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  • Day17

    Inca Jungle Trail II - Regenwald

    June 28 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Heute war -mal wieder- ein guter Tag ;) Nach einem frühen Frühstück um 6:15 ging es um 7:00 los mit der Wanderung. Die Steigung wurde von unserem Guide als "plano peruano" also peruanisches ebenerdig bezeichnet, was aber letztendlich immer wieder hoch und runter bedeutet, ohne groß Höhenmeter zu gewinnen oder verlieren. Nach anfänglich vielen Pausen und langsamen vorankommen kam dann ein steilerer Abschnitt, der noch aus Inka Zeiten stammt und daher mit Steinen befestigt ist. Man läuft durch das nichts, aber der befestigte Weg ist hunderte Jahre alt. Zum Mittagessen (wieder mal Spaghetti mit Tomatensoße) waren wir wieder auf Höhe des Flusses, an dem wir auch losgelaufen sind. Nach weiteren zwei Stunden Fußmarsch im Regen (heisst ja auch Regenwald) a la plano peruano kamen wir nach einer Hängebrücke auf die falsche Seite des Flusses und mussten mit einem Lastenaufzug wieder auf die andere Seite befördert werden. Als nächstes ging es durch einen verlassenen Bahntunnel, der absolut finster und voller Fledermäuse war (Michi beförderte es direkt in eine ziemlich tiefe Pfütze). Endstation ist jetzt, nachdem wir noch in den Thermalquellen gebadet haben, ein Guesthouse in Santa Maria (mit warmer Dusche (!), sehr zu Thuis Freude;)Read more

  • Day16

    Inca Jungle Trail I - Biking & Rafting

    June 27 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute sind wir auf unsere 4-tägige Inca Jungle Trail Tour zum Machu Picchu gestartet :) Als erstes stand Downhill Mountainbiking auf dem Programm - es ging von knapp 4300 Metern innerhalb von 2,5 Stunden über 50km hinab auf weniger als 2000 Meter! Die Landschaft war überragend, wir waren umgeben von Bergen, Dschungel und natürlich haben auch die wie verrückt fahrenden Busfahrer nicht gefehlt :D Die Fahrt hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht, auch wenn nach 2/3 der Tour Thuis Fahrrad leider aufgegeben hat und sie auf eines wechseln musste, welches im 1. Gang stecken geblieben ist. Nach dem Mittagessen ging es weiter zum River Rafting. Anders als so manch anderes Rafting (z.B. in Thailand :P) ging es diesmal ziemlich actionhaft zu. Nach frieren im Boot und eiskalter Dusche ist Thui besonders froh, dass in dieser Höhe inzwischen wieder tropisches Klima herrscht ;) Somit geht heute ein cooler und spaßiger erster Tag zu Ende und wir freuen uns schon auf die morgen anstehende Wanderung!

    PS.: Unglaublich nervig und schmerzhaft sind die Sandfliegen, die besonders fies die Haut aufreissen und dann Blut trinken, die Stiche sind deutlich schmerzhafter als Mückenstiche und machen echt wenig Spaß;)
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  • Day261

