Post-Examen-Rucksackreise durch Peru, Ecuador und Kolumbien. Zzgl. Kuba.
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  • Day4

    Miraflores, Lima

    October 11, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After mostly spending time in Barranco, Miraflores was a quite a change for us ... and kinda reinforced our love for Barranco. Much more western with many high buildings and lots of shopping malls, it had a really different vibe.
    Nevertheless, we enjoyed the nice view of the ocean, the many parks with tons of cats (😻) and also some hidden street art.

    After walking around there for quite a bit, we returned to Barranco for the last time by bus - a true adventure - and had a great late lunch at „Casa Rana“ with huge portions.

    Off to the next stop... Ica.
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  • Day5

    Ica & Huacachina

    October 12, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After arriving in Ica late at 10pm, we realized that night - and especially the next morning, that Ica is a noisy city! Many Tuk-tuks, many cars and a lots of honking. But the sun was shining and there was plenty of fresh fruit sold in the streets and therefore our mood was unaffected.

    Later that day -in the afternoon- we booked a trip to Huacachina, an oasis a few km outside of Ica. The oasis itself was not as beautiful as espected, it‘s a really commercialized place, but we had super duper fun driving crazily around in buggys and sandboarding down the dunes!Read more

  • Day8

    Arequipa

    October 15, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Staying in Arequipa for 3 days was a relaxing experience. The „White City“ offers a lot of interesting colonial architecture, the Market of San Camillo is a great place for trying the typical peruvian fruits (e.g. Chirimoya), tons of shops selling colorful handcrafts, beautiful view points with charming churches, amazing sundowns from our rooftop terrace and we could even pet some alpacas.

    We used the time there to plan further our trip, do some laundry and get ready for our next stop: the Colca Canyons!
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  • Day9

    Food & Drinks Part I

    October 16, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Like every country in the world, Peru offers a great deal of typical dishes and ‚bebidas‘, aka drinks.

    So far, I‘m sure I’ve only tried a small percentage of all typical food but i will try to keep you guys updated on my olfactory experiences! And Benjamin‘s as weil, since he has to try everything that contains meat. Haha.

    1.) Pisco Sour - this alcoholic drink is made of liquor of grapes, lime juice, sugar and raw egg-white! The egg white becomes the white foam on top of the drink. I absolutely love this cocktail and I already drank it several times (e.g. on the rooftop overlooking Arequipa and another time in a bar while listening to a Peruvian Rock-Cover-Band called „Vigilin“)

    2.) Queso Helado - Cheese Ice? Sounds nasty, don‘t you think? I did so too and got prooved wrong! It‘s absolutely tasty and you can buy it for only 2.50 PEN (~ 65 cents) on every corner in Arequipa.

    3.) Aji de Gallina - Beni told me very simply: „It tasted nice!“ and he is definitely ordering it again.

    4.) Chicha Morada - a typical purple juice, made out of specific purple sort of corn boiled in water. I also really liked this classic of the Peruvian kitchen and I am usually no big fan of juices in general.

    5.) Empanda - what can I say? Empanada con queso, I have an addiction and I ate one (sometimes 2) every day while we stayed on Arequipa. Luckily, right before the door of our hostel was a cute little shop where you can get on for only 2.50 PEN from a lovely peruvian girl!

    6.) For fun: Chocolate Water Ice in a small plastic bag, sold by a woman on the bus to Cabanaconde - did not taste like chocolate, but certainly not bad either and was a nice way of cooling on a hot day!

    The order of the pictures got messy, but I think you can sort it out by the explanations. ;j
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  • Day10

    Colca Canyon Day I

    October 17, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After lousy WiFi for the last days, I finally have some working internet to overflow you with new pictures and updates.

    Starting from Arequipa, our next stop was the small village of Cabanaconde to start our trek into the Colca Canyon.
    Day I started early, since we did the tour without a guide and the other way around and therefore just had a rough idea on how long it would take us to our lodge.

    So we started the hike at 8 o‘clock in the morning and walked down for over 1000 meters and 2 hours straight . At the end, my thighs were shaking and I realized: going down is underestimated in terms of concentration and physical achievement.
    Our first stop was the beautiful oasis Sangalle, where we took a dip in a pool and had a little lunch (and I cuddled with a dog). So nice!
    Then we had to walk the canyon up and although the landscape was beautiful.... boy, it was hot and exhausting!! I kinda had like a little panic attack, because I was so out of breath. But I guess, sometime hiking is going to the maximum of your physical possibilities and realize, you can still make it to the top!
    Once we‘ve made it, the most beautiful part of our trek began. Really green and finally not that steep anymore!
    At 4 pm, we reached our lodge and were friendly welcomed. After a fantastic dinner we went to bed early to be ready for Day II.
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  • Day11

    Colca Canyon Day II

    October 18, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Day II started early as well. And it went up again! For 4 hours, climbing over 1000 meters. Like the day before, it was really exhausting and if you look at the pictures and I look happy, it was either a photo from the beginning or I was forcing it! Haha.
    Nonetheless, in total the hike was a fantastic experience and I could enjoy beautiful landscapes and learned a lot about myself. And that Beni is really supportive, when I‘m grumpy because of tiredness. Haha.

    After a shower in Cabanaconde, we drove back to Arequipa by bus to catch another bus to Puno.
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