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  • Day31

    Rainbow Mountain & Laguna 69.

    June 16, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    After our trek we were all exhausted but we only had one more day in Cusco! Tallara, Tabby and I opted for a 3:30am start to get to Rainbow Mountain. After a 2.5 hour drive we arrived and clambered out of the bus. At 4,600m the wind was chilly but we were the first ones there! The 3km walk up took us 1.5hrs as we trudged up the mountain. The altitude at the top was 5,065m high and boy did the lungs feel it!
    With all our warmer clothes in the wash from the trek we laughed at how ill prepared we were as snow fell from the sky.
    The view from the top was amazing!!! Now quite the full rainbow because of the snow, but incredible nonetheless.
    After a little while enjoying the view, and a memorial meeting at the top we walked briskly back to the bus as we passed hoards of people making their way up to the summit. As we walked the wind picked up and the snow came in a little harder! Glad to have finished it before the crowds and chill came we made our way back.
    We slept well and the next day caught an early flight to Lima. Glad to only be staying in this bustling city a few hours we made our way to the bus station and jumped on board a bus bound for Huaraz. The hiking capital of Peru.
    We arrived to Huaraz later in the evening and tramped to our hostel.
    We arose early again the next day. A 4:30am start and made our way by bus to the National Park that houses the famous Laguna 69.
    We arrived after a hearty brekky on the way at 9am and jumped out the bus. Here we began our 8km trek mostly up steep hills to the lagoon. The altitude (3,900- 4,600m) made the trek a challenge but the beauty around us made it well worth it. Up and along the bubbling brook we wove our way between snowy peaks to the incredibly blue lagoon. What a sight to see!
    Tallara’s 27th birthday today so a picnic once we got to the top was well called for. We spent an hour or two taking in the beauty of the lagoon before making our way back down and onto the bus.
    Beer and pizza are well deserved! A mighty nice way to spend a 27th!
    A nice down day tomorrow before we jet off to Colombia 🇨🇴
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  • Day44

    Paracas

    February 27 in Peru ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Yesterday we went on a boat trip to Ballestas island to visit some of the wildlife! There were TONS UPON TONS of birds and we even saw some sea lions! Some of them were even sleeping amongst the rocks and it was one of the cutest things I have seen in my life! We were hoping to see some penguins on the island as well, but it was the time of year when they stay further behind on the island to change their plumage, so unfortunately we didn’t get to see any 😔.

    On the way to the island we saw a HUGE etching in the sand that looks like a cactus? Nobody knows who made it or when it was made, but there was some pottery that was found nearby, carbon dated to 200 BCE. Thats SUPER old!

    The island’s birds produce something called guano, which is a super fertiliser, high in phosphorus. Guano sells for £1,000,000 (1 million pounds) per 1000 tons, and there was even a war to see who got the Guano because it was so valuable! Now, the government harvests Guano and sells it across the world.

    Across from our hotel, in the sea, there are about 4 flamingos 🦩 but they are white with only a few strips of pink on them because they dont eat a lot of shrimp. Apparently they are called Andean Flamingos, and are the rarest kind of flamingos! There are also quite a few jellyfish, so I really don’t want to go swimming in the sea 💀!
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  • Day46

    Ollantaytambo

    February 29 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Mountain biking at 3000 metres is hard! Our guides, Ronald and Oscar, took us on an awesome trail around the Andes mountains. At 3600 metres, thats 2000 meters higher than Ben Nevis, which is the highest peak in the UK. At that altitude, breathing was a great difficulty and I forgot how to breathe at one point! Going down the hill was really hard as we had to be super technical with our bike handling, it was narrow and very rocky and I had to concentrate very hard to get down safely and not fall of the side of a cliff. When we got to the bottom of the trail, there was a major landslide so we had to carry our bikes over the mound!

    Next, we went for lunch in the middle of a field! There were 2 dogs and one looked like a racoon, and one was very naughty and kept biting the other dog when we gave him attention, and 3 donkeys! There were 2 foals (baby donkeys) and a mum donkey! (Move over baby sea lions because the baby donkeys have taken the #1 spot in the cuteness contest). The foals were so adorable and fluffy we just wanted to squish their faces! There were also sheep.