    Santa Teresa, Peru

    September 18 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    6:00 klingelt unnötig der Wecker... unnötig weil der hofeigener Hund seit 3 Uhr nacht durch gebelt hat!
    6:30 Frühstück und mit kleiner verzörgerung geht es 7:30 los!
    Mit all unseren Sachen gehen wir los ... unser Ziel ist dass in 22 km entfernte Santa Teresa!
    Wir machen viele stopps wo unser Guid "Jimmy" vieles über die Landschaft und die Inkas erklärt!
    Später besuchen wir ein mini Dorf in den Bergen die ihren eigenen Kaffee herstellen ... wir dürfen den ganzen Prozess mit machen vom Rösten bis zum Mallen (Stein auf Stein) und zum Aufgissen!
    Der Kaffee schmeckt auch ganz gut!
    Von unserem Guid bekommen wir eine mehr oder weniger traditionelle Kriegsbemalung im Gesicht!
    Anschließend laufen und laufen wir weiter Berg auf!
    Endlich sind wir da ... der originale Inka Trail .. etwa 2km dürfen wir auf dem originalen Inka Weg laufen! Es ist unglaublich schön und unglaublich beruhigend ... abgesehen wie gefehrlich es eigentlich in 300m über dem Abgrund ohne gellender so ist!
    Wir erreichen den höchsten Punkt des Inka Weges (auf den 2 km) und plötzlich wird jeder aus der Gruppe ganz ruhig ... wir setzen uns auf den Boden und schauen nur ... jeder ist merklich in seiner eigenen Welt ... es war irgend wie meditativ!
    Man fühlt sich plötzlich so winzig zwischen den Berge eingeschlossen!
    Wir setzen unsere Wanderung fort ... 15 Uhr erreichen wir den Ort wo wir Mittag machen ... es gibt Spagethi🤤👍 und anschließend eine Siesta in der Hängematte!
    Hab ich eigentlich von den menschenfressenden Fliegen erzählt?! Nein ... nicht nur ein paar Mücken war da .. nein Millionen die uns lebend aufgefressen haben!😵
    Anschließend sätzen wir unsere Wanderunh vor ... nach knapp 1,5 h erreichen wir einen Bereich am Fluss den wir nur mit einer Seilbahn überqueren können!
    Sicherheit gleich Null, Spaßfaktor 100!
    Sicher auf der anderen Seite angekommen sind es nur noch wenige Minuten und wir erreichen die heißen Quellen! Raus aus den verschmitzten Klamotten und rein ins warme Nass!
    Und heute gibt es sogar eine warme Dusche!🤩
    Später nehmen wir noch ein Collektivo für die letzten Kilometer bis zum Hostel!
    Anschließend wieder geschloßen Abendessen 21 Uhr und einen Schluck Tequila aus der Penis-Kanne und ab ins Bett!
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  • Day35

    Inka Jungle Trail Tag 2

    August 12 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Heute steht die anstrengenste Etappe unserer 4-Tages Tour an. Eine 12- stündige Wanderung, 9 davon reine Gehzeit. Dementsprechend bald heißt es wieder aufstehen, nämlich um 6.00.

    Um halb 7 gibt es Frühstück, Pfannkuchen mit Schokosauce und Rührei auf einem Teller (spannende Kombi 🤣),Brot, Marmelade und Butter. Gut gestärkt verlassen wir Santa Maria gegen 7.15.

    Die ersten 2 Stunden gehen wir halbwegs flach eine Straße den Urubambafluß entlang. Dann biegen wir in einen schmaleren Weg ab. Ab nun heißt es 1,5 Stunden lang bergauf gehen, teilweise ziemlich steil. Was das ganze heute erschwert ist die Hitze, es hat bereits knapp 30 Grad. Nach den ersten 20 Minuten bergauf legen wir eine erste Pause beim "Monkey House" ein. Dort können wir selbstgemachte Schokolade, frische Fruchtsäfte und Inka Tequila verkosten. Außerdem zeigt uns Carlos, wie man Coca-Blätter richtig kaut und wir alle probieren das natürlich auch aus. Nach etwa einer halben Stunde geht unsere Wanderung bergauf weiter. Beflügelt vom Coca geht der nächste Teilabschnitt recht gut voran. Nach ca.einer halben Stunde erreichen wir eine Kaffeeplantage, wo wir die nächste längere Pause einlegen. Hier wird uns gezeigt, wie die Kaffeeproduktion, immer noch per Hand, gemacht wird. Wir bekommen auch einige Kostproben und ich muss sagen, sogar ich, als Nicht-Kaffeetrinkerin finde den Kaffee richtig gut. Nach diesem netten Stopp gehen wir noch ca.15 Minuten, dann erreichen wir den echten Inka Trail. Gut 2 Kilometer dieses historischen Weges legen wir zurück, erklimmen viele Stufen und genießen die tollen Ausblicke! Die Stimmung in der Gruppe ist wirklich super, es macht riesen Spass mit ihnen durch diese schöne Gegend Perus zu wandern.

