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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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  • Day22

    Iquitos

    October 29, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    After a short flight (ca. 1h40min) from Cusco, we arrived at the small airport of Iquitos and had to basically take of all of our clothes! Leaving in a jumper and a jacket in Cusco at the morning, it was 31*C an 100% humidity when arriving in the Amazonian city.

    Iquitos wasn’t our favorite place to stay. The atmosphere was just not as relaxed as hoped, more offers for drugs than in the other cities we‘ve been before, lots of police (because of the Amazonas borders) and not our kind of vibe.
    We also checked out the Belen Market at 3pm and although it was already closing, it was a shocking thing to see: tons of flights, dogs and vultures eating left over meat from the dirty (really dirty!) streets. We decided to not go there anymore, although we didn’t see „the crazy jungle stuff“ people are selling there -partly illegal.

    Nonetheless, we had two half days there and found a nice bar and some pretty views. And enjoyed taking the cheap Tuk Tuks for a little wind and less walking.
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  • Day21

    Cusco

    October 28, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Cusco - an everyone’s favorite!
    It really is a lovely city: a wonderful historic center, tons of colorful stuff to shop, nice food, narrow streets, vibrant night clubs, the crazy San Pedro market and so much charme! We loved every second of our short stay and had the wish to never leave.Read more

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