South america, Travel diary

4 days in Colca Canyon

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Last stop in Peru, Arequipa, and the Colca Canyon. I won’t make a complete article on Arequipa, it is a very nice city, super clean with an amazing convent (head up to Instagram to see some pictures). Arequipa was just a stop before going to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyon in the world. Most of the tourists stay 2 nights in the canyon, we added one more night to enjoy even more the beauty of the landscape

Day 1: we start from Cabanaconde by going in the canyon, we get escorted by a dog that we named “el corto” because he had short legs.Even if we start early, around 7 AM the sun is quite hard with no water, so you need to be careful. Read more

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The famous Machu Picchu

visit machu picchu - peru - dancer with a backpackThe Machu Picchu, the unavoidable in Peru! For good reason, these ruins are amazing and full of energy. Here is the story of our visit to Machu Picchu.

We start our journey from Olantaytambo, we took a minibus from the Plaza del Armas. We paid 30 soles. The day before, we tried to book it in advance but it was always more expensive, no need to bother so. The bus took around 4 hours, on a road really narrow.

You get off at Hydro Electrica, the start of the walk to Aguas Calientes. It takes a bit more than 2 hours on the side of the railway. If you look closely when you cross the first bridge you can already see a small part of Machu Picchu, we only saw that on the way back. Read more

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Cuzco and the sacred valley

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It’s been almost a month that we are in Peru now. We already saw so much and so many things happened! I had high expectations for Peru and it has not disappointed me. First I want to share with you what we saw in Cuzco and the sacred valley. This is where all the tourists are going, for good reasons, the area is full of archeological sites and amazing landscape. I had to make a selection of pictures, I took so many of them! Hope you like them as much as I do.

– Cuzco: the capital of the Inca empire, today there is few left from this time, the conquistadors destroyed almost everything to build churches. Read more

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We almost did a trek!

Traveling long term, it’s great yes but sometimes things don’t go exactly as you planned, and that what happened to us a few days ago. Here was the plan, get to Chinchero where we already contacted someone to rent the camping equipment, and hike for 2 days to visit Choquequirao archeological site and then 2 days hike to come back. Well, we did get to Chinchero but that’s all.

We took the bus from Cuzco, but the stop is not inside Chinchero. It is on the main road at 18km of the village. We were hoping to get a cheap taxi, except that the driver said it was 50 soles… we argue that it was too expensive and start walking away. Read more

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