    Gegen 14.15 ereichen wir eines der Tagesziele, das Restaurant in dem es Mittagessen gibt. Es gibt selbstgemachte Guacamole, hervorragende Suppe und Spaghetti mit Tomatensauce. Da das Essen wirklich vorzüglich schmeckt, essen wir alle ein wenig zu viel und haben dann zum Glück etwas Zeit uns in einer der vielen Hängematten auszuruhen. Herrlich!!!

    Gegen halb 4 gehts dann wieder weiter, nochmals 2 Stunden zu den heißen Thermalquellen. Wir überqueren mehrmals auf Brücken den Urubambafluß, das letzte Mal überqueren wir diesen allerdings in einer Art Gondel, die von Einheimischen betrieben wird. Das ist echt witzig!!

    Gegen 18.00 erreichen wir dann die "Hot Springs". Das warme Wasser ist äußerst wohltuend, vor allem für unsere beanspruchten Beine. Knapp 1,5 Stunden verweilen wir in unterschiedlich warmen Becken. In der Gruppe haben wir echt jede Menge Spass und so verfliegt die Zeit. Gegen 20.00 treten wir dann die Fahrt nach Santa Theresa an, wo wir die heutige Nacht verbringen. Das Hotel ist wieder einfach, aber sauber und es gibt sogar WIFI! Ich teile mir das Zimmer mit Arti und Chantal, den zwei Mädls aus London.

    Um 20.45 gibts noch Abendessen. Die Stimmung ist verdammt gut und wir haben jede Menge zu lachen. Heute hat sich Carlos als wirklich guter Guide entpuppt und auch er genießt noch den Abend mit seiner Gruppe!

    Gegen 23.30 falle ich todmüde ins Bett, während es ein paar andere noch in die Dorfdisco zieht 😊.

    Nächste Etappe des Inca Jungle Trails: Aguas Calientes 😊
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  • Day24

    Day 23

    January 24 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    O siedmej sa vyráža na tripík. Nakladáme bajky, som sa zas dal nahovoriť. Raňajky sú po ceste údolím, pri St. Helene. Kamenné mestečko, ozaj má atmosféru, akú by som očakával v spojení s históriou a pôvodným obyvateľstvom. Kopírujeme Inka Trail aj s vlajkovým spojením a riekou. Všetko zelené, kopce v opare, stúpame do 4200. Čím bližšie k Amazónke, tým zelenšie, kopce potokov a vodopádov. Po prekľučkovaní sa cez 4200 sme v mlieku. Zastavujeme asi v 4000ke a presadáme na bicykel, vraj 55 kilákov downhill. Chrániče, korytnačku, helmy a rukavice si navliekame na výhliadke, odkiaľ sa v mlieku pred nami tu a tam objavujú zasnežené kopce, alebo to je ľadovec. Tažko povedať, bo to opäť rýchlo mizne. Prvá časť je diétna, po výhliadke to už púšťame bez obmedzení. Prechody cez rieky, serpentínami, takže durchom sme mokrí, už pred príchodom dažďa. Otepľuje sa, Valter najprv spravuje reťaz, asi 300 metrov pred cieľom aj pedál. Končíme v asi 1500 metroch. Preťal som pomyselnú cieľovú čiaru a zajtra pôjdem v žltom. Premočení v minibuse sme ďaleko neprešli. História sa opakuje, a ako aj minulý rok, most vzala voda, tak prechádzame po svojich na druhú stranu, kde nás čaká ďalší minibus. Obed v nejakom reagee klube a ide sa na rafting. Vraj tretia kategória, celkom svižné, ale trochu krátke. Na natiahnutie času sa hráme s pádlami. Presun pralesom s banánmi a iným ovocím cez hostel, kde nás veci čakali a angláni opustili. Nočným Peru si to v minibuse s ďalším tuctom backpeckerov brázdime v skale ponad clify za mrholiacej oblohy. Asi polhodinková jazda nad údolím, ešteže je tma, asi by nám vlasy dupkom stáli. Oblohu miestami osvetľuje svetelná show. Z bezmenného hostela v Huadqiňa za výdatného dažďa máme asi 10 minút na večeru, kde hrá z rádia Modern Talking. Opäť premočení. Grupa v reštike pozostáva z nás, Brazílčana Pedra a guida. Dosť zapadákov. Ale taxíky tu majú. Nie je flek na vysušenie vecí a obuvi.Read more

