Post-Examen-Rucksackreise durch Peru, Ecuador und Kolumbien. Zzgl. Kuba.
  • Day43

    Quito

    November 19, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Surviving our 26151818 overnight bus ride (a little exaggeration, I know, but it feels like that!) we arrived in Quito in the early morning at 5 am.
    After a short sleep in our super clean hostel, we woke up to enjoy a city with an over 500-years old historic center, that an UNESCO world heritage site.
    We were taking a Free Walking Tour and learned a little about the cultures that influenced the city. Did you know Ecuador has 81 vulcanos? Us neither.
    There are plenty of plazas, churches (with lots of gold) and nice narrow streets with sweet restaurants.
    We were visiting the local „Mercado central“ and searched for the one vegetarian dish (a soup) they were offering.
    And what’s the best? Ecuador has such nice chocolate. We went into a shop and could try crazy combinations (e.g. with Yucca, a Kind of potato) and it all tasted awesome!
    The last day, we climbed up the Basilica (one of the three biggest gothic churches in the world) and enjoyed a fabulous view.
    In the end we can say, that although we met many Travellers that were a victim of pickpocketing on their way to Quito and the weather was crazy (icy rain and thunder every afternoon) we enjoyed it a lot and wished we could stay 1 or 2 days longer.
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  • Day41

    Los Frailes

    November 17, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The second trip we made during our stay in Ayampe was a visit of the beaches „Los Frailes“.
    Just a short bus drive from Puerto Lopez away, there was an 1,5 hour hike to see 3 beautiful beaches. All were breathtaking and we didn’t even have the best weather! Nevertheless, swimming was only allowed at „Los Frailes“, since there is some serious current at the other beaches.Read more

  • Day40

    Isla de la Plata

    November 16, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    From Ayampe, our refugium on the coast, it was a 20-minutes collectivo (shared taxi) ride to Puerto Lopez, the starting point of two tours we did.
    The first one was „Isla de la Plata“ (aka Silver Island) or also known as the Galapagos for the poor. Like us. Haha.
    After an 1h boat ride, we arrived.
    The island was not as green as expected, but still with a beautiful coastline. We saw lizards, small snakes and most of all: boobies (that’s their real name!).
    Those funny birds with incredibly blue feet were everywhere!
    After a small hike to see them, we did some snorkeling and it was amazing. So many colorful and big fish, mantas and corals.
    The Galapagos for the poor was totally worth a visit!
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  • Day39

    Cooking Class im Ayampe

    November 15, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    One of the activities offered in our beloved guesthouse VistaMar was a cooking class with chef Fernando.
    Fernando was a lovely and calm man from Jipijapa, who has a truck full of vegetables and fruits, with which he drives to Ayampe everyday. All the ingredients of our cooked meal were organic and out of his truck!
    Although he spoke little English and my Spanish still isn’t the best, we had such a fun time!

    We made „Ceviche de camarón“ and were thrilled how to cook such a classic of the south american cuisine. It was after a recipe of Fernando himself and boy... it tasted Devine!
    As a second dish we made „Corviche de Camarón“, a plate made of platanos (sort of bananas), which are formed to sausages and include a shrimp hidden inside.
    We cooked so much, we could share with the other guests and had even leftovers for the next day.
    We are very proud that we can now cook to traditional dishes of Ecuador and looking forward to cook both plates in Germany for our families and friends.
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  • Day38

    Montañita & Ayampe

    November 14, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    So we finally crossed the border to Ecuador after spending almost five weeks in Peru.
    And as I said before, Beni and I were in beach-mode. So we decided to skip Guayaquil and just head directly to the coast and Montañita.
    Known as a party and surf town, Montañita was fulfilling exactly those expectations. Lots of clubs and neon, but also a really nice beach with nice waves.
    We spent some nice time there, strolling through the streets and shops, drinking delicious coffee and surfing a little. We skipped the parties and had a „Sinner Season 2“ Netflix marathon during the nights and were perfectly happy with it.

