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Our Brazil and Peru Tours

My philosophy has always been that life is too short to do things you don’t enjoy, and too short to be missing out on doing things you do want to do. That is why I built my business in the way I did – so that it would free me up to do what I want to do. Our Brazil and Peru tours were interesting - but huge. Everytime we went to a new place, it was a full day’s traveling.

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Noel Swanson
So that was it, a full month in South America, and then back to BVI to board our boat. A great adventure.
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Noel Swanson
The final stop was the Amazon at Puerto Maldonado, elevation about 200 meters – yet 2,000 km from the sea. Now, here was the biggest surprise. Here we were, in the Amazon rain forest, just 12 …
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Noel Swanson
Finally we arrived at Machu Picchu – and it is just as spectacular as in the photos. We also climbed up Waynu Picchu, which was steep, but not too bad until the very last bit where it is …
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Noel Swanson
The trail was fairly straight forward, including the second day which took us back up to 4,200 meters again, to cross the Dead Woman's Pass. Along the way we saw numerous Inca terraces and buildings, …
In the Amazon rain forest
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Noel Swanson
Here was our first surprise – we had a private tour, just the two of us – plus SIX porters and our guide, Marco Antonio. The guides carried our stuff, put up our tents, and cooked us …
First sight of Machu Picchu
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Noel Swanson
First visiting the Sacred Valley, we then went to Ollantaytambo to start the Inca trail.
Breakfast at the top of the Inca Trail
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Noel Swanson
On the bus ride from the town of Puno (Lake Titicaca) we visited some Inca sites and then arrived at the Inca capital, Cusco. Of course, this is now 75% tourist driven, but still a pleasant town of …
Dancing at the Lake Titicaca Party
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Noel Swanson
We stated overnight with a family on Amantani island, and walked up to the peak of Pacha Mama, 4,200 feet. Then we donned native clothes and went to a party. The weather was curious – the …
Cheering for Brazil's victory over Chile at the World Cup
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Noel Swanson
From there we started our Peru tour – the floating islands of Uros in Lake Titicata, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is huge – and 3,800 meters high. The floating islands are …
Floating past caymans in the Pantanal, Brazil
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Noel Swanson
Brazil and Peru were interesting - but huge. Everytime we went to a new place, it was a full day’s traveling. We first went to Campo Grande, where we met someone who introduced us to Pousada …

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