Page 4 of Hendis Travel Blog Posts


South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines June 12th 2008

Arequipa My first stop after Cusco was Arequipa. It's the second biggest city in Peru, situated behind volcanic mountains. Together with earthquakes, the volcanoes have made some action in the city every century since 1500. The city was totally destroyed in 1600. It's a good place to stop if you want to do some outdoor activities. You can find the easiest 6000 meter in the world, Chachani (6075m), which you can climb in one day! River running is big in the area, and you can also visit the deepest canyon in the world, Cañon del Cotahuasi, or the easier accesible one, Cañon the Colca. Both canyons are twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA, with a depth of 3191 m! After three days in a canyon on my rafting trip, I didn't feel ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco June 10th 2008

The Inca Capital Cusco was the Inca Capital for over hundred years and a lot of history can be found in this city. The historical centre is beautiful with cobblestone streets, remains of Inca walls, churches and chatedrals. I visited the Inca museum after been to Machu Picchu. It was a interesting tour worth doing if you are here. You can easily spend a few days in Cusco without really doing anything special. Just soak in the atmosphere, eat some local food in the market or drink a coffe on one of Plaza de Armas many balconies. It's a great city to visit! "Sexy Woman" Or Saqsaywanàn which is the real name, is situated on a hilltop above Cusco. David, Ruth and I walked up to have a look on saturday. The ruins had both military ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 7th 2008

A short history lesson ; ) Machu Picchu means in Quechua "old mountian". Our guide could tell us that the constructions started around 1450-60. When the Spanish conquistadores arrived, the Incas abandoned the place without finishing the buildings. This was around 1536. From then it was a secret until Hiram Bingham "discovered" it in 1911. It's situated just 80 km from Cuscu, the Inca capital, but was never found and plundered by the Spanish. The jungel grew over Machu Picchu and the Incas destroyed part of the trails from Cusco. When Bingham "found" the place some local people had already been living there for 10-15 years. It was these people who showed him the place. Our guide also told us that Bingham payed 1 sole (0,40USD?) to the person who showed him the place. He also ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Salkantay Trail June 7th 2008

"The alternative Inka Trail" The Salkantay trek is one of the alternatives to the "original" inka trail (which is booked up to the end of september!!) It's named after Mt. Salkantay (6271m), in Cordillera Vilcanota. I booked a tour with one of at least 200 companies in Cusco and headed off last monday at 4 am! We ended up with a group of 12 people and one guide: David & Ruth (England), Héléne (France), Alexa (Switzerland), Abraham (Mexico), Chris, Holly and John (USA), Nir (Israel), Astrid & Tim (Holland/Germany), Percy (Peru, our guide) and me. A nice mix of people as you can see : ) And it turned out to be a really nice group to spend the time with for the 5 days the trip lasted (and a couple of nights out in Cusco ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco June 1st 2008

Apurimac River Cusco is one of the best places for whitewater adventures in South-America, beside Pucon and Futaleufu in Chile. You can do everything from one to six days trips around Cusco and it's plenty of companies who offer their service. The Apurimac River is among the top ten rivers in the world for rafting! It runs through an old Canyon which is as much as 1800 meter deep at some sections. It can also tempt you with more than 160 rapids from easy level to class V/V+. River Explorers I signed up for a 3 days trip with the company River Explorers and we turned out to be just six people. 3 from UK, 2 from Sweden and me. River Explorers is a small local company with excellent guides. They also try to be environmental ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca May 26th 2008

Copacabana I don't think the beach here can live up to the more famous one in Rio!! But it was a nice view for the sunset and a quit relaxed place. (I think it's a little bit outside the tourist season.... ) The city itself is a tourist destination with big T (and D) The highlight here is probably the fresh trout from Lake Titicaca!! I only spent two nights her, one full day, to do Isla del Sol. Lake Titicaca Lake Titicaca (3820m) is located on the border between Bolivia and Peru. It's probably one of the biggest tourist attractions for people going to Peru or Bolivia. Measured by the volum of water it's the biggest lake in South-America. The lake is composed of two sub-basins. They are nearly separate, only connected by the Straits ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz May 22nd 2008

Coming home again I'm been coming back to La Paz a couple of times now. First arriving there the first time, then after mountaineering, after the jungle trip and in the end after the little roundtrip down to Potosi and Sucre. The main reason is that all the transport goes from or to La Paz... And the last time, on sunday it was almost like coming home again : ) All the noise, streetmarkets, steep streets, hustle and bustle and so on is good fun every time! I'm not gonna write much now, when I had a good introduction last time (see "The highest capital in the world) I spent the last days here organising a little bit. Mailing home some stuff I didn't need anymore, updated you on the blog, and watched the Champions League ... read more
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The worlds most dangerous road This road has many names. The death road, the worlds most dangerous road, the coroico road and the yungas road... The road is going from La Paz to Coroico, and is about 69 km long. It first goes up to 4700 meter, before its descending to 330 meter. This makes it a popular ride for bikers! The official name, I think, is Yungas Road. And it's because it connects the Altiplano with the Yungas (mountain to jungle) The road was build in the 1930s during the Chaco War with Bolivia. They used Paraguayan prisoners to build it. The reason why it got its nickname "the death road", was because of all the people who died during the construction, one of the guides told me. He said that it was maybe one ... read more
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The most beautiful city in Bolivia? Sucre is probably the most beautiful and important city in bolivia. It was here the independece was proclaimed, and the declaration was signed on the 6th og august 1825. Sucre is actually still the judicial capital, but the seats of government and treasury are in La Paz. The city is situated in a valley surrounded by low mountains in a altitude of 2790m. The climate, especially after been in Potosi (4070m) was mild and comfortable. Its many colonial white buildings with nice patios, plaza's perfect for studying the city life, and plenty of bars, restaurant, museums and other activities around. Sucre was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1991. Many choose to stay here longer than they planned, because of its climate, nice surroundins, posibilities to study and so ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi May 16th 2008

Potosi - "The Silver city" As I wrote in the last blog entry, the spaniards never found El Dorado (the city of gold) but they got Potosi instead. The city is named after the mountain, which it's situated below. In Quechua the mountain is named Potojsi, which means thunder or explosion, or it might also have been from Potoj, "the springs". I am rich Potosi, the treasure of the world... and the envy of kings. In 1544 a local Inca was searching for a lost llama, and stopped at the foot of the mountain to make up a fire. After a little while, the fire grew so big that the ground beneath was melting and it oozed shiny liquid from the ground. He couldn't keep his mouth shot, and the spanish conquerors started a large scale ... read more
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