Cusco – probably the best-known place during our travels thus also the most visited by people from all over the world. If you haven’t heard of Cusco I’ll only say Machu Picchu and it will ring a bell for most of you. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire about 500 years ago and therefore you can nowadays still find a lot of evidence of their existence around the city. Ruins are spread in all directions making up one tourist attraction after another demonstrating the skills and knowledge the Incas must have had in their best times to construct such buildings and temples. However, the empire wasn’t meant to last for very long. When the Incas expanded up to Quito, the possible new leader of the Incas was born there. This resulted in internal fights between the Incas based around Cusco and the ones around Quito. Weakened by this “civil war” the Incas then weren’t able to defend their land against the Spaniards that arrived in the 16th century. After the Spanish invasion Cusco had a lot of churches to offer, too, which now characterize the center of the city.Read More »
What a week! Completely stunned by the beauty of Isla del Sol, we made our way up north back to Peru and the other half of the biggest high altitude lake – Titicaca.
Our base camp was again Puno where we stayed at the hostel Ollanta Inn. The owner is a really kind man that knows a lot about the history of the country and he also gave us some recommendations about what to do with the remainder of our time in Peru.
For Titicaca we definitely wanted to see the populated islands not too far away from the shore. So one brisk morning we joined a tour that took us out to the first stop: The Floating Islands of Uros. Read More »
For all non-Spanish speakers around here: Isla del Sol = Sun island.
Sounds quite inviting, doesn’t it? We didn’t know what would await us on the Isla del Sol, an island located on the Bolivian side of the Titicaca Lake. I only read little about it which made being there even more special. I’ll tell you why in a second!Read More »
What started with an incidentally mentioned recommendation from a fellow traveler turned out to be one of our highlights of our trip: Coroico. Located North of La Paz it is a convenient tourist destination offering plenty of hikes around the region. We went straight to the little town after our Death Road adventure, because that tour ended close by. I read a little bit about it before and expected loads of people in Coroico and even though we were there over the weekend it was quite calm. Coroico lies on a very steep hill, so walking around the village either with your big backpacks or groceries can shamelessly be counted in as a workout. The benefit of the steepness however is that almost every point in the village can be used as a viewpoint to see the valleys full of “junglely” vegetation that spread around.Read More »
La Paz is quite a biggie! Especially if you come from the rural, natural jungle into this chaotic, polluted jungle of cars, high buildings and thousands of people.Read More »
The World’s Most Dangerous Road? That sounds quite badass!
Actually, I can calm you down. I didn’t do anything life-endangering or absolutely crazy. ;-)
Until a few years ago this road was the World’s Most Dangerous Road. It connected La Paz with the jungle. So all cars, buses and even trucks had to take it. Being extremely narrow it claimed many, many lives. Thankfully, now it is only used as a tourist biking attraction while all other vehicles can go down by the newly paved road. Clearly for bikers it is not that hard to stay on the path, and our guide told us that if bikers get injured it is because they ride like maniacs, fall down on the unpaved road and break their arms. Still I treated the route with a lot of respect, also knowing that up to 300 people died there yearly.Read More »
Hello there! Happy Tuesday!
Today I am going to tell you a little bit more about my progress with taking pictures. Read More »
Hello, there. Long time no see! ;-)
Puuh, the last few weeks have been quite eventful. As some of you might know, we spent over 3 weeks at the coast of Ecuador “workawaying” for a US American couple. We had some really great times there. Our work consisted of walking and feeding the dogs twice a day and doing some cleaning or repairing work around the house. Pretty easy! We had our own little bungalow right next to the pool and the ocean was only a 100 m walk away. Sounds like paradise, huh?Read More »
Another funny but also insightful story from Samaipata:
During our time there we met an interesting person from Germany. She was a transgender that has been living in Bolivia for a year and a bit now. She didn’t really have an easy time there. Learning Spanish is not her strength I guess, and immigration’s have been harder than expected. But proud she told us that the energy from El Fuerte would help her out and that’s why she stayed here. Probably also because there are so many travelers all the time. :-)
One thing that she said made me think about a specific topic from a completely different side: I have always had this opinion that being respectful and understandable is a necessity when going to another country, especially when the country was poorer than mine. That it was crucial to adjust to what the locals expect from you. Indeed, this makes all travels easier in any case.
What this woman said however, is in some way also true. Read More »
Remember when I told you about the energetic place that attracted loads of expats to stay in the village of Samaipata? Of course we couldn’t skip these ruins. So a sunny and really hot Sunday morning we made our way to the historic place. It is a 10 km walk or taxi ride from the center of the village. As we had plenty of time on us we walked there, rewarded by the amazing views along the way.Read More »