peruvian New SOL (I will refer to them as P$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = P$3.36. The currency in Bolivia is the Boliviano (I will refer to them as B$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = B$6.90.  We (my sister Diane, my brother-in-law Jeff, and I) had just completed our tour of Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley. It was time for us to head south to Lake Titicaca. We planned a 3 Island Tour from Puno, Peru and a Day Tour to Isla […]

Lake Titicaca – Peru & Bolivia – Information


DECEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Peru is the Peruvian New SOL (I will refer to them as P$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = P$3.38. It is impossible to do Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley cheaply. This experience is going to put a big hole in your pocket. CUSCO: We were using Cusco as our base. OUR ACCOMMODATION: There were 5 of us, so we decided to rent a 3 bedroom apartment: the Departamento Plaza San Pedro. We paid US$60 / night for 8 nights (US$480) plus a US$10 ‘Cleaning Fee’. It […]

Machu Picchu – Peru – And The Sacred Valley



GENERAL INFORMATION While Peru is very much still on the well-worn “Gringo trail,” it stands alone on the trail in terms of value. Columbia and Ecuador might be a little cheaper, but what separates Peru from their neighbors to the north is the fact that Peru has a cuisine. It has real food that’s actually unique. You go east to Brazil and prices sky-rocket, as they do in Chile to the south. Bolivia to the southeast, doesn’t have the ocean. Peru is the best value on the gringo trail if you want to experience mountains, the beach, great food, and […]

Peru


2018: Click here to read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: This video shows you what 2 GRANDPAckers can do in 1 year on (an average of) less than US$55 / EU€50 / GB£43 per day. This is, probably, my favourite year … Latin America including the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), the Salt Flats (Bolivia), Lake Titicaca (Bolivia / Peru), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Nazca (Peru): So, when are you going to start?! … TTFN

GRANDPAcking 2018


AUGUST 2019: OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Serbia is the Republic of Serbia Dinar / the RSD (I will refer to them as S$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = S$105. We have just spent 4 nights in the famous Ski Resort town of Zlatibor.We now head north to the small town of Bajina Basta … GETTING THERE: We need to get to the Bus Station in the centre of Zlatibor. I purchased my ticket to Bajina Basta the previous day to guarantee a seat. The ticket costs S$400. The bus leaves at 2:15pm. You pay an extra […]

Bajina Basta – Serbia – Information



SEPTEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 3 nights in Saraguro in a Double Room (single occupancy) at the Hostal Achik Wasi which was up on a hill about 500 metres from the town centre. I paid US$28 / night. My room was an average size and came with problematic in-room WiFi, wardrobe, cable TV (with no English Speaking channels), and a ‘Warm’ Water Ensuite (you need hot water at this time of year!). The only good thing about this place was the view … … and the […]

Vilcabamba – Ecuador – Information


AUGUST 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Ayampe at the Los Orishas. Because I use BOOKING.COM frequently, I got a ‘Genius Discount’ and paid US$17 / night (down from US$20) for a Double Room (single occupancy) with a Double Bed, ‘average’ in-room WiFi, and a Hot Water Ensuite. I paid an extra $4 / night to include Breakfast. It was located 50m from the beach. Ayampe is boring at this time of year. No people, overcast skies, and an ‘average’ beach. It was […]

Montanita – Ecuador – Information


MAY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,819 (Colombian Peso / COP). I stayed a total of 8 nights at the Hotel Veracruz in Panama City, Panama. I stayed in a Double Room for US$21.60 / night. It was a large room with 2 Double Beds and 1 Single Bed (which made the room small to walk around in). In Panama City, I took the opportunity to clear out my suitcase of rubbish and to replenish some worn out clothes. There are lots of Shopping Malls in […]

Cartagena – Colombia – Information



NOVEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: We came from Granada … where we stayed for 6 nights in the Boutique Hotel Maharaja. The hotel is located at the eastern end of Calzada Street (the main tourist street). We paid a discounted price of US$23 / night for a Twin Room.Aircon was available for an extra charge of US$10 / night … but, we just used the ceiling fan (which was perfectly adequate). Our room was next to the dipping pool and a small outdoor seating area. Our room rate included a small (insufficient) free Breakfast … which was […]

Ometepe – Nicaragua – Information


AUGUST 2016: INTRODUCTION: Well, I’ve been here nine months now and I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on what life is like for me here. So here are my thoughts about that. The Village of Ajijic: First off, let’s handle the pronunciation thing. With the exception of the “J” in Jack Daniels, “j’s” are pronounced in Spanish like an “h”.  In fact, I don’t know why they even bother to use that stupid letter – except maybe to make gringos look foolish trying to pronounce it. Anyway the village I live in is pronounced “Ah-hee-heek”. Work on that […]

Ajijic – Mexico – By Mike McSweeney


GENERIC: DONE My initial (Phase 1) around-the-world trip is done. It took just over 5 years. I am, now, in ‘Phase 2’ which sees me return to my favourite places discovered in Phase 1. In Phase 2, I will stay in each of these favourite locations for at least 1 month so that I can discover more about them. WHAT ROUTE DID I TAKE? I planned my Phase 1 route so that I was in each country at the right time to: Avoid rainy, monsoon, typhoon, and hurricane seasons; Avoid Peak Seasons in the more expensive countries; Get as much […]

Planning My Route



GENERAL INFORMATION Although the roads can be rough and the drivers slow, at least the bus network in Ecuador is comprehensive. Ecuador to / from Peru Bus:  The easiest route is the (Transportes Loja) bus from Loja, Ecuador, to Piura, Peru | 3 times daily | US$10 | 8-9 hours Flight: Cuzco to Quito one-way £350 | 4hr 50 Ecuador is a top year-round destination, but it’s best to visit the highland areas during the dry season, which is June to September. International Living provide a write up of the best beach towns. PACIFIC COAST Atacames Is the region’s primary […]

Ecuador


GENERAL INFORMATION Landlocked Bolivia is a backpackers paradise – the cost of accommodation, food and entertainment here is much cheaper than the rest of South America. It’s also one of the most interesting and indigenous countries, although it’s also estimated that 64% of the population live below the poverty line. Bolivia’s infrastructure is not built for tourists, getting around on the ground can be pricey. During wet season the roads can be difficult and the trains at night are usually considered worse than the buses. Opt for flights if you’re travelling long distances, and the bus network in Bolivia is cheap […]

Bolivia


JANUARY 2015: MULTIPLE SOURCES WERE USED TO GATHER TRAVEL COSTS: Based on the number of data points found (and how much I believed what I was reading) I set MY FLASHPACKING budget for each country (shown per day and per year). All costs are in New Zealand Dollars (as a simple rule, divide by 2 to get Pounds Sterling). COUNTRY AREA  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER YEAR  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER DAY  Average of the Averages  As an Avg of What Sites Say  As an Avg % vs NZ New Zealand Compare  $ 45,625  $ 125  $ 106  $ 106  $ 106 […]

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