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    • Day 74

      Huaraz (1)

      May 13, 2022 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Off to Huaraz - the hikers paradise of Peru.

      Ground zero for outdoor-adventure worship in Peru, the Cordilleras are one of the preeminent hiking, trekking and backpacking spots in South America. Every which way you throw your gaze, perennially glaciered white peaks razor their way through expansive mantles of lime-green valleys. In the recesses of these prodigious giants huddle scores of pristine jade lakes, ice caves and torrid springs. The Cordillera Blanca is one of the highest mountain ranges in the world outside the Himalayas, and its 18 ostentatious summits of more than 6000m will not let you forget it for a second.
      Huaraz is the fast-beating heart linking the trekking trails and roads that serve as the mountains’ arteries. Plans of daring ice climbs, mountain-biking exploits and rock-climbing expeditions are hatched over ice-cold beers in fireplace- warmed hostels and bars, often only interrupted by a brief sojourn into the eastern valley to the enigmatic 3000-year-old ruins of Chavín de Huántar.
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    • Day 2

      January 17 in Peru

      Lima c'est la halte nécessaire, comme une respiration avant d'avancer
      C'est le lieu où tu poses ta conscience pour réaliser que t'es au Pérou
      Une semaine ici pour connecter avec le pétillement péruvien

      La ville est découpée en districts et mes préférés sont Magdalena (avec son marché et ses ruelles où tu trouves de tout; les parcs et parfois des battles de slam hispanique) et San Miguel

      Avant de partir, l'information tombe : le pays est en crise chaque jour un peu plus
      Euh hésitation
      Puis finalement rassemblement de foi (avec cette pensée qui s'est avérée si vraie : "le peuple péruvien est un peuple pacifiste")
      Impact sur les plans prévus tout de même!
      Parce que le peuple agit avec calme, mais détermination et pression
      Chaque jour, des manifestations au centre de la ville (on déconseille vivement de se rendre dans cette partie; particulièrement vers parc Kennedy)
      Et chaque jour une route qui devient impraticable.

      Bon le Machu Picchu était déjà fermé (avec des touristes bloqués) mais quand la vague est montée du sud vers le centre du pays...Option scintillante qui est apparue : surfer vers le nord
      Eh quelle belle idée!
      Le nord est délaissé par le tourisme (sauf Iquitos dont je vous parlerais plus tard avec ses retraites autour de l’ayahuasca)
      Plusieurs haltes vont se dessiner...
      Lima ne nous a presque pas laissés partir; faut croire que cette ville nous avait adoptés 😅

      En tout cas à Lima tu te reveilles avec une brume de l'océan, tu te couches avec un ciel de feu
      Tu te perds dans les parcs et tu assistes à des danses et battle de tout 🤩
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    • Day 1

      Willkommen in Peru!

      September 18, 2022 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Ankunft am frühen Morgen in Peru.
      Marco Polo Scout Juan nimmt uns strahlend in Empfang.

      Dann spazieren wir gemeinsam durch
      die Reißbrett-Hauptstadt der spanischen Eroberer und Limas Vorzeigestadtteil
      Miraflores: Boulevards mit Boutiquen und Cafés, am nahen Stadtstrand sind schon
      die ersten Surfer in der Pazifikbrandung unterwegs. Beim gemeinsamen Mittagessen
      überrascht uns die abwechslungsreiche Küche des Andenstaates: Wir sind uns einig
      - mehr peruanische Restaurants in Europa wären der Hit!
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    • Day 77

      Lima - surprisingly relaxed

      December 18, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Had real relaxed days in Lima with beach, party and lots of ceviche (raw fish, local favourite, can eat it every day and time 😝), but have to admit I stayed most of the time in Miraflores, the expact district. Other parts of the city are a bit different 😜.Read more

    • Day 18

      Op naar Huaraz

      August 22, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Vandaag had ik eerst studiofotografie, we hebben nu fotos gemaakt in de studio. We kregen uitleg over de belichting en verschillende filters etc. We hebben ook groepjes gemaakt voor het project van de komende 3 weken, wij maken iets over klimaatverandering, want dat was een van de 3 onderwerpen die we konden kiezen. Onderweg naar huis heb ik nog wat eten en drinken gehaald voor onderweg. Want vanavond vertrekken we (Marc, Leandro, Charly, Hannah en ik) om 22:30 naar Huaraz.Read more

    • Day 2


      May 28 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      First exploration tour through Lima. We got right into Pentecost celebrations and thus experienced the dovetailing of everyday life and faith at first hand. A moment of peace was offered by the visit to the Convent of Santo Domingo.Read more

    • Day 252


      February 2, 2020 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Lima, City Tour durch die wunderschöne, historische Altstadt. Dann am nächsten Tag eine alternative City Tour mit Alois Kennerknecht durch die Vororte Limas, zum grossen Fischmarkt, zu seinen Projekten wie Gras Bepflanzungen in der Wüste und zum grössten Friedhof der Welt. Alois kommt aus dem Allgäu, lebt aber schon über 30 Jahre in Lima, ist sehr sozial und auch landwirtschaftlich angaschiert.Read more

    • Day 4

      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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    • Day 10

      Lima, Peru

      January 11, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Primero 'First' stop - Lima

      Our flight
      The idea of getting an early flight 6am in our case, was great as we'd reach Lima early evening however in principle, getting up a 2am leads up to a very exhausting day ahead. First flight of our grand voyage was an hour to Paris. Never in a million years did we imagine waiting in Paris for a flight to Lima.

