Cuenca and in general the south of Ecuador was one of the regions during our trip that surprised us the most. Coming from Peru and Bolivia, rather less-developed countries, we didn’t expect much from Ecuador, in terms of development. But what we found was that the country as soon as you cross the border was much more advanced than anything else (except Chile, maybe) we’ve seen so far. Cashiers actually have registers and shelfs with prices denoted on them and busses always(!) leave on time – not the usual thirty minutes later.Read More »
As if Salkantay wasn’t enough Lars and I decided to stop at another place, famous for mountaineering. But when you see the pictures, you know why we couldn’t skip that part of Peru.
Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca were high on our list, so that’s where we went after having a few relaxing days in Ayacucho. Practically ready to hike up the next mountain (not), we arrived in the city of Huaraz in the early evening, having spent the last 20 hours in a bus. Read More »
Right after coming back to Cusco from our long hike to Machu Picchu, we made our way to some more rural and less visited areas of Peru. The first stop was Ayacucho. After a complicated night bus ride, we arrived in the city, where only a few decades ago domestic terrorism was part of everyday life. What we immediately realized: we were the only white people there. And that didn’t go unnoticed by the locals. Coming from Cusco where it felt like indigenous people were a rarity, Ayacucho was quite a change. Read More »
In my last post I already touched on the huge topic of Machu Picchu and what options there are to get to the ruins and what to be aware of before taking a plane to Peru. So if you are looking for some useful information you can head there immediately.
We decided to do the Salkantay Trek by ourselves and took the challenge to hike for five days in all kinds of vegetation/altitude and finally end up at the ruins of Machu Picchu.Read More »
Hello there! :-)
I’m back with a little informational post about one of the most famous and most visited sites in South America, if not the most famous – MACHU PICCHU!
I still remember myself sitting in front of the laptop getting ready for Peru, trying to find some insiders or, you know, information so we would be able to make the most out of our stay in South America. It wasn’t that easy – different sites said different things and especially when it came to Machu Picchu things got super complicated as you need a ticket, a train, a guide, bla bla bla. I didn’t really understand what was going on and what to believe.
But now that I’ve been through all this mess myself I hope that I can help out some fellow traveler that is just as overwhelmed with all the information out there as I was just about a year ago. Read More »
Last year I was scrolling through my Instagram when I suddenly stumbled upon a picture that showed a scenery that I couldn’t quite believe existed for real – a mountain range covered with colored stripes that I thought were artificial. My boyfriend and I had just booked our flights to South America and were planning out our itinerary to Peru, so this little information came in quite handy. Of course I am talking about the “Rainbow Mountain” in the Ausangate Valley just around the corner from Cusco which was then on our “South America To-Do”-List ever since.Read More »
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 »