Peru

Peru

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Logistics, Peru, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Peru

After spending nearly two weeks in Peru, I feel like I’ve seen only a tiny sliver of the country. I can now check Machu Picchu off the bucket list (albeit sans the Inca Trail), but I have yet to see Nazca lines, Amazon rainforest, and a slew of other sights that Peru offers. After Colombia, Yus and I met in Lima. I flew in, and he arrived overland via Equador through Piura. His way was much cheaper, but took more time, but that is a constant trade off in South America. Below is a list of places we saw along with some hopefully helpful logistical information. Lima–stay in...

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Lake Titicaca

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Peru, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca was a nice respite between the more adventure-packed cities of Arequipa and La Paz. Plus, at 3800m, it was helpful to further acclimate ourselves to the high altitudes of the Bolivian antiplano. Puno (Peru) and Copacabana (Bolivia) are the main tourist towns on the lake, and we decided to just stay a couple days in Puno, including a home stay on one of the lake’s islands. Copacabana is a requisite stop on the way to La Paz and the nicest thing I’ll say about the town is that it’s a dump. Puno is like another other city in Peru, with the Plaza de Armas and its...

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Colca Canyon

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Peru, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon, at 3191 meters deep, was once considered the deepest canyon in the world. Recently, however, that honor was bestowed upon the nearby Cotahuasi Canyon, which is 150 meters deeper. Either way, Colca is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the States, so we obviously had to trek it. The typical tour is 2 or 3 days (we did 2day for 115sol with PeruAndes), with overnight stays in the bottom at a little village and/or the Oasis which you can spot from the rim of the canyon due to its bright blue pools. The pick up from our hostel was at 3am, so everyone on the bus was passed out...

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Blame It on the A A A A the Altitude… Arequipa, Peru

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Peru, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Blame It on the A A A A the Altitude… Arequipa, Peru

I thought we’d spend 1 night in Arequipa. But we spent 3. No wonder the name means “Yes, Stay” in Quechua. But the city doesn’t deserve all the blame. It was Friday and we stayed at the Wild Rover, which is known to be a party hostel (staying there in La Paz as well so we shall see what happens). We started the day very classily by taking a cooking class with Peruvian Cooking Experience at the Casa de Avila Hotel. Arequipa is famous for its nuances of Peruvian Cuisine, and tends to have spicier dishes as well as a wider range of seafood (due to its relatively close...

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Machu Picchu Like a Boss

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Peru, Play-by-plays, South America | 1 comment

Machu Picchu Like a Boss

Most people know Machu Picchu and have seen the iconic photo, so I won’t ramble too much. There are a few options of doing MP, the most famous is of course hiking the 4-day Inca Trail. That has to be booked months in advance, and we obviously didn’t have the foresight to do that. There are several other trails that can be hiked as well, or you can take the train to Aguas Calientes and hike the 1-1.5 hours UP (straight up) to MP or take a very overpriced bus ($19 round trip). It is rainy season and it seems like the skies open up with a vengeance daily, so we took the bus to...

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Lima

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Peru, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Lima

This was my second time in Lima, so even though I only had a day, I got to spend my time enjoying the city without feeling pressured to see the touristy sites. I should say I spent the day enjoying Miraflores, which is the seaside, upscale neighborhood of Lima from which I didn’t venture out at all. The location is perfect for anything you need (Banco de la Nacion to pay for your Machu Picchu ticket? Check!; Cevicherias? Avenida La Mar=check!; Pinkberry? Also check). It’s gorgeous and safe. Oh and Lima is PERFECT in the austral summer– warm and sunny, while my last time in...

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