    After lunch we went to visit a place called Moray and it is a big hole in the ground with lots of terraces and the Incas (ancient indigenous people) used it to grow various plants from the Andes, including Coca leaves. It was a high altitude but the centre ring is the same temperature as where the plants can grow, and the next layer is a bit colder and so on, so they would test and modify the plant seeds so they could stand lower temperatures.
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  • Day48

    Pisac

    March 2 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    The Incas really loved their steps! The Pisac ruins in Peru were super cool, but really hard work to get to! It was built on top of a really high, steep mountain with LOADS of steps.

    They built lots of terraces into the side of the mountain for growing food, but these ones were for food production, not for experiments. They also hadn’t invented the wheel yet, so they had to use humans and animals to transport everything up to the settlement. The highest point in the settlement was for religious ceremonies because they felt closer to the sky and the gods.

    After Pisac, we went for lunch at Kantu Wasi in Amru. The house was owned by a lovely lady called Angela and she and her neighbours made lunch for us including Trout fish and Guinea Pig!Angela and her neighbours dressed us up in traditional Inca clothes! They are so warm!

    After we finished our lunch, Angela and her neighbours showed us how their textiles were made, all the way from the sheep to the finished product! This is how string is made:

    1. They cut some wool from the sheep
    2. They shampoo the sheep wool with a natural plant shampoo
    3. Once it is dried they spin it into a string
    4. They repeat again and now they have 2 sticks of string
    5. Now they spin the two sticks of string into a ball
    6. They then wrap it around their arms in a criss-cross
    7. Then they put the string in the natural dye
    8. They leave the string to soak in the dye for a few hours
    9. It is ready to be made into textiles!

    It takes 3 months for them to make enough string to make 1 poncho!

    After lunch at Angela’s house, we went to a huge market! There was a girl from the mountain making money from tourists by having us take photos with her ADORABLE animals! There was a super fluffy baby Alpaca and a cute goat with small horns!
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  • Day49

    Machu Picchu

    March 3 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    *this blog post is 2 days combined*

    We went to visit Machu Picchu and it was INCREDIBLE! Machu Picchu is an old Inca city that was lost (outside Peru) for 500 years!
    The story of rediscovery:
    There was an American guy called Bingham and he went to Peru to try and see the terraces amongst a forest. So he went to a Peruvian man’s house and he didn’t want to take him so he got his son, Pablito to take him to see the terraces, and then Bingham saw the old ruins amongst the trees and raided all the gold and silver. When he arrived, he found a family living in Machu Picchu but when he wrote his book, he said he was the first man to Machu Picchu, but really there were millions of people from the Inca times and even the family he found.

    The next day (today) we climbed Machu Picchu mountain, which is right next to Machu Picchu and it is 3000 metres high! It was so tiring, and I’m not so sure it was worth it when we got to the top as there were clouds covering everything! The most of Machu Picchu we saw is in the pictures.

    After visiting the mountain, we went to see around Machu Picchu again and we went to see the temple of the condor, which was closed yesterday. The temple of the condor is a room of worship with a huge statue of a condor. There was also a secret tunnel room . . . treasure?
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  • Day60

    Sacred Valley Inca Trail

    December 31, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Our new years eve trip to the sacred valley was a very interesting one and thanks to our tour guide Carlos we learnt alot about the Inca history throughout the 3 main towns that have inka ruines in the Urubamba valley. First we visited Pisac Incan Town located on the mountain top, with a view of 3 valleys, stone alters to the sun, farming platforms that they used for growing produce and also from above you can see the traditional markets where locals still sell goods. We then stopped at the markets to watch the craftsmanship of a jewellers shop, where they used natural elements of stones & shells to make beautiful, traditional peruvian jewellery. We then went for an amazing buffet lunch, which we both made pigs of ourselves... As yes dessert was included 🍰😋😁🤗 winner! After lunch we visted probably the most famous archaeological town of them all; Ollantaytambo, where you can climb the Temple of the sun located on the top of a mountain and also see many water drainage systems in places within the ruines and town that they still use today! The last place we visited was Chincheros which was about an hours drive up the Andean mountains (so beautiful to see everything below) and located at over 4,000 feet above sea level! We viewed more Inca sites here, but only by bus as the locals here own the land so it private. All the other sites are owned by the government so free to walk. The last part of the trip we visited a family run weaving shop, where the traditional indigenous woman showed us how they make and colour all their textiles, handcrafted with alpaca wool,while we drank caco leaf tea to help with the climate.. They also loved singing to us, on arrival and on departure..... And obviously goes without saying they were hard selling us their products after the show and tell which is only fair 😊😅Read more

  • Day65

    Amazon adventures pt3

    January 5 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    More of our adventures in the amazon, from ziplining, canapy walking, chilling in hammocks and meeting fellow travellers it was such a great experience all round, even though it was humid and full of mosquitos 😂😅 we still enjoyed every second 😊Read more

  • Day65

    Amazon adventures continued

    January 5 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    More antics in the amazon including monkey Island (not the best photos) but we did get to feed them up close and personal which was an amazing experience 😍 before they realised we had no food left! Needless to say they got alittle angry about this, so we had to make a quick exit with the help of our tour guide distracting them with a few left over apples 😅Read more

  • Day67

    Huaccachina

    March 4 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Huacachina ist DAS Ziel der Influencer.
    Bilder der Wüstenoase versprechen ein grünes Paradies mitten in der Wüste umgeben von beeindruckenden Dünen.

    Nun ja, das mit den Dünen stimmt.
    Ansonsten liegt der Ort ca. 1km von der Hauptstadt des Departaments Ica entfernt und besteht ausschließlich aus Restaurants und Hotels.
    In der Mitte findet man zwar die versprochene Oase in Form eines Teiches mit Palmen, aber irgendwie reißt es das dann auch nicht mehr raus.
    Natürlich ist die Tatsache, dass da Wasser inmitten von Sand ist, schon beeindruckend, aber es hat uns einfach nicht von den Socken gehauen...
    Die Straßen sind, wie so oft, natürlich auch ziemlich vermüllt und auch die Wüste selbst war davon nicht verschont...
    Unsere Unterkunft lag ein wenig außerhalb und darüber waren wir auch ziemlich froh 😅

    Was hier allerdings sehr cool ist, sind die angebotenen Sand-Buggy Touren mit Sandboarding.
    Also erstmal durch die Wüste heizen und dann kopfüber die Dünen runter 👌🏽
    Die erreichte Geschwindigkeit war auch höher als erwartet 🙈
    Um anschließend nicht komplett gesättigt zu sein, empfiehlt es sich, ein Tuch über Mund und Nase zu ziehen ☑️
    Wir haben es aber ohne Verletzung überstanden und konnten anschließend den Sonnenuntergang inmitten der Wüste erleben.

    Nach der Tour haben wir uns anschließend noch auf die riesige Düne neben dem Ort gequält und uns an einem Instagram-like Bild versucht, es sollte aber nicht so recht sein.
    Haben für die Rückkehr den direkten Weg gewählt und sind runter gerannt, was in dem weichen Sand super schnell ging.

    Fazit:
    Huacachina ist ein bsschen überbewertet, aber der Spaß wars wert 👌🏽
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  • Day70

    Chocolate class... Arequipa

    January 10 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    So today we had a fantastic experience at a chocolate workshop, we booked last minute hoping to get a spot, and turned out we we're the only people to book for the morning class.... Which was great as we got a very personal learning experience of how 'Chaq Chao' make chocolates right from scratch using the best cacao beans, cacao butter, powdered milk and natural sugar (only the best natural ingredients) and we learnt about how big chocolate companies add soo many different ingredients, and use the cheapest products possible to cut costs! 😳 In doing so many of us think that Nestle, Lindt ect have the real chocolate taste but actually it's not, we have become addicted to the sugar and not the cacao itself (as there isn't much in there to begin with... Sad realising this!! As personally love Lindt chocolate.. But true 😑😕). In the class we actually got to hand pick cacao beans to roast, then deshell for the process of grinding the cacao beans to a chocolate paste that later gets used with the cacao butter, milk & sugar to make any chocolate you like e.g milk / dark. For white chocolate they only use cacao butter, milk & sugar 😋. (they don't waste anything, and use the caco bean shells for making chocolate tea... Pretty nice, and has better health benefits than green tea... Who knew!! 😉😏). In the last process we got to see the machines they use for mixing all the ingredients together to make the melted chocolate, before tempering at 43°c...then for making it into chocolates with toppings as we did 😁 yum!... Most important part is definitely eating them all 😂Read more

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