Machu Picchu: a paradise in the clouds

We decided to tackle the infamous Machu Picchu as part of a longer trail - the four-day Salkantay trek, which is a popular, challenging and beautiful alternative to the Inca Trail. We booked a trek after doing some research around the numerous agencies in Cusco's main square. We paid $210 each, to include rented sleeping … Continue reading Machu Picchu: a paradise in the clouds

Trekking the Colca Canyon 

The Colca Canyon in southern Peru - the second deepest in the world - is three hours from Arequipa by bus, meaning we had to wake up at 2:30am in order to arrive at sunrise with our tour group. A bumpy journey and some local breakfast later,  we were greeted with breathtaking views from 5,000 … Continue reading Trekking the Colca Canyon 

Feeling high at Laguna 69

Today we undertook the most difficult, but rewarding hike of my life so far: a seven-hour gruelling trip to Laguna 69, an incredible azure lake nestled high in the Huascaran National Park deep in the Andes.  We took a three-hour bus ride over bumpy dirt roads from our hostel in Huaraz at 5am, arriving shivering … Continue reading Feeling high at Laguna 69

Walking among clouds

After a seven-hour overnight bus we have arrived into bustling Huaraz, getting closer by the day to southern Peru where the most eagerly-anticipated adventures (Nazca lines, Colca Canyon and, of course, Machu Picchu) await.But there is much to entertain the eye here, and so after a nice breakfast of omelettes on the roof terrace of … Continue reading Walking among clouds

Going back in time

We visited some awe-inspiring ruins today, just outside the city of Trujillo on the coast. It's one of Peru's biggest cities and the ruins were fascinating. I finally got to put this song into context! We were driven by our guide to some stunning desert temples to learn about the civilisation which built them. The … Continue reading Going back in time