      On the flight we felt mixed emotions of being selfish leaving our loved ones behind whilst we travelled. These emotions are something that we will have to deal with but those emotions are there because we are extremely grateful for our parents, family and friends for the well wishes and opportunity they have given us.

      Touchdown in to Peru- where Paddington Bear came from

      We were welcomed into Lima by 'Carlos' our taxi driver.

      The first thing we saw was a rusty mountain looming in the background.

      'Welcome to Peru!' said Carlos.

      The air was thick but the temperature was pleasant. It was approximately 1700hrs - we managed to catch the sunset whilst we weaved through the Peruvian rush hour traffic which was surprisingly calm (no horns beeping, no road rage).

      We felt a million miles from home but I couldn't help but feel a sense of felt like we were driving through the streets of Bilimore (a village in India).
      The residential streets lined colourful houses (blues, pinks, peaches and greens) separated by dusty narrow roads.

      We attempted to converse with Carlos in broken English. We spoke about football, cars about his children. Dipesh pulled out the Spanish phrasebook and attempted to quick-learn Spanish from/with Carlos.

      With our sparse Spanish speaking skills - we were extremely thankful to be escorted directly to our hostel (which was not signposted) since we were considering taking public transport 😖

      We arrived at our first hostel, Casa Hualpa (Elias Aguirre).Having off loaded our bags we set off into the main streets of Miraflores to find a supermarket for water but ended up purchasing a couple of bottles from one of the pharmacies that frequented the streets.

      Our first meal consisted of Thepla, Debrah (made by mum) accompanied by a mineral water.

      The next day we were up early to explore our surroundings. It was sunny but could see a big cloud of mist slowly rolling into the main city - it was amazing to see half of the city covered with a thick blanket of fog (due to Lima being a coastal city).

      We headed down to pebbled beach where we sat and watched learner surfers.

      The city of Lima is nestled in between steep hills hopefully protecting the main city from floods and tsunamis.
      We passed several sign posts for Tsunami 🌊Evacuation emergency routes.

      We then walked through LarcoMar (plush shopping complex) and had lunch (again theplas and debrah) in Parque Central and Parque Kennedy.

      Our walk continued to 'Huaca Pucllana' which is a Maranda adobe ancient pyramid built in AD500.

      Having never been to Egypt, this was my first encounter with any pyramid. It was mahoosive!

      Our day ended back at the hostel with our first simple cooked meal - noodles + a pepper #MadeByUs Where we met Hannah (Telford,U.K.) and Tom (Hull,U.K.) who (in contrast to us) had just arrived from New Zealand and were ending their world tour in South America before heading home. They'd been on the road for a year and half with the intention of only being 8 months (just like us).

      Day 2 we headed out of the Miraflores (main tourist area) to the presidential residence via metro (which is a bus/tram transport service) from Ricardo Palma to Jiron de la Union. You need to use a swipe card like an oyster which you buy at the office and each journey was 2.5 sol pp.

      This was beautiful. The presidents home (Buckingham Palace type building) is on a square lined by yellow buildings and a gothic cathedral.

      We arrived at 12 noon - just in time for the changing of the guards. This was amazing!

      We then visited the Monasterio de San Francisco which is a old monastery famous for its ancient library dating back to the Spanish conquest and underground catacombs which is the site of approximately 70,000 burials. We were surprised to see the open bone-filled crypts in the dark depths of the monastery. Entrance 10 sol pp with English tour included.

      Above however the corridors and rooms where decorated with beautiful paintings, tiles and architecture with a mixture of Spanish, Arab and Moorish influences.

      After a simmering day in the courtyard, we were delighted to cool off with a Lucama ice cream
      Lucama is a Peruvian fruit which tastes a little bit like chikko (Indian fruit).

      The day ended with a hostel-cooked gourmet meal tomato pasta & salad accompanied by orange juice. Supermarket called Vivando on corner of Bolognesi across the road from Scotiabank. It was like a Waitrose.

      Day 3 - we left Lima at 7am by bus 🚌 to Ica (4 - 5hrs). Booked online using The website is in English and lists all the options of all the buses. Although Cruz de Sur is highly recommended for 4-12 hour journeys Perubus and Oltursa are pretty good.
      We have boarded the PERUBUS with the locals. Our lack of speaking or understanding Spanish really plagues us...looking at our blank faces ...we and PERUBUS staff resort to the universal language of body language... thumbs up! 👍🏽

      Next stop - Ica, Peru
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    • Day 6


      January 23, 2022 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Caminar en Lima intentado la comida local. Paso tiempo aprendiendo español.

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