Wednesday/Thursday Feb 22/23, 2011


All good things come to an end. And, from this point on, it was (literally) downhill all the way for our very satisfied Mad Midlifers: a return train-journey along the Sacred Valley … a couple more nights (plus a city-tour and some alpaca-shopping) in Cuzco … a short flight back to sea-level and Lima … a longer three-and-a-half hour flight to Santiago (Chile) … a 4-to-5 hour sit-around at the airport (yawn) … and, finally, a 13-and-a-half hour flight to Auckland (arriving while you were still asleep, at 4:40am Thursday morning).

Phew, what an adventure we’ve had! And what stories we’ve got to tell! We’ve seen so much, done so much, learned so much, gained so much and laughed so much that we don’t know where to put it all!



P.S. If following this travel diary has whet YOUR appetite and got you thinking, “Hey, I’d like to go on one of these Mad Midlife adventures!” … click on the TOURS list/logos on the right of this page, and read all about our upcoming schemes and dreams. Or go to our website: http://www.johncooney.co.nz. Or phone our travel colleague and booking agent, Roger Glynan (Lion World Travel) – tollfree 0800 277 477.

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

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