  • Day71

    Day 2 - Machu Picchu

    June 12, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Today was our day of trekking (around 18km) along part of the Inca trail. The 3 ladies from Brazil were doing a shorter tour than us so we said our goodbyes and continued as a team of 7. Breakfast was at 6:20am and we were on our way by 7am.

    The first part was along a road so we drove that part and were dropped next to a small path that lead into the jungle. We had anticipated a full day of hardcore hiking however to our relief it was far more relaxed. Every now and then we would stop and JC would talk about the flora and fauna. We saw many coca plantations, pineapples, bananas, coffee, some rather large bugs and so much more. We also stopped for a taste of some typical Peruvian fruits that a lady on the side of the trail was selling. One of them was called chirimoya which was delicious and I can't remember the name of the second one but it wasn't very nice anyway.

    We stopped at a lady's house for a bathroom break where I got to experience the squat toilet! I certainly won't miss those. She also had a pet monkey which was tied up as apparently he had a habit of stealing people's sunglasses.

    One of our longest stops was at a random place in the middle of the jungle where we got to try some more Peruvian goodies. There was 100% cacao chocolate, a very disgusting snake alcohol shot and some other shot with some leaves in, a delicious passion fruit juice and chicha morada which is a typical drink made of purple corn. They also had a pet monkey, coati and macaw. Simon had the monkey sit on his shoulders however after the dog incident I wasn't taking any more chances which involved potential rabies. This was followed by a very random dressing up session where we all got dressed up in traditional clothing. I was given a very special hat however the funniest by far was Lukas who was given a black dress like thing to wear and a balaclava mask along with a dolly wearing a creepy mask!

    Before continuing on with our hiking we had yet another treat in store, face painting! JC painted our faces with a red berry that grew locally and which is also used in cosmetics such as lipstick. The Incas also used to use it as a sun block. This was all very well and good until we sweated profusely walking up the giant hill that followed and needed to put on more suncream. I definitely looked like I had been tangoed at one point.

    The next bit of the path was very narrow in places and wound its way around the side of the mountain. There were very steep steps up and down as well as some bits where you needed to hold on to the side. It certainly put Simons fear of heights to the test. This was our final stretch before lunch and we were very happy when we arrived at the restaurant.

    Following lunch we had a mere 20 minutes hammock time before JC was rounding us up again to continue. It was at this point that we lost Annie as she had started feeling incredibly sick so she got a taxi back to the town where we would be spending the evening.

    The afternoon saw around another 2 hours hiking before we would be reaching the hot springs which we were all most certainly ready for by this point. Before we got there though we had some more interesting obstacles to overcome. One of which was a rickety old bridge across the river which had huge holes in places, resulting in more squeaky bum time for Simon. After which we had to climb over huge rocks alongside the river and back up again.

    The hot springs and where we would be staying for the evening were on the opposite side of the river so we would be needing to get across. JC informed us that there was a cable car which we would get. Now I don't know about you but when someone mentions cable car I don't think of a giant metal tray suspended from a wire. You went across in pairs so Simon and I sat ourselves on the tray and before we knew it we were being whizzed across the river. Well it definitely beat swimming and was actually quite fun.

    Now we had just one final obstacle before we could relax in the hot springs. JC instructed us to get out our torches as we had to walk for a couple of minutes through a tunnel in the pitch black! Said tunnel was also full of bats! Fortunately I made it to the other side without being pooed on and as we walked out into the sunshine we could see the hot springs in the distance.

    There were 4 pools in total, all of various temperatures but we went straight for the hottest! It was just what we needed after our hard day of trekking. I realise that this post may make it sound like a stroll in the park but believe me it was tough! Our dip in the pool was then followed by a much deserved cold beer!

