Trujillo

Trujillo is the first city on the coast of Peru I´ve visited and has mostly pre-inca sights to show for itself. Most of these sights are adobe cities, which need a certain amount (read “a lot”) of imagination to restore them to their former glory or to actually even distinguish them from a random hill in the countryside. The excavations going on ontop or inside of them are usually a good indication as can be seen on the side. (This is el Brujo or rather used to be) Continue reading

Huaraz

Huaraz is known as the hiker´s paradise and came highly recommended by just about any (French, they are all French) tourist I met on my way so I decided to change my plans and drive up north.

This is easier said than done, the decision came with a 40h bus ride from Cabanconde to Huaraz, by the end of which I was barely able to stand on my feet much less think straight due to sleep deprivation. Arriving in Huaraz I immediately booked myself on a one day trip to a laguna, which I probably wouldn´t have done if I had still been thinking. Continue reading

Colca Canon

I am not even going to pretend that visiting the Colca Canon and the oasis at its very lowest point ever seemed like a good idea. However, it was something that came highly recommended and something I really wanted to do.

The drive from Arequipa down into the Canon already was spectacular. At the beginning of the valley a lot of terrasses are still being used for agriculture. I passed through Yanque, where I met a nice guard that told me how the town came to switch canyonsides (the Spanish decided it would be easier to handle if Yanque lay on the opposite side and moved the town over). Continue reading

Machu Picchu – the lost city

What to say about Machu Picchu what hasn’t been said yet? It is amazing, it is beautiful, it is unique and it has A LOT OF stairs.

After doing our trail,we stayed one night in Agua Calientes and took the bus up the next morning to Machu Picchu, we arrived just in time to see the sun rise and slowly bath the ruins in light. Very amazing. Continue reading

inka-flat

This is a little personal rant. While I do appreciate that the Inka´s left us with an insane amount of very beautiful ruins, I do however lament that noone dropped by and helped them invent the wheel, it would´ve made visiting their left overs so much easier. Continue reading

Salkantay Trek

Where to start… I couldn’t tell you, everything was amazing and it was an incredible experience (shared by many many other hikers, yet without getting the impression of being overrun by people)

So after spending some time in Cusco I decided to do a trek known as the Salkantay trek, it is essentially four days of hiking starting in a little town called Mollepata and moving up to the Pass between the two mountains Huamantay and Salkantay, from there it is a long walk town into the cloud forest, before you start following an inka-trail, which of course, is uphill. I don’t know how, but inka roads seem to always be uphill, in both directions. Continue reading

The sacred valley

A little further outside of Cusco, there is a plentitude of bigger and more complete sights. They are congregrated in what is called the sacred valley and are also part of the afore mentioned boleto.

As we only had two more days together it was a tough choice which of the sights we should visit and which we (or rather he, as I did most of the ones later on by myself) should skip. Continue reading

cusco

Here I am again after a longer silence, there was just so much happening at once that I didn´t have time for internet. Peru is just an amazing country full of life and opportunities to have the time of your life.

I arrived in Cusco about two weeks ago and happened to bump into another mad person that did the 22h of bus travel from Ayacucho to Cusco. We decided to visit Cusco together. Continue reading

Ayacucho – city of uncountable churches

Ayacucho claims to have  a church for every year in Jesus life, in fact there are several more. That´s how the town is introduced in my travel guide and in fact there is an aboundance of churches in town.

However since I only stayed there one and a half days, I got no chance to visit them as they were already closed when I arrived in the afternoon and the next day was a holiday, so that the churches couldn´t be visited either. I did take loads of pictures of their outsides though. Continue reading

Huancavelica

Huancavelica was a tough choice to make, but I’m glad I chose the way I did. The city is currently in strike over university funds or the absence thereof. The protest turned violent shortly last week, but everything had calmed down by the time I reached Huancayo and the road blocks were dismantled. Anybody I asked there (and I asked a lot of people) told me not to worry and just go. So that´s what I did and I loved every minute of it. Continue reading