Author Archives: Nicole

Is Lima Peru worth a stop?

Is Lima Peru worth a trip? The short answer is YES! I know a lot of people only stop in Lima because that’s where their international flight arrives and then it is onto Cusco. As I have said before there

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Peru Hop – The best way to see Peru

Everyone comes to Peru to see Machu Picchu but did you know that Peru has a lot more to offer? I was looking for a way to explore all of Peru while still heading from La Paz to Lima as

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Paracas my favourite little city in Peru

There is so much more to Peru than Lima and Cusco Paracas is the second biggest tourist attraction in Peru after Cusco and with good reason. It is a cute town a few hours outside of Lima and the main

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Huacachina – dune buggy and sand boarding in Peru

Huacachina is the cutest little oasis town in Peru. This small city has between 100-200 residents but its main attraction is the sand dunes surrounding the lake. We set out at 4pm to ride a dune buggy up and down

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Colca Canyon – a day trip from Arequipa Peru

When I arrived in Arequipa there was one things I wanted to do – visit the Colca Canyon and see Condors. Its an early start today the day with pickups between 3-3.30am and then a three hour drive to Chivay

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Three year blogaversary

Today marks three years of my Travelgal Nicole blog. Happy blogaversary! May is my blogaversary and I started my blog in 2014 about a year before I headed to Africa for six months. I wanted a way to showcase my

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Machu Picchu – my 6th new wonder of the world

How to get to Machu Picchu Oh Cusco, you were the little break that I needed after having travelled non stop for 7 weeks. Four days at the Tierra Viva San Blas was just what I needed as I explored

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Top Things to do in Rio

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro I knew when I booked my flight to Rio that I wanted to have plenty of time to explore the city and get a good feel for it.  I was so jealous during

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Visiting Asuncion Paraguay

When most people plan a trip to South America they usually plan on visiting Colombia or Argentina or Brazil but as I was planning this trip it felt wrong to leave out Paraguay an often overlooked country.  I decided I

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Valparaiso a three day itinerary

Valparaiso

What to do and see in Valparaiso Most people go to Valparaiso on a day trip from Santiago or as a cruise stop. But I think Valparaiso is worth a couple day visit and I wanted to slow down my

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