Archive for tag: South America

Hola Bolivia! We’d successfully made it through to the Bolivian border, despite a hair raising taxi ride down the side of Lake Titicaca. We’d arrived in Puno (Peru) to catch a short bus journey through to Cocacabana in Bolivia, but had arrived late and missed the connection. We were all keen to get through to Bolivia that night so Ashley and I managed to find a guy that was willing to take us in a ...

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When someone throws up a claim like ‘The Worlds Deepest Canyon’ and tells you that it’s only going to cost $100USD to go trekking into it for 3 days, you are strangely compelled to jump at the chance. Well we did and the place certainly lived up to it’s name, a;lbiet I didn’t really have the equipment to confirm it’s ‘Deepest in the World’ claim. After our relaxing time in Arequipa we were due to more ...

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Arequipa was our final stop in Peru, we’d decided to give it a go for a couple of reasons. It’s was meant to be a nice looking town with some interesting museums and spots to check out. It’s also the base from where tourists can visit the Colca Canyon – the worlds deepest canyon. Unfortunately the cold temperatures somewhere along the way had taken it’s toll on me, a serious bout of man-flu had set ...

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It was time to head for the hills. After enjoying the city life in Lima, we took an early morning flight across Peru and up to Cusco (flying allowed us to avoid the 20 hour bus ride along winding mountain roads!) Cusco is the tourist hub for all things trekking and Inca. It acts as a starting point for many treks in the region, including the Salkantay and Inca Trail, as well as providing the ...

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  The big trek! We’d been prepared for a shock to the system as our unconditioned bodies were thrown into the altitude of the Andes for 5 days. Two nights acclimatisation in Cusco proved useful, but it certainly didn’t give us enough of a test for what we were to experience. We took a list of things to buy and spent the last day in cusco filling our packs with anything that would help to keep ...

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Take a bus ride the length of New Zealand without stopping. Just for good measure, before starting your journey take another bus from Wellington to Taupo, just to make things interesting. That’s what we came face to face with as we traversed from Cuenca (Ecuador) across to Guayaquil (Ecuador), where we got a direct bus to Lima (Peru). It was tough going, but meals on-board, wi-fi and of course Celina’s witty remarks kept me sane. It ...

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It’s all on at the moment, we’ve just finished our last bit of packing for our 5 day Salkantay trek, where we finish up at Machu Picchu. In an effort to try and get things up to speed, I’ve decided to let this blog post about our time in Cuenca speak for itself through pictures.   Cuenca was our last 2 night stop-off in Ecuador. While being a good sized city it had plenty of the charm ...

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Time to change our luck for the better, Banos what have you got? We had high hopes that Banos would serve up some good Ecuadorian hospitality and convince us of Ecuador’s charm. Only 4 hours by bus from Quito it was a breeze to make it there meaning we had more time to relax and take in our surroundings on day 1.   Sun sets over Banos   Baños is not a toilet The town of Banos holds around 9,500 ...

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Time was up on the clock in Colombia, no last minute penalties, it was time to head for our next destination: Ecuador. It wasn’t going to be an easy trip nor, according to Lonely Planet, terribly safe (which doesn’t really carry too much weight but at least acts as a warning). We were still in heartland coffee country and needed to head south, it was going to take a couple of days and we decided ...

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The final stop in Colombia, only fitting that we should surround ourselves in one of the largest, legal, exports that the country grows. Zona Cafeteria is, as you’d imagine, where a good portion of Colombia’s coffee is grown. While the region itself is huge, we’d decided to visit a small town in the middle of it all, Salento. We even tried to get as close to the source as possible by staying at a hostel ...

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