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  • Day267

    Long way back

    April 7, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We had another early start, going all the way up out of the valley. By 7am, it was already insanely hot - I've probably never sweated more in my life... Ooh and I've never seen a bigger taranchula than the one in pic 2!

    But with liters of water and a bag full of snacks, we made it back by mid afternoon. Since we still had time and a little delivery pickup offered a ride, we made our way back to Cachora much faster than planned. And started a whole other adventure that day :)

    The pickup stalled and then died partway. Which we almost didn't mind - we had stopped with the most beautiful view! After sharing our leftover snacks with a local family and waiting for a while, we were picked up by another taxi. On the way to the next town, about an hour away, we picked up a few more locals, filling a small car with 7 people plus our backpacks. In our next taxi to the next town, we were 8 people with 5 big bags! We were going fairly slow, as cows, sheep, mules, pigs and dogs were all over the roads, not really willing to let us through :) We then finally took a 3 hour bus and got back to the city by 10pm. Definitely many adventures and a beautiful trek I highly recommend (it's possible to take this one and then continue 3 more days to Machu Picchu and another ancient city on the way)
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    Johanne Andersen

    Good job ;)

  • Day263

    Lets go see some ruins

    April 3, 2017 in Peru ⋅ 🌙 30 °C

    Max and I met up in Peru for a week to go trekking and see the Incan ruins of Choquequirao. The trek is less known than the famous Inca Trail and since it takes two to three days of hiking to get to the ruins, less frequented than their bigger sister ruins Machu Pichu.

    After a day of planning and getting some last minute supplies, we left Monday morning on the 4.5 hour journey to Cachora, where the trail begins. Little adventures started already on the way: first, we took a Collectivo van with 10 other Peruvians. The car wasn't the newest and in a sharp corner, the door opened and an old lady almost fell out of the car. Luckily, she didn't. What did fall out was one of Max's boots though. We got it back and the semitrucks on the route hadn't hit them - lucky after all ;)

    The trek starts in town just below 3000m and follows the mountain range for a few hours. Filled with wildflowers, with views of the steep mountains and small glaciers around, the trail starts easy and beautiful. Just before sunset, we made camp at a covered spot, at a Peruvian family home. I was challenged and surprisingly able to have a good conversation with Gladys and her daughter Valentina (pic 6) in Spanish and we shared a good dinner from our own food and some fresh veggies.
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    Johanne Andersen

    Wauw, that's a view to remember :)

  • Day678

    Today's Special is Cuy

    March 25, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We ended up in Nazca around lunchtime and we didn't fancy more driving so we found a garage to install our new ball joints. The only way to get the old ones out was with a massive lump hammer, and then the new ones were half a milametre too big. Normally this would mean a big hassle, but here we drove to the nearest torno who shaved them down for us and an hour later they fitted like a glove. Unfortunately our test drive didn't go so well with Elvis handling like he'd had one too many of his special pills. After about another half a dozen attempts to get the alignment right we called it a night, and spent yet another night in the mechanics yard. To be honest this is not as bad as it sounds - it's always very secure, away from street noise, has bathrooms and sometimes showers, plus it's free! A new day brought a different perspective and within an hour Elvis was back to his old personality and we were back on the road.

    We had a loooong way to go to get to Cusco, the next big destination, so we spent the rest of the day driving. We climbed from near sea level to over 4,000m and then cruised through the amazing high altitude landscape. We spent the night on the edge of a small town, and had to get the duvet (plus blankets) out for the first time in a few weeks.

    The following day we drove another 4 hours, losing over half our altitude, and found a beautiful place to stop with a large swimming pool. We were planning on organising ourselves and doing some shopping, but the weather was so gorgeous we couldn't do anything else other than laze around the pool.

    The next day was a bit drizzly so we definitely made the right decision. We headed into town we grabbed some lunch. I'd been hankering after cuy (guinea pig) but again I was disappointed - it tastes a little bit like chicken and has hardly any meat - this one even came with head and claws with made it even less appealing. We then stocked up for our impending massive hike...
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  • Day81


    May 7, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Au Machu Picchu, plusieurs personnes nous ont parlé de Choquequirao : "C'est la petite soeur du Machu" ; "Seulement 30% de révélé, mais c'est déjà plus grand que le Machu" ; "Trek de cinq jours, donc pas beaucoup de touristes et magnifiques" ; "Avec un peu de chance, un des archéologues vous fera une visite guidée"...
    Avec deux autres voyageurs solitaires, une française rencontrée à Le Chalten et retrouvée à La Paz, et un québécois rencontré sur le lac Titicaca, nous formons un groupe de choc. Au lieu de deux jours aller, un jour de visite, et deux jours de marche retour, nous voulons passer à deux jours de marche et un jour de visite. Vu le dénivelé qui nous attend, ça va pas être facile !
    Départ à 4h de Cusco. Bus - voiture cinq places partagé à huit - taxi, nous voilà sur le site à 9h30. Les nuages sont sur nous. L'humidité ambiante transforme la terre en bout. Pendant la première heure de descente, chaque pas est une glissade non contrôlée de 10 à 50 centimètres. Avec nos gros sac, bien rempli de nourriture, ce n'est pas vraiment une partie de plaisir. Quand nous passons sous les nuages, la vue se dégage et la descente devient plus agréable. Après deux heures de descente, notre québécois s'aperçoit qu'il a oublié sa GoPro. Il nous laisse son sac et part en courant la chercher. C'est le début d'un grand téléphone arabe international. Après une demi heure, un multié nous informe que notre amis a chuté, qu'il va bien et part chercher sa caméra à dos de cheval. Nous attendons trois quart d'heure de plus avant qu'un couple d'Allemands passe et nous informe qu'une québécoise a retrouvé la GoPro, que notre amis l'attend en chemin et qu'il a l'air d'aller malgré sa chute. Enfin, une heure d'attente supplémentaire, la québécoise arrive jusqu'à nous. Elle travaille dans le corps médical et s'est occupé de son compatriote pendant une heure pour vérifier son état. Ils ont pris la décision qu'il était plus sage de partir à la clinique. Notre québécois est parti à dos de cheval et nous à laissé son sac. On s'est rencontré il y a dix jours, nous sommes donc ses amis les plus proches (dans les deux sens du terme). Hors de question de le laisser seul. Nous nous partageons donc son sac à nous deux et entamons la remonté. En chemin, nous rencontrons d'autres groupes qui nous donnent des nouvelles du québécois. Après trois heures trente de souffrance, nous n'avons plus de genoux mais nous retrouvons notre amis devant la clinique. Rien de cassé mais il n'est quand même pas en forme. On retourne à Cusco pour qu'il puisse aller dans un meilleur hôpital. Nous y arrivons à 2h30 le lendemain matin... Retour sans avoir atteint notre objectif de trois jours, n'y même le site, et dans l'incapacité de randonner pendant quelques jours. Heureusement, les paysages étaient beaux.
    Après examens approfondis, notre québécois souffre d'une côte fêlée, pas de quoi l'empêcher de continuer son voyage.
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