Huaraz, Peru About 3 weeks ago, Jack and I decided that if there was one trek we were going to do in Peru, it was going to be the Huayhuash Trek. And even though it had some ‘I swear this is the last trek we’re doing!‘ moments – looking back at it, we’d do it …
We’re actually in Lima right now playing catch up with emails, work, the blog, and travel planning after a 2 week hiatus from civilization.
Stories from the 10-day trek we just did in the Cordillera Huayhuash will follow. In the meantime, hope you enjoy some of our favorite sceneries taken from this trek.
The main reason we came to Arequipa was for the food, typical comida Arequipeña such as ‘rocoto relleno’, ‘chupe de camarones’, ‘chicharrones’ and more. We had never considered ourselves foodies in the slightest bit before we got to Peru. Never before being obsessed with food, I think being away from good food for months in Colombia and Ecuador finally took its toll.
Peru Total days in Peru: 70 Cost per day: $31/person Cities visited: 6 Converstion rate: $1 = 272 PEN Cost per day: $31 per person The Big Spenders: Organized tours and Machu Picchu Peru is more expensive than Ecuador ($21) and about the same as Colombia ($30). We took more organized tours here than ever …
Tacna, Peru We knew there was something fishy about the $20 ‘tourist card’ fee the collectivo driver demanded from all the gringos in the taxi. There were some signs that should’ve raised a lot more flags than they did that day at Tacna International Bus terminal: – Guy 1 mentioned that it’s only levied for …
Cuzco, Peru Despite unpleasant things we heard about Cuzco (it’s expensive and overrun with tourists), we found ourselves unexpectedly charmed Cuzco’s architecture and alleyways. It turned out that Cuzco is not as expensive as we were led to believe either: Our hostal and food cost is not any higher than the average we’ve been spending …
There are two main groups of people who come to visit Hatun Machay:
They come here for the same reason: to be among the weirdly-shaped rocks of Hatun Machay.
When we read that Museo Larco contains a notable collection of pre-Columbian erotic Moche potteries – it got us all curious. This is definitely a museum we’ll have to check out.
We met our host in Lima, Ana, when we were volunteering in Banos, Ecuador.
When we finally were making our way to Lima and making plans to meet up with her, we told her that there are 2 things we’d like to do in the 2 days we’re in Lima:
1. See the ‘erotic pottery’ exhibition in Museo Larco
2. Eat yummy Peruvian food
And boy, like an awesome host that she is, she fulfilled both of our wishes.
Huaraz, Peru “This is bullshit. We’re so not doing anything like this ever again” – Jack screamed towards the wind. “I hear you… this sucks,” I muttered. That particular outburst happened when we weren’t even halfway into our 10-day Huayhuash Trek. Granted, it turned out to be one of the hardest days of the trek: …
Trujillo, Peru Remember that day in Trujillo when we ate nothing but American chain food? Well, it didn’t take for the guilt to sink in and we decided to make it up for our remaining 2 days in Trujillo. Well, the guilt and the price tag, really. Pizza Hut was expensive. Everyone that we’ve met …
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.
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.