Huanchaco

When typing these blog updates we have always been conscious of not making you all overly jealous, what with the great weather, delicious cheap food and amazing scenery. But as we have less than 3 weeks left, and because this blog entry ultimately will make you anything but jealous, I have to tell you that…

Kuelap

Due to our early arrival in Lima we had the chance to add some extra activities to our “itinery”. Time on the beach was first to be added but as we were heading to northern Peru we couldn’t turn down a chance to see the lesser known of Peru’s finest ruins, Kuelap.¬†All plans have a…

A Quick Update (again)

Hola! Since Mancora we have been to look at a rather impressive pre-inca fortress, endured a few scary bus journeys and we are now lounging at a beach resort on the Pacific coast for our last few days in Peru. If we can tear ourselves away from the pool and sunbathing we will get an…

Mancora

After journeying through the Andes and beyond for 3 weeks we decided we wanted to relax on a beach for a bit. We chose Mancora in the tropical north. Our time there would be plenty relaxing but would nearly end in disaster. The journey to Mancora was one of our best. The bus was the…

Lima, Peru

Lima is the capital city of Peru and is located on the coast. As such it was our first time at low altitude since Santa Cruz. We considered running a marothon but none were arranged whilst we were there. The city was founded by the Spanish when they arrived and is now home to a…

Machu Picchu

To visit the ruined Inca city of Machu Picchu has long been a dream for the both of us. Just to see a photograph of its beautiful grass covered terracing and its impossible location is awe inspiring. Not a lot is known about Machu Picchu. It was built at some point in the 15th century…

How to get to Machu Picchu on the cheap

There are a few different ways to get to Machu Picchu. The traditional way is to walk the Inca Trail, the original Inca route to the city. If you have read more than a couple of our blog entries you will know that we don’t do traditional by any stretch of the imagination. Thus we…

Cusco and The Sacred Valley

We had a fantastic time in Bolivia and the country gave us quite a send off. Brass band style outside our hostel window at 11pm on our last night. The band were actually quite good, although the one tune they played became a little repetitive so we weren’t too upset when they moved off down…

Lake Titicaca

After a 4 hour bus ride including one ferry crossing we reached the town of Copacabana near the border between Bolivia and Peru. Lake Titicaca is a source of great pride for Bolivia and quite rightly so. It is the world’s largest high altitude lake and sits at 3,808 metres above sea level. The Bolivian…

La Paz a La Paz a La Paz….

…shout the Bolivian woman at the bus stations. La Paz really is a sight to behold. The homes of its 800,000 plus inhabitants cling to the sides of the hills and mountains that surround it on all sides. The higher they go the more impossibly steep they seem. Given its altitude of 3,600 metres or…

Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Samaipata

The tossing of a coin to choose our next destination was admittedly not the most scientific way of moving forward. And with hindsight we wish the coin had landed on the other side. The journey to Cochabamba was at night and the bus wasn’t the greatest. When it comes to travelling at night we have…