Category Archive: Perú

May 03 2015

Walking above the clouds (Trek Gran Vilaya)

I was very happy that Norbert decided to join me for this last Peruvian adventure : during the last days the road to Chachapoyas had been closed several times due to landslides and the few gringos that managed to reach the city did not look eager to start an adventure of this kind. Anyway once in …

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Apr 23 2015

Peru’s Northern coast

My next stop was Trujillo, on the northern coast. Warm weather, nice colorful architecture, many interesting archaeological sites to explore around and piscos, Trujillo looked like the perfect place to me (especially after the cold nights in Cordillera Real!) and I set my base camp in this city for the following five days. The first …

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Apr 17 2015

Santa Cruz Trek in Cordillera Real

I arrived to Huaraz, my base camp for the following days, at 7.00am and after a quick check in at the hostel and a good breakfast I was ready to explore the surroundings. For this first day I chose an organized tour to Chavin de Huántar, an archaeological site three hours far from Huaraz and …

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Apr 13 2015

Another sunny pause (in Lima)

One day after the Inca Trail I left cold Cusco direction to the North. My first stop was Lima, where I spent a total of three days. My hostel was located in Miraflores, a quiet suburb along the Pacific coast with a big choice of hotels and restaurants. I did not do much on Saturday …

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Apr 09 2015

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This 43km ancient Inca path leading to Machu Picchu is the most famous trek in South America and must be booked well in advance. I did this trek in 2005 and it was very hard to me because I was a little bit sick and weak. Still, I believe that amongst all the possible treks …

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Apr 05 2015

My 5 favourite places in Valle Sagrado

The first time I visited Peru, in 2005, I took the time to explore the Valle Sagrado well and I saw every Inca site proposed on the boleto integral. This time I preferred to focus my efforts on other parts of Peru so I reviewed only my favourite sites. Here is the list: 1-    CUSCO …

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Mar 29 2015

Y el cóndor pasa . . . (at Colca Canyon)

I thought that my most painful bus trip would be my Copacabana – Arequipa trip . . . until I took the bus from Ica to Arequipa. It had been raining a lot in the area and one of the rivers was completely flooded. With no bridge to cross (the local authorities must think it …

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Mar 26 2015

A sunny break (in Paracas and Huacachina)

After the cold Bolivian Altiplano and rainy Arequipa, I really needed a sunny break so I improvised a short trip to Paracas, on the Peruvian coast. Paracas is known for its Islas Ballestas, full of penguins and other beasts, plus the wild landscapes of Reserva Nacional de Paracas both visited on half day tours. I …

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Mar 20 2015

Arequipa, la blanca

After 7 crazy hours of bus from Copacabana in Bolivia, I arrived to Arequipa “la blanca”. Second city of the country (861.145 inhabitants), it is called like this because most of its buildings are made of local volcanic stone (sillar) with a lot of silicium but also because it was one of the oldest colonies …

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