Postcard From… Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Canyon

Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels. This week, I’ve been chatting to the lovely Two Scots Abroad (Gemma and Craig), two intrepid explorers who have downed tools as teacher and tradesman to take a sabbatical and travel The…

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Postcard From… El Chino, Peru

Postcard From... El Chino, Peru

Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels. This week’s Postcard is from Hannah, the blogger behind That Adventurer – a travel blog that inspires people to go off the beaten track and take on new challenges. She’s recently returned…

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Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca

Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca

27th April 2014 After so many awesome tours, cities, and sights of the last few weeks, our final day in Peru was a tiny bit of a let down, because we spent it taking a tour of the overly-touristy, disappointingly staged, floating islands in Lake Titicaca. I’d been looking forward…

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Arequipa Walking Tour

Arequipa Walking Tour

Arequipa, the white painted colonial city we stayed in either side of our three day Colca Canyon trek, was a beautiful, relaxed place with loads of pretty architecture. The whole city centre doesn’t stand much taller than two storeys, and almost every building is painted white, giving it a very small-town…

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Colca Canyon Trek, Day Three

24th April 2014 The third day of the Colca Canyon trek started nice and early with breakfast at 4:30am, ready to start the long, painfully steep climb back up to the top of the canyon. I’m actually a little ashamed to admit this next part – so much so that…

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Colca Canyon Trek, Day Two

Colca Canyon Trek, Day Two

23rd April 2014 Our second day started early, at 5am when the sun was rising pale and cold over a chilly valley, catching in the soft grey mist over the dewy fields. After a very short drive, we trekked along the valley’s edge in brightening sunshine to the Cruz del…

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Colca Canyon Trek, Day One

Colca Canyon Trek, Day One

22nd April 2014 As if the four day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu hadn’t been enough, as soon as we left Cusco and arrived in beautiful Arequipa, The White City, we booked ourselves another trek, this time to Colca Canyon. We paid a little higher than our usual backpacker…

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Easter Parade, Cusco

Easter Parade, Cusco

After our four day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, we spent a few more days in the beautiful city of Cusco simply relaxing and making the most of the ridiculously cheap massages. It was Easter weekend, and there were parades and celebrations every day, particularly at night. On Good…

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Free Walking Tour Cusco

Free Walking Tour Cusco

19th April 2014 One of our last activities in Cusco was something that we really should have done much sooner, preferably as soon as we arrived, the Free Walking Tour. It was full of great tips about things to try and places to visit, and would have been a great…

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

For more info on what the Inca Jungle Trek actually is, this post on Backpack South America for: What to Expect from the Inca Jungle Trek. There’s also a very handy packing list. After three days of biking, rafting, trekking, zip lining and generally challenging myself at every corner, the day…

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