Villa de Leyva

They say a change is as good as a holiday. So after a few days in Bogotá we vacated our cute little apartment and with Laura and Lee driving us, we headed out into the countryside to the north east towards Villa de Leyva, a beautiful colonial town with historic importance dating not just to…

Sunday in Bogotá

We had seen the enthusiasm of Bogotá’s cyclists the day before but we noticed Sunday was every bit as busy as we walked around Usaquen. We had enjoyed brunch with Laura’s family at a lovely restaurant. I had been surprised to see ‘Australian breakfast’ on the menu. And yes it included the inevitable smashed avocado…

Chingaza National Park hike

We were really pleased when Lee and Laura suggested a hike in Chingaza, one of Colombia’s National Parks within driving distance of Bogotá to the east. The night before we made some sandwiches to carry with us. It took a while to make our way out of the city because a lot of locals like…

Bogotá beginnings

Apart from ticking off the Galápagos Islands and Chilean Patagonia from our travel list the main reason we had come to South America was to catch up with our son Lee and his girlfriend Laura in her home city of Bogotá in Colombia. We arrived after dark and were met by Lee and Laura. From…

Galápagos cruise, day 5

Monday 15th January We awoke to a bell at 5:30 to find ourselves in a calm sheltered area next to Archipel 1. Most of our group embarked in the zodiacs for our final excursion to Bachas Beach. It was a wet landing! Once on the beach we dried our feet with small towels we had…

Galápagos cruise, day 3

Saturday 13th January I wake about 4:30. It appears we have finished our navigation and we are in another bay. I drift in and out of sleep until Karen wakes. We rise about 6:50 in time for another delicious buffet breakfast. At 8:00 we board the pangas (zodiacs) and head off for our first activity.…