    We were then taken to our hostel for the evening by minibus and went out for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
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  • Day76

    Drago D30+31 Machu Piccu and goodbyes

    May 5, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    A knock at 06:30 was my deadline; did I feel well enough to go to Macchu Piccu, or did I take the taxi booked back to Cusco later in the morning. Things seemed to have settled, so even though I felt weak as a kitten I opted to get on the train, and the taxi was canceled.

    The scenery from the train was enough to distract me as we passed into a tropical area and the snowy mountains lay high above (the train had windows in its roof!). We passed the start of the classical inca trek (good luck with the steps) and pulled into Agua Caliantes about two hours later. Here we jumped into a bus which ferried us high up into the hills. Pulling round a corner we had our first sight of Macchu Piccu!

    After a small queue we were in and we climbed to the top for the picture postcard view. I started to feel weak but pushed it out of my mind as I took in the incredible sight. A whole incan city preserved, it streched out away from me towards the next mountain. Among the terraces you could already see the llamas posing for pictures!

    Pierro started his tour and my symptoms got worse. I excused myself as the rest continued on. Wandering through the city towards the exit I tried to take it all in before I left it behind. They charge 1 sol per entry to the toilet in Macchu Picchu by the way. No return rates. They made some money from me that day.

    Taking pity on me after the tour, Pierro took me back down to Agua Calientes where his favourite haunt had sofa like chairs that I could lie down on, and a toilet within distance. A few naps later (and more than a few beers for Pierro) the rest arrived back and we headed back towards Cusco. I've never been so happy to be in bed.

    Next morning I felt better and it was time to say goodbye to Lou, Olly and Karen as they all had flights to catch. We walked around the catherdral (full of incan gold) and an Incan museum. Checking into a hostel by ourselves for the first time in a month felt odd. Luckily it was a lively place with good cheap food so we grabbed something to eat before meeting David for a last drink. Just before we headed out I spotted a familiar face. Iwan was a Cardiff medic in the same year as me travelling with his boyfriend! Small world!

    Meeting David in the main square we hiked up to Cusco view point a lovely bar that overlooks the whole of Cusco and enjoyed a few mojitos and pisco sours. It was a sad goodbye as we had our final hugs. Dragoman had been a lot of fun with some amazing people!
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  • Day265

    Santa Theresa, Peru

    July 9, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The road to Machu Picchu.

    From the outset, Cat and I were unsure about Machu Picchu (MP). We didn't fancy the crowds and our previous experiences of ruins have left us with little more than a mild sense of intrigue. However, almost everybody we spoke to in the weeks prior to Cusco insisted that we shouldn't miss it. That, combined with the fact that it's recently been named the seventh wonder of the world (and a small fear of missing out) was reason enough to spend a ridiculous amount of money on the experience (US $45 just for the ticket).

    MP was the final day activity on a three day 'Inka Jungle' tour. We booked this tour largely because MP is miles away from anything and inaccessible by road. We would have done the Inca Trail but you have to book that months in advance, or the Salkantay Trek but we didn't have enough time. I'd be lying if I said we weren't a little disorganised on this one, which was a shame. The other option was to catch the train but we were deterred by a ridiculous US $150 per person ticket - absurd, I'm sure you'll agree.

    I don't regret doing this tour but the tour company did a fantastic job of trying to ensure we did. They forgot to pick us up on the first morning, only showing up in a taxi after we called them. After we joined the group, it took us a full two hours to leave Cusco, most of which was spent in the van, parked on the side of various roads with no idea why we were waiting. After we got out of Cusco, we had to stop for fuel and then had another 40 minute stop at a cafe for no apparent reason. It was the classic take-the-cash-and-treat-you-like-trash tour we've come to despise. We survived that journey thanks only to the interesting (and quite horrific) life story of a Peruvian ex-guide in our van who grew up in a cocaine factory deep in the Amazon Jungle. He was just a boy at the height of Pablo Escobar's reign and he himself had worked with cocaine and witnessed several very public murders. Crazy!

