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San Pedro de Atacama, feet on the moon and the head on the stars

san pedro de atacama - chile - dancer with a backpack

We didn’t plan to go to Chili that soon but we make a quick detour after the tour in Uyuni to discover San Pedro de Atacama. This city is the only oasis in the middle of the Atacama desert. The city is made for tourists but we clearly enjoy it. You just need to look a lot to find affordable hostel and food. Apart from that, it’s good to find cute shops where you can buy quality clothes or other, like a microfiber towel because you forget yours in the last hostel (yes, that’s me…).

So, what to visit when you are in San Pedro de Atacama? there is plenty of things, but agencies are expensive. We didn’t want to see similar landscapes that we saw in Uyuni desert, so we only visit with bikes. There are 3 places that you can reach by bike: the moon valley, Catarpe (Quebrada del diablo), and 2 lagoons. I almost did the first two. Read more

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4 days in Colca Canyon

canyon colca - peru - daner with a backpack

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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