Kuelap – Even these ruin snobs were impressed

As the first city in Peru that we’ve stayed in, Chachapoyas had the unfortunate responsiblity of giving us a good first impression of this 3rd country in our RTW travel.

Fortunately, Chachapoyas had nothing to worry about.

Its neat and tidy plaza and white painted buildings brought us back to all of those cute Colombian pueblos that we loved so much.

And if you’re into ruins, you’ll love it even more. This area is not only blessed with dramatic sceneries, but it’s dotted with more ruins that you probably have time for.

Jack and Jill Going Offline

Huaraz, Peru

We have been in Huaraz for almost 2 weeks now. And most likely we’ll be stuck in this area for at least another month. If you know us and you’ve been to Huaraz you might have guessed why…

Surrounded by 3 mountain ranges: Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash and Cordillera Negra, Huaraz is heaven for rock climbers, peak baggers, and trekkers. Everyday it seems the list of things we’d like to do here is getting longer and longer: peaks to climb, glaciers to wield an ice axe on, cliffs to scale…

Playing Americans in Trujillo, Peru

Big cities are never quite our things.

We’ve been on the road for 4 months and the number of big cities we can safely say we’ve explored is very few. There were those 3 days we spent in Medellin. The 1 day spent in Quito.

So safe to say that for the 4 months we’ve been traveling in South America we never had the opportunity to enjoy big city stuff. Things such as concerts, museums, and the hustle bustle of a city life.

Things such as shopping malls. Western style shopping malls.

Things We Did in Baños That Didn't Kill Us

Baños is known as Ecuador’s center of extreme adventure activities. You can do anything here as long as it involves climbing up stuff and falling down stuff.

And if it involves water and volcanoes, it’s even better.

We felt right at home there.

Here are some of the things we did that we’ve survived:

Where Have All the Hippies Gone?

Handsome Vilcabamba main square and church

Apparently they all ended up here in Vilcabamba.

I’ve never seen so many old people and tie dye-clad people – sometimes they’re the ones and the same – since… Well, never, actually.

Vilcabamba is experiencing some sort of gringo boom, it seems like. It’s especially popular with the retired folks. We came to Vilcabamba on our way to Peru from Baños. We didn’t really know what to expect – but surely we didn’t expect a town overrun with expats and tourists.