Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands

Greetings! Just a few photos from Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands in Peru. I’m going to have to be a bit more selective with the photos from now on as I am fighting a losing battle against Bolivian wifi, … Continue reading

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Biking, NOT hiking, at the Colca Canyon

The main activity to do in the Colca Canyon is hike. But after the Inca Trail I was hesitant to take on a two-day trek offered by most tour companies. Then I got a message from one of our Inca … Continue reading

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Arequipa to Cabanaconde

We finally left Cusco after what felt like quite an extended stay and took an overnight bus to Arequipa. I’m pleased to report the bus was not entirely unpleasant! Although I’m not sure our over the counter fake Xanax really … Continue reading

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What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?

It occurred to me as I was sitting on a tour bus last week watching the Peruvian countryside flash past; I’m currently in the longest stretch of joblessness I’ve had since I my first job at 14. My last day of … Continue reading

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Colourful Cusco & the Sacred Valley

Just a few more snaps of our wanderings around the San Blas district in Cusco. It’s slightly uphill and therefore quieter. Deserted streets are quite the novelty in Cusco, which is a tourist mecca. Around one corner was amazing street … Continue reading

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10 Tips for hiking the Inca Trail

First and foremost, DO hire a porter! Carrying stuff uphill at altitude is hard. We ended up paying for a porter on day 2 and 3, it was well worth it. DO train in advance! And practice carrying a heavy … Continue reading

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was built by the Incas in the 1400s and later abandoned. It is an impressive stone citadel built entirely without mortar and wedged discretely in between soaring mountains. The Incas lived there, farmed and worshiped there. It was … Continue reading

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Hiking the inca trail: days 3 and 4

Day 3 This was what I saw when I unzipped our tent on day 3 of the Inca Trail: Day 3 is a 16km day. After breakfast it was all uphill for the first part of the day. After about … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail: days 1 and 2

Well, we did it! We hiked the 45km from Chillca along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You may recall I was pretty anxious ahead of the hike and it turns out my anxiety wasn’t entirely unfounded, it was tough. … Continue reading

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Exploring the San Pedro Market in Cusco

Good news! I’m back from the brink. If you missed my somewhat dramatic altitude sickness post from yesterday click here. I woke up this morning feeling much better, although I am still completely out of breath after walking up an … Continue reading

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