Author Archives: Simon

Accommodation / Central and South America

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans – Part III

Peruvian Lady Fishing in the Reed Beds Around Uros on Lake Titicaca (©

Part of a trip to the Andes of Peru should include Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Uros. And a visit to the world’s highest navigable lake would not be complete without a cultural visit that includes an overnight stay with a family on the island Amantani and a tour of Taquile.  But if […]

Central and South America / Travel

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans Part II

The Main Terrace of Machu Picchu as the Sun Crests the Surrounding Mountains (©

After joining up with the Great Escape Publishing (GEP) photography group and spending some time in Cusco we made excursions into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to visit various villages that had something special to offer. Of course our ultimate goal was a visit to Machu Picchu.

Central and South America / Travel

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans

Dying Alpaca Yarn the Traditional Way in Chinchero ((©

Tossing and turning in my bed and struggling to get enough air into my lungs I finally had to admit that even after a full week in Cusco I had still not completely acclimatized to the altitude.


Why There are No New Posts

Hi this is Simon. I am sure that many of you are wondering why you have not seen any new posts from Penny, recently. Unfortunately, Penny has landed in one of the intensive care units (SICU) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital, Chapel Hill, with an extremely severe case of pneumonia. She was […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 8:

No Longer Down in the Mouth ~ by Simon Well time has flown by, and it has been almost a year since I wrote about one of our prime motivations for our first visit to Panama to attend to some dental work. It is time to write the long overdue followup that I promised that […]