    We got around to our first activity just after midday, five hours after we were meant to be picked up. We'd arrived at the top of a mountain range at an elevation of about 4200m. It was sunny, cool and clear and we suited up for another downhill bike. Our actual tour guide left the ex-tour guide to lead us and we spent the next two hours or more bombing the smooth asphalt road. Almost non-stop. It was awesome fun with next to no uphill and the continuity left us exhausted and starving! It was after 3pm when we finally stopped in a small town at around 1100m and we hadn't eaten since our bread and jam breakfast at 7am. We packed up and drove another half hour to lunch which was promptly wolfed down.

    We were supposed to go rafting that afternoon but we'd booked the express tour, cutting out a day and several of the activities. Quite happy to skip what looked like timid rafting (it's the dry season) and the extra day of faff, we were shoved in a taxi with nothing but the name of our new guide and dispatched along the bumpy gravel road to Santa Theresa.

    Lucky for us, Santa Theresa is a small town. I say that because neither us nor our driver had any idea where we were supposed to go. Our only tool for navigation (the guide's name) proved about as useful as a steak knife in a vegan restaurant. After a few laps in the car holarring 'Nerio' at numerous Cholitas we eventually got out and followed one to our accommodation. Nobody seemed to have a clue who we were or what we were doing but we were shown a basic room which we swiftly took before passing the remainder of the evening at a bar, waiting for our new group. Turns out they too, were behind schedule, information which took some effort to extract from the lovely lady who had kindly adopted us for the privilege of our drinks orders at happy hour.

    Finally we met our group who made us feel a bit like kids on a family holiday but the motley lot were all very friendly and chatty unlike our previous group, much to our relief.

    The next day we went ziplining across the valley which leads to MP. Despite an enormous conglomerate of groups, the cables were high, long and fast and we had a blast. The sketchy swing bridge over the river was a nice touch (although Cat will disagree) and all we had to do from there was battle the most persistent mosquitos whilst we waited for our van. On the subject of mosquitos - if you're in the area bring heaps of really high deet repellent. There are swarms and swarms of the pesky buggers which seem to get through your clothes (especially leggings) causing grievous bodily harm. You were warned!

    Lunch was had at Hydroelectrica, an almost non-existent village which serves only to feed tourists on their way to MP - oh and to provide power... obviously. We then had a two hour hike along the railway tracks which was pleasant largely because of the limited grade - certainly a change from hiking in Colca Canyon. We arrived in Aguas Calientes in the mid-afternoon (on time and having barely even seen the guide we had paid for since breakfast) where we were handed over to an 'official' MP guide.
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  • Day87

    Don't touch my zippers! / Mr. Bear

    June 15, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Oh dear, we will have tummy muscle ache because of laughing, we had such a funny day. We got up at 5:30am to leave the overnight camp at 6:30 after again a delicious breakfast. We had a 18km walk ahead and wanted to avoid the sun as much as possible. The trail followed a river going up and down. The up was kind of unexpected, we knew that we had another 800m of altitude to get down. Our guide, Coco, was more running the trek so we five tried to stick together. We had short breaks at a couple of villages with many laughs and arrived at the lunch place at noon. We were a couple of groups, the biggest counting 18 people. After that we went to the campside and packed our things for the hot springs. They were at the edge of the mountains, big pools and beautiful view. We had three hours soaking in the water, plenty of time to observe other people from the different groups. Mr. Bear, for example, is a hairy man with impressive beard and was walking like a rooster from one pool to the other. Some tried to do a cheerleader piramide, so we were quite entertained. We headed back and had the last diner prepared by our cook. After that the party was starting with some music. We already had some good laughs during the day and it didn't stop. We
    laughed until we cried, it was hilarious, we giggled the whe evening. Again, I am so happy to be able to spend my time traveling with such wonderful people
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  • Day34

    Zip-lining

    November 8, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Nacho flew 300 meters high over a river between two mountains!

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Río Santa Teresa, Rio Santa Teresa

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