Peru

Snapshots from Peru

Snapshots from Peru

Freshwater dolphins swimming alongside our boat as we journeyed through Amazonian rainforest Almost stepping on a large black snake in banana plantations around Puccalpa Watching locals dancing amidst the stalls in Cuzco’s main market Taking the extortionately expensive trans Andean explorer from Puno to Cuzco Exploring one of Lima’s many art galleries Buying woven songs […]


The Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu

One week before returning to the UK we have finally cracked the budget travel thing. Five day treks along the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu vary in price from two hundred to almost six hundred dollars per person. The main justification for this discrepancy appears to be that the more expensive companies take along an […]


Culinary adventures

Culinary adventures

One of the big surprises in Peru has been the amazing quality and diversity of food available. At local markets every inch of space is crammed with fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, fish and bread. Where, as is frequently the case, the markets are built along railway lines the goods are set out on the tracks […]


Ayahuasca – conclusion

Ayahuasca - conclusion

It’s three days since the last ceremony took place, and we’re now in Cuzco.  I’ve done a lot of thinking about my experiences this week, and thought I would attempt to sum it all up.  This may be a rather premature conclusion, given that the effects of the medicine apparently continue to work for some […]


Ayahuasca ceremony 3

Ayahuasca ceremony 3

As I lay on my mat, listening to the shaman blessing the bottle, counting down the minutes until I would have to take my final dose, I found myself gripped by apprehension.  I was dreading swallowing the foul liquid, and sure enough, when my cup came round, my throat instinctively tightened up, and I almost […]


Ayahuasca ceremony 2

Ayahuasca ceremony 2

The next night, we assembled in the maloka once more.  I was dreading drinking the brew, and my stomach felt knotted up with anxiety at the memory of the taste.  When it came, though, I swallowed it quickly, took a gulp of water, then rinsed my mouth out as quickly as possible, relieved not to […]


Ayahuasca ceremony 1

Ayahuasca ceremony 1

We arrived in Puccalpa late on Saturday, after a delay of several hours. Within twenty minutes, we had our bags, had met Jill, one of the retreat owners, and were in a moto taxi to the port. An hour later, we were in the communal kitchen area, sitting down to our first dinner- a lovely […]


Welcoming ….

Welcoming ....

    … two new people to this amazing world. Laura Grace Gilbert, and Arthur Alexander Freimanis (These flamingos are the  nearest we have to a picture of a stork)


Welcome to the jungle

Welcome to the jungle

This is the last blog post for seven days or so, as today we fly to Puccalpa, in the Amazon jungle, for a week long retreat with Tierra Vida Healing centred upon three ayahuasca ceremonies. I first heard of ayahuasca from a good friend last year. Also known as ‘vine of the soul’, ayahuasca is […]



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