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  • Da wir von der Sonneninsel nicht sonderlich begeistert waren, entschlossen wir uns kurzerhand einen Nachtbus nach Cusco zu buchen. Die Frage war nur, ob wir das zeitlich schaffen würden. Die Nachtbusse verlassen Copacabana immer um 6, wir legten kurz nach halb 5 an und hatten unsere Sachen noch im Hostel und kein Busticket gebucht. Also - so schnell wie möglich die Busanbieter abklappern, ins Hostel Rucksäcke packen und auschecken und dann ab in Bus! Da wir eigentlich eine Nacht länger in unserem Hostel gebucht hatten, mussten wir unserer Gastgeberin irgendwie klar machen, dass wir schon eher abreisen. Mit Händen und Füßen gelang uns das dann auch (sie sprach so gut wie kein Englisch, wir kein Spanisch - as always). Ich packte unsere Rucksäcke, Danny ging los um die Busse zu buchen. Nächstes Problem - wir hatten kein Bargeld mehr. Danny kam wenig später völlig fertig zurück und meinte, die Bankautomaten spucken kein Geld aus. Er ist das nochmal los mit all unseren Geldkarten und kam halb 6 zurück mit guten Nachrichten - Geld doch noch bekommen, Ticket gebucht und los ging es - vamos! Der Bus war nicht so überragend wie der von Uyuni nach La Paz und mit dem Wissen, dass wir darin die nächsten 13 Stunden verbringen würden, hielt sich die Begeisterung in Grenzen. Eine halbe Stunde später erreichten wir dann die Grenze nach Peru - anstellen, in Bolivien einen Stempel für die Ausreise abholen, wieder anstellen, einen Stempel in Peru für die Einreise abholen. Nagut. Danach machten wir es uns so gut es ging im Bus gemütlich, schauten mit einer technischen Meisterleistung (s.Bild) 2 Folgen Breaking Bad und hielten dann, kurz nachdem wir beide ein wenig geschlafen hatten, in Puno an. Wie immer hatten wir keine wirkliche Ahnung, was nun passiert - wir hatten wohl eine halbe Stunde Aufenthalt dort, bevor es weiter geht. Schnell im Busbahnhof Zähne geputzt und beeilt. Natürlich umsonst, denn schlussendlich fuhren wir erst gegen halb 12 weiter. Den Rest der Nacht schliefen wir mehr oder weniger gut und kamen dann heute morgen halb 7 in Cusco an. Mit dem Taxi ging es in die Innenstadt, dann erstmal WIFI bei MC Donalds bekommen, um Hostels zu suchen. Nach einigen Anläufen haben wir ein wunderschönes Hotel gefunden - los niños - und sind nun mehr als glücklich, endlich mal wieder eine komfortable wunderschöne Unterkunft zu haben.Read more

  • Archeological site where a woman, Lady of Cao, was in charge in 200AD. Of course in the museum with her mummified body and funeral items no photos were allowed. It was very unusual. Can you dig it?

  • Not much to see here except for the crazy ruins of an old Inca civilization. Actually it's very impressive and I am pretty sure most people have heard about it because there were probably a few thousand people walking around the ruins today.

    We woke up reasonably early and began looking around the ruins around 8am with a reasonably priced tour guide.

    The place is amazing. The views in all directions are phenomenal with steep mountains and rivers below. If you wanted to build a community these days you would definitely choose an easier location. However when you consider the primitive tools used (rock chisel) you just can't fathom how this amazing city was built.

    We spent 2hrs with the guide before going off and having a picnic with a view! followed by some exploring (everywhere you look is impressive so you can't help but take photos). About 10am it got pretty busy and by 12 it began to rain so we bailed back to Aqua Calientes where we have managed to pick a hotel room right next to a reggae club called Big Brothers Bar(it was a sign).
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  • Christmas in Cusco is a big deal! Had lunch at a little Irish pub above the main plaza where hundreds of booths were set up. Tens of thousands of people wandered around buying up everything from tapestries and ice cream to do-it-yourself Nativity scene kits.

