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Peru – Part IV – Ica, Paracas & the Amazon

This is the last part to my Peru series! Covering Ica (the desert), Paracas (the coast) and Iquitos (the Amazon!).

We travelled by bus to the desert town of Ica and to a resort town called Huacachina where we spent some time in the sand dunes, and from there we travelled to the coastal town of Paracas, where we took a boat ride to see the Islas Ballestas (coined the “Poor Man’s Galapagos”) – wildlife everywhere!
We then took a short flight to the Amazon, where we stayed in a very, very rustic lodge on the river. And I met a sloth. And he was amazing.

And that’s Peru!

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Peru – Part III – Arequipa & The Colca Canyon

Part III of the Peru Series!

After trekking our way to Machu Picchu, our travels took us to Lake Titicaca, then to Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa. Unfortunately, I was horrendously ill during our time in Puno (Lake Titicaca) so I really don’t have many pictures! We travelled to Arequipa, one of my favourite places in all of Peru! Most of the photos in this blog post are from the Monasterio de Santa Catelina – it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I could have wandered through the labyrinth for hours and hours!

From Arequipa, we took a bus to the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world, where we did an overnight hike in and out of the canyon (without a guide!). Very challenging, but definitely worth it! Enjoy my point-and-shoot photos of the canyon – no way I was carrying more weight than necessary while hiking down and then back up switchbacks for 3000 metres! (The second to last photo shows some of the path we climbed!)

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There is just one more part to my Peru series, covering our way up to Lima! Check back next week :)

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Peru – Part II – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Part II of my Peru series!

After arriving in Cusco, we searched for a company to book a trek to Machu Picchu. Most people choose the popular 3-day Inca Trail, however, the need to book it over 6 months in advance and it’s inflated $600-800 price tag meant that we were looking for an alternative!
The Salkantay trek is 5 days, and follows a much less crowded route, and reaches a peak altitude of 4630 meters above sea level (see the photo of the mountains and glaciers).

This was seriously challenging (especially for someone who has never done any overnight hiking trips!) but one of the most incredible things I have ever done in my life. What an experience! In a span of 5 days we hiked through highlands, tundra, alpine glaciers, cloud forest, jungle with a temperature range from -15 celsius to +30 celsius and a total elevation change of almost 2000 meters.

The pay off at the end was of course the icing on the cake. Machu Picchu lives up to it’s reputation. Watching the sun slowly light up the ruins at sunrise was awe inspiring.

Due to the difficulty of the trek, most of these photos were taken with a old Canon point and shoot (much lighter and easier to hike with when you’re huffing and puffing and dealing with altitude sickness!), with the exception of the ones at Machu Picchu.

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Check back again for more Peru blog posts!

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