Brazil & Peru!
Katy and I spent December in South America. Exploring the Amazon has been a life long dream and I was giddy like a little kid on Christmas morning to get to be there. We explored the River and it’s tributaries by way of a classic 19th century style boat and did some hiking in the rain forest, looking for critters. Piranhas aren’t particularly easy to catch, but we managed to fish up a bucket full and cooked ‘em up for dinner. Dang good eatin’! In Rio De Janeiro we visited Ipanema Beach, went to a Paul McCartney concert, and visited the “Christ The Redeemer” statue, one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. Aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer train we rode through the high Andes Mountains of Peru, sometimes reaching dizzying altitudes of 16K feet. With our own cabin, a dining car, and a saloon car complete with a guy playing grand piano, we were livin’ in high style. The train eventually delivered us to Machu Picchu, fulfilling one of Katy’s life long dreams. We adore Latin America, from Mexico all the way down; the people, the scenery and architecture, food, music. What’s not to love?