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Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

Mother/Daughter Travel We thought we were prepared, but we really weren’t. Our first glimpse of the colossal pre-Columbian city, standing regally under a piercingly blue sky, moved us emotionally and physically. We were both surprised by our reaction to the 15th-century Inca site  perched almost 8,000 feet above sea level. My 21-year-old daughter Annalyse draped […]

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Peru 101: Fun Facts We Learned in Peru

Peru 101: Fun Facts We Learned in Peru

My family and I always learn so much on a trip, especially if we have a good guide. On our recent Peru trip, Ernesto, our very-well educated, and friendly guide, gave us A crash course in Pre-Columbian History and Andean cultures. Story telling makes history come alive and Disney guides do an exceptional job of […]

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Machu Picchu’s siren call- to stand at the top of the world

Machu Picchu’s siren call- to stand at the top of the world

It was a feeling that I yearned for. To stand on top of a mountain in the cool silence of dawn. Cliché? Perhaps. But nevertheless, I was certain that there were few moments in life more satisfying than that stillness.                                             And at last, after years of fantasizing, there I sat in an unassuming patch of […]

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Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Lots of trips to Machu Picchu and the other South American destinations stop in Lima for 8-18 hours.  When my husband and trekked in Peru many years ago — Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Blanca — we too had a long lay-over in Lima.  Recently I returned to Lima en route to Easter Island and discovered […]

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National Geographic Radio: Hear the inside story about Rapa Nui – Easter Island

National Geographic Radio: Hear the inside story about Rapa Nui – Easter Island

My interview with Boyd Matson, National Geographic Radio, XM Radio, NPR  is streamed on the National Geographic Website and is available on itunes. The question I’m asked the most is: Where is Easter Island? In the middle of nowhere, no really, it’s roughly equal distance from Tahiti and Peru and Chile, at 29′ South latitude. […]

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Shorter Flights from Peru to Easter Island

Shorter Flights from Peru to Easter Island

How remote is it? Close enough for a several day “add-on” to a trip to Peru Easter Island, known as Rapa Nui (pronounced Rapa New-ee) is known as one of the most remote inhabited island in the world, and a five-star world heritage site. New direct LAN flights from Peru just made the trip easier […]

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Where in the World is Easter Island? A Speck in the Pacific Ocean

Where in the World is Easter Island? A Speck in the Pacific Ocean

The coast of Chile and Peru is 2,400 miles and a 5-6 hour flight away and just about as far from Tahiti in the other direction. The nearest inhabited island is Pitcairn, 1,200 miles to the west(of HMS Bounty and Mutiny fame). Native Eastern Islanders, or Rapa Nuians, called their home the Navel of the […]

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