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South America » Peru » Cusco February 9th 2014

I arrived in Cusco on the day of New Year's Eve and ended up staying for a duration of two weeks. The place had a kind of latent magic to it and as I was guided through the Sacred Valley (camera died on me, sorry) this magic became increasingly palpable. I was introduced to the world of the Incas and learnt of their advanced agricultural systems, diligent astronomical observations, practical architectural knowledge and increasingly relevant beliefs among other interesting fields of science and philosophy.... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco February 9th 2014

With two newly found friends in tow, I finally managed to make my way to Machu Picchu. We took a bus from Cusco to the Central Machupicchu Hydroelectric Plant. From there we walked along the train tracks through the picturesque landscape of wild rivers and towering mountains to the town of Aguas Calientes where we were once again struck by the beauty of our surroundings, wishing we had arranged for a longer stay in this beautiful spot so far from the rest of the world. Alas, after three hours of sleep preceded by beer and pisco sour (bad call btw) and succeed by the absence of a promised breakfast, we proceeded to march towards the foot of the mountain together with a group of other sleepy-eyed wanderers. As it was only four in the morning we ... read more

South America » Peru » Amazonas February 8th 2014

Welcome to the jungle. Traveled to the Amazon basin of Peru where I not only found myself surrounded by the most compassionate and warmhearted people but in the midst of the most striking landscapes and surroundings. Wrapped in a warm blanket of humidity, I experienced a week of silence, contemplation and utter peace in a land only comparable to paradise itself.... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 8th 2014

Tanker omkring et kontinent - på vej til Caribien ! På hele kontinentet har vi oplevet en fanastisk forskel på livet mellem land og by - storbyer på ligefod med europæiske storbyer, og landliv så fattigt og ubegribeligt tilbageståenhed. Her er slum hvor vi i Danmark ville tvangsanbringe ALLE børn øjeblikkelig. Gadebørn og gadefamilier, familier på landet i lerklinede huse og mudder til anklerne, børn der bare tisser på gaden osv. Her er affald overtalt - tusinder der lever uden rimelige sanitære forhold. Hunde - der er hunde overalt. Løse hunde der løber rundt i store flokke på gaderne, gør og strejfer rundet efter mad. Hunde i alle størrelser, forfatninger og tilstande - maske der skulle overvejes en hundefænger som i "gamle dage". Vi har desværre oplevet latinoernes ikke særlige gode omgang med dyr, ingen tager ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima February 8th 2014

Life in Bohemia. Spent about a week in Barranco, Lima during which I had the pleasure to meet some of the coolest people on the planet. Funnily enough the sun was too hot and the ocean too cold, but the Peruvians seemed to deal with it just fine and made it a daily practice to fill up every last remaining inch of the long beach. Far from all the hustle and bustle of the center, Barranco proved the perfect escape from the around-the-clock honking and the overwhelming sense of an incomprehensible vastness (it's pushing on 10 million folks) that is Lima. In short, I loved it.... read more

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South America » Peru » Ica » Huacachina February 8th 2014

Thursday 6th February (Odyssey Day 90) We departed lovely Cusco at 0700 this morning, since we have a difficult drive over the mountains. We left Maddie and Lou for a few days and they will catch us up in Lima. Getting out of Cusco was interesting and we got lost trying to find the right road. The satnav wasn’t much help and it took over an hour to get fully out of the city. I don’t envy Simon that job, as the roads are narrow, the corners blind, and the drivers reckless! We headed through the mountains again and the way we drive through the clouds is still breathtaking for me. The scenery is always amazing and hasn’t yet lost its grandeur. I doubt it ever will. Having grown up in Perth (Australia), where there are ... read more
Bushcamp
Another Travel Day
Another Travel Day

South America » Peru » Cusco February 6th 2014

After an early wake up call and breakfast at the hotel, yes HOTEL (an extremely rare and almost magical experience after being in hostel dorms for 6 weeks), we jumped in the mini bus and drove to km82, the official start of the Inca Trail. Our group was amazing, there were 16 of us with an age range of around 20-35, with English, Australian, American, Swedish and a Porta Rican! We got our passports stamped, yes you need to show your passport on the trail, had a quick briefing and then headed across the bridge over the raging river. Our guide told us we had to take the first step with our right foot for good luck. Only 500 people are allowed to start the inca trail each day and this includes the porters that carry ... read more
The Porters
Me Freeman and Tom
Top of dead woman's pass

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco February 5th 2014

Sunday 2nd February (Odyssey Day 86) Breakfast was at 0615 this morning and departure at 0700. It’s about 10 hours to Cusco apparently and the roads are open according to the bus station. We passed some beautiful scenery as we drove today. It rained on and off and some of the roads had mud or rock slides and a couple of places were being cleared and we had to wait our turn to go past. We were heading up into the mountains and for the first time in well over a month, the weather was expected to get cooler. I did manage to spot a stunningly beautiful metallic blue butterfly fluttering around one of the streams we stopped by though. I have never seen anything like it before. We stopped to buy our own lunch in ... read more
Travel Day
Travel Day
Cusco

South America » Peru » Madre de Dios » Puerto Maldonado February 1st 2014

Friday 31st January (Odyssey Day 84) We departed the lodge at 0800 this morning. Fortunately it had not rained again overnight and we were able to pack up and drive out with relative ease. Or at least, Simon made it seem easy – I imagine the roads were still rather muddy though. We arrived at the border between Brazil and Peru at lunch time. We passed out of Brazil, but the Peru side closed for a lunch hour at 1300. We arrived just as they closed, so we set up our lunch on the side of the road right there! And now we are in Peru! The first thing everyone did was change some money. Since we don’t know when we will arrive in town tonight or where the hotel is, we thought it prudent to ... read more
Border Crossing
Puerto Maldonado Zoo
Puerto Maldonado Zoo

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon January 24th 2014

Colca Canyon og de fantastiske Condor ørne - verdens største ørn med et vingefang på over 3 meter. Colca Canyon er verdens dybeste Canyon og et af de eneste levesteder for den mægtige Condor. Vejen til Colca Canyon gik over et meget højt punkt, 4910 meters højde med sne og kulde - Vi kom forbi et sted hvor det er tradition for at bygge en stenvarde med ønsker til dem du elsker- Stenvarden på et af billederne er til vores børn - en sten til dem hver! Første by i Canyon var Corporaque med Hot spring (skønt) Så kom til til udsigtspunktet Croz de Condor - hvor den enorme Canyon virkelig åbnede sig for os - smukt og enormt. Næste by var Cabanaconde som også var vores destination for hiking ned i kløften mod den skønne ... read more
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