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[Monterosso, Italy] Today’s entry will be very short – I’ll let the views do all the talking. The Cinque Terre (meaning the Five Lands) is a remote section of the Italian Riviera. There isn’t a museum or a Vespa in sight – just sunshine, sea, beach (pebbles, not sand, but still) and wine. The five villages comprising the Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso Al Mare. They are all… Read More

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[Arequipa, Peru] Our transport to Arequipa was another bus ride with guided tours of sights along the way. Our first stop was Lagunillas lake, which, in the winter time, is home to Chillean pink flamingos. We could only observe them from afar, but the landscape was still beautiful. We made a couple of other stops to admire glaciers and volcanoes along the way. Before veering off to Arequipa, we drove by Pampa… Read More

[Puno, Peru] Anther day, another early morning. I am going to need a vacation from this trip! To cover the 400 km (250 miles) from Cuzco to Puno, we opted for a bus with a guided tour of some of the most notable sights along the way. This was by far the longest option – it was going to take us 10 hours to cover the distance with all the stops –… Read More