Chile was a revelation. We decided to attend a Davis Cup tie between the US and Chile in Santiago. While there, why not see more of the country? We spent five weeks in February – March 2011 there, split between (Rapa Nui) Easter Island, Patagonia and Santiago. That skinny country has everything, dramatic mountains, deserts, islands, fjords, stunning architecture.
This entire adventure began with Machu Picchu as the goal. And what an adventure it was. Our route was brilliant, no tourists until we got to Machu Picchu, day after day of stunning scenery, marvelous food, a perfectly paced and planned trip, wonderful companions. The culmination: MACHU PICCHU which remains a mystery almost a century after being discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The complex was built in the early 1400s at an altitude of 9,060.’ Adding to its enigma, it was built, occupied and abandoned within a one hundred year period.