Our last stop in Peru was Puno and a two day excursion to Lake Titicaca. Puno is a bit of a strange place; quite urban feeling and with overpriced tourist restaurants, though we did manage to find a really good and really cheap pizza place. We stayed at Hostel Pacha which felt a bit like … More Puno and Lake Titicaca, Peru.
As with the journey from Ica to Cusco, again we traveled on an overnight bus with Oltursa, this time from Cusco to the ‘White City’ Arequipa. Though, this time, the bus was a little older, it was still fine and the only annoyance was people leaving their alarms chiming out at 5am, ringing out for … More Arequipa & The Colca Canyon, Peru.
Machu Picchu, Peru. The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular treks in the world. To protect the route, only 500 permits are available per day, meaning the number of people on the trek at any one time is restricted. Luckily we’d read about the Inca Trail as soon as … More Machu Picchu, Peru.
Cusco & the Rainbow Mountain, Peru. We arrived in Cusco around midday, after a pleasant enough 17 hour journey from Ica/Huacachina. We traveled with Oltursa buses and the coach was new and clean with big business-class style seats and power outlets that actually worked. The wi-fi, though, was sporadic and it took about six hours … More Cusco & the Rainbow Mountain, Peru
Huacachina, Peru. Imagine travelling through the exhausting heat of the desert to suddenly see a beautiful mirage of a glistening freshwater oasis in the distance. As you arrive you realise it’s no mirage and that the pool is fringed with palm trees and a few small guesthouses, with women selling homemade ice cream and fresh … More Huacachina, Peru.
Paracas, Peru. I don’t think many people would stop at small coastal town Paracas, if it wasn’t for the famous wildlife haven of the Isla Ballestas, a group of islands a short boat journey away. Arriving in the evening, we spent the first night at Icthus Paracas resting up, before getting up early for the boat … More Paracas & Islas Ballestas, Peru
Lima, Peru. Lima had a good feel to it as soon as we arrived and it proved to be our favourite city since Medellín. We stayed at a quiet guesthouse called Casa Hualpa B&B, on the quiet side of Miraflores, an upmarket district popular with backpackers, along with neighbouring Barranco. We were starving when we … More Lima, Peru