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There’s no place like home

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We did it! Making it to Peru was a massive relief

The beach, Peru
[by Paula]
When we blogged last week, to say that our van was back in the game after 11 months off the road, we mentioned that we had another enormous challenge to face before we could really get back into the road trip part of this…

Surfing, Cool Water, and Deserts – Nope, It’s Not Baja

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At first glance, the northern coast of Peru appears mostly like long stretches of barren desert between dusty towns and dirty fish camps. If you scratch below the surface, just a little, you find awesome little beach coves, world-famous surf breaks, and even some giant mountains/dunes beckoning you to climb. A lot of the north Peru coastline reminds us of…

Our Good and Bad Intro to Peru

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After we stayed in Ecuador for the maximum 90-day visa, we headed to Peru. Not to beat a dead horse, but did I mention we LOVE Ecuador? The border crossing was uneventful and relatively easy. We got excited when we asked the immigration official for a 6-month visitor visa, and he obliged by stamping 183 days in our passport. When…

The Ocean Breeze and Birds with Backwards Knees

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After dropping Nate’s mom off at the airport, we decided to get a hotel room in the city for one more night before returning to our mud pit campground at Quinta Lala. We walked around Cusco even more, taking in the beautiful architecture.  While walking around one day, we stumbled upon Norton’s Rat Tavern.  We found our way up the…

LEON’S BEACH

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Vultures at dawn.

The clients are so chilled at the Casa Grillo Tres Puntas Eco-hostel that I’m sure the vultures think they’re dead. Why else do they hang around here? Often spotted loitering on the gnarled tree roots lining the beach, I can only assume they are watching for a pulse. Which set me thinking: perhaps the Peruvian Ministry of…

My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 2

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After camping in the mud for a night in Cusco and stocking up on snacks for our hike up Machu Picchu, we packed the truck once again and made our way to Ollantaytambo.  There, we planned to take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.

The drive from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was short, but…

My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 1

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When I asked Nate what we should title this blog post, he immediately shot back, “My mom is tougher than yours!”  Offended, I retaliated the most mature way I know how… “Oh yeah?? I’m gonna tell her you said that!” “No, no, no” he replied,  “That’s what you should title it. You know, that’s the standard child’s argument… ‘My dad…

Meandering Northern Peru

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When crossing the border from Ecuador, things immediately feel different.  You are overwhelmed with the sites of poverty, trash and abandoned mud huts.  There are miles of wind blown sand dunes as far as the eye can see and loads of Peruvian police everywhere.  Which, because of horror stories from other travelers, your heart skips a beat every time you…

Andean Christmas Traditions

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After the highlights of the past few months, we wondered if we could get back into “normal” traveling mode, which to us means following our own path and seeing what sights or events that we come across. We’re quite happy to take it all in, the good, the bad and the ugly. After our trip to the Galápagos and having…

Peru Adventures

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Peru Adventures with our Irish visitors
We had been looking forward to Friday 15th November for a number of weeks, as on this day two great friends Robin and Claire arrived from The Republic of Cork to Lima in Peru to travel with us for 24 days. After a joyous meeting in the airport, dinner and pisco sours to really…

Headed to Chile Country 14

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The next morning we heard there was a strike of the civil servants in Chile, not what you want to hear on the day you plan to cross the border to Chile. We drove the 20 km to the border area.

First you arrive at the Peru immigration building and pull in and park in the lot.

At the front…

Peru Part 2

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Arriving after 400 km to just outside of Chiclayo we found a hotel run by an Englishman and his Peruvian wife. This town however looks like you are in a mad max film. There are falling down brick buildings, wires everywhere, and garbage. It is basically then sand from here for 2000 km.

Despite rumors we did not encounter “…

Peru, Land of the Incas..and Penguins!

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After the high altitude hiatus of Ecuador we hightailed it to the sandy beaches of Mancora, Peru. We found a sweet place to camp at Kon Tiki, a hostal perched atop a hill overlooking town and endless miles brilliant blue ocean.

Kon Tiki

Bright and early the next morning we scurried down the dusty hillside and hit the waves. Unfortunately,…

5500 km south to Santiago in 21 days. Part 1

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Then we sadly said goodbye to our gang as we all parted ways in Guayaquil and Quito. We checked back into our home in Quito the Casa Helbling again. The next day we picked up the parts for Lulu from Rick’s Motorsport Electric http://ricksmotorsportelectrics.com that Tim and Glenda had kindly delivered.

Daniel replaced my stator and got Lulu running again.…

Le Pérou, tout simplement

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Comme on l’entend souvent : c’est pas le Pérou ! Eh bien là oui, c’est le Pérou.
 
Venant de l’Equateur, nous arrivons à la frontière de bonne heure comme d’habitude, mais grande surprise pour nous, c’est une frontière ultra moderne qui nous attend, digne d’une américaine ! Super, on peut même laisser le véhicule en toute sécurité et aller avec…

Road knits II

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Llama-inspired street art in Copacabana at Lake Titicaca.

They are serious about llamas in this region of the world, and so I have stepped up my interest in llamas as well–by knitting with as many of them as I can. I never thought I’d knit a poncho, let alone wear one, but then again, I also never thought I’d travel…

Anti-climax

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Machu Picchu is not an easy place to get to.

A lot of the waterfalls simply spill over the road in the mountains.

If you’re coming from anywhere outside Peru, your best-case scenario is a flight into Lima, a flight from Lima to Cusco, a two-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes (aka Machu Picchu Pueblo), then a twenty-minute bus to…

To Lima and beyond

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We ended up staying five nights in Lima, accomplishing important things like: showering, doing laundry, taking Milo to the vet, visiting the mechanic, SUSHI, and meeting our new friend Miguel and a bunch of other Westy owners. We also enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of The House Project, after struggling to find a place for all four of us–me, Juan, Milo,…

Lima, or a bad start with a good ending

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We arrived in Lima late in the day, about 6PM or so. We were coming from Cañón del Pato, and were dirty, tired and dreaming of a hot shower. A few days earlier, our new friend Dean, a Texan who’s driving a big and awesome Unimog from the 70s with a one bedroom apartment in the back, told us that…

Northern Peru

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We have made really quick tracks across northern Peru to arrive in Lima two nights ago. The drive from Huanchaco on the coast to the capital was still filled with a lot of desert and shantytowns, but also mountains and canyons and interesting little towns.

Canyon camping alongside the river below

Juan had been looking forward to driving through the…

Adios Ecuador, Hola Peru

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It was hard to leave Ecuador. All across the country, we found ourselves impressed with the people, the infrastructure, and the progressive mindset legible in all of the government propaganda. As you drive through the country, you see signs equating health care with freedom, technology with progress, patria with equality, water and forests with life. Ecuador is also one of…

THE CORDILLERA BLANCA IN PICTURES

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Looking south to Siula Grande, where the two British climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates attempted the never-climbed west face, resulting in the now famous ‘cutting of the rope’ incident. Though Simpson fell into a crevasse, luckily he survived to tell the tale in the book Touching the Void

Heading for the Punto Olimpica Pass (4680 metres)

Andean roads

Plaza…

THERE’S NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE

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You’d be really unlucky to be born a guinea pig in Peru. Guinea Pig, or cuy in South America, is considered a true delicacy. It’s the ratty teeth and crispy little body I struggle to get to grips with. So far, I’ve passed on the opportunity. However, there have been plenty of fans over the years. In Chavin de…

Peru 12 – Leaving the Cordillera Blanca for Trujillo and the north and on to the border with Ecuador.

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4th August – Peru is prone to earthquakes due to its location on a geological fault that spans the entire length of the country.  During the earthquake of May 1970 tons of granite and ice fell from Huascaran’s north face, hurtling towards Yungay at over 190mph.  It buried the entire village and almost all of its inhabitants.  This original village…

Peru 11 – The Cordillera Blanca – Chavin de Huantar, Yungay and Laguna Llanganuco.

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1st August – We are visiting the village of Chavin today east of Catac, and the temple complex of Chavin de Huantar.  We pass an unusual passenger on this little motorbike before leaving Catac on an asphalt road, which takes us all the way to Chavin.

We follow a landscape of yellow grassland and rolling hills behind which, rear rugged…

Plan Z

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Backpackers again (for now)

Arequipa, Peru
[by Jeremy]
Travelling South America’s coastal highways and precipitous mountain roads, you experience a series of dizzying twists and sharp turns. Our own journey over the past few weeks has been more a series of switchbacks, diversions, u-turns and a few dead-ends.
Next week we are meeting Paula’s parents in Chile. We are in…

Peru 10 – Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca. Pachacoto to Pasto Ruri glacier – 5240m

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30th July – The Cordillera Blanca, approx. 20km wide and 180km long, with spectacular mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes and green valleys, is the highest tropical mountain range in the world, dividing the western and eastern slopes of the Andes from north to south.  It has many summits of more than 6000m including Huascaran, Peru’s highest mountain at 6768m and the…

QUITE POSSIBLY PARADISE

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Apacheta Pass (4750 metres altitude)

Often the road between Cusco and Tarma is so high you feel as if you’re orbiting the planet. During the four day drive we cross six passes ranging in altitude from between 4000 and 4850 metres. In fact, apart from descending to transit the major towns, most of the journey seems to be above 4000…

Peru 9 – Lima

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16th July – A surprising change in the weather, overcast and misty, so we are quite pleased that we did not book a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands after visiting the Paracas Reserve.  The strong sunlight and blue skies yesterday in the Reserve had highlighted the sands and sea, to visit today would make it look like a different…