In my previous posts, I’ve written about my trip to Peru, including the journey towards Colca Valley. Colca Valley has been described as “the valley of wonders” and I completely agree. As we traveled from Arequipa to the Colca Valley, we experienced views of farming villages that looked like pieces of a beautiful puzzle set in the distance.
I’ve recently been in contact with a friend who just came back from a 6 month holiday in South America. It made me remember the most epic experience that I had in Peru; trekking the Inca trail for 4 days to get to Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas!
I couldn’t possibly explain everything about my experience on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in just one post, so I have decided to write about my favourite parts of the journey. Continue reading “Come on an epic adventure to the lost city of the Incas; Machu Picchu!”
Hello readers and fellow bloggers! I wanted to take some time to write about my favourite city in Peru; Arequipa. Arequipa is a beautiful city that lies in the Andes mountains at an altitude of 2,335 meters (7,661 ft) and is watched over by the beautiful El Misti volcano. You can see El Misti from almost anywhere in Arequipa, almost as if it was a living thing that protected the city from danger. To the people of Arequipa, the mountains are like Gods that are treasured and worshiped. Continue reading “A place behind the volcanoes”
Good evening everyone! I thought that I would pick up from my previous post about Peru and talk about our journey to Colca Valley; a region which, at its highest point, is 16,100 ft above sea level. This was one of the most difficult parts of the trip for me because I am not used to being in such high altitude. As we climbed higher and higher up the mountains, I felt myself feel slightly ill. The air was extremely thin and I found myself momentarily gasping for air.
However, the bus journey was half the fun! We’d be sitting on that bus for hours watching the scenery change from desert to snow-capped mountains. Continue reading “Sometimes the journey is as good as the destination”
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In my previous post, I wrote about my time on Lake Titicaca and standing on the Floating Islands of Uros. We traveled to these islands by boats that were made out of reeds but then also hopped back onto our motor boat so that we could make it to our next destination, a short visit to the Island of Taquile. Continue reading “My Inca Family”
During a visit to the Floating Islands of Uros in Lake Titicaca, Peru, we met the wonderful Uru people. Many years ago, the Uru people were too poor to buy land or pay taxes but that did not stop them from making a life for themselves. They created these islands out of totora reeds which were placed together in order to create a larger block of land. This meant that they lived on islands strong enough to build a community on but would shift down or upstream whenever the wind changed direction. After a big storm, they’d jump in their boats, attach the ropes to the side of their island, and drag the island back to its’ usual Continue reading “Standing on a floating island”are so resourceful.
During our Peruvian adventures a few years ago, we did some pretty exciting things like quad biking in the mountains and flying over the Nazca Lines via a small aircraft. This post will touch upon the historical sites that we visited when in the deserts of Peru so although full of adventure, reader beware that there are some “not so pretty” pictures in this post! I will still take you through the exciting adventures of our sand buggy journey through the Nazca Desert but will also show you the sites of the ancient Nazca Cemetery (there will be a few pictures of mummies). I’ll even give you a glimpse of my first scary experience while in a foreign land! Continue reading “And all around is the desert”
Peru is one of those countries where you can travel an hour and be immersed in a completely different culture and environment. As part of our tour in Peru a few years, we chose the optional flight across the Nazca lines. The Nazca lines are large geoglyphs in the middle of the Nazca Desert of Peru. These large geoglyphs are ancient pictures that are etched into the mountains and span across tens of kilometres. This is why the best way to see the Nazca lines is by light aircraft. Continue reading “View of the Nazca Lines, Peru, from a very small aircraft!”
Rick and I were just getting used to Peru when we first set our eyes on Pisco, the town that we stayed in for our first big adventure in Peru. We stayed with our tour group in a bed and breakfast place, where you could hear waves crashing against the shore as we slept. That night, we dined on traditional Peruvian foods such as ceviche (raw marinated seafood) and washed it down with Pisco sours; a lime based shot specially formulated by the Peruvians. Continue reading “I came close to a sea lion in the Peruvian Galapagos”
On a holiday in Peru a few years ago, I was supposed to do something relaxing in Cusco like get a massage and then go horse back riding in Sacred Valley, but I just wanted to live a little dangerous this time. When I visit a new country, my rule is to try new activities and do as they do. So, it was fun to jump onto a quad bike and practice driving one around a seemingly easy stretch of grassland. Continue reading “The rule is that there are no rules”