Our last stop on the Peloponnese Road Trip was in the majestic town of Delphi. Situated in the mountains the views are stunning and well worth a trip. Oh, in case you had any doubt, the gyros are awesome!
Described as a Castle that Gandalf would love by one blogger; we have to agree Methoni Castle is a pretty impressive site. For only 2 Euros per adult (kids were free) we got to wander around this fabulous site.
The little village of Marathopoli on the west coast is a great spot for day trips around the countryside. It is a popular tourist area with little cafes, restaurants, a grocery store and two bakeries. We went to the Palace of Nestor, the Archaeological Museum of Chora and then drove down to the Voidokilia beach all in a day.
We wanted to do a road trip and also see a couple of islands. After doing an assessment of our time available (based on reservations in South Africa – our next destination) we chose to concentrate on the road tirip to the Peloponnese. The first leg was from Athens, through Corinth, to Nafplio. We actually stayed in a small town called Drepano which is along the Agean Sea.
The Acropolis is a beautiful site to visit and explore the rich history of Ancient Greece. The signage was fairly good so no need to hire a guide but it would be worthwhile to brush up on your history so you have a better idea of what you are looking at. The entrance was 20 Euros per adult and free for the kids. It was worth a one day visit on top of our touring around Athens.
As the last days of our time in Nicaragua faded we were looking at options on where to go next. I had seen enough of South and Central America that I wanted to see something different. We were thinking Spain or Portugal as they are generally cheap destinations – budget travel, remember? Our family meeting ended with general agreement to go to Greece (although one voted to go home – take a guess!) and what a smart decision it was! The only funny part was the cheapest airfare to get there was routing through Toronto so we spent three days in rainy/cold Toronto to replenish some necessities, meet up with my brother Don, and get ready for a long flight to Greece.
We left the fresh mountain air of Quito, Ecuador and headed North by airplane to Central America landing in Panama City, Panama. To avoid the onslaught of the taxi drivers and haggling wars we went with an Uber ride. Aside from needing WIFI to access the Uber app, which meant staying close to the terminal, it worked like a charm.
Planning our trip around the world we asked the kids for input into what they may want to see. Hannah immediately suggested a trek in the Amazon jungle. Her thoughts conjured up machete hacking through mosquito infested jungles in the dense heat of the Amazon River and finding lost peoples and ferocious wildlife. Okay, so we weren’t as adventurous as all that. But we still had an amazing time …
Quito is a popular destination for tourists as it is the jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands and for travels deeper into South America. There is a big mix of all types of tourists – heavy on the backpackers but also mainstream tourists as well. With a population over 2 million it is a sprawling warren of houses of all different types. We enjoyed the well paved highway from the airport to the Holiday Inn which only cost $25USD. A similar ride in Canada would be about three times the price.
Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978, the city of Quito is situated in the mountains 2850m above sea level and is very picturesque. With a total of eight days in the city we wandered about the old city and some of the more affluent parts. We always felt safe and only when we were out late at night to get our ride to the Amazon did we notice the seedier side of life.
We were bums as mentioned in previous posts as we did not make it to the equator museum or the Galapagos … next time.
Who wouldn’t want to see an ancient Inca temple? We know Machu Picchu from popularity but what is it really?