Saturday April 8, 2017

We are, as you’ve probably guessed, home. We arrived back in Godzone several days ago aboard a big Latam Airlines jet. And this final belated blog is an attempt to tie up the last loose ends of our grand South America adventure.

I left you (in my previous report) at Machu Picchu. And, on the morning after our amazing encounter with the Lost City of the Incas, we had the chance to enjoy a guided ‘bird-walk’ in the cloud forest above Aguas Calientes – wandering through lush gardens, home to swarms of tiny multi-coloured fruit-eaters, fly-catchers, nectar-drinkers … the rare and beautiful Cock of the Rock (with its brilliant orange-red plumage) … and extra-tiny hummingbirds (their delicate wings doing a blurring 100 beats per second as they hover in the trees).

Wanna see more of those hummingbirds in action? Check out these short video-clips:

Later that afternoon, we trained and coached our way back along the Sacred Valley to Cuzco, an amazing colonial city built high in the Andes. Cuzco features the remains of Incan palaces and massive Inca-built walls … colonial mansions and treasure-filled churches … and cobblestoned plazas thronging with colourful Quechua Indians.

We Kiwis spent our last day in Peru touring the city’s historic highlights, strolling the streets, mingling with the locals, shopping for a few more souvenirs, and snapping another zillion photos. Finally, that evening, we enjoyed our Midlife Madness Farewell Dinner & Folklore Show at Tunupa Restaurant!

Phew, what an adventure we’ve had! And what stories we’ve got to tell!

Gracias, South America …” Thank you heaps!

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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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!


  1. Hi Coons … was the red container where the hummingbirds were drinking, full of something – it looked like they were sucking through the attached flower look alike? Just fascinated.
    Brilliant trip … great pix. Gotta be there though to get the ambiance and essence of a place aye.
    Plenty of memory making moments to dine out on for an age. 🙂 Love n Hugz Kerkys

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