    Our next stop was Ayampe, a small (really small!) village 30-minutes-away from Montañita. And what can I say? We found our favorite place in Ecuador.
    We planned on staying one night and ended up spending four and skipping the rest of our plans for the shore.
    The small village provided all that you needed: the best waves and boards so far, a lovely yoga studio with delicious muffins nearby, small shops with fresh fruit, plenty of delicious restaurants and the most lovely guesthouse (Vistamar). We didn’t want to leave!
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  • Day34

    Huanchaco & Mancora

    November 10, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Next we made some beach stops in the north of Peru.

    First Huanchaco, a village close to Trujillo, where we took our first surf lessons - so exciting! - and just relaxed in beautiful hostels close to the sea, which offered cheap yoga classes.
    We also visited the ruins of Chan Chan and although quite impressive size-wise, Beni and I realized we have seen enough ruins for a while.

    The second stop was Máncora, a city with wonderful weather and a nice surf vibe. We met our lovely Germans again and went for a party and some drinks. And a beautiful sundown.

    After all the hiking and the -still awesome- mountain panorama all the time, we really enjoyed the coast and the sea. The vibe is more relaxed and the food was just delicious in both places!

    P.S.: The turtle lived as a pet in ATMA hostel in Huanchaco (a wonderful place-check it out!) and we immediately fell in love. A turtle is now high on my wishlist!
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  • Day29

    Huaraz & Laguna 69

    November 5, 2018 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    After flying back from Iquitos to Lima, we took a bus to Huaraz.

    At first Benjamin was a little sick, so we decided to take a first lazy day there, exploring the city and sleeping a lot.
    The city is a bit smaller, but nonetheless it was super lively, since there were some holidays in Peru.

    At our second day, we did a little and easy hike for acclimatization. We went to a small lake near Chiwipampa and enjoyed a stunning view and the nature by laying in the grass and breathing fresh air.

    Our next hike was more tough. We did a tour to the Laguna 69, which is at an altitude of over 4,000 meters.
    The hike itself was beautiful! It was one of the nicest landscapes we‘ve seen so far in Peru! Very green, many small and colorful lakes, small water“streets“ everywhere and peacefully eating cows.
    At the lake, you could just sit on the rocks and enjoy the amazing view and listen to the ice crack in the glacier above.
    On the 2-hours- way down, Beni could even take his shoes off.

    We loved the hike but it had one downside: as we returned to our hostel, some horrible headache showed up. Later I was feeling quite nausea. Thankfully, I could suppress all with medication and we were planning to go to the coast next.
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  • Day24

    Welcome To The Jungle I

    October 31, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    At our second day, we were so excited für our jungle encounter to begin.

    We started by visiting a small local market before getting on the boat. There we could try some typical fruits from the Amazonas and brave hearts could try some „suri“ (maggots). We weren’t that brave, though. Haha.

    Our boat ride was so nice, the amazonas ist astonishingly big and we ended up in a rescue center for animals from the Belen market. Those animals were treated there (mostly because of mean skin rashes) with the goal to release them back into freedom. We had the chance to hold an incredibly cute sloth.
    Also, our guide told us a lot about the native medicine made out of the plants of the jungle and their use - very interesting.

    Afterwards, we had lunch and could discover our lodge a little - the lodge even had a small pool to refresh!

    In the evening, it started raining heavenly since we were on the edge to rain season. We therefore went to bed early to get up at 4.45 to spot some typical pink dolphins and to see the sunrise.
    The sunrise we did not see, because of a cloudy situation, but we could spot some dolphins after driving around for an hour and almost losing hope.

    We than visited a local tribe, which Beni and i did not enjoy that much, because we had the feeling that the indigenous felt forced to welcome us and really needed tourists to buy their products. Nonetheless, there were the cutest little kids, looking all like Mogli and having a sloth as a pet!

    In the afternoon we had a little jungle trek, where Beni and I learned again about many plants and animals and spotted some monkeys and insects.

    In the Halloween night, we went out again to see the nocturnal animals. Mostly spiders - a little nightmare for me! You can tell by the look on my face in the picture below. We learned how to walk in the jungle to not get bitten by snakes, spiders and scorpions.

    At our last day, wen went fishing for piranhas and swimming in the amazonas! This was really such a fun end to an amazing experience and we are very thankful for it. Not even 1.000.000 moskito bites and sweating like crazy because of 100% humidity could lower our excitement.
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