  • We left the dust and smog of Arequipa at 930 am on a glorified schoolbus towards the small town of Cabanaconde. We loaded up on empanadas and a few other snacks before boarding. The bus rattled out of the station and we were stoked to be getting off the beaten path. The roads out of town were jammed up and the going was very slow. An hour after we left we finally made it to the edge of the city. Misti volcano was looking good in the backdrop beyond Arequipa.
    The bus lurched along and up and up we went into the high plains between the mountains and the volcanos. We passed by countless little villages with steep hillsides covered in terraced farm land. We stopped in the village of Chivay to pick up more passengers. The locals were lined up ready to rush the bus as they were unaware of how many seats were left on the bus. Once the door opened a police officer held the pushy locals back from rushing on so others could get off first, it was an intense scene. Once everyone was loaded up we were off again.
    Hour 6 in the bus was wearing on us. Luckily the views kept getting more and more immense as we got closer to Canyon del Colca (the world's second deepest canyon). The pavement turned to dirt and the exposure off the side of the road grew. 1000ft plus drop offs were around every corner which made us hope the brakes and clutch were solid.
    Hour 7 and we were almost there. You could see Cabanaconde off in the distance, perched on top of a large knoll with the canyon to the right and massive peaks all around. It was a sight to behold.
    We both let out a sigh of relief as we stepped off the bus. Cabanaconde is really cool and we were excited to do some hikes into the canyon.
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  • What a day. We set out around 10 am to hike to the beautiful oasis of Sengalle. Sengalle lies at the bottom of the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon. We weren't quite sure what this journey would entail but we should have known hiking 1000m to the bottom of a massive canyon would require copious amounts of quad burning, knee tinging down steps. Cactus and strange desert plants dotted the near vertical walls, clinging to them as if their life depended on it; it did. Across the canyon were many small villages that seemed to defy logic considering their location. Farming terraces lined the hillsides as locals attempted to optimize the little space they have here.
    After three hours and countless switchbacks we made it to the oasis. What a treat it was! Fresh water swimming pools lined with lush grass and flowers and palms all around. We sat down to eat our lunch and refuel for the journey back up.
    On the way back up we saw a few condors circling high above and the light on the canyon walls was awesome as the sun began to dip low on the horizon. Our lungs were burning from the altitude (10800ft) as we neared the top. Off in the distance Sabancaya was erupting billows of grey and tan smoke and ash. What a cool sight. Our legs were fried but we were high from the hike.
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  • We booked an over night, supported trek to the Rainbow Mountains with Rony. The rainbow mountains are a small range where certain minerals eroded in such a way that the mountains look like they are painted with all the colors of the rainbow. We had heard about this place and were very excited to see it.

    Around 7 am we were picked up by Rony and crew in a small, old Toyota wagon. There were six of us total and 5 seats. It was tight. We were in for a cramped 3 hour drive.

    The old Toyota rattled like a can full of bolts. The steering wheel was eerily vague, moving too many degrees either way before any actual steering input was registered. The suspension was over loaded as we bottomed out many times over even small bumps. The driver had a need for speed. He would go full throttle into corners marked "curva perligrosa" and then as though he had watched too many "Too fast, too furious" movies he would rest his hand on the E-brake lever. Luckily for us he never pulled it and luckily he always slammed on the brakes going into the corners before it was too late. As if that weren't enough to make one's stomach knot up there were plenty of unmarked speed bumps which he often saw in time, often. The road turned to dirt and 200-500 foot drop offs into a river were around just about every corner.

    The pavement ended and a pothole filled dirt road ensued. The road now lead us into the mountains. The little car climbed up and up as we passed small communities that seemed to be lost in time; no electricity, no plumbing, only the land, their farms and their alpacas.

    We got to start of the hike and it was beautiful. Maybe the feeling of being alive and out of that death trap of a car made everything seem a little brighter but it the mountains and the scenery were amazing.

    The wind was blowing cold and a storm was rolling in. It started to rain as we geared up and set out. We hiked through an awesome valley for about 2 hours and then began to head up, over a small pass in the mountains where we would set up camp. We were soaked at this point but having a blast. As we climbed higher the vegetation grew more sparse until it all but disappeared at 16,500 ft. The air felt thin and the rain turned to snow. We caught glimpses of massive, glacier covered peaks as the clouds blew through.

    Around 6 pm we arrived at a small lake tucked away in the mountains; our campsite. The snow kept falling and accented the cloud covered mountains. We dried off, warmed up, and had dinner before crashing out. Tomorrow would be an early day if we wanted to get to the rainbow mountains before the hordes of other tourists arrived.

    6 am, our alarm was going off. We got up and had breakfast. We were still in the clouds and more snow had accumulated over night. The hike today was to be a 2 hour journey through the highlands to the rainbow mountains.

    Along the way we saw plenty of lamas and alpacas. The people who live in these areas use alpaca for their wool and meat and trade it for fruit, veggies, or money. The lamas are primarily used as pack animals.

    Two hours later we arrived at the rainbow mountains. We were really excited to bask in the wild mineral colors for a while but the clouds were still thick and snow was blowing in again. Our view of the vibrant colors obstructed we decided to make the best of it. Rony's son, Fabian, was with us and it was his first time being in the snow so we made a snowman and I taught him about not eating yellow snow.

    We decided to wait for a bit to see if the clouds would break. They did ever so slightly and we caught a little glimpse of the mountain and it's colors. As anti climactic as it was the trek to get there more than made up for the lacklustre weather.

    The rainbow mountains were great and would be worth another visit in better weather.
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  • Bustling mountain town with biking, hiking, and climbing all around.
    We spent new years here and watched a crazy, decentralized fireworks show. It seemed that everyone in the town had fireworks and for about 30 minutes straight after the clock struck 12 am the city was lit up.
    We decided to go on a mountain bike adventure with a local guide who could show us around.

You might also know this place by the following names:

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