Lima

Somehow I wasn’t thinking when I planned my stay in Lima. Even though I did stay there for 4 days, I did not get to visit many museums or do a lot of things. This was mostly due to the fact that the first two days were the inauguration of the president and the national holiday, while the last two days were a week-end. Some of the sights in Lima weren’t open at all in those 4 days. I did however manage to visit some museums and the city center and I had a look at the parades for the inauguration and the national day the next day. Continue reading

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Chiclayo

Chiclayo, originally, was just a stop to break up a horrifying 22h bus trip from Chachapoyas to Lima. It definitely merits a visit in its own rights though.
The city itself is not very reknown, however the closeby archeological site of Sipan, Lambayeque and Tucume are world famous. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – Gocta

On my last day, I went to see a water fall. Locals claim that this is the third highest water fall in the world, with a total height of 771. The real height was only determined in 1996, when a group of scientists came to measure the length of the fall. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – La Congena

After visiting Kuelap, I decided that it would be fun to see what Kuelap may have looked like before restauration took place. La Congena is supposedly the most impressive unrestaured ruin in the surrounding. The very nice person from the tourist agency explained  to me how to get to Leimebamba indepedently and which buses to take. The options listed in my travel guide ( leave at 8pm, return at 3am, so almost 3days) sounded somewhat unthrilling. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – Kuelap

On my second day in Chachapoyas, I decided to do their best known attraction, known as the fortress of Kuelap. Although nobody really knows whether it was a fortress or not.

The entire region is part of the cloud forest, in which the Chachapoya, a tribe about which little is yet known, once lived until the Inca came to make them part of their empire. Kuelap is their biggest known site and although the best promoted and restaured one. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – Karajias

My, almost, last stop on my road through Peru was Chachapoyas. A small town in the northern mountains of Peru, that is just starting to market some of its incredible sights for tourism and most of what can be seen is “going to be analysed by archeologist in 2012”, meaning there is not always a wealth of information available. Nevertheless guides are usually very enthusiastic and will happily share with you all that is known at this point in time. Continue reading

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