Arequipa and the Colca Valley

After a reasonable nights sleep on a night bus, we woke up in Arequipa also known as the white city due to the good weather and the many buildings made from white volcanic stone. You can see 3 volcanos from the city; Picchu Picchu (5,600m), Chachani (6,080m) and Misty (5,800m) which is still active. It’s […]

Machu Picchu

Old penis.* An old, abandoned settlement has captured my imagination and easily stolen the spot for my favourite place in Latin America. There are two ways of arriving at this beautiful place: you can take the easy option and get a train to Aguas Calientes town and then a bus up the hill to it […]

Four Days Hiking The Inca Trail

The last four days have been a struggle but a struggle well worth the pain. We started our hiking preparations in Cusco at the G Adventures HQ. We were introduced to our main guide, Kantu, and given a run down of the four days including how far we walk each day and what altitudes we […]

Cusco: The World’s Belly Button

We actually made two trips to Cusco (deliberately, unlike Salta) and spent a total of four nights in Cusco Plaza Hotel 2: two nights before the Inca Trail and two nights after. Cusco is one of the larger cities in Peru with 500,000 residents in the city and around 1,000,000 residents in the region. Cusco […]

Lake Titicaca Cultural Immersion

These last few days have been particularly special. I have seen many things as a tourist but have rarely had the opportunity to go deeper than the exterior. We travelled from La Paz, Bolivia to Puno, Peru relatively easily. I woke up again with more altitude sickness so spent most of the bus journey with […]