From Coconuts to Condors

A book on unforgettable travel adventures during a trip to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.

An extract from this book

"They’re going to throw those!” David said urgently. Carol was just assuring him that he was worrying unnecessarily when the first stones came hurtling across at the party. Our official City Guide immediately retaliated by picking up cobble stones himself and hurling them back at the youths…”

...This was just one of many unexpected incidents, such as having to sleep in a blood-spattered hotel room or being served a meal of inedible Ilama meat followed by fizzy fruit salad, that made this trip to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia so unforgettable.

Find out more: From Coconuts to Condors

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  1. I should really appreciate your opinion of my book - constructive criticism only, please.

    I have already been told that the photographs would have been better in colour but as this would have added £2.00 to the price of the book, I chose to have them printed in black and white to keep the price as low as possible.

    It has also been suggested that a map would have been useful and I will bear this in mind for the future.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  2. As a fellow traveller to the Andes, I have much enjoyed 'From Coconuts to Condors'. I don't actually mind the photos being in black and white, as I can visualise the locations from Valerie's excellent descriptive writing. I have also enjoyed the fact that the book is well written, in the correct tense, and with proper puntuation!
    Having only been to Peru, I now want to visit both Brazil and Bolivia! Thank you Valerie

  3. Sorry, Valerie- managed to spell 'punctuation' wrongly. Mea maxima culpa. Gill

  4. We enjoyed this book because it conveys the reality of travel in these countries and the everyday issues facing the traveller. Too many travel books tend to present a 'tourist board' image of a location which is very different from the practical experience of the average visitor. Problems, hiccups and the unexpected help one to understand and appreciate a country much more. This is why the lack of colour photos doesn't matter. This book is a real journal of an exciting and challenging venture and not just a 'puff' for the South American tourism industry. Well worth reading.


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