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Tumbes

Tumbes

Tumbes is not quite in forefront of Peruvian travel books. Beside being the first large(ish) town after border-crossing from Ecuador not much to write home about. Hot, humid and you get a first taste of Peruvian chaotic traffic. Not much to photograph? Check out these...
Crossing to Peru

Crossing to Peru

Huaquillas was considered the worst border crossing in South America by Lonely Planet travel guide 2013 edition. Shady and all of that. Beside being lengthy and lacking logic it wasn’t shady at all. This follows the Ecuador to Peru crossing sequence: first stop...
5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

If you only visit one museum in Lima, make it the Larco Museum. It is one of the most impressive museums we have visited anywhere in South America. Did you know that Peru is recognised as one of the ‘cradles of civilisation’, alongside Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China...
Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

The mountains east of Pisco are some of the most scenic in Peru – we are glad we detoured… It’s just 225Km from Pisco to Lima along the coast of Peru – most of it Autopista. But if you have the time, and want to experience the Andes in all their majestic...
Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

   Just before leaving Evansville, Indiana for Asheville, North Carolina I went to a historic site called Angel Mounds state park  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Mounds. I wanted to see some of the large mounds and hills that the Mississippian...
9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

Ayacucho (formerly called Huamanga) doesn’t have the beauty of the sillar stone in Arequipa ; it doesn’t have the hordes of tourists who make pilgrimage to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley ; and it doesn’t have the pull of Peru’s capital, Lima. But Ayacucho,...
Is Arequipa the Most Beautiful City in Peru?

Is Arequipa the Most Beautiful City in Peru?

Our three visits to Arequipa are almost not enough. This city prompts the use of descriptions such as ‘Peru’s pride and beauty’, ‘picturesque’, ‘graceful and harmonious’, ‘prettiest’ and of course ‘beautiful’. The main reason for the city’s appeal is that its...
No entiendo nada

No entiendo nada

Wir waren zu schnell, hat er gesagt. Wir sind über die Linie gefahren, hat er dann gesagt. Und Schlangenlinien sind wir gefahren, hat er auch gesagt. Und eine 200$-Strafe hätte er jetzt verhängt, hat er gesagt. Nur, wir haben nichts verstanden. Der Google Übersetzer...
Out of the Ordinary: Travelling with Family in Peru

Out of the Ordinary: Travelling with Family in Peru

It’s exciting when close friends or family members want to come and visit us on our overland journey. They want a taste of our life – to share our day to day experiences. It’s not always easy to work out how best to do this in a limited time, but we have managed it...
Unexpected Delight for Bird Watchers: the Ite Wetlands

Unexpected Delight for Bird Watchers: the Ite Wetlands

Seemingly endless sections of the coastal highway in Peru can be rather dull and boring. It’s an extremely arid landscape. Everything is bone-dry and dusty – nothing but endless sand and rocks. And then, driving around a bend, you suddenly sit up in surprise!...
The Sacred Valley in Peru Now and Then (2008)

The Sacred Valley in Peru Now and Then (2008)

This was one of the occasions during our current trip, when we went back to what should have been ‘familiar territory’: the region around Cusco in Peru, better known as the Sacred Valley. We spent longer there than expected in 2008 , mostly because both of...
Ontzettend Groen (1701)

Ontzettend Groen (1701)

Terug naar Zuid Amerika ​Met een vertraging van 3.5 uur door een technisch probleem op Schiphol komen we in Lima aan. Afgezien van de confiscatie van drie appels en een mandarijn komen we ook goed het land in en snel bij het hostel. De vertraging is uiteindelijk...
Ontzettend Groen (1701)

Ontzettend Groen (1701)

Terug naar Zuid Amerika ​Met een vertraging van 3.5 uur door een technisch probleem op Schiphol komen we in Lima aan. Afgezien van de confiscatie van drie appels en een mandarijn komen we ook goed het land in en snel bij het hostel. De vertraging is uiteindelijk...
9 Impressions from the Road in the Last Year

9 Impressions from the Road in the Last Year

It’s often the little things which make or break an overland trip. When we write regular blog posts we tend to report about major destinations and sights. Thus little things sometimes aren’t reported because they don’t relate to any topic we write...
Not-so-silent night

Not-so-silent night

It’s not every Christmas that we open our presents to the booming sound of Chile’s answer to Snoop-Doggy-Dog (or whatever the latest hip-hop chap is called these days) and to be honest, it wouldn’t be our first choice for 2016 either! Nevertheless, that’s what we get...
Colca and Coast

Colca and Coast

It’s little visited, the south coast of Peru, which is a real shame. Back in September when we travelled up through southern Peru we took, like most travellers, the mountain route via Lake Titicaca and Cusco. Now south-bound, we’re loving the coastal route south of...
Peru Two

Peru Two

“Heading to the Dakar Rally?” we asked the friendly Brit biker at the Peruvian border, “Yeah… I’m competing” came the reply. Blimey. Impressed.com. We’re not quite, or even anywhere near, as brave as Lyndon, but we are keen to go and see what antics the competitors...
The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, These Travelers Kept Their Cool

The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, These Travelers Kept Their Cool

  If you followed world news in 2016, you might have gotten the impression that the apocalypse is near. But we are here to tell you that all is not lost! In fact, the beauty of humanity and life blissfully abounds in all corners of